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January’s Baby Quilt: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Today’s guest poster is January from Sew Sew Go with her take on the Mosaic Tiles quilt block! Here’s what she had to say:

My sweet friend Lindsay from Lindsay Sews got her first book published and is doing a blog hop. I hope you guys have been following along.  The book is amazing and has beautiful quilts in it. I met Lindsay at Sewing Summit a couple of years ago in her creative journey class.

 She was such a sweet person and so easy to talk to. I really enjoyed hearing her story and the journey she had been on with wanting to publish a book. At that moment her book wasn’t green lighted yet. I got to hang out with her again last Feb. at QuiltCon and heard the exciting news that she was being published!!! You can order your own copy here.

 

 

I’m so happy and proud of her and her accomplishments. I was honored when she asked me to join her hop. She asked us to make anything we wanted out of the Mosaic Tiles Pattern. I chose to make a baby quilt because it seems like everyone I know is having babies. I picked a bunch of blues/turquoise and gray fabrics and got right to work.  It was such an easy patten and the directions were great. I had so much fun sewing this up.

 

On the design wall trying to randomize the prints.  


I liked using the 2 different grays. I really thought it made the blocks pop out. 

I love the back just as much. Simple, clean and modern. It was really fun being apart of her hop and I can’t wait to make this quilt again. Go check out her book and join a bee.

 

~January~
Mosaic Tiles 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.

Katy’s Teeny Tiny Mosaic Tiles Quilt Pillow: : Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hello! I am Katy, better known as LethargicLass, and I am excited to be a part of this quilt along. I met Lindsay last fall at Sewing Summit, and I bought my copy of Modern Bee directly from her. Sadly, I didn’t think of asking her to sign it though lol. When Lindsay asked if I would like to be a part of this blog hop quilt along I was thrilled! I immediately started thinking of what I could make. I wanted to keep the look of the quilt, but without the size. I am a very slow quilt maker, and I knew I wouldn’t have the time. So I went small. Really small.

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I drew my plan up in my trusty little graph book, and then attempted the math. Several times.

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Finally I figured out that I needed to start with 2” centers and one inch borders to create my original block before cutting into fours.

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I like to work at different stages of things at one time so I don’t get bored by something like a huge pile of trimming. You can see what I mean below.

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I finally finished the pillow at 20”x20”. That is when I realised that my 20” pillow form was actually 18” lol

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It most certainly isn’t perfect, but I love it :) Here is the backside. I used one of my favourite prints from Connecting Threads and I don’t have much left.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made, and I would love to know if anyone else attempts one this small :)  Please check out the rest of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!

 

 

Mosaic Tiles 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.

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along: Other Projects from ‘Modern Bee’

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Today I’m sharing some other projects from the book Modern Bee, as part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along.

You still have nearly 4 sewing weeks to get in on the fun, so if you haven’t started yet, please join us! There are great prizes available to our winners!

This is my Stacked Windmills mini quilt, made from Jeni Baker’s pattern in the book. I enlarged the size of the half-square triangles to make a 24″ square wall quilt.

I’m currently working on the February Playing Cards pattern from the book, with a design by Jennifer Mathis. The fabric is Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery, and I’m making this pattern as it is written in the book. Excited to share more about this finish in February! My friend Veronica made a block from the Bluebell’s Cabin pattern in the book. This was her first quilt block ever. Doesn’t it look great?!

I’ve also spotted some quilt blocks on instagram, tagged #modernbeebook or #modernbee. This Neon Ninja Star block is one of my favorites, because it includes actual ninjas.

This Come Together block by Deb Trail is scaled smaller to fit the block size for her quilting bee. Love the colors!

Deb also made a String Circles block using the pattern from the book. I love the low volume print she used in the background.

Have you made any blocks or projects from Modern Bee? If so, I’d love to see them! You can add them to the Flickr group or share a link below!

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.

 

Kim’s Sew Sweetness Aeroplane Bag: Mosaic Tiles QAL

Good Day Folks! 

So happy to be here helping out Lindsay promote her book. I absolutely love it and there are a couple of quilts I can’t wait to make!
 
When I first heard about this I knew it would be fun to make part of the quilt top and turn it into a bag. But what bag? I have a long list of bags I want to make (much to my husbands disgust!) so I thought it would be a good time to try one out. I am absolutely in love with anything SewSweetness so I decided to try out her Aeroplane bag pattern. This is a larger bag perfect for an overnight trip or getaway weekend!!
 
