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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Are we already in May?? How is that possible?? It seems like only a few weeks ago, I was dreaming up my House on a Hill block.  I have wanted to do a house block for a long time, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to create a traditional house block with little accents.

My original block uses a mix of Warm Memories and Seasonal Little Gatherings. I made up a charming little house with a framed doorway, fun baseboards, and little windows along the top. I chose saturated prints for the house and light prints for the windows to create the sentiment of light and life inside the house. Definitely a sentiment I pulled from my own family!

When Quiltmaker contacted me to let me know they picked my block I was so excited.

I wanted to use this block in something other than a quilt for my house. My Friendly Neighbors Table Topper, that is shown in the Designer Gallery, uses four House on a Hill blocks plus a simple patchwork center.

I love the star in a star effect, which was an unintentional but wonderful thing – don’t you love it when that happens? The octagonal shape makes it perfect for a circular table; I can’t wait to use it this autumn!

Thanks to Quiltmaker for selecting my block to be in 100 Blocks Volume 5! Give us a shout if you make the block or table topper too! We have made the pattern free for you here. Just click, save and enjoy!

And now, what is a blog tour without a giveaway!? We will be giving away 5 copies of the 100 Blocks Volume 5 Magazine. All you have to do to enter in the Rafflecopter below telling me which Coming Soon collection you would make my block with.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I can never figure out how to leave a comment on that Rafflecopter. I wanted to say that I would make the cute house block with Freedom Rings by Paula Barnes.

  2. Not your ordinary boring house block! I love the colors in the Alexis Winter Garden fabric collection.

  3. Any of the fabrics that are coming soon would look great! It's too hard to choose!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. I would love to make this in Alpine Wonderland for a Christmas themed project. Chicopee would also make a wonderful block, maybe centered in a quilt. There are lots of possibilities!

  5. "About The Town" seems appropriate to me, thanks.

  6. Congratulations on having a block in Quiltmaker's 100. Beautiful block and I love your table topper. Thanks for the pattern.

    I'm thinking "Fall Festival Yardage
    Hoffman Fabrics" would be a fun new collection for this table topper, but then a cute Christmas collection could also be fun too.
    Maybe I should make both?


  7. As we lead up to celebrating Christmas in July here in the southern hemisphere I imagine a beautiful snow capped quilt. Alpine Wonderland would be sensational.
    Congrats for making the book !

  8. I love your table topper! I think I'd make it in Alpine Wonderland for a Christmas-y decoration.

    It would make a nice baby quilt, too, don't you think?

  9. Sorry, I couldn't write a comment on rafflecopter, but I would make the sweet block in Sweetwaters' coming line mama said sew! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I'd love to see this block in 'Homeschool'.

    A quick question – the block on the cover seems to be smaller than the block you used in your table topper. Did you alter it? Either way, it looks great. 🙂

  11. I love the table topper! I'd use Alpine Wonderland for a great winter topper for my table.

  12. I would make the house using either My Hometown or Merry Medley. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Thanks for this wonderful table topper pattern! I've already downloaded it and printed it out. At first I thought I'd like to make it in "Best Wishes". The aqua and tan appeal to me, but I discovered "Frank-N-Friends" by Barbara Jones. What a cute house project that would make. Have a fabulous day!

  14. I love Mill Girls by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics.
    I think this fabric would look fabulous in your block.

  15. Rafflecopter wins – I admit defeat. How does one leave a comment?

    Sincere Best Wishes Fat Quarter Bundle
    Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Designs for Henry Glass Fabrics would have been my choice for this block had I been able to figure Rafflecopter out. Happy quilting!

  16. Congratulations on your block being published! I would love to see your block in Oaks Harvest House by Buggy Barn. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  17. KIM, you have 33 PAGES of coming soon, so many beautiful fabrics!!! But if you listen closely, you can hear Valori Wells's Christmas Wrenly is calling my name 🙂

  18. loving the Simply Color line, or anything Civil Ward. Love the topper and the block – you rock!

  19. I love house blocks and your block is very cute. I love the colors you picked–it looks so homey.

  20. Congratulations on your block being featured, and thank you for the table topper pattern. 🙂 I think I would try the "Best Wishes" line for a topper.

  21. There were so many wonderful choices! I think I would use either Merry Medley or Phenomenal Fall.
    I don't understand Rafflecopter!

  22. Lots of fabrics to choose from. But I would like to make it in a halloween fabric – such as Cats, Bats and Bones, by Debbie Mumm and use it on my kitchen table. Thanks for a chance.

  23. I got excited and didn't click the button. 😛 I would definitely use Abigail. Blue and brown are my favorite colors!


  24. I agree with the first Comment writer–I do not understand how to use Rafflecopter.

    For your house block, I like the colors of Honest Best Wishes by Dawn Heese, a fat quarter bundle.

    Unique table topper, Kimberly!

  25. I like the color blue and would use Sincere Best Wishes to make this block.

  26. Well I tried to do the rafflecopter thing but I do not see where to leave a comment. Don't have facebook or twitter, so can't go forward. I would love to use the Independence Trail fabric. Hope my comment counted.

