Thursday, September 16, 2010

{Colorbrick} a beginner's Quilt-Along

Colorbrick Quilt-Along

Are you ready to make your first quilt?  Nervous?  Don't know where to start?  Join me for a quilt-along perfect for beginner quilters.

I'll be posting step-by-step directions for how to make my Colorbrick quilt.  It's definitely my favorite quilt so far and so easy to make.  Large pieces come together quickly, but the effect is more interesting than a simple block quilt.

You CAN do this!  Come on - there's no time like the present to get started!
Colorbrick Quilt

We'll start cutting the first week of October.  So, that leaves you two weeks to get your fabric in hand.  Don't dawdle now!  You'll need:
  • 10 Fat Quarters (prints for the bricks)
  • a Solid Neutral for sashing and backing

So start dreaming about what you might use.  Here's our Quilt-Along post line up with approximate dates:
  1. Choosing Fabrics & Materials List
  2. Prewash & Press Fabrics
  3. Rotary Cutting 101
  4. Cutting! Fat Quarters become Bricks
  5. Cutting! the Long & Short of Sashing
  6. Chain Piecing
  7. Musical Bricks
  8. Hello Quilt Top!
  9. How to Spray Baste your Quilt
  10. Quilting Along the Lines
  11. Making Quilt Binding
  12. Easiest Machine Binding

You can easily have your Colorbrick quilt done in time for Christmas, even if you hit a few bumps along the way!

Are you going to join us?  Yahoo!  Please consider joining our group on Flickr! It's a fun way to stay connected, share what you're making and discuss questions on an open forum.

P.S.  Are you wondering if you're ready to quilt?  I'll be assuming you know how to sew a straight line with your sewing machine.  That's pretty much it.  So, minimal sewing experience is recommended.  We will be using a rotary cutter too.  If you don't already own a set up, see my suggestions under "Rotary Cutter Extras" on the Get Started Supply List.


  1. Oh this looks like so much fun! And would make the perfect Christmas gift for my daughter who just moved into her own room.

    Quick question: How much of the neutral do I need?

    Off to look at my calendar to plan a trip to the fabric store. . .

  2. Can I just tell you that I'm really really excited about this?

  3. I have been wanting to make a Christmas quilt for our family to pull out every big is this one?? How much of the sashing/backing fabric do we need? You are tempting me, you really are :)

  4. One more question about choosing fabrics for the you suggest a mix of large scale and small scale or a certain ratio?

  5. I have been wanting to try making a quilt and this might just be the perfect thing to get me going! My sister is due to have her second daughter right at Christmas and this would be the perfect gift!!!

  6. Although I am not a beginner, I am going to try to do this with you. I am still a new machine quilter and although I have meandered, I haven't tried straight lines, so I will definitely be giving that a try! Love the pattern : )

  7. i am seriously considering!! I am now on the lookout for fat quarters that I want. How big is a fat quarter? I may cut some out of fabric I already have, is cotton best? Normally I quilt with this kind of improvisation allowed?!

  8. A fat quarter is 18 x 22. I definitely recommend medium weight cotton fabric or "quilter's cotton" if you are shopping. Using scraps or any fabric you have on hand is certainly up to you! Thin or thick fabrics are doable, but are likely to make some steps more difficult. When you put so much time and effort into something, it's best to love what you're working with, so keep that in mind!

  9. Finished dimensions are 52.5 x 66". It's a nice size for 2 adults to snuggle with on the couch, or for a few kids.

  10. I have never quilted before but have wanted to learn, so I am really excited about this!! I think I'm going to try it. Where locally do you recommend getting fabric from?

  11. I'm so excited right now! I've followed (/lurked) a couple of quilt-alongs but this is the first one I've decided to participate on! I'm really looking forward to it; I already have my fabrics picked (pending scale instructions on Saturday!)! I've hand pieced and hand quilted before, but I'm pretty new (about three weeks!) to machine sewing. I can't wait to get started!

  12. Will you make a sew along button that I can add to my page?

  13. Hey, I'm a "cheater" too! I'll work on making the button more accessible - thanks. If it works for you, you're welcome to grab it from the Flickr group.

  14. For the machine quilting, do we need to have a special foot? I think I'd like to tag along with this one!!! It's very fun.

  15. Yes, I recommend a walking foot. Mine is not "built-in". It's an attachment I bought and it works just fine!

  16. Ahhh! I am so tempted to do this! If I can get the fabrics in time, I'm in! This may end up being my very first "finished" quilt. I love the idea of being a part a group all working on the same thing. This is just great Rachel!


  17. Yippy, I was going to do my first quilt this winter. But this sound so much more fun. I have joined, picked out my fabric, and will wash and press Sunday. Looking forward to the fun. And I have to say I love this pattern it is super simple, yet stunning.

  18. Im very tempted to make this quilt however I have a layer cake. Would 10 x 5 bricks work? Other than making it smaller - would it offset the pattern too much?

  19. I love your detailed quilt along! I am really late to this but I am going to make one of these soon!

  20. Would love to join your quilt along, how do I get started?

  21. rachel, what is the names of some of the fabrics you use? i just love them! Thanks, Wendy

    1. Thanks! Those fabrics in the original Colorbrick are Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner. It's incredibly hard to find at this point. Hoping she might re-release it someday!

  22. Thanks for your tutorial! I´ve finished my second colorbrick and I really love the result! It was so easy with your instruction!

    Greetings from Austria!


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