The next step was deciding on the fabric. Never an easy job. I finally decided on a charm pack of Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie for Moda. Who can resist some cute squirrels and hedgehogs??

The next step was to figure out how many blocks I needed to make for the bag. I got out my trusty graph paper and worked out the numbers. I decided to use the blue background on the top and the green on the bottom. I made them a little bigger so that I wouldn’t have too small pieces.  

Once I had the blocks made and assembled I decided to quilt the panel pieces. I wanted a little more thickness so I put a layer of leftover batting between the fabric and the Soft & Stable. The Soft & Stable was cut to the appropriate size and the batting and fabric were a little bigger. 

I recently got this amazing book by Angela Walters:

so I used this opportunity to try something different on the top- which I loved!

Not perfect but definitely fun to try! I kept the bottom a little simpler.

I was thinking about turning it into diamonds but I really liked this look.

The bag pattern calls for zippered pockets inside but I had some extra strips of the blocks left over so I used these to make normal pockets on the inside and I partitioned them. 

As you can also see I used some bright yellow for the lining. I love bright colors inside so that you can see what is lurking in your bag!

I also added feet to the bag. Feet are super easy to do- if you can use brads you can use these! I went with silver and used 8 of them. I always use some extra batting- or in this case Soft & Stable when attaching them to make it a little more secure. 

Here’s what it looked like on the outside.

Once that was done I finished the bag as directed and it came out great!!
 

 

It was super fun trying out a new quilt pattern and a bag pattern! I am super stoked that I got to be apart of this quilt along with Lindsay and wish her the best of luck with her book as well as her new little guy!!

Take care and Sew on!

~Kim from Kim’s Krafts

 

Mosaic Tiles 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.

Quilt Top with Darcy of Modern Cozy: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hi everyone! Today is my day on the Craft Buds Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along and I’m so happy that you’re here. After seeing all the fabulous projects that everyone has been contributing I felt like I wanted to do something a little different and make Amy’s great design more of a “grown-up” quilt. I’m thrilled with how it turned out – let me share how I did it.

I doubled the size of the original block measurements and I inverted the color scheme, using Kona Snow for my centers and a variety of greens for my outer blocks. This method takes either a FQ or a regular qtr. yard of fabric and one 10″ square PER block.

To make the new, re-pieced blocks you need 2.25 of the original blocks. So starting with this size original block I needed 21 to make my 9 larger re-pieced blocks. (I hope this makes sense as I am in NO way a math whiz. Or math competent most days. If you need clarification please let me know!).

So doubling the original individual block measurements gave me a new block size of 17″.

Then I cut in half vertically at 8.5″…

and again horizontally at 8.5″. Then the fun began of re-assembling the cut up blocks to make the new larger re-pieced blocks. I played around with using three fabrics per new block or using all different fabrics and honestly I liked them both! Using both in my design allowed me to use the all the pieces without “wasting” any.

The new blocks finished at a whopping 24″ square. I love big blocks! They make a big visual impact and they go together super quickly. I finished this top in 3 nights of a couple hours cutting/sewing each night, which made it very doable for a busy schedule. This finished at a generous 73″ square – one more row and I think it would be a queen size-ish quilt!

Of course after traipsing around in the mud and the cold, looking like a crazy woman to all the people out for lunch the shot I like best came from my phone. Murphy’s law 😉

If you try this version I’d love to see it! Thanks to Lindsay of Craft Buds for writing this awesome book and hosting this quilt along and to Amy for designing such a fun and versatile pattern. You can find all the other posts HERE as well as entering your own Mosaic Tiles project in this great giveaway!

Darcy of Modern Cozy

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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.

Marni’s Table Runner: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

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Hi! I’m Marni from Haberdashery Fun. I’m happy to be here today sharing my Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along project.

I’ve wanted to be a part of a quilt along for quite some time. I have been sewing for more than 15 years, but quilting for fewer than 5. I love when an opportunity arises to stretch myself and quilting abilities. I jumped at the chance when Lindsay announced her quilt along to celebrate the release of her new book Modern Bee. You really must check out her book – I devoured my copy in one evening! The book is a wealth of information on quilting and starting/belonging to a bee. The blocks are wonderful and the visuals truly amazing!

I wasn’t sure what to make and finally decided on a table runner. I went back and forth between a pillow, laptop sleeve and table runner. As soon as the first block was made I knew it had to be a table runner.