  27. I don't quite understand this rafflecopter thing, so don't know if I actually did it right or not!

    Oh well….

    I think it would be fun to do this as a Christmas table topper with Blitzen!

  28. Congrats on being featured on the COVER!! The house block is an all time favorite of mine and love your table topper. I would use Basic Grey's Designer Select Fat Quarter Bundle Blitzen Collection to make this project. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Thanks for sharing your blog as a round table topper. Just what I need for my able. I like so many of the coming soon fabrics, Coral batik by Hoffman

  30. I would make the table topper using the fabric line All About Coffee. I think it goes well with the kitchen theme. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Not sure if I did anything on the Rafflecopter or not. I would make your really cute houses out of my stash as I have so much fabric now, I really should be using it up.

  32. I love house blocks. I'd use Phenomenal Fall by Sandy Gervais for Moda for my blocks.

    Thanks for your giveaway and the chance to win.

  33. Your block is FANTASTIC! I love house blocks. I would use the Fall Festival upcoming collection. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway! The blog tour is great, I am really enjoying it!

  34. i would use Honest Best Wishes Fat Quarter Bundle by Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Designs for Henry Glass Fabrics to make your cute litlley house block.

  35. Not sure if I figured out the Rafflecopter! Anyway, love your house table topper patten. It will go with my brand new table stand. Congrats to you and your new published block. Thank you for sharing….Judith, Texas

  36. I would have to make that topper with the "All About Coffee" collection. Besides my quilting, I love my stash of coffee and coffee beans.

  37. I would use the Best Wishes bundle of fat quarters to make this block. I have been wanting to make a quilt using all plaids.

  38. Would like to try a Kansas Troubles line or the new Primitive Gatherings line. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L

  39. I guess we leave a comment here?
    The patterns in Dawn's Best wishes would look really beautiful on the house. I like the mix of blues and browns in that set.


  40. Heck – messed up trying to leave comment in Rafflecopter. Couldn't figure out where to type and it saved it with nothing entered… Sorry! I think Homeschool would be the perfect choice! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. I'm loving Lucy's Crab Shack – I'm not sure it would make much sense to have a polka dot house, but I like whimsy, so it works for me! 😉

  42. I'd use Scamper by Rebekah Ginda for Birch Fabric when it comes out, and put a fox in the doorway! Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. What a great block and I LOVE it in the table topper. What a great idea.

    I think it would look great using Birds & Berries Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics.

  44. Since I love brown and blue, I would choose Abigail Yardage. I would follow the table runner pattern exactly except use blue for the skies. You are so clever. Thank you for such a cute block and a chance for all of us to win such a creative magazine.

    Sandi T.

  45. I think Birds & Berries by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics would look great in this block!

  46. I would use Classic Christmas to make your table topper. I've been wanting to do a Christmas quilt and I think this would be lovely.

  47. I think I would make a tabble topper out of solids and some 30's prints. I love the way the block looks on it's own and in the table topper. Thanks!

  48. Definitely Abigail by BJ Lantz for Quilting Treasures. I love the colors and your adorable table topper featuring your Seasonal Little Gatherings block. Congratulations! 🙂

  49. Great block! You picked great fabrics. I also like Harvest House, Fall Festival batiks, and Freedom Rings. Great collections coming!

  50. Love your table topper! And the star effect is great. I think it'd have to be Birds and Berries for me!

  51. Great house block, more interesting than most Ive seen. Id use the All Around Town fabrics, looks like some good options to fussy cut.
    I couldnt figure out that robo thing either…

  52. Nice house design. I like the extra windows. I can see it made up in 1930s fabrics. Hoping for a chance to win even though I'm not following directions…

  53. I would try something different and make a mod house (your table quilt is gorgeous – the center block ties it all together perfectly). From your Coming Soon would choose "Bella Fat Quarter Bundle – Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics"

  54. Love the house block and the table topper is adorable – thank you for offering that pattern. However, I'm now in fabric overload after looking thru "What's Coming"! I guess, after eliminating about 10 lines, I'd go with Minick & Simpson's Independence Trail. That would look best with my house.

  55. I love house blocks! Immediately ALL ABOUT COFFEE came to mind because of the neighborhood table topper and coffee shared with friends….but then I remembered SCHOOL DAYS…that would be fun for teachers.

  56. I would try something different and make a mod house (your table quilt is gorgeous – the center block ties it all together perfectly). From your Coming Soon would choose "Bella Fat Quarter Bundle – Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics"

  57. The copter thing didn't work for me–but your block did! I already have so much of your fabric I could choose from that, but I like the Alpine collection for a wintry look.

  58. I think I would use the solids of Pure Elements Spring 2012 to make the table topper. It would look modern and sophisticated, don't you think?

  59. Cute house block and great table topper. Congratulations on having a block in the new edition of the magazine. I think my choice of the coming soon fabric for this topper would be Honest Best Wishes by Dawn Heese.

