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I’m reading about tile quilts

It started when I found this fabric at Hancock’s of Paducah, Windham New Town Farm Crazy Quilt Panel. I love it, so folky and wacky. The border around all the shapes is what really caught my attention.

Then I checked out Crazy Quilts by Cindy Brick from the library and found a pic of this quilt, the Hattie Burdick quilt. Just amazing. The book calls these type of quilts tile, or stonewall quilts, and explains the that they’re appliqued shapes with white space left as the “grout” between.

tile quilts hattie burdick

There’s more to read about tile quilts here. I’m very intrigued. I want to try this.

9 thoughts on “I’m reading about tile quilts

  1. I think I’ll be adding that book to my wishlist.
    Carol Armstrong published a book with a similar technique a while ago. It think it was called Applique Inside the lines. Except her grout or white space is created by embroidering the lines and then you fit the applique in the spaces.
    Laura Wasilowski’s “wood block” technique produces a similar result, usually with dark “grout.” I’m not sure if that’s included in one of her books; I took a workshop from her at NQA a few years ago where we made little fused quilts using the technique.
    I think all the interpretations are interesting.

  2. I had the same experience a few months ago! Was flipping through a crazy quilt book at B&N, fell in love with a tile quilt (which I had never heard of or seen before), googled, found that book (which had not been released yet I believe!)…and the search ended there. I couldn’t find ANYthing else out about it. If you try the book please do a review 🙂 I’m so so curious. I want to know if there’s a way to do it without hand appliqueing everything because….blech. haha!

  3. I have the book, and have been interested in these style of quilts for a few months.
    I had a go at making my own tile motif – on a cushion..
    If you want to see something spectacular though, have a look at Cathy’s “Fassetted Mosaic Quilt” made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics…
    I did a mini-review of the book here…

  4. beautiful! this looks amazing! love to see this designs. thanks!

  5. I found the tile quilt book at my LQS last month and LOVED how it looked, although once I started reading it, I knew that I would not tackle such a quilt – hand applique and I are not friends. Good luck to you – I am sure whatever you decide to do will be stunning!

  6. Oo, fun! I’ve never seen/heard of this before. You may just have started something for me too!

  7. Oh! These quilts reminded me of the Marc Chagall windows in Zuerich, my hometown. Turns out I am not the only one that thought of this.
    Love it! Now, can I get a couple of extra hours a day? 24 are just not enough. 🙁

  8. Those are really pretty! I’ll have to check out that book!

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