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I bought a charm pack called “Sphere” from Moda Fabrics. I love the modern feel and bright, fresh colors. When anchored with the light grey, the colors really pop out.  For my table runner I created 4 blocks. I only used 12 of the 5″ squares that came in the charm pack, so I have enough left over for another project.

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I wanted to lengthen the runner and also break up the pattern, so I added 1″ navy sashing between the blocks. I chose to quilt the top with a linear, yet organic feel. The finished length is 45″, so it fits a table perfectly and doesn’t overwhelm the space. I’m super happy with it, but knew we had a hit when my husband told me how wonderful it looked! Sometimes there is only silence after a project is unveiled.

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Thank you for having me Lindsay! Congrats on a wonderful book. I’m beyond inspired and ready to start on my next block and project!! Maybe a table runner a month for 2014.

 

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.

Mosaic Tiles Messenger Bag Tutorial with Katy of The Littlest Thistle

Hi, I’m Katy from The Littlest Thistle, and I’m really happy to be here today with another Mosaic Tiles block project from Lindsay’s new book, Modern Bee.

I know how hard Lindsay worked to make her book dream become a reality, and I’m delighted that it came together in such a lovely book. For my stop, well, I’m a bag lady at heart, so I’m afraid my project was only ever going to find its way into a bag somehow!  I love how this Mosaic Tiles block isn’t a traditional symmetric block, making it a perfect project to put on a bag for a nice, modern young lady.  It finishes up at 12″ x 12″ x 3″, with an adjustable strap and a simple button closure.

 

To make this bag, you will need:

  • Scraps for coloured squares in the block
  • 1 yd main outer fabric
  • 1 yd lining fabric
  • 1 1/2 yds 35″ wide OR 2 1/2 yds 22″ wide fusible woven interfacing, such as Vilene G700 or Pellon SF-101 Shapeflex
  • 1 1/2 yds thick fusible fleece, such as Vilene H640 or Pellon TP971F Fusible Thermolam
  • 1 large button
  • 1 1 1/2″ strap slider + 2 1 1/2″ rectangular rings to match
  • 1 14″ zip  (please note that mine was longer and had to be cut down)

From this, you will need to cut:

From scraps:
  • 9 x 2 1/2″ squares
From main outer fabric:
  • 2 x 2″ WOF strips, subcut one to get 1 x 1 1/2″ x 11″ strip for side of flap
  • 1 x 1 1/2″ x 11″ strip for side of flap
  • 1 x 1 1/2″ x 13″ strip for bottom of flap
  • 1 x 4 1/2″ x 13″ piece for top of flap
  • 1 x 13″ x 16″ for flap lining – O1
  • 1 x 13″ x 13″ for back – O2
  • 1 x 10 3/4″ x 13″ for bottom of front zip pocket – O3
  • 1 x 3″ x 13″ for top of front zip pocket – O4
  • 3 x 4″ x 13″ for base and sides – O5
  • 1 x 6″ x WOF for strap – O6
  • 2 x 3″ x 6″ for strap ends – O7
From lining fabric:
  • 3 x 13″ x 13″ for back/front/back of front pocket – L1
  • 1 x 10 3/4″ x 13″ for bottom of front zip pocket – L2
  • 1 x 3″ x 13″ for top of front zip pocket – L3
  • 3 x 4″ x 13″ for base and sides – L4
  • 1 x 7″ x 13″ for lining patch pocket – L5
From fusible woven interfacing:
  • 2 x 13″ x 16″ for flap – W1
  • 2 x 13″ x 13″ for back/back of front pocket – W2
  • 1 x 10 3/4″ x 13″ for bottom of front zip pocket – W3
  • 1 x 3″ x 13″ for top of front zip pocket – W4
  • 3 x 4″ x 13″ for base and sides – W5
  • 1 x 6″ x WOF for strap – W6
  • 2 x 3″ x 6″ for strap ends – W7
From fusible fleece:
  • 1 x 12″ x 15″ for flap – F1
  • 2 x 12″ x 12″ for back/back of front pocket – F2
  • 1 x 9 3/4″ x 12″ for bottom of front zip pocket – F3
  • 1 x 2″ x 12″ for top of front zip pocket – F4
  • 3 x 3″ x 12″ for base and sides – F5

 

Preparing the pieces:

