Last Fall I posted about a fun pattern by Mary Ellen Hopkins entitled Bricks and Mortar (click here to read that post). In it I made a quilt for my nephew and his wife and I promised a photo of them with their wedding quilt and here it is:
Around this same time my friend Debbie was looking for a pattern to make a quilt for her son. Tim is a fisherman for fun and a mason tender by trade. She found some wonderful fishing fabrics for his quilt and when she saw my Bricks and Mortar quilt – she knew she had the right pattern.
She used a panel for the center of the quilt, instead of the center square, and we figured out what size to make it so the bricks would fit. Then she took it to a whole new level because she felt he would notice that the mortar didn’t go all the way around the bricks. It isn’t completely realistic.
I knew that adding mortar around every “round of bricks” would throw off the measurements, so I recommended she grab some graph paper and see how it would work. She figured it out and I was impressed.
Here’s a close up of her bricks with the complete mortar:
It takes a bit more piecing, and the corner blocks have a unique shape, but I think I like it as much if not much if not more than the original pattern. And here’s the quilt top – with just one more border to be added:
I’m sure Tim will love this quilt! Great job Deb! Thanks for letting me share.