It all started with a 3 pound cotton assortment from Fabric.com that contained much more browns than I was ready for. I had no idea what to do with them.
I was thinking about things outside that I like. I live in Dover, DE, so we have a pretty ample supply of very old buildings. Among my most favorites are brick buildings.
Hmm, lots of brown fabric, and a liking to bricks… not too tough, right?!
Next step, the drawing board:
I don’t really sketch in any particular order, but the amount of fabric needed is almost always the last thing to be figured out.
Thanks to Wikipedia, the standard U.S. brick size is: 8″ wide, 4″ high, and 2 1/4″ deep.
I went with that measurement and created this quilt.
Here’s the tutorial:
– 16 Fat Quarters
– 3 yards backing fabric, or material cut/pieced to measure 48″ by 68″
– batting measuring at least 48″ by 68″
– 1/2 yard for binding
– 94 rectangles measuring 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
– 16 squares measuring 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
– 6 strips of binding, 2 1/2″ wide by the width of fabric for the length
Sew 9 rows as follows: one 4 1/2″ square, then five 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ rectangles, then one 4 1/2″ square.
Sew 8 rows of six 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ rectangles.
You should now have 17 rows measuring 48″ by 4 1/2″.
Figure out the order you want the rows to be in, alternating the rows to stagger the blocks. I made sure that none of the blocks touched another block of the same fabric. Sew the rows together horizontally. Your top is done!
(This is not that great of a pic, but it got the true colors the best of the couple I took.)
Now, lay your backing right side down, lay the batting on top, then place the top on top of these 2 layers, pin all layers together, and quilt as desired. When I pin my quilt, I try to think about where I am going to quilt it so that I don’t put the pins there. It goes a LOT faster if you aren’t taking pins out every 5 seconds.
Attach binding, and your done. I recently found a GREAT tutorial for doing the binding, which is my absolute least favorite part of quilting. But, Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts has the right idea about binding!
Just look how great it turned out:
Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Inspired by BlueStripedRoom.