Fuse the fusible woven interfacing onto the back of the fabric pieces according to the manufacturer’s instructions:

  • 1 x W1 -> O1
  • 1 x W2 -> O2
  • 1 x W2 -> 1 x L1
  • W3 -> O3
  • W4 -> O4
  • 3 x W5 -> 3 x O5
  • W6 -> O6
  • 2 x W7 -> 2 x O7
Centre the following on the back of each fabric/woven interfacing piece, leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way round, then fuse according to the manufacturer’s instructions:
  • 1 x F2 -> O2
  • 1 x F2 -> L1
  • F3 -> O3
  • F4 -> O4
  • 3 x F5 -> 3 x O5

Making the bag:

Please note that there is a 1/2″ seam allowance (SA) unless otherwise stated.  Remember to back stitch at either end!

1. Using the 2″ strips of the outer fabric, and the 2 1/2″ squares, assemble the block as per the instructions in the book with a 1/4″ SA:

2. Add the two 1 1/2″ x 11″ strips to either side of the block, then the 1 1/2″ x 13″ strip at the bottom, and the 4 1/2″ x 13″ piece at the top all using a 1/4″ SA.  Press your seams really well, then fuse the remaining W1 piece to the back, followed by the F1 piece.

3. Take your zip and work out where the tape meets the side of piece O3.  Make a small mark, then make a few stitches at that point to keep the tape together when assembling the pocket – make sure the zipper is on the correct side of the stitches!

 

4. Turn your zip face down on top of piece O3, making sure the teeth are 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric, then tack in place close to the edge of the tape:

5. Place lining piece L2 face down on top of piece O3, right sides together (RST) sandwiching the zip in between, and stitch in place:

6. Flip both pieces of fabric away from the zip, so that they are wrong sides together (WST) and top stitch along the edge of the fabric near the zip teeth.

7. Take the zip, and place face down on top of piece O4,  making sure the teeth are 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric, then tack in place close to the edge of the tape:

Zip facing down
Zip facing up

8.  Place lining piece L3 face down on top of piece O4, RST, sandwiching the zip in between, and stitch in place:

9. Flip both pieces of fabric away from the zip, so that they are WST and top stitch along the edge of the fabric near the zip teeth.

10. Place pocket on top of piece L1 which has had the fusible interfacing/fleece applied so that the lining pieces are RST, then tack all the way round about 1/4″ from the edge. Trim any excess zipper tape at this point.

11. Take one piece O5, and placing it so that the short edges are top and bottom, draw a line 1/2″ up from the bottom right hand corner between the fusible fleece and the edge:

12. Place marked piece O5 RST on top of the front pocket piece at the right hand side and sew from the very top down to the marked line and stop there.

13. Repeat with piece O2 and another piece O5, marked in the same way as in step 11.  Note that it will also be on the right hand side.

14. Place the pieces from steps 12 and 13 and place them RST.  Mark the bottom right hand corners of pieces O2 and the outer pockets as per step 11, and stitch together at both sides down to the marked line.  You should now have a tube shaped piece.

15. Take the remaining piece O5 and make a mark 1/2″ in from each side at each corner:

 

16. Taking the remaining piece O5, place RST with the pocket side of the tube, matching the long edges.  Note that you will need to pin the sides out of the way.  Going only between the corner marks, stitch together.

17. Work your way round, doing one short side next, then the back, then the remaining short side, ensuring that you only sew between the marks each time.

18. Trim the excess fabric away from each side at each bottom corner:

 

Note that I approach the corner at a shallow angle, to ensure no overlap when the bag is right sides out

19. Turn the bag right sides out:

20. Take one piece O7 and fold in half, matching short edges, and press.  Then fold the short edges into the centre and press.  Repeat with the remaining piece O7.

21. Stitch all the way around each piece 1/8″ from the edge, starting at one short edge, then coming down the open edge before going across the bottom and up the folded edge.

22. Fold piece O6 as per step 20, except matching the long edges together.  Fold each end in by 1/2″ and press.

23. Stitch all the way around as per step 21.

22. Draw a line 1/2″ in from the top stitching at one end of the strap, then join the opposite corners with diagonal lines.  Loop that end of the strap over the cross bar of the slider by 1 1/2″ so that the marked lines are facing upwards.  Following the top stitching already there, stitch round he rectangle twice, using the drawn line as the 4th side, then sew up one diagonal line, across the top and down the other diagonal, and repeat:

23. Take one piece O7 and thread through one rectangle ring, matching short edges.  Centre on the side of the bag, and stitch in place 1/4″ from the edge, going back and forth along the line 3 or 4 times for security.

