July 2, 2012

Modern Monday - Block 40

Bricks

Block 40 - Bricks
This is a traditional block that I modified heavily. I think it makes a fun, Modern block like this (with the sides a solid neutral rather than more colored bricks, like the traditional version). I can imagine a row quilt with stacks of bricks offset like this. The sides could be gray or white - either makes the colored bricks pop. The colored bricks could be coordinating, like this or scrappy.

I found an orange Halloween print with just the right shades of orange. Two coordinating oranges complete the 3 fabrics needed. I chose white for the sides.
 Cutting:
  • From the colored brick fabrics, cut 1 each, 3" x 4" rectangles.
  • From the white, cut 5-6 large white strips at least 5" wide. I used scraps from other blocks.
Here's how large the white scraps I used were. Overkill, I know!
I didn't plan out the wonkiness too well, so mine are almost straight. If you want the sides of your center bricks to be angled more prominently, plan for that now. You can see how I placed the colored rectangle on top of the white at an angle.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and press to the dark. Repeat on the other side and trim to 2 1/2" x 6 1/2".
Repeat to make three units. I chose to make the center unit with just one side of white. You can do this or make all three with white on both sides. You don't want the bricks to be stacked perfectly on top of each other, so offset the whites when cutting. Sew the rows together. Your block will be 6 1/2" when done.

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