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Katie’s Alternate Layout: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hello folks! My name is Katie from ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts and I am so excited to share my project with the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along.

I am so excited that Lindsay asked me to be part of this quilt along. I absolutely love her book Modern Bee. Its a great tool in teaching how to host your own successful quilting bee. The book has a block for each month of the year plus a bonus block to use for a charity quilt.

Today I am going to be showing you an optional lay out of the January block. This block is the Mosaic Tiles block. One thing I love about this block is that it calls for 5″ squares so you can use charm packs. And just my luck I had a couple of charm packs in my stash.

I used the Florence collection by FreeSpirit Fabrics. This particular charm pack came with 30 squares so I was able to make 13 blocks. I laid my quilt out 3 blocks by 4 blocks. To mix it up a bit, I chose to put sashing strips in between my blocks. I did 2″ strips between each block and added a 2″ (1 1/2″ finished) floating border.

Then to finish it off I added a 3″ outer border.

The quilt is smaller than the one in the book because I made fewer blocks, but I love the size. It will look perfect in my living room on the back of my chair. A nice cuddle size. I will send it to the quilter later this month. I can’t wait to show it to you when it’s all finished!

I had so much fun making this quilt and I can’t wait to make more quilts from this book. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you really need to! I hope you all join in on the festivities and I can’t wait to see what projects you come up with for the quilt along!!

This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along. :)

Sarah’s Tree Skirt: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hey everyone! I’m Sarah of Fabric Seeds, and welcome to my stop on the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along.

My friend Lindsay Conner, had her first book published this summer, Modern Bee. It’s a fantastic book about how to host and be a part of a successful Bee and what to expect from each participant. The idea of Modern Bee came about when Lindsay was participating in a Bee last year. She collaborated with each of her Bee members for each to come up with a pattern for the book.

To celebrate the book’s release, Lindsay has put together this great Quilt Along. Everyone is welcome to join! As an added incentive, for those that do participate, you will be entered to win some pretty great prizes by linking up your own projects after the tour.

When Lindsay asked me to be a part of the quilt along, she asked for a project made using the basic block in the book, the Mosaic Tiles block.

I had but one thought, a tree skirt. I had just pulled out my little tree a couple days before, thinking that the tree skirt for it was also put away with the other Christmas decorations. Nope. I was wrong. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Needing a new skirt anyway, this was the perfect project for me.

My original thought for fabric was to go the traditional route of red and green, with some scraps I have on hand. However, while perusing the ornaments at Target, I was stopped at the gold, bronze and chocolate ornaments. I love that look. It’s a look I keep going back to year after year. For me, it feels more like old Christmas traditional, but modern.

I was lucky enough that Nancy Halverson also had the same thought this year. I was so excited to see the gold and bronze colors in the Christmas section of a LQS. I mixed in a few silvers and a floral to bring it all together.

Since my tree is only a couple feet tall, I didn’t need to make a very big tree skirt. I only needed to make 4 blocks, and it was the perfect size!

I used white cording with a strand of silver throughout for the tie, and bound it in bronze. I had a pretty big debate with myself on which fabric to use for the binding. I may be second guessing myself now, and wishing I had used one of the golds, but really don’t want to redo it.

I even used gold and silver threads for the quilting.

I cut out about an inch and a quarter in the center, just kind of guessing how big the hole would need to be. It’s a perfect fit, and is quite snug nestled around the tree.

One particular song kept going in my head while playing with these fabrics…

“Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Ev’ryone wishes
For silver and gold
How do you measure
It’s worth?
Just by the pleasure it
Gives here on Earth
Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Mean so much more
When I see
And gold decorations
On ev’ry Christmas tree”

I love how it looks under my little tree, especially with our advents bags on top.

My little boy is having more of an understanding of Christmas this year, and has been busy making ‘Thank You’ letters. This one is for Santa and has been under the tree for a couple of weeks now.


If you haven’t check out Lindsay’s book yet, you need to put this book on your list. There are so many blocks in this book I want to do, and how fun is it to get together with friends, with everyone helping out!

The directions are easy to follow, with diagrams to help out if/when needed. Lindsay even includes a few tips on how to save time with assembly and sewing. She did an amazing job with her book.

I hope you’ll join in the quilt along. The best part is seeing what everyone comes up with! I know I am looking forward to the linky party!!

This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along. :)

Amy’s Pillow: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hi all! I’m excited to be the first guest blogger for Lindsay’s Mosaic Tiles QAL! My name is Amy and I blog over at www.13spools.com.

