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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.

Mosaic Tiles QAL pillow

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!

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

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:

Mosaic Tiles pillow
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:

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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:

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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!

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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

Mosaic Tiles pillow

Stitch an 1/8″ in on all sides.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

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

Mosaic Tiles QAL 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!

Reds

 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. :)

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.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
C&T Publishing
Lindsay Sews
Other

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.

Grab a Button!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Announcing the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for handmade holidays . . . and being incredibly busy. That’s why I’m excited to announce a super-fun and simple quilt along that you can easily take part in, no matter how much more shopping, wrapping and baking you have to do!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Next Monday, 12/9 through 2/14 (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.

Mosaic Tiles

Participants are not limited to making quilts, however. 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!

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 sign up 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.

 

Modern Bee Quilt Along
Guest Judges and Prizes!

Next Monday, I’ll be back to let you know about the fabulous prizes offered by our quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books.

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

We’re also going to ask for some help from some lovely guest judges, who will choose winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on overall creativity, execution and innovation of the original pattern. We’ll share full details on the prizes and rules next week! But for now, you can get started and . . .

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:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
C&T Publishing
Save 25% on your order of $25+ through midnight TONIGHT, 12/2 with code TURKEY2013.
Lindsay Sews
Order an autographed copy directly from my shop. The first 10 orders as of this posting will receive a free gift!
Other
Check out other buying options via Google Shopping.

Do you Plan to Sew Along?

We’d love for you to add a link to your project or WIP below. 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. :)

Alternately, you may send your entries to lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com by 2/14 to enter to win prizes!

Grab a Button!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Modern Bee Blog Tour + Giveaways!

Craft Book Month may be over, but we’ve been enjoying the Modern Bee blog hop. Check out this video to learn more about the book!

 

Here are a few highlights from the tour, and you can follow the links to comment for your chance to win!

Modern Bee book

Want to win a copy of the book? Click on each one of these blogs and leave a comment there for your chance to win!

Modern Bee Giveaway

Next, some very generous sewing companies sent me some goodies to give away as part of the blog hop! Visit any of the the blogs below to fill out the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win 1 of 10 gift bags with goodies from Coats and Clark, FreeSpirit Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Pellon and Olfa.

Modern Bee Labels JPG

Finally, you can download some FREE printables from the book over at Sew Mama Sew. The very lovely Mary designed these labels that you can print them off and send along with bee blocks to help the recipient sort out her materials!

 

The blog tour wraps up on Wednesday with a stop over to Craftsy + Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where you’ll have two more chances to win the book. Good luck!

 

Craft Book Month: Lindsay Sews + 13 Spools

Happy Friday the 13th! No doom and gloom here . . . we’re just popping by to share a couple more blog hop projects for Craft Book Month 2013!

Speaking of 13, have you met Amy of 13 Spools? She has a lovely blog with free quilt patterns, sew alongs and more! Amy is a friend of mine from the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild, and today she’s sharing her project from Vanessa Christenson’s book Make it Sew Modern (Martingale). I am in love with the fluffy texture of this Spring-Blossom wreath. Doesn’t it look just like frosting on a wedding cake?

 

Read more about how Amy made her wreath (hot glue, anyone?) on her blog!

 

I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes look at my “Baseball Curves” quilt, made for the book Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make with Friends (Stash Books) over at my other blog! Find out what color I chose for the binding… and then ripped off completely to start over. :) You can also comment over there to win a copy of the book before it releases on Amazon.

 

Visit Lindsay Sews >> Enter the giveaway!

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