Finished: Norfolk Bricks quilt top!

Prepare for a simple picture post today!

From this…

Sketchbook ideas for Norfolk Bricks lap quilt © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Sketchbook ideas for Norfolk Bricks lap quilt

Read more about where the inspiration for this quilt top came from: Inspiring Norfolk, or see a few pages from my sketchbook.

To this…

Norfolk Bricks Sampler 1, mini patchwork quilt top, © Stephanie Boon, 2014, www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Improv mini quilt design

Read more about the development of the idea: Norfolk Bricks Sampler Quilt here.

To this…

Original quilt design © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

New design

Or about writing a pattern to bring an idea to life here: Sampling a New Design.

To this!

Norfolk Bricks lap quilt (finished quilt top), © Stephanie Boon, 2015, www.DawnChorusStudio.com

The finished top!

I think I’m pleased with it. There’s no denying it looks like the digital design I did – well it would if I’d hung the quilt up the same way! It’s bright, it’s bold, it’s simple to make – and hopefully will be appealing to the ‘adventurous beginner’ once I finish writing the quilt pattern.

Norfolk Bricks quilt top detail


I love it in the sunlight, it really intensifies the juicy colours – makes my mouth water!  Tropical cocktail anyone?!  (Not quite Norfolk though is it, cider perhaps?!)  Now for the tricky bit…quilting.  I quilt by hand. If I’m going to get a collection of patterns together, how am I going to do this in a feasible amount of time?  Simple, big stitch quilting?  Would that go with this design?  Or should I do it by machine…although I don’t think I can, it just wouldn’t have the right feel.  What would you do?

Norfolk Bricks lap quilt (finished quilt top hanging over a cabinet door), © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Juicy colours!

I’d really love your honest opinion on this piece: design, fabric choice, colours, ability… does it look different from other designer’s creations?  The more I look at it, the more I love it, but is it just me?!  Sometimes wavering confidence can be such a burden!

I hope you all have a great weekend, but if you have a minute pop back over – I’ve got a new series starting tomorrow that I’m excited to share!

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts – AmandaJean has some great homemade cards this week!

Colourful stitching to you all 🙂

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10 replies
  1. pbarretthill
    pbarretthill says:

    What a fabulous design and thanks for taking me on the journey! This is a beautiful quilt and the big stitch (not too big) quilting would be beautiful! I love the Baptist fans design with all those squares and rectangles. I am sure that whatever you do will end in beauty!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you so much for coming by and the lovely comment – it’s great to meet you! I think you’re right – not too big a stitch would look great. I can’t wait to get started, but I’ve got a bit behind as my son had his appendix out earlier this week and I’ve been playing nurse!

  2. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    Well done, it looks great! The colours you’ve chosen are bright and cheerful: they work very well together and the black squares around the border balance the colours well, preventing them from becoming overwhelming.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Dina. Sorry for the delay in replying, it’s been a bit of an exhausting week! I think using the small black squares frames the design and pulls it all together, so I’m glad you like it too 🙂

  3. Kath
    Kath says:

    Love your quilt and the colors are outstanding together. As I’m just a beginner you can take this for what it’s worth – would stitching in the ditch make the color blocks stand out even more? There aren’t any ideas here for the borders tho. I look forward to the pattern so I can make a quilt like this.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      What a lovely thing to say, thanks Kath! I was thinking that I might go for ‘in the ditch’ or outline the bricks. As the pattern (when I get it done!) is intended for beginners I thought it would be good to start with something that didn’t need marking out on the top first, and, as you say, would highlight the shapes of the bricks. Thank you so much for your suggestion 🙂

  4. Lorna McMahon
    Lorna McMahon says:

    What a simply gorgeous finish, Stephie! Love your new design. And the fabrics you chose are fabulous! If you are brave enough, I would suggest quilting it using your walking foot using an edge to edge design. Like organic wavy lines. It’s fast and looks great!


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