I first met Lindsay in the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild and even got to help her sew some of the charity quilt in her book – though I didn’t actually know what I was making the block for at the time!

I just thought I would mention a few of the things about the Mosaic Tiles pattern from Modern Bee that I really love:

     – It uses squares, so grab a charm pack to shorten cutting time.
     – The construction is similar to that of a disappearing 9 patch, so it’s fast.
     – The large negative space strips really give this quilt a modern feel and fun composition.

Since December is always a bit of a crazy month – yet also the time when I find myself scrambling for a few extra gifts – I thought a pillow would be the perfect project. Nice and quick, with all the coziness of a quilt. If you’d like to make a 14″ pillow from the Mosaic Tiles pattern, you’ll need:

The Book
Grab a copy of Modern Bee to sew along!

Background Fabric  (Tula Pink Salt Water)
- Cut 2 additional strips in each size needed for one block.

Focus Fabric (Mirror Ball Dots)
- Cut 1 additional square as needed for one block.

Additional Supplies
- 2 binding strips, or at least 70″ of binding
- (2) 10″ x 14″ rectangles for the envelope backing
- (1) 18″ square piece of batting
- (1) 18″ square piece of fabric for the backing of the quilt (pillow top) sandwich – this fabric will end up on the inside of the pillow and will not be visible

Step 1: Create your 8″ framed squares, as directed in the book.

Step 2: Cut your framed squares into quarters, as directed in the book.

Mosaic Tiles Pillow

Step 3: Assemble the pillow top.

Here is the layout for one completed block, as shown in the book:

We still need to add 1 row and 1 column to this layout to make a completed pillow top. Here’s the layout I decided on:

Sew into rows, then sew the rows together to complete the pillow top.

Step 4: Quilt the pillow top.

If you would like to quilt your pillow top for some extra cuddly texture, then make a quilt sandwich out of the pillow top, the batting, and the 18″ fabric square. Quilt as desired!

I had a lot of fun quilting this project with some organic straight lines, which “bloomed” into dogwoods when they hit each square. To play on the sheen from the Mirror Ball dots fabric, I used a metallic silver thread (see more on metallic thread use here).

Mosaic Tiles Pillow

When done, trim down the backing and batting to match the edges of the pillow quilt top.

Step 5: Prepare the envelope backing.

Along one of the long sides of each of the backing pieces, fold the fabric over 1/4″ and press. Fold over again and press. Stitch just next to the edge to secure the hem. Repeat with other backing piece.

Step 6: Attach the envelope backing.

This can technically be done at the same time as binding, but I prefer to tack it on first for security.

Lay the pillow top on your cutting mat right side down. Place the two backing pieces right side up on top of the pillow top. Place them on one at a time, lining up the raw edges with the raw edges of the pillow top.

The hemmed edges will end up in the middle of the pillow back. They will overlap several inches. Pin in place.

Stitch an 1/8″ in on all sides.

Step 7: Bind as desired.

For pillows, I like to use a machine stitched zig zag binding. I sewed the binding to the back of the pillow, flipped it over, and zig zagged it from the front. I used metallic thread for this step, as well.

Ta-dah! A fast a scrumptious pillow. I feel like this color palette works well as a winter pillow.

And because it’s always so enjoyable to play around on Illustrator, here are a few mock-ups of other fun colorways for this quilt:

Red and Gray

red layout

For this layout, I used only one red color for the squares. 1/3 of the framed squares are made with darker red background strips, instead of gray. Instead of having a darker fabric for the larger cross of negative space, I opted to go with the same gray as I used in the rest of the background. I think this option would look great with some of the reds and Essex Linen I bought recently!


 Blue Ombre

blue ombre layout

If you read my blog, you know I’m a huge sucker for ombre! This would probably work best with a design wall, so you can lay out pieces as you complete them and continually assess what colors you need next.

Lighter Palette

white background layout

The example in the book, as well as all of the mockups I have given so far, use a gray background, but this pattern would work well with a lighter background, as well! This one gives a nice wintery feel, which I’m into at the moment :).
I hope that gives you all a great starting point for the Mosaic Tiles QAL! Don’t forget to join the Flickr group so you can share any projects you’ve made from the book.

This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along. :)

Giveaway! Win a Canon T3 DSLR Camera

Did you see our Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along announcement yesterday? We have another fun giveaway for Craft Buds readers today!


Treat yourself to a sleek Canon T3 camera with 18-55mm lens, or anything else that a $400 Amazon gift card can buy! Enter the giveaway via the Google form below. Contest is open worldwide, and ends December 17, 2013 at 8pm EST.


