First it was the fabric! I had to have Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks collection – and the more the better! I purchased a 1/2 yard set and started making little projects around the house, like my patchwork rugs and computer chair pad.
Then, gradually, I came around and admitted I wanted to make a quilt. Colorbrick was born when Film in the Fridge posted a work-in-progress on her “Postcards from the Park” quilt (which coincidentally she submitted as her favorite to Blogger’s quilt festival!). I didn’t know how she had achieved that look, but I knew that I liked the way the large rectangle shapes present the fabric. Then one afternoon while reading, I glanced up to see some brickwork through my window. Instantly, I knew that was the feel I wanted. Isn’t that how it is sometimes – the right idea comes quickly like a gift from heaven!
Good Folks would show off in large brick shapes and natural linen would make a cool mortar. Not knowing what I was doing, I set to work making the blocks via a paper-piecing technique. Essentially, I was adding a strip of linen to the top and side of each rectangle. Well, it worked, but that was silly! Had I recognized that the top line was sashing, I could have cut one long strip to go all the way across each row of bricks, saving significant time in cutting and sewing.
I had planned from the beginning that I would use a thrifted wool army blanket (thanks, Mom!) as the batting and quilt the back in a stair step echo pattern that would emphasize the brick design. Loved the quilting process!
At first I finished Colorbrick with a bright yellow store bought binding. It was awful. I mean, just reaaaally bad! After ripping it out I made some binding from scraps and it came out alright. I machine attached it for a quick finish. Thanks to all of you who have made sweet comments about my Colorbrick quilt! That picture in the header was taken off the cuff, when we were finished photographing the rest.
The internet is a wonderful place! Thanks, Amy, for organizing such a fun way to share our favorite projects and meet new friends! I’m off now to check out the other quilts in the Blogger’s quilt festival!