Concentric Brick Quilt
Updated: Mar 5
This is just one of the few quilt blocks with no matching seams. It is excellent for using up small scraps and short yardages that don't really go with anything else.
Make 12 blocks for the quilt illustrated above.
Raw Block Size: 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Finished Block Size: 12" x 12"
Total Rectangles Per Block: 18
Cut each rectangle 2" x 3 1/2"
One sashing fabric is sewn to 3 Blocks
4 sashing fabrics (full Width of Bolt i.e. WOB) are needed each 8" minimum yardage
Cut 4 strips of each fabric, 2" wide
Cut 6 short sashing strips, 8 1/2" long
Cut 6 long sashing strips, 12 1/2" long
For your own quilts, if you wish to change the size of this quilt block, then use the same number of rectangular pieces. Change only the aspect ratio of the rectangular pieces using these width, height, and sashing formulas.
Width = n + 1/2", where "n" is the finished width of each rectangle in inches.
Height = 2n + 1/2"
Cut sashing strips the same width as the rectangular pieces.
Use this formula to determine the length of the shorter sashing strips: 6n + 1/2"
Use this formula to determine the length of the longer sashing strips: 8n + 1/2"
Sew rectangles together as illustrated in these three configurations. Mix the fabrics up so no two units are the same.
Make one unit of the 1st configuration at the far left. Sew the long sides of two rectangle pieces together. This will be the center of the block.
Make four units of the 2nd configuration. Sew the short sides together.
Make two units of the 3rd configuration at the far right. Sew the short sides together.
Two rectangles will remain unsewn at the end of this step.
Press all the seams one direction.
Sew the two remaining rectangles to the center of the quilt block (the 1st unit) as illustrated. Pay attention to where the seam is located in the center section so that these two rectangles are sewn to the correct sides. Each subsequent step will continue to add to the center section making it progressively larger.
Sew two units of the second configuration along the long sides of the quilt block center.
Sew the remaining two units of the 2nd configuration as illustrated. Pay attention to where the seams are located in the center section so that you know where to sew these two units.
Sew the final two units (the 3rd configuration) to the long sides of the center section.
Sew two of the short sashing strips to opposite sides as illustrated. Pay attention to where the seams are located in the center section to know which sides to sew the sashing on.
Sew two long sashing strips to the longest sides of the center section. One quilt block is complete.
Arrange all 12 blocks so that the sashing fabrics alternate and create a diagonal pattern. Then, sew the blocks together into rows. Finally, sew the rows together into a quilt top.