Missouri Star Quilt Co has a tutorial for a house quilt that inspired me to make a housewarming gift for my daughter and her family. I posted the top when I got it done, but here's the completed quilt.
Tutorial here: http://quiltingtutorials.com/all/neighbor-house-quilt/
Here's my original post with fabric, size, etc listed: House quilt - MSQC tute - too long???
The real learning part for me was that when I had no quilting lines in the cream colored sections I was not happy with the quilt. I used Quilter's Dream Poly batting because you only have to quilt every 12" with that batting. So the 10" layer cake house pieces could be left without quilting lines. But ... I didn't like the plain cream sections so quilted some lines in there and I was much happier. So I quilted around each house - across the line between the roof and the house and then those lines in the cream sections. I used a blanket stitch around the houses and a long straight stitch for the rest.
The backing is from Moda's Simple Marks - the same as the houses. This fabric has the best feel to it! I had the pieced backing laying across a chair in my studio when their little boy was visiting. He's five and doesn't usually notice much about what's in there. He walked past that fabric, petted it, and said, "THIS one's really pretty, Grammy!" I hope he remembers that when this finally gets gifted!