Beach House Block
Block of the Month 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

I only recently gave this Beach House Block pattern to my quilting group (2013) to do as our BOM, so have not yet had all the blocks returned and made into a quilt. We are currently working on two other quilting projects so I'm unsure how many quilters will take part in this BOM!

The "Colorful Beach House Block of the Month" caught my attention when browsing the internet for ideas to inspire my dedicated quilting group back in 2013. Although all the blocks have yet to be returned and fashioned into a full quilt, the excitement around this project builds each day. We're balancing two other quilting endeavors at the moment, and it still remains to be seen how many quilters will participate in this Block of the Month, fondly referred to as BOM.

Beach house block 1

The provided images below showcase the two blocks I personally created. I used these as illustrative samples during the project introduction to provide a visual idea of the final product. Interestingly, both blocks bear marked departures from the original pattern, which I hope will inspire everyone to inject their handiwork with their own unique sense of style. You can see that I added an appliquéd umbrella to one of the blocks.

Beach house block 2
Beach house block 3

The instruction set below, given to the group, serves as a guide to complete this beautiful project. Please feel free to adapt, adjust, add your personal touch or simply follow it as it is.

This appliqué Beach House Block is designed to invoke the vibrant, serene experience of a beachside staycation. Bright, visually-pleasing colors are encouraged for the construction of the beach house block, while the background fabric, 8 1/2" x 10 1/2", evokes the soft, sandy hues of a sun-soaked beach in pale yellow print.

There is ample room for creative liberties with the design – whether it's altering the house width, revamping the roof line, introducing a new window, eliminating the flag or simply repositioning the door! Even adding an appliquéd beach ball, bucket, spade... the options are there for those who are inspired to. It's all about making your block entirely your own.

The following chart gives the approximate dimensions and fabric requirements for each piece of this block. The only aspect where precision is crucial is the size of the background; every other component is ready for your interpretations.


Size W x H



8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Pale Yellow Sand Print



Bright Print


5 1/2" x 7"

Bright Print


3" x 5"

Bright Print

Click on the image below to download a PDF of this BOM.

To Beach House Block PDF download

This unique block was inspired by a quilt design I stumbled upon on the internet that featured quaint houses strategically positioned around a picturesque pond. This blew me away due to its stunning design where there's no right or wrong way up for the quilt. I aim to replicate this setting if I manage to win all these blocks. I envision adding a miniature boat floating gently on the lake and some fascinating detail to the sky - this would make a captivating lap quilt, perfect to bring out when the grandchildren come for a visit.

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