Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Brush Quilt Block Tutorial for National Brush Day

Well, I can't believe it. I just can't! The day has come. The day for the VERY last National Days quilt block tutorial. The 144th 8" scrap block pattern for my National Days scrap quilt project.. (actually, more, b/c there are a couple of extras), enough to turn a bin of scraps into a quirky challenging and colorful KING size scrap quilt!! 

The very last block is for National Brush Day (another November day).

There were a few ways this one could've gone. Hair brush, scrub brush (nah, I hate scrub brushes! lol), or paint brush.. Paint brush it is! Because, creativity of course! :) And all the colors!

It's pretty straight forward, and if you've been following along, you're used to the small pieces by now. Here is how it goes together.

Fabric A - background:
(4) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*
(2) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"
(1) 5 1/2" sq.

Fabric B - yellow:
(4) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)

Fabric C - red:
(4) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)

Fabric D - orange:
(1) 2 1/2" sq.

Fabric E - brush bristles:
(8) 1 x 2"

Fabric F - gray:
(2) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"

Fabric G - purple:
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"

Fabric H - green:
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"

--Be sure to match the symbols (~,+ etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.


Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary. 

When the corner flip units are complete and ready, assemble as shown below, using SCANT quarter inch seams.

The 8 1/2" block (8" when finished in quilt) should look like this when finished.

Red and yellow make orange. :)

Like I said, I can't believe this is finally the last one! It's kind of bittersweet. It's been a super fun design challenge.

I'm going to save the proper recap for next time, because it's getting late here. I will show you the whole filled in grid then. It's SEW fun! 

Until then, happy stitching and be back soon!


P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!


Yes, creative, for sure! I love how the paints overlap and change color. Great block! Too bad painting isn't as fun as your block is.

What a fantastic block to end on! Hooray for finishes *waves pompoms*

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