Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quick Trick Brick Stack Quilt

I sometimes joke that my love language is quilting.  I love to gift quilts for all of the times that we celebrate life, and also the times when we need a boost.  Whether it's news of a new baby or news that a friend is suffering, I'm often trying to think of the right handmade gift.

I made this quilt for our neighbor, Sarah, who was recently in a serious car accident.  She's only 16 years old, and she has a long recovery ahead of her.

I happened to have several precuts of Soiree in my stash, and I started by cutting my layer cake pieces in half to form 5"x10" bricks.  I wanted to stagger the bricks, so I used charm squares to fill in the gaps on the ends of the strips!  And there you have it, a quick trick brick stack. :)  (Once that name popped into my head, I was reciting Dr. Suess whenever I works on this quilt!)
For the back, I started by piecing together strips from a jelly roll.  To break up the patterned fabrics I added in a few kona strips (color is lagoon). The strips didn't give me a large enough backing so I added some pieced charm squares mixed with chunks of kona.
To finish this quilt, I meander quilted and bound it with a few jelly roll strips. For the quilt top and back I used 1 layer cake, 1 jelly roll, and 2 charm packs plus about a 1/2 yard of kona.  Finished size is about 61.5"x63".
It's all washed up and ready to be gifted!  I hope that it brings some cheer and warmth to Sarah's room as she continues to recover.

8 comments:

Lee said...

Beautiful! LOVE the back! I'm sure it will brighten her days a little.

Elizabeth D. said...

OMG, the first thing I thought of when I saw your title was Dr. Seuss - my toddler is obsessed with all things Dr. Seuss and quotes it randomly throughout the day. "Fox in Socks" is one of his favorites! I love the back of this quilt, especially the Kona you chose, it goes so well with your other fabrics! Beautiful quilt!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! Nice touch adding the Kona solid in!

Jennifer :)

Domestic Moose said...

How pretty, nice job. The back looks great.

Jen T said...

So beautiful!

jelena said...

I like all of your work, you have some great ideas :)

Dayle said...

Such a unique design. I love it!

I’d like to invite you to a link-up event at my place on November 5th and 6th called, The Airing of the Quilts. I’d be pleased if you could join us, and hope you’ll hop over to my blog and grab the party button so you can help me spread the word.

Quiltstory said...

What a sweet sweet gift. It is a beautiful quilt and nne that a 16 year old would most certainly love. I love your layout and the backing is too cute to be called backing :) Thanks so much for linking up, see you next week :)