Jacquelynne Steves

Wonky House Block Tutorial- So Scrappy!

wonky  (ˈwɒŋkɪ) 
— adj  , -kier -kiest
1. shaky or unsteady
2. not in correct alignment; askew

Since our I Love Home Block of the Month has appliqued and embroidered houses, I thought I’d share a project that I did a few years ago- Wonky House Blocks! I like the extra scrappiness that the Log Cabin block adds to my little house. The Log Cabin Block can be just a little wonky, or super-wonky, whichever you prefer.

This tutorial will show you how to make the Wonky Log Cabin, and then how to turn it into a house block. Let’s get started!

This will make a 12 1/2″ block (12″ finished size.) You will need various scraps of fabric for the houses. You will also need fabric for the background- I used white but you can use any solid or tonal.

  • Scraps- strips should about 2-3″ wide. (You can cut the strips ahead of time, or just cut them as you go.)
  • White (for background)- 2 pieces 3 1/2 x 7 1/2″
  •                                          1 piece 7 x 15″
  • Roof fabric- 4 1/2 x 8 1/2″
  • “Starter” square for center of house- about 2 1/2″

UPDATE- If you want to make a Wonky House block which is 8″ finished size, that you can use with the I Love Home BOM blocks, use the measurements below in italics. The tutorial is the same.

  • *White (for background)- (2) 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  •                                          (1) 5″ x 12″
  • *Dark fabric for roof- (1) 3 1/2″ x 7″
  • *Scraps and strips of assorted fabrics, about 1 1/2″ – 2″ wide
  • *”Starter” square for center of house- about 2″

Start with a square about 2 1/2″ big- it doesn’t even have to be a perfect square. Trim one side off on an angle. (The bigger the angle, the “wonkier” the block will be.)

Sew a strip of fabric to the angled side. Press and then trim excess fabric.
Turn block 90 degrees and sew another strip to the side.
Trim excess fabric, following the edge of the existing block.
I wanted the yellow strip to be a little narrower, and I wanted my block to be a little more wonky, so I trimmed it off at an angle.
Continue turning the block 90 degrees and sewing on strips, cutting edges at an angle as desired.
For a 12″ block, continue until unit is at least 7 x 8″ big. (For an 8″ block, continue until unit is at least 5 1/2 x 6″.) When you get to this point, don’t worry about the excess fabric because we will be trimming the block anyway. (At this point- you could just trim it to the desired size and use it as a Wonky Log Cabin block, or continue to make the House block.)
For a 12″ block, trim the unit to 6 1/2 x 7 1/2″. (For an 8″ block, trim the unit to 5 x 5 1/4″.)
Sew background fabric (3 1/2 x 7 1/2″) to either side of the block. (2 1/2 x 5 1/4″ background pieces for 8″ block.)
For the roof, start from the bottom corner and cut up to top, then make another cut from remaining bottom corner. (The angle doesn’t matter as long as your cuts go from the bottom corners to the top edge.)
Place 7 x 15″ piece of background fabric (5 x 12″ for 8″ block) right side up on table. Place roof triangle right side up on background fabric.
Cut the background fabric, using the roof as a guide.
Discard the background triangle under the roof fabric.
Place shape A right sides together with roof triangle and sew together.
Press. Sew shape B to other side of roof.
Press. Trim bottom edge so it is even with roof bottom.
Sew roof to block. Trim block to 12 1/2″. (Trim to 8 1/2″ for an 8″ block.)
Ta-da! A wonderfully wonky house! Go make a whole “village” of these!


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    Deanna Barnes
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Love this!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Posted June 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s just sewing fun!

  • Joyce
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    This looks like so much fun. Thank you.

  • Kerrie Kean
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jacquelynne, for the pattern. Very generous of you-you’re a blessing!
    I am glad to hear you took time to refresh yourself in your garden in the midst of being so busy.

    Bless you


  • Wanda Rains
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    What fun. Always wanted a Wonky House.

  • Scheri
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    I have wanted to try making a quilt with houses. Thank you very much for sharing.


  • Lisa Hughes
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    This will be very helpful since I just started a swap with wonky houses:)

  • Anonymous
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    So cute! Takes the pressure off of lining up seems. Lol! Thanks

  • Milagros
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    lindo lindo trabajo!!! aprovechar todos los pedacitos!

  • Joy Graham
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Hello, I signed up for the block of the month to have the house quilt – and also purchased the fabric kit. I have not received anything yet. Did I miss something in the sign up?

  • Marilyn Shulsen
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure which method I was going to do on the center block. This wonky house fits in perfectly. Thanks so much.

  • Wanda
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    If I want to use this pattern to make a finished 12 inch pillow cushion what do I need to do/add? I’m new to quilting. ‘any assistance is appreciated.

  • Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Super cute, thank you!

  • Pat
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I just love all of your tutorials ! I’m enjoying the cooler days too!

  • Estela Brandez
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Buenos días Jacquelynne, desde que encontré tu sitio en Internet estoy fascinada con tus trabajos!!!!!
    Ya quiero hacer la calabaza bordada y aplicada y ahora esta hermosa casita “wonky” y algo “crazy”

    Muchas gracias por compartir tus trabajos!
    Te saluda Estela desde Montevideo, Uruguay Sudamérica

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