Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Since this is the year of 'firsts' for me, I decided to join a Quilt Along for the first time ever.  
Many of you may be familiar with the book:  Modern Bee - 13 Quilts to Make With Friends,  or with Lindsay Conner (the force behind it) and her blog Lindsay Sews.  She put together a fabulous book of quilts that feature many inspiring designs and designers.  If that isn't enough, Lindsay is also one of the collaborators at Craft Buds .  She certainly is one busy lady...plus, she just had a baby boy a few weeks ago!

Craft Buds just happens to be sponsoring this Quilt Along!  Complete with guest judges, sponsors and great prizes!  Woo-Hoo!   

The quilt featured for the quilt along is 'Mosaic Tiles'.  The idea is to create and show what you make based on the  original Mosaic Tiles block as the inspiration.  

Since I received my book as a Christmas present from my husband (yes, I did send a link to him), I was anxious to see what I could do!

I recently came across Anna Maria Horner's 'Chocolate Lollipop' fat quarters.  I'm a huge fan of anything and everything she designs.  I knew if I didn't use these now, I may never use them!  Knowing that this isn't a current fabric, I may be taking a risk here!  But a girl has gotta do what she's gotta do!

I love a nicely ironed stacks of blocks!  It means the beginning of something good!



For the back ground I went with Kona Cactus.  It is so bright!  Similar to lime green, but not quite. This is the beginning of the mosaics.  I chose Kona Cotton in Bubble Gum, Curry, Chocolate Brown and Garnet to complement the prints.  


I cannot lie.  I cut way too many solids!  I forgot that each block is cut into 4 pieces! Once I figured out how many mosaic blocks I would need for my version, it was smooth sailing!   

Adding the rectangle solids was one of those 'A-HA' moments for me.  I knew I had to put a little of 'me' in the design!  


Piecing finished, It was time to pin!  I love pictures of quilts with pins...no idea why!


Let the quilting begin!  I quilted a different design in each of the 5 solid rectangles using 1/4" lines.  I totally love it!  The rest of the quilt is 1" straight lines with a couple turns here and there.


During our Guild meeting this past weekend, Jenny (one of the members) brought a baby quilt she was working on.  She had matched the binding with the fabric on the edges.  I thought it was genius!  I hope she doesn't mind that I used that idea in this quilt!  Mostly the binding is Garnet, with a little peach, pink and yellow.  

Baby Quilt 35" x 50"
And of course, the back.  I used 'Chocolate Lollipop' squares surrounded by Kona Honeydew.  




I really had fun making this quilt.  The mosaic pattern was so much fun and a blast to put together!  I would love to make it again using all solids.  But not with cactus...one cactus quilt is enough for right now!

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26 comments :

  1. Oh girl. That binding was certainly not my idea to steal. I first saw it at Sew Katie Did, and most recently on this stunner: http://distantpickles.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-one-where-modern-meets-traditional.html

    But I agree the technique is perfect for this quilt! Looks great!

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    1. Thank you Jenny! Your quilt was what inspired me...you get the credit!

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  2. I love your version of this quilt! Love the bright beautiful green too and your binding turned out super!

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    1. Thank you! Sunglasses required for this one!

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  3. Wow I love it, that catcus really makes everything pop

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    1. I love bright and the cactus came through!

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  4. What a great quilt! Love the bright colors! I was thinking of doing the mosaic quilt along, but ran out of time.

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    1. There is never enough time in the day!

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  5. love it! love Chocolate Lollipops & love Cactus! and love that binding - but not the headache it would give me to do, so love seeing it on your quilt instead! nice job.

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    1. The binding was pretty easy and I plan on doing it again! Luckily it was an easy binding to use that techinique with!

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  6. IN LOVE with this! Purple and yellow goodness!!

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  7. Cool! I love this completely unexpected mix of colours. You brave woman... it turned out great.

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  8. Wow! Love your addition of solids to go with those prints. And that matched binding is genius! I have to agree... Pics of quilts with the pin basting done are fab! What a sweet finish!

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    1. Pinned quilts are a photography delight to me!

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  9. I love that deep maroon. And it's quite a fun quilt with that green as the background. We often get comfortable using just black, grey or white and we forget about shaking it up and trying something outside of the box! Note to self... :)

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    1. I love to shake it up! thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Really fun quilt. I love the color combinations. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Am scheduled to make some mosaic tiles too over the weekend. love your work.

    Leena

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    1. I'm excited to see what you come up with! I check all the time to see what everyone is doing!

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  12. Hi Jayne--Your quilt turned out lovely--The Cactus color is super bright, but I love that about it! It really makes it stand out! You did a lovely job! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Would love for you to stop by and link this up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey

    Fabric Frenzy Friday

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    1. thank you Lindsey! And thanks for inviting me over! I shall do that!

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  13. Hey Jayne

    Nice Collection of mosaic tiles,
    I am also Seen very nice collection of mosaic tiles from http://mosaictiledirect.net/

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  14. Love the colors and patterns in those tiles! You picked great ones.
    I have also seen some ides here http://mosaictiledirect.net/

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