Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Midcentury Modern Homes

This is a Carolyn Friedlander pattern called "Outhouse." But I'm calling them Midcentury Modern Homes. I was shopping with a friend at a quilt shop in the Atlanta area. I love the pattern, but was hesitant to get it. The houses are paper pieced - ugh! The houses are TINY - ugh!

But my friend convinced me to get it. "Make the blocks bigger," she said. "Add in some plain squares with no houses on them," she said. Okay!

So first I had to blow up the pattern. It took me an hour or so to get it right.

And then I made this block. There was frustration and gnashing of teeth involved. I messed up time and time again. More paper. More fabric. I think now that I have made one it will get easier. I hope!

Each block will have different fabrics (of course!). My block finishes at about 8"x8", about twice the size as the original pattern. This quilt will be a gift for someone who doesn't read my blog. I have a few gift quilts I want to make, so I might as well get started.

I would like to aim for two blocks per week. Because of time spent sizing up the pattern and messing up several times I only made one. But two is very doable for the future.  I'm shooting for 20 blocks.

Have a good one!


  1. I really like this pattern more, now that I'm not thinking of them as outhouses! I look forward to seeing your finished version.

    1. Yes, they don't look anything like outhouses to me!!!


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