TUTORIAL: Sticks And Bricks Quilt

In a previous post I referred to this pattern as “Sticks and Stones,” but “Sticks and Bricks” seemed more fitting.

So, here is a mini tutorial for Sticks and Bricks.

STICKS AND BRICKS


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82-1/2″ x 82-1/2″

(but size is highly flexible–FINISHED block size 7-1/2″)

MATERIALS

A big pile of background fabric scraps, OR yardage–about 6 yards total

A big pile of colored fabric scraps

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

from the background fabric cut a total of…

180 2″x8″ rectangles

732 2″x2″ squares

from the colored scraps cut a total of…

120 2″x8″ rectangles

793 2″x2″ squares

ASSEMBLY

There are two types of blocks–Sticks and Bricks, naturally.

To build a Sticks block, alternate background and colored rectangles–three background and two colored.    Stitch.  The block should be 8″ UNFINISHED. Make 60 Sticks blocks.

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To build a Bricks block, build a 25 patch with the colored squares in the corners, using 13 colored squares and 12 background squares.  The blocks should be 8″ UNFINISHED. Make 61 Bricks blocks in all.

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Using your 121 blocks, lay out in an 11×11 pattern, with the Bricks in the corners.  Assemble into rows and then into an entire top (Isn’t it easy to write and tiring to do?! About this stage in quilt construction I consider that those who say quilting is a sedentary hobby haven’t quilted very much).

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Ta-dah!  A Sticks and Bricks top.

This pattern is forgiving and easy to change in size.  If you want a true queen/king, consider building a 13×13 grid–169 blocks in all.  That will measure 98″ square.  I prefer odd numbers of blocks on this type of quilt as it keeps the outer corners consistent, but that is just a personal preference.

I hope to have a fully finished quilt to show you soon, but my quilting machine is unavailable for a while due to the pandemic. And that is OK.  I have plenty of fabric to see me through.

STICKS AND BRICKS Gallery

your beautiful creations here…