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Thread: Second take on Flannel Bricks Pattern

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    Second take on Flannel Bricks Pattern

    I posted last year about a quilt I wanted to make. It's from this pattern.

    I finally decided to make it. I got out all the flannel I had purchased a few years ago at an estate sale and washed it. I have abut 30 fat quarters, plus 25 10X10 squares, all of which are prints.

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    I pulled out the magazine I had saved with the pattern and looked again. Most all the flannels used in the sample quilt are solids or read as solids. I thought I'd just have to buy a few solids, but this look will require almost all new fabrics. I have a ton of these prints, which I cannot imagine a use for, and I don't want to buy 10 yards of fabric when I have all this.

    Would making this pattern totally scrappy work? I've never made a real scrappy quilt, other than I Spy quilts. Some things are just "too busy" Is this one of those things?

    Any suggestions for another pattern? (I don't think this will make a good rag quilt, as it didn't ravel much.)

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    I think the pattern you have picked will look great with those fabrics. I don't think this would be too busy

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    Would you have enough to use all the plaids, along with one consistent purchased solid for one quilt and then the patterns with an additional solid in a second quilt? They are pretty fabrics and will make a cozy quilt.

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    The Door Mouse has a free pattern, Plaid Flannel Squares. It's on their old web site but the link still works. It's pretty scrappy and would look great with your fabrics:
    https://thedoormouse.com/pattern.htm

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    I think your fabrics will look great with your pattern.

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    I think your fabrics will look awesome in the pattern you chose. Of course, I am a huge fan of scrappies, so My opinion is a little biased

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    I love scrappies too and would not have a problem using them all together.
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    I also think the bricks pattern you've picked out would look great with your fabrics. Since you have such a variety you could fold your fabrics into the approximate size of your bricks and lay them out to get an idea of how they would look.

    If you don't like the bricks pattern, how about a Pineapple or Log Cabin? I have always admired this quilt: https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...e-t254529.html and would love to make one someday, but it hasn't made it to the top of the list yet.

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    I think it would work just fine, if you have enough lights and darks to go next to each other. It will be pretty.
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    I like the colors too for the bricks. Try using the same color brick from corner to corner for a more controlled quilt top. Another idea is the bear paw that someone just had finished. She kept the same colors in the same 4 bear paws, and the next set was another group of colors, say blue. If I could find it I would show it to you.

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    Second Question

    Thanks so much for the suggestions. It's for a teen-aged boy, so he won't be too picky. I think I will add some lights, as most all of these are darks.

    bkay

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    bkay, I also think it will look great with your fabrics. You may want to incorporate a couple of solids to break it up.

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    THe second question

    The pattern instructions are to cut all fabrics into 6.5 X 3.5 bricks and then assemble into vertical strips, offsetting each strip by 1/2 a block.

    Is there any reason I can't make strip sets and cut into 3.5 inch strips? (Most all the fabric I have is fat quarters.) By reversing the strips and mixing them up, wouldn't you get a good mix? (Maybe I didn't say that right. I hope you understand what I mean.) It seems like it would be easier and more consistent.

    Depending on what I find, I was planning on buying "grunge" type fabrics. My favorite outlet had some Timeless Treasures flannel when I was there last. It was great fabric. It's a drive over there, though. Their minimum cut is a yard, and I don't have plans to make any more flannel quilts so I'll end up with flannel scraps.

    bkay

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    I am a scrapper and I think those would make a great quilt. You might want to buy a solid and use as a smashing. I would use left over pieces sewn together for binding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    The pattern instructions are to cut all fabrics into 6.5 X 3.5 bricks and then assemble into vertical strips, offsetting each strip by 1/2 a block.

    Is there any reason I can't make strip sets and cut into 3.5 inch strips? (Most all the fabric I have is fat quarters.) By reversing the strips and mixing them up, wouldn't you get a good mix? (Maybe I didn't say that right. I hope you understand what I mean.) It seems like it would be easier and more consistent.

    Depending on what I find, I was planning on buying "grunge" type fabrics. My favorite outlet had some Timeless Treasures flannel when I was there last. It was great fabric. It's a drive over there, though. Their minimum cut is a yard, and I don't have plans to make any more flannel quilts so I'll end up with flannel scraps.

