Outhouse Pieced Block Instructions

Outhouse Quilt Block Image
12.5" unfinished (12.0" when added to your own quilt)
Click on the image above to see a larger view.
(In the image, the roof top looks skewed, it will not be in the pieced product. This was the result of my poor quality mouse at work.)

The Outhouse

This pattern was created in reference to a request for such a square on the quilting.about.com forum. Now, there may be better methods available for construction this block, but I sure couldn't figure it out, and couldn't find one anywhere else either. :-)

You will end up cutting 36 pieces for this pattern. That seems like a lot, but, if you follow the assembly diagram below, using the corresponding cutting instructions in the table included. (Note, eash HST (half square triangle) section is considered 1 piece, so, create these squares first.) Assemble each subsection in the order listed on the assembly diagram, giving you 4 subsections. Then, sew each of the subsections together to finish the block. It will likely be easier on your eyes, and organization, to print out the assembly diagram and the table.


You may desire to applique either a moon (which represents "man") or a star (which represents "woman") to the top center of the door using the same color as you used for pieces K (that is, dark grey or black). Use a buttonhole stitch with either embroidery weight thread, or two strands of quilting thread, in black, to attach the applique. Use the same method to attach a small circle to represent the handle.

Assembly Diagram

Outhouse Quilt Block Assembly Diagram

Cutting Instructions

All dimensions provided are unfinished. Cut fabric as follows:

Piece CodeHSTCut SizeSuggested Color
A1.5 x 12.5Sky Blue
B2.5 x 3.5 (cut 2)Sky Blue
CHST3.5 x 3.5 (cut 2)*Sky Blue/Dk Rust or Red
D2.5 x 3.5Dk Rust or Red (Same as C)
E3.0 x 5.5 (cut 2)Sky Blue
F1.0 x 7.0 (cut 2)Dk Brown
G1.5 x 7.0 (cut 2)Med Brown
H1.0 x 6.0 (cut 2)Dk Brown
I1.0 x 4.5Dk Brown
J1.0 x 4.5Tan or Lt Brown
KHST1.5 x 1.5 (cut 2)*Tan or Lt Brown (same as M) w/Dk Grey or Black
L1.5 x 1.5Tan or Lt Brown
M1.5 x 3.5 (cut 2)Tan or Lt Brown
N1.0 x 3.25 (cut 2)Tan or Lt Brown
O.75 x 1.0Rust or Black (this is the hinge)
P2.0 x 3.5Tan or Lt Brown
Q2.0 x 3.0 (cut 2)Grass Green
R2.0 x 4.5 (cut 2)Grass Green
S1.0 x 4.0Lt Grey
T1.0 x 4.5Med Grey
U1.0 x 5.0Grass Green
VHST1.0 x 1.0*Lt Grey/Grass Green
WHST1.0 x 1.0*Lt Grey/Med Grey
XHST1.0 x 1.0*Med Grey/Grass Green
*HST dimensions provided are finished HST size. Click on the piece letter for instructions for creating that particular HST.

Half Square Triangles

This is a quick and easy method for making Half Square Triangles (HST):

  1. Take two of the same size squares (read dimensions below) and put them right sides together.
  2. On the back of the square facing up, using your ruler, draw a line through the diagonal of the square, corner to corner.
  3. Keeping your squares together (use pins if needed), sew a seam 1/4" away from either side of the diagonal line:
    Image of HST Sewing
  4. Using scissors or your rotary cutter, cut the square into two sections on the diagonal line.
  5. Open the HST squares and press towards the darker. (Be careful since you are working with a bias edge, do not IRON, just press lightly.)
  6. Using an appropriately sized ruler (the 6.0" squares work great for smaller blocks), align the diagonal seam with the 45 line of your ruler, and within the desired dimensions of the finished square, trim the excess off of the square.

Referring to the table above, cut the starting squares in these dimensions:
Piece C = 4" x 4"
Piece K = 2" x 2"
Pieces V, W, X = 1.5" x 1.5"

Actual Quilt Block Picture

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