Friday, March 21, 2014

tutorial: Bricklayer quilt block with American Made Brand fabrics + a giveaway!

It's really great to hear how many of you are excited about American Made Brand fabrics. I am too! I'm back today with a tutorial for a fun quilt block that I designed that is based on a traditional quilt block. Plus, I've got a giveaway of some American Made Brand fabric bundles to share as well! 

This is my Bricklayer quilt block and it reminds me a bit of the patterns that can often be found in brickwork. It's a really easy block to construct and I love the simplicity of the overall design.

The Bricklayer block is based on the traditional block known as the Beggar's Block, Cats and Mice, and The Roman Square. It's the one labeled 717 in the photo above, which is a page from the book "5,500 Quilt Block Designs" by Maggie Malone, which is a great resource for design inspiration.

When I was working on my design, I drew up a couple of variations in my sketch book. As you can see, my Bricklayer block is not an exact duplication of the traditional block. I varied the width of the middle section of the pieced patches for more visual interest and movement in the design.

I chose two colors of American Made Brand fabrics to use in my block, Periwinkle and Cream.

For each 12 1/2" unfinished block, you'll need one 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square of Cream, sixteen 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces of Cream, and eight 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces of Periwinkle fabric.

The block consists of eight pieced patchwork sections, which are each constructed with one 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces of Periwinkle fabric and two 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces of Cream fabric. Using a 1/4" seam, sew one piece of Cream to one piece of Periwinkle, right sides together.

And then sew the other piece of Cream to the piece of Periwinkle fabric, right sides together. 

Repeat this seven more times for a total of eight pieced patchwork sections. Then, press the seams to the sides, towards the darker fabric.

Lay out the eight pieced patchwork blocks, along with the Cream square, like this. Construct the block by sewing three rows: top, middle, and bottom. Then sew those three rows together. Press the seams of the top and bottom rows to the right and the seams of the middle row to the left so that they will nest as you sew the three rows together. Press the final two seams to the sides, towards the top and bottom rows, respectively. 

And that's it! The Bricklayer block measures 12 1/2" unfinished. And now for the giveaway...

My friends at Clothworks are generously giving away some fat quarter bundles of American Made Brand fabrics to five lucky readers. 

Each bundle has eight fat quarters of American Made Brand fabric in some beautiful colors. 

To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment below and let me know the first thing you would make with American Made Brand Fabric. 

The giveaway is open only to residents of the United States and runs until next Friday, March 28th, 2014. I'll choose five winners randomly, and please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!!

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