When I first started quilting, I was addicted to the brick layout. It’s a very forgiving layout for beginners since there are no seams to match perfectly. At some point in my online fabric shopping adventures, I picked up a heart and lace Valentine’s Day themed fabric. I had used part of the panel for another project, but I was left with a piece the size of this central square. Although it was mostly pink and white, it did have splashes of bright green which I carried through the quilt in the floral print.
I cut out the rectangles at 6″ by 10″ each, unfinished. I added top and bottom sashing to the centre block in order to make the size of the focal point line up with the height of three bricks.Finished Size: 42″ x 46″. If you happen to be wondering why the math doesn’t work out correctly based on a 9 row brick layout (6″ high rectangles should finish at 5.5″ with 1/4″ seams), this is because when I first started quilting, I didn’t use standard 1/4″ seams. Rebel!
Don’t look too closely at my binding in these photos, particularly the corners. Although my binding skills were not great at the time, I still love the bright contrast of the green binding against the stark white backing.
For the quilting, I stitched 1/4″ from all the horizontal seams. In the focal panel, I stitched in white thread around the perimeter of the heart. I wasn’t happy with the slight wrinkling around this stitch line at the time, but when I look at it now with the perspective of passed time, it wasn’t as bad as I thought!
Who can resist a bright pink quilt?