The Brick Wall-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Brick Wall. Free Motion Quilting

Brick wall quoteGood Morning, Quilters!

The quote above made me laugh!…Do YOU know anyone like that?   I think we ALL do!

Today we are building a brick wall.  Not like the quote above…a pretty brick wall.  The kind on which you can balance a flower pot or a bird can perch…

I can imagine this brick wall with ivy appliquéd over it…a little out of the ordinary from the normal appliqué and quilting order…

Doodle along as you read this tutorial.  Though it may seem complicated,  it is really quite simple.  Once you doodle it a few times it makes sense!

Let’s begin.


Begin by drawing several parallel lines.  After experimenting a little, I liked the proportions created when the lines were a generous 1/2 inch apart.

Each Brick is stitched 1 and 1/2 times around in a counter-clockwise then clockwise pattern much like Dots and Dashes were stitched.

Begin stitching on the top line.  Stitch down to the bottom line and create a rounded rectangle, approximately 1 inch long.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingStitch down the short side and along the bottom line.  Stop before beginning the next brick.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingThis time, stitch a clockwise rounded rectangle.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the block’s short side and top side, then drop down to begin the next brick.

Brick Wall, Free Motion Quilting

At the end of the line, drop down to  begin the second row of bricks.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingAt the beginning of this row, stitch a “half brick”.  This ensures that the vertical lines are offsetting in adjacent rows.

Brick Wall, Free Motion Quilting


After stitching one “half block”, begin stitching full sized blocks to complete the row, ending each row with the size brick that fits.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingContinue row by row to complete a beautiful brick wall.  If you’d like to add more interest, occasionally add a brick that drops down two rows:

When stitching this Brick Wall, continue row by row.  Stitch around each over-sized brick to fill in the rows in order.  Otherwise, you will have a wall even Humpty Dumpty won’t sit on!

Brick Wall, Free Motion Quilting

Brick Wall Quote


The nice thing about this motif is that it looks great if you stitch neatly over the previous line of stitching, and just as nice if you are off and stitch in the “mortar” lines.  The extra lines just add more texture and don’t detract from the overall look of The Brick Wall.

I think this is one of my new favorites!  (Do I say that every week?)

Later this week, I will show you a mini quilt with The Brick Wall.

Tomorrow:  The Mystery Quilt-a-Long Continues…

The Mystery in the Corner!

Happy Stitching,


PS.  This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 (without a stitch regulator) using Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin using Warm and Natural cotton (unwashed) batting.

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9 thoughts on “The Brick Wall-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. I hit a brick wall frequently. Maybe if I try to build one, I could more easily see where I can get over it or around it or….I might find that brick walls are really only built to be beautiful. Thank you for the experience.

  2. What a lovely brick wall and I love the idea of Humpty Dumpty up there on top. Good idea….hmmmm. I would love a tall brick wall surrounding a beautiful “secret” garden as well, wow too many ideas, yikes. Thanks.

    Linda V

  3. A brick wall??? That doesn’t sound appealing. And then I saw the design and I totally love it. I can use it in so many places. Thank you for another great design.

  4. Great motif Lori. Will use this on the Pink Floyd “block” of my brothers t shirt quilt made from tee’s from concerts of his youth. Perfect for The Wall!. You do an awesome job – many thanks!

  5. This is great, Lori. I like all the variations you made in your larger sample. I can’t seem to do the squared stipple, so I hope I have better luck with this.

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