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    When looking at the picture of the pattern I believe the instructions are incorrect and that you should be assembling in horizontal strips (take each 6.5 x 3.5 "brick" and sew them on the 3.5" side to create a long row of bricks. each row will measure 3.5" high by however long you decide to make it, determined by how many bricks you put in each row) and offset each horizontal strip by half a block when you join your assembled rows. If you make strip sets and then cut them you will lose the stacked brick look and will end up with a look similar to chinese coins.

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    I might grab a few solids to coordinate, but I love the idea of most of them being patterned! Gorgeous set of flannels that will make a cozy quilt!
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    I love all those plaids! Unless you've already decided for sure on the pattern, you could also check out some of Bonnie Hunter's plaid shirt quilts or Evelyn Sloppy's Plaid Obsession quilt. I don't think you'll go wrong whatever you choose!

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    Sorry, a quilt with all those tiny pieces would never get finished at my house. Both of the quilt artists do a great job, but Jenny Doan is more my speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    When looking at the picture of the pattern I believe the instructions are incorrect and that you should be assembling in horizontal strips (take each 6.5 x 3.5 "brick" and sew them on the 3.5" side to create a long row of bricks. each row will measure 3.5" high by however long you decide to make it, determined by how many bricks you put in each row) and offset each horizontal strip by half a block when you join your assembled rows. If you make strip sets and then cut them you will lose the stacked brick look and will end up with a look similar to chinese coins.
    Maybe I used the wrong terms. You cut 6.5 X 3.5 bricks, then assemble them into strips that go top to bottom. Then you sew those strips together offsetting each strip by 1/2 a block. (I can't post a photo, as it's in a magazine.)

    i was thinking you could make up strip sets of 6.5 inch wide fabrics (say 5 or 6 strips) and cut them into 3.5 inch strips, mix them up and turn them and get a good mix.

    I'm going to try it. I can't see where it wouldn't work.

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    Last edited by bkay; 12-10-2018 at 10:31 AM. Reason: duplicate paragraph

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    I think your fabrics would be great for the brick pattern. I also agree that maybe a solid flannel would look good just to break up the dark fabrics. Love your pattern choice for these fabrics. Please share a picture when you have it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post

    i was thinking you could make up strip sets of 6.5 inch wide fabrics (say 5 or 6 strips) and cut them into 3.5 inch strips, mix them up and turn them and get a good mix.

    I'm going to try it. I can't see where it wouldn't work.

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    I did misunderstand your first post on doing this as a strip set. I was thinking you wanted to make 3 1/2" strip sets and sub cut them to 6 1/2. Doing it the other way will work but I can tell you that a strip set of 6" strips with 5 or 6 strips could get unwieldy when you go to sub cut them down. But the pattern is very forgiving so you shouldn't have too much trouble.

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    There are a couple of different ideas from Pinterest. They are made from old shirts but I think they would work with your fabrics too -

    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...rifty.html?m=1


    http://sandrasaunders.blogspot.com/2011/03/dads-shirts-keepsake-quilt.html

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    Here is my two cents of advice.
    1- All work together except the orange/ brown plaid in the bottom stack, and the orangey floral in the top one. I would stick with navy-red-tan.
    2- Since you are making it for a teenage guy, no florals. Generally they really don’t like flowers in their bedding, decor or otherwise.
    3- I Agree with others the sets need a solid or tone on tone to settle down the plaids-

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    I made something similar. Didn't like it, was too busy for me, so I gave it away to someone who loved it. To each his/her own!


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    [QUOTE=Moira in N.E. England;8174210]There are a couple of different ideas from Pinterest. They are made from old shirts but I think they would work with your fabrics too -

    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...rifty.html?m=1


    http://sandrasaunders.blogspot.com/2011/03/dads-shirts-keepsake-quilt.html


    Sorry but second link in original post doesn’t seem to be working.

    http://sandrasaunders.blogspot.com/2...ake-quilt.html



    Last edited by Moira in N.E. England; 12-10-2018 at 12:33 PM.

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