Bricks Quilt Block Tutorial

I mentioned in the podcast a couple episodes ago that I was working on a Turning Twenty inspired block that would be more suitable for smaller projects like baby quilts or lap-size quilts.  I love the simplicity of T20 quilts,  how quilt they come together, and the ability to show off large scale prints. I didn’t love how off balance it can be if you try to use it in a smaller project than twin size quilt.

This block finishes at 9″, and is still easy to cut and piece.  This is what the blocks look like:

Bricks Blocks

And here’s the cutting plan for three different fabric sizes!

Fat Quarter

Bricks FQ Layout

Fat Eighth

Bricks F8 Layout

Layer Cake

Bricks Layer Cake Layout

With 9″ blocks, a layout of 6 blocks by 7 blocks will yield a quilt top that’s 54 x 63″, which is a nice size lap quilt.  You could make that with 14 fat quarters (getting 3 of each block element from each FQ), 28 Fat Eighth’s, or a layer cake set with 42 10″ squares.  To assemble the top, just start laying out your A Blocks and B Blocks in a random pattern until your happy with the placement of the values and colors:

Bricks Top Layout


Edited to add pictures of two finished tops with a 6×6 block layout – these measure 54″ inches square:

Bricks - Finished Top 2 Bricks - Finished Top 1

4 Replies to “Bricks Quilt Block Tutorial”

  1. Thanks for this, The cutting instructions are great. You inspired me to use a layer cake that has been languishing on my shelves for far too long.

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