Update: Congrats to the lucky winner, Claudia!

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Prizes! Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Did you see our announcement last week about the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along? We are thrilled that many of you said you’d like to join us in quilting the January pattern from the book Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. Today, we’re sharing some of the amazing prizes that you can win!

Prize Pack


Prize Pack2


Prize Pack3

These prizes are courtesy of our amazing quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books!

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

Want to Quilt Along?

Here’s a quick overview of the contest!

1. Today December 9, 2013 through February 14, 2014 (that’s Valentine’s Day for all you romantics!), Craft Buds is hosting the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along! This beginner-friendly quilt pattern was designed by Sukie for my book, Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends, so you’ll need to have a copy of the book to participate.

2. We’d love to see what you can create based on the original “Mosaic Tiles” block design. Is it a holiday stocking or tree skirt? How about an eBook cover or messenger bag? Whip up a mini quilt for your Valentine, an apron for your sister or your own quilt design inspired by the block. Anything goes, as long as you create a finished item!

3. During the 10-week quilt along, we’ll be sharing project inspiration, quilting tips and layout options with lots of help from our friends. If you don’t have time to get started in December, we invite you to go ahead and join us anyway! You can join us in 2014 with plenty of time to finish a project before mid-February. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, 12/9
Kickoff! Announcing our sponsors, guest judges + prizes

Monday, 12/16
Guest post: Holiday project and guest post with layout options with Amy of 13 Spools

Wednesday, 12/18
Guest post: Holiday project inspired by block with Sarah of Fabric Seeds

Monday, 12/30
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles layout options with Katie of ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts

Wednesday, 1/1
Happy New Year: Still 6 weeks to sew along!

Friday, 1/3
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Katy Cameron of The Littlest Thistle
+ Halfway mark: Link up your progress!

Monday, 1/6
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Monday, 1/13
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Darcy of Modern Cozy

Wednesday, 1/15
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Kim of Kim’s Krafts

Monday, 1/20
Featuring other projects from “Modern Bee”

Wednesday, 1/22
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles quilt by Katy of Lethargic Lass

Monday, 1/27

Guest post: Project by January of Sew Sew Go

Friday, 2/14
Happy Valentine’s Day! Deadline for entries at midnight, EST.

Guest Judges

Guest Judges 2

After all entries have been received on 2/14, Our lovely guest judges will choose winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on overall creativity, execution and innovation of the original pattern.

All official entries must be received by the 2/14 deadline and linked in the form above. If you have trouble linked up a photo of your project, you may e-mail your entry to lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll add it for you.

We’d also love for you to add and project or progress photos to the Modern Bee and Craft Buds Flickr groups. If you instagram, make sure to include the hashtag #modernbeebook to your progress photos!

Modern Bee Quilt Along

Grab a Book!

If you already have the Modern Bee book, you’ve got all you need to sign up for the quilt along! If you don’t have the book, you can purchase a copy at select Jo-Ann Fabric stores, quilt shops or online at any of the following spots.

Barnes & Noble
C&T Publishing
Lindsay Sews

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Do you Plan to Sew Along?

Leave a comment on this post or the original post. This way, we can stay in touch, get to know each other and share our progress! Quilting is lots more fun with friends, and we cannot wait to see what your create. It’s not required to have a blog.

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Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Supernova Quilt Pattern + Giveaway!

Are you crushing on any quilt patterns lately? I have to admit that I’m in love with triangle quilt patterns, and especially ones that allow you to show off a variety of printed fabrics!


What’s this, you ask? Our friend Sarah of Fabric Seeds is offering Craft Buds readers the chance to try out her new quilt pattern, Supernova!

Working under the business name “Mean Sarah Jean,” Sarah couldn’t be nicer in person or online! I’ve enjoyed getting to know Sarah since we unexpectedly ran into each other in the elevators at Quilt Market a couple years ago. She’s really inspired me with her generosity, whether that’s making charity quilts or fitting in tutorials in between running an online fabric store out of her home and raising a family. She pretty much does it all! In fact, she’ll also be back in a couple weeks to share her project for the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along.


Sarah is what we are all about at Craft Buds, and I’m so happy to be able to share her latest work. So please keep an eye out for her designs… they are sure to take over the quilting world by storm!


For a limited time, you can order the Supernova pattern at 20% off with the coupon code supernova. This code will is good through 12/16/13.


Now, back to the awesome giveaway.

Three winners will each win a hard copy of Sarah’s new Supernova quilt pattern!

Supernova Quilt Pattern

Enter to win!

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

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