Traditional Tuesday - Block 40

Block 40 - Bricks
This block is great for so many reasons. It works as a filler for odd sized borders, it could be a border in and of itself or it could be a whole quilt! (Think quick and easy baby quilt!). It can be scrappy or controlled - the choices are truly endless. The key is to offset each row. To do this you start every other row with a half-block. If you like wonky, you can start every other row with different size blocks so they are offset but in different sizes. It all depends on your sensibility!
This block uses 8 fabrics. I went controlled - scrappy. You could do random scrappy, monochromatic or something else. Here's my colors - two blue, two purple, two pink and two yellow/green. It's a new month, so I think I'm going scrappy this month. Each block will have several color families in it.
  • From each of 4 fabrics, cut  2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
  • From each of the 4 remaining fabrics, cut 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles. 
Lay out the large and small rectangles as shown. Flank two small rectangles on either side of a large rectangle for the top and bottom rows. The remaining 2 large rectangles are for the center row.
Sew together in rows and join the rows. The block will measure 6 1/2" unfinished.
Here's some links to traditional Brick quilts.
Scroll down to the fourth quilt. This one also does a brick border! Very nice!
Traditional setting with modern fabrics.
Looks like a Project Linus baby quilt.
Nice masculine version.
Cool one on the diagonal - just to mix it up a bit!


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