How to Sew a Beach House Quilt Block: Free Pattern


Sew an adorable house quilt block that belongs at the beach! This beach house block is perfect for a Florida themed quilt.

Our Classic Block: Fresh Fabric sewalong block this month is the House Block. It’s a classic block that quilters have made a million different ways.

In case you are catching this blog series for the first time, we’re making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! So far we’ve made the Economy BlockOrange Peel BlockShoofly Block,  Bear Paw blockYankee Puzzle,  Spinning Spools,  the Rail Fence Block,  the Variable Star, the Sailboat Block, the Dutchman’s Puzzle Block, the Churn Dash Block,  the Friendship Star, and the Snowball and Nine Patch blocks together! You can search for ‘classic blocks fresh fabric‘ in my search box to find them too.

The fabric I’m using is Sun-Sational by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics.

I used it once before on this rope handled tote that I made for Blend to take to Spring Quilt Market… look for it if you are going!

This cute print totally inspired My Beach House design. The print is called ‘Wish You Were Here.’ Unfortunately, these fabrics are no longer available, but your local quilt shop will probably have similar prints.

And here’s the Beach House Quilt Block Pattern…

This pattern makes a 16” square finished block.

Beachhouse Cutting Instructions

Click above to get the diagram and cutting instructions in a downloadable and printable pdf format.

Cutting instructions:

Choose fabrics for your background, roof and door, house, windows, shutters, sand, and the pillars.

From the background fabric, cut:

  • 1 rectangle 3 1/2” x 16 1/2”
  • 2 rectangles 3 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • 2 rectangles 8 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • 2 rectangles 4” x 3” (if it is a solid fabric you’ll only need 1)

From the roof and door fabric, cut:

  • 1 rectangle 3 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • 2 rectangles 4” x 3”
  • 1 rectangle 3 1/2” x 2 1/2”

From the house fabric, cut:

  • 1 rectangle 1 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • 1 rectangle 2 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • 2 squares 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”

From the window fabric, cut:

  • 2 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”

From the shutter fabrics, cut:

  • 4 rectangles 2 1/2” x 1 1/2” (2 in each color)

From the sand fabric, cut:

  • 2 rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • 1 rectangle 2 1/2” x 6 1/2”

From the pillar fabric, cut:

  • 2 rectangles 2 1/2” x 1 1/2”

Use the diagram above to sew the pieces together.

The triangle pieces on the roof are the tricky part, so I’ll show you step by step.

Cut 1 4” x 3” background rectangle and 1 4” x 3” roof rectangle in half diagonally.

Arrange 2 triangles as shown, and then place right sides together. Sew the long edge with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Press the unit open. Trim to 3 1/2” x 2 1/2”.

If your roof or background fabric is a print, then you will have to use another 4” x 3” rectangle and cut it diagonally in the opposite direction to sew the other side of the roof.

Here are the two triangle roof units.

When I made this beach house block, I sewed the row with the windows and shutters first. Then I added the house pieces on the top and bottom of this row. Then I sewed the 3 1/2” tall row with the door and added it to the rest of the house. I added the background pieces to the house. Then I sewed the roof row and added it, and then the background on top. Lastly I sewed the sand and pillar row and sewed it on the bottom. Done!

Happy sewing!

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