A Schoolhouse Quilt To Create Before School Starts

Aug 8, 2022 12:15:00 PM / by Bea Lee

Hi, all! It’s Bea from Beaquilter to show you how to combine a great Block on Board (BOB) die with some GO! Strip Cutter and GO! Square dies to make this fun rainbow schoolhouse quilt!



Follow Along With My Process!

First, I planned my design using Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) Quilt Design Software.



Bea's Schoolhouse Quilt EQ8 Design



Based on my design, I needed:

  • 1/8 yard to 1/4 yard of fabric per color
    • The 1/4 yard of fabric is for the house blocks
  • 3/4 yards of gray fabric
  • 1 yard of white fabric


This quilt finishes to 39” x 39” and I was able to use scrap yardage that I already had. Plus, I always keep solid white fabric on hand, and I had dark gray fabric from another project.



Fabric Bea Used for the Schoolhouse Quilt




Materials Needed

To make this quilt, I used the:



Fabric with Two of the GO! Dies Bea Used





1. From the four colors for the square blocks, I cut:

  • Two 1 1/2” Width of Fabric (WOF) strips
    • Then, subcut into
      • Two - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2” pieces
      • Two - 1 1/2" x 5 1/2” pieces
      • Two - 1 1/2" x 7 1/2” pieces
      • Two - 1 1/2" x 9 1/2” pieces



Cut Strips



2. For the schoolhouse blocks, I was able to cut everything out of a 9” WOF strip, although a 7” WOF strip works too. I only had that in the blue, but some of the cuts were a bit awkward. Luckily, I had plenty of fabric.


3. From each of the schoolhouse colors, I cut out:

  • Two shape A's
  • One shape B
  • Seven shape C's
  • One shape D
  • One shape F
  • One shape H


4. Since I had the gray fabric out already, I also cut out 16 of the 1 1/2" squares.



Cut Colored Schoolhouse Pieces and Gray Squares



5. With the white fabric, I cut:

  • One shape A
  • 15 shape C's
  • Five shape E's
  • Five shape ER's
  • Five shape G's
  • Ten shape I's
  • Five shape J's


6. Again, since I had this fabric color out already, I cut four white 3 1/2" squares.


7. With the GO! Strip Cutter-1 1/2" Die, I cut:

  • 13 strips at 1 1/2” x WOF
    • Then, subcut into
      • 24 - 1 1/2” x 9 1/2” pieces
      • Eight - 1 1/2” x 7 1/2” pieces
      • Eight - 1 1/2" x 5 1/2” pieces


8. Once I finished cutting these, I had four WOF strips left to use for the inner borders.



Cut Schoolhouse Pieces and Squares in White



9. Then, I started sewing things together. When I sit down to sew, I usually sew as much as possible before I get up to iron because my ironing board is about five feet away - five loooong feet away! Ha ha! I usually work one several projects at once too.


10. Here, I chain pieced all the schoolhouse blocks, following the basic block assembly directions:

  • A white shape E to the left of all the shape F's
  • A white shape ER to the right of all the shape H's (roof shapes)
  • All the white Shape I's together with the shape C's
  • Three sets of each color of white and colored shape C's
  • A colored and white shape A



Sewn Schoolhouse Pieces



11. I kept sewing until:

  • All the chimneys were together (shapes I, C, J, C, and I)
  • All the roof sections were done (shapes E, F, G, H, and ER)
  • Part of the front was completed (shapes C, C, and C with shape D above)
  • The side with five shape C's was sewn
  • The 3 1/2" white squares were with the 3 1/2” colored rectangles
    • Then, the 5 1/2" colored shapes were sewn onto this
  • The 5 1/2” white rectangles were with the 7 1/2" white rectangles
  • The 7 1/2” colored rectangles and 9 1/2” colored rectangles were sewn together



Sewing the Schoolhouse Blocks
Almost Completed Schoolhouse Blocks



Finally, I had five schoolhouse blocks done, along with four “log” blocks (I don’t know what else to call them - square bullseye blocks maybe?)!



Five Finished Schoolhouse Blocks
Sewn Log/Bullseye Square Blocks



12. I then looked at the EQ design and sewed the schoolhouse and log/bullseye blocks together with a white 1 1/2" x 9 1/2” rectangle between.


13. I also made four sashing strips with white 1 1/2" x 9 1/2” rectangles and gray 1 1/2” squares to go between the rows. 



Two Log/Bullseye Square Blocks Sewn to A Schoolhouse Block



14. I then sewed everything together. This is what the top looks like without a border and then with the border.



Bea's Schoolhouse Quilt without A Border
Bea's Schoolhouse Quilt with A Border



Just like I did with the traditional red and white schoolhouse quilt I made for AccuQuilt for the GO! Schoolhouse-Pieced-9" Finished Die release, I quilted clouds all over it and cut out five 2 1/2” binding strips, so I had the perfect amount of green fabric leftover to do that!



A Close Up of Bea's Finished Schoolhouse Quilt
Another Close Up of Bea's Finished Schoolhouse Quilt



As always, I try to use leftover yardage from the front to make the backing. I ended up using four colors and then added a yellow strip down the middle, even though the top was 39” and the backing was 42”. Since I long arm, I didn’t trust that it was enough to work with, so I added the little yellow strip, but you may not need to do that if you’re using a sewing machine to quilt it.


It’s a fun, cute and colorful quilt!



Bea's Finished Schoolhouse Quilt
Bea's Finished Schoolhouse Quilt's Backing




EQ8 Provides Even More Creative Possibilities

EQ8 is so great to work with that I couldn't stop myself from making other schoolhouse quilt designs! Here’s my schoolhouse quilt in a gray and red version. For this, you’d need about 1 yard of white fabric along with 3/4 yards each of gray and red fabric to make it.



Gray and Red Schoolhouse Quilt EQ8 Design



What about a baby blue version? For this one, you'd need:

  • 1 yard of white fabric
  • 1/2 yard of dark blue fabric
  • 1/4 yard of light blue fabric
  • 1/2 yard of turquoise fabric



Baby Blue Schoolhouse Quilt EQ8 Design



I’d love to see pictures if you make one of these, so be sure to use the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and tag @bealeequilter and @AccuQuilt if you do!

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