  60. Downloaded your tabletopper pattern! Love it! Can'twait ot get my hands on a copy of 100 blocks
    1 I have the first 4 and refer to them all the time!

  61. I am intrigued with the Oats Harvest and I think I would like to try it with this pattern!

    Thank you!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  62. This is a cute block! I would make it out of Sincere Best Wishes fabric bundle. Thanks for the chance to win. Judy

  63. Sorry, first time using Rafflecoptor, so I didn't get my comment in!
    I use your website a lot to browse for fabric and get color ideas.
    It is so hard to choose which new colorway I'd used, because you have so many wonderful, cute choices!
    I love Stonehenge collections, OctoberFest batiks by Hoffman, Equinox, Hoffman Fall Festival batiks, Stonehenge Stars (for a Patriotic quilt), and Christmas Spirit by Holly Taylor (Christmas house), and Boo Crew or something similar for a Halloween neighborhood!
    Thanks for the giveaway and free topper pattern!

  64. I just can't figure out how to use Rafflecoptor. I would use Phenemonal Fall. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

  65. Congrats on making the cover, WOO HOO! Have to admit Rafflecopter has also stumped me, but I will prevail. Love the table topper! I need a new one for my "pub" table, will do it w/ the stash that way the houses are all unique.

  66. I couldn't figure out how to use the Rafflecopter either. I would use the Abigail fabrics. (Love the way the table topper came out!)

  67. I would definitely love to use the upcoming Chicopee line from Denyse Schmidt. (sp?) I'm also waiting for Lucy's Crab Shack

  68. I'd choose Freedom Rings by
    Paula Barnes for Marcus Brothers Fabrics. I plan to make your table runner!

  69. I would use good morning by me & my sisters for the first one. That would be so bright and cheery on the table. Thanks for the pattern!!

  70. I usually go scrappy-happy rather than an individual line, but I am also not usually a table runner person, and I would LOVE that tablerunner made out of nearly anything. Charming and fun.

  71. I like your block and the fabrics you used. Congrats on being in the 100 block issue! I think it would be great scrappy

  72. I love the house tabletopper pattern and it would look great on my round kitchen table. I have trouble finding things that work well with the large size (60"). Thanks for an opportunity to win. Congrats on making the book and cover.

  73. All about Coffee (I think that is the name), then I would have a coffee house at the beach (your house looked like a beach house on stilts). Can't you smell that warm, coffee smell?

  74. Great table topper and since I have a round table thanks for the instructions to make it. I would love to make it for Christmas and would use the Christmas Fun fabric by Lynette Anderson for Lecien

  75. I could figure out how it wanted me to leave a comment either, so here it is here: I like the Penelope Four fabric lines. They are all so cute.

  76. Difficult to choose just one but if I have to it would be one of the Best Wishes medleys. I really love the addition of the windows in your block. Makes it kinda modern looking.

  77. I would use Women of Courage. What a great collection. Thanks! Don't have a blog so can't get past the first Rafflecopter thingy.

  78. Fantastic block! I would use the "Best Wishes" line for starters but have many others in mind!
    Thanks for the chance at the give-away.
    mgw070 (at) shaw (dot)ca

  79. I'd make mine of Buggy's Barn Designer Select harvest House. I really like those colors in the shapes of your block.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

  80. I would love to make the house runner with all around the town or make a "coffee house" runner with all about coffee

  81. I think I would use Harvest house – it has a good range of values and I absolutely love the colorway! Your block is delightful and I'm looking forward to making that fantastic table topper *Ü*

  82. I would try something different and make a mod house (your table quilt is gorgeous – the center block ties it all together perfectly). From your Coming Soon would choose "Bella Fat Quarter Bundle – Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics"
    Rafflecopter didn't accept my first comment

  83. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com by Margaret
    I would like to use Bella (or Petite Odile from French General which couldn't find but know you must have it in coming soon). Of course, I would really like to make one just like yours.

  84. I don't know if I have proporly entered this contest, Raffecopter gives me the blues!!!

    I would use Abigal or Blitzen to make your block. I am smitten with those lines right now and can hardly wait for them to be released.

  85. I think Ainsley by Northcott Studio for Northcott Fabrics would look fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  86. I would use Honets Best Wishes to make a table topper of your block. It looks so cute on your table. Congrats on having your block in the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. I Love your House Block! Thanks you So Much For the House Friendly Neighbor Table Topper Pattern! I plan to make this for our Neighbor Gatherings!

  88. I would pick one of the Christmas collections from the Coming Soon pages – Cherry Christmas is really cute.!

  89. I don't think I did the rafflecopter correctly, so I'm leaving a comment here. I'd use the Antique Flower line by Lecien to make this cute block! LOVE house blocks! Thanks for the chance to win!

  90. I just love your table topper what a perfect summer topper. I'd use Birds and Berries to make this with, bring on beautiful colors for the summer months. Thanks for the give a way, I look forward to seeing more ways to make blocks! Rae