Jacquelynne Steves

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial

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

wonky house quilt block tutorial jacquelynne steves

 

I have wanted to make a “Wonky House” block for quite a while- I think they are so cute and fun!  I have made just two blocks so far- I just LOVE how they came out! I would love to make a whole pile for a quilt. But if I don’t have time, I think this would make a really cute pillow or wall hanging.

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.

wonky house quilt block tutorial jacquelynne steves

This tutorial will show you how to make the Wonky Log Cabin block, 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. I used fabric from my Happy Town fabric line. 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.)
  • Background- 2 pieces 3 1/2 x 7 1/2″ and  1 piece 7 x 15″
  • Roof fabric- 4 1/2 x 8 1/2″

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.)

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Sew a strip of fabric to the angled side. Press and then trim excess fabric.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Turn block 90 degrees and sew another strip to the side.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Trim excess fabric, following the edge of the existing block.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

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.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Continue turning the block 90 degrees and sewing on strips, cutting edges at an angle as desired.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Continue until block is at least 7 x 8″ big. 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 Log Cabin block, or continue to make the House block.)

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Trim the block to 6 1/2 x 7 1/2″.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Sew background fabric (3 1/2 x 7 1/2″) to either side of the block.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

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.)

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Place 7 x 15″ piece of background fabric right side up on table. Place roof triangle right side up on background fabric.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Cut the background fabric, using the roof as a guide.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Discard the background triangle under the roof fabric.
Place shape A right sides together with roof triangle and sew together.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Press. Sew shape B to other side of roof.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Press. Trim bottom edge so it is even with roof bottom.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

 

Sew roof to block. Trim block to 12 1/2″.

Wonky House Quilt Block Tutorial Jacquelynne Steves

So there you have it! An adorably wonky house- wouldn’t a bunch of these make a cute “wonky” village??

Have you ever made a “wonky” or “crazy” kind of block? Were you happy with the way it turned out? Tell us about it!

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11 Comments

  • Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    The sweetest little wonky house and such a fabulous detailed tutorial. Thank you.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Melody! Glad you found it helpful :)

  • Posted June 26, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    What cute wonky houses Jacquelynne! I just finished a little quilt using Happy Town too!
    http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/06/happy-town-and-dulcinea.html

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      I just popped over to take a look at your quilt- it came out so cute! It’s so bright and cheerful… and I love any kind of pinwheel block. They’re my favorite :)

  • Posted August 10, 2013 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Me encantó la idea!!!
    Gracias por compartir!

  • Margaret Milner
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I just love this Wonky House. So cute and clever. Thank you.

  • Dianne O'Keeffe
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I make “wonky” fabric a lot. I usually end up with quarter yard pieces. They are so fun and then make into totes, bags, placemats, etc.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted January 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Great idea for using up scraps, Dianne!!

  • Tammie
    Posted August 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Adorable blocks and wonderful tutorial! Thank you!

  • Robin (RsIslandCrafts)
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I love wonky log cabins and wonky houses so this has my name written all over it.

  • Eileen
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    So adorable! Love this block. Thanks, Jacquelyn!

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