A Black Tile Affair

Our city has a modern quilt guild (so lucky I know!) that launched last September. And most months the guild holds a “sew in”, where from 10 until 4 on the chosen day a dozen or so members get together to sew and gab and check out each other’s projects and tools. It’s lots of fun. 

Batik scraps

Batik scraps

At our last sewing day I wanted to make a mug rug (a mini placement to use like a coaster, that is big enough to accommodate both a mug and snack) and I had no design in mind other than to pull from a bag of batik scraps and solid black scraps. Although it’s not part of the modern esthetic to use much black, I was reluctant to use light colours for a mat that might see any number of spills and stains. 

At the sew in Katy, who blogs over at LethargicLass, was working on a pillow cover and the design was wonderful. Such tiny pieces and so much work. I was in awe. Then she told me the secret and I knew I had found the perfect pattern for my mug rug. Katy’s Mosaic Tile Tutorial is part of a Mosaic Tile Quilt Along. So if this pattern captures your imagination hurry and give it a whirl and submit your output here by February 14. There’s a draw for some generous prizes of books and fabric.

1. The component parts: black strips and coloured squares. 2. Framed squares. 3. After slicing and dicing.

1. The component parts: black strips and coloured squares. 2. Framed squares. 3. After slicing and dicing.

Although I can’t exactly say it was fun to make the framed squares, it was very cool to watch the piece come together. For some reason I thought a mug rug should finish to 7″ x 10″, but at that size it feels too big and clunky. 

Mosaic Tile in black. 7.5" x 10.5"

Mosaic Tiles in Black. 7.5″ x 10.5″ (unfinished size)

Decisions, decisions. Since I like this little quilt top so much I don’t know that I want to trim it to a more manageable size. Nor am I sure about making it bigger when I have no need for a larger piece like a doll quilt or little wall hanging. 

Keeping in mind that it can be a mistake for me to rush to finish things, I’ll let this percolate a little and hope genius strikes soon.


A Quilter’s KD

It seems my On the Road to Spring quilt was a true harbinger of spring. Last week we had record-breaking temperatures of 27°C that beat the old record by10°. Alas, the heat wave has passed. On the plus side, I have a brand new quilt to cuddle under!

Last month I told you I had started  Randi’s quilt along and now it’s done.

I’m really pleased with the colours and fabrics and how easily it went together. The quilt is called A Quilter’s KD because the orange reminds me of the inorganic colour of Kraft Dinner cheese sauce and the rectangles are shaped like KD noodles. The backing is Robert Kaufman’s Pointillist Palette from the mid-1990s. Finished size: 50” x 60”.

A Quilter's KD, detail

My free-motion machine quilting skills don’t seem to transfer too well to anything larger than 2 feet square. Which is one of the reasons the quilt’s been washed already. If I could remember to keep from stitching the whole top together I would quilt the segments first, then sew it together; but a 30-year-old habit is difficult to break. Once a quilt top’s up on my design wall I just keep sewing till it’s done (or becomes a UFO).  And now, A Quilter’s KD is done, done, done.

A Quilter's KD, back