24. Repeat with remaining piece O7 and rectangular ring, then set bag aside.

25. Place the block flap piece RST with piece O1 and all the way around, leaving the top edge  completely open.  Trim the corners as per step 18, then turn right side out:

26. Press and top stitch round the 3 stitched sides 1/8″ from the edge, then tack the top edge closed 1/4″ from the edge

27.  Make a mark in the centre of the flap 3/4″ from the bottom

28.  Using the buttonhole stitch on your machine, make a buttonhole big enough for your chosen button

29. Place the flap RST with the back of the bag, matching raw edges and tack in place 1/4″ from the edge.

 

30. Take piece L5 and fold in half RST, matching short edges, and sew all round open edges, leaving a 2″ gap for turning.  Trim the corners as per step 18 and turn through the gap.  Push out the corners and press.

31.  Place pocket on top of one piece L1, centred and 4″ down from the top, with the folded edge uppermost, then top stitch along the sides and bottom of the pocket 1/8″ from the edge.

32.  Assemble the bag lining in the same was as the outer from steps 11 to 18, making sure that on one long side of the base you leave a gap 7″ long for turning.

33.  Place the outer bag inside the lining bag and pin in place carefully all the way round, making sure the edges match.

34. Stitch all the way round, then turn the bag through the opening in the base of the lining.  Press in place, then top stitch 1/8″ from the edge all the way round the top of the bag:

35. Thread the strap through one rectangle ring, back through the slider, and finally through the remaining ring with a 1 1/2″ foldover.  Stitch in place as per step 22.

36. Ladder stitch or slip stitch the opening in the lining closed.

37. Sew your button onto the front of the front pocket of the bag, then stand back and admire your bag:

 

 

Mosaic Tiles 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.

Lindsay’s Quilt: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Happy New Year! Since I’m still waiting on the baby to arrive, I decided to distract myself with some simple sewing.

Last August, I asked my charity quilting bee if they’d like to make blocks from Modern Bee. Surprise! It’s January, and I still haven’t had a moment to assemble the blocks into a quilt until now. Thankfully, I haven’t fallen behind on any other sewing projects.

I didn’t know at the time I chose this block that I’d be hosting the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, but I thought the January/Mosaic Tiles would be a great choice for my bee, since we work from scrap fabrics in everyone’s stash!

Since the prints would be mixed and matched, I chose a color scheme of bright pinks, oranges and yellows with a white background. I grabbed my color inspiration from this beautiful block I spotted on Flickr.

There are some lessons I learned through making this quilt again with a bee, and I thought I’d share some helpful tips!

1. If you are like me and don’t think you’ll be able to sew the blocks together right away, you might have better luck asking your group to press the seams to one side rather than pressing them open. I routinely press my seams open, but noticed that the blocks that arrived to me with seams pressed to the side had better staying power, while the open-pressed seams had started to unravel after six months of being stashed away.

2. Depending on your bee members’ desired seam allowance (I recommend using a scant 1/4″ seam), you might end up with some blocks that are smaller than 11″ unfinished. This is generally okay, because you should be able to stretch the blocks by at least 1/4″ as needed to join the blocks. If they blocks are much smaller though, you might have to supplement them with blocks of your own.

3. Ask your bee members to send you any extra fabric quadrants. These can be assembled quickly into new or replacement blocks!

4. This is a very forgiving quilt pattern! There is so much activity going on, that no one will notice if you have a few blocks that arrive a little wonky.

For this alternate quilt layout, I chose to use 20 blocks in a 4-by-5 grid. There is no sashing in this version, which yields a lap-size quilt. I am really happy with how it turned out, and can’t wait to share the finished quilt with you in the next month or so.

To join the new list for reminders on the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along schedule, you may sign up for quilt along updates here! For those of you who have already commented on a post and asked to sign up, I’ve added your e-mail address to a special mailing list for Quilt Along participants. Either way, you are welcome to grab a book and join us for the quilt along at any time.

Mosaic Tiles 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.

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.

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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.

Mosaic Tile QAL Katie 2

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

Mosaic Tile QAL Katie 3

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!

Mosaic Tile QAL Katie 4

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
Silver
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.

Perfect!

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. :)
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