Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day thirty of that project.

This block shows a lighter gray background rather than blue. There is a small narrow house with a window abot the door on the left, and a singular tree on the right.

I think this is a tiny house. It’s cute as a button, with a great tree. You know one of those bitty houses we are seeing on HGTV and Netflix. The new wave in homeownership.

They remind me of really condensed versions of “shotgun” houses. Common in some areas, they are one room wide. To get to the next room you go through the first. There are no hallways. I don’t think I could live in a tiny house now. I’m just not flexible enough, I’m certain I would get tangled up and hurt myself!

When my children were very young we lived in a house that was less than 900 square feet.  The children’s bedroom was 8’x10′.  I had 3 young sons at the time. You’d think that it would be wall to wall beds, wouldn’t you? But no, I learned to be a master of using every square inch.

I took the closet doors off and we built bunks in there for the older two and the littlest was still in a crib. There was just enough space at the end of the bunks to have a little storage space on the platform. They had play space in the middle of the room and toy bins were under the crib and on a shelf unit built for the space. There was a dresser just the right size to fit in the corner.

I can tell you they all learned early on to put things away when they were done with it. Anyone who has visited my store knows that the “use every inch” philosophy has served me well in getting as much in it as I can and still look good.