Tile Quilt Block

The other day, I was looking through and reading blog on my list. I came across a blog post by Teresa at Stitchin Friends about a book she had about tile quilting. It's not something I'd heard of before, so was quite interested in learning more.

As luck would have it, the same book was available digitally through my local library (our libraries are all still closed due to the lockdown) so I borrowed it and had a look through.

The book is called Tile Quilt Revival and is by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley. In this book, the authors show us how to create tile blocks which look like mosaics. At the end of the book, there are a couple of patterns for us to recreate. 

Blue Sky Birds

I decided then and there to jump right in and have a go. I printed up a block (possibly not the easiest block now that I think about it) and got started. 

The first step was to trace the pattern to freezer paper and then cut out the shapes.

Press the freezer paper to the fabrics and cut the shapes out. Reassemble on top of the white background fabric.

At this stage, I used a little bit of sewline glue (the glue stick used for paper piecing) to hold the shapes in place while I baste 1/4" around the inside of the seams, ready to needle-turn.

At this stage, I'm basting the pieces to the background white fabric with a 1/4" seam. This way, when I turn them under to stitch down, the seam will be 1/8" - well this is the theory. These white bits between the shapes will look like the grout between tiles.

I'll keep you posted on how I go.

Book details:

Tile Quilt Revival by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley

Published by: C & T Publishing 2010


  1. How interesting! I used to have that book, but never made anything from. I look forward to watching this one grow and develop.

  2. What a cool way to make a block! I’ll be back to see how it turned out!

  3. I'm not a bit surprised that you and I follow Teresa. She makes lovely things! But how cool that you could find this book digitally, and use it as you are1 Wow. I'll be interested to see how you go with this project. Just a word of caution though... in case it's the same there as it is here - once you check out a digital craft book, you're unable to check it out again. I tried, and that's what I learned. Hoping it isn't the same for you.

  4. Anorina, you are always inspiring me. Our libraries have also been offering more robustly this past 20 months books digitally. It really is wonderful.
    (I need to take more consideration in my contributions to our county libraries, via taxes of course)
    I will look at this book. I am so terrible with hand sewing, and I do have a sizable pile to take with me next Thursday when I take my dad for his tooth implant... 3 hours. I will be sewing binding and doing some EPP as well
    Happy week to you. I hope your Spring is springy!!

  5. What fun... I have that book - I should have a look through it...

  6. That looks like fun and very creative too

  7. Ooohhh nice. Good luck with it...xox


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