Annie’s Tiles

I’m so excited to show you all my latest queen-sized quilt.  It’s called “Annie’s Tiles.”

Read on for the whole story behind this blanket…

This project started with a picture of a tile floor…

Being a little entrepreneur trooper, I reached out to the lady who took this picture and said that if she (Annie) was interested, I could make her a quilt featuring this design.  After a couple emails back and forth, we had a deal!

So I started drafting the pattern.  First we needed to think about a traditional cathedral windows pattern…

Bulk up those circles into hoops.

Annie wanted the colors inverted from the tile floor, so I did a little coloring in Photoshop to get a feel for the final design:

So then it was time to get cracking and make a template.  I can not emphasize enough what a stupid idiot I was trying to make this work.  Turns out, if you want to make a template with a whole bunch of curves at precise measurements, you best get yourself to the hardware store and buy a FLIPPIN’ COMPASS.

Tried and failed 1000 times before I bought a compass.

4 pieces to each block, 4 blocks to make a circle. That’s a lot of curves.

I made 6 x 7 = 42 circles.

Kona Royal Blue and Kona PFD

For all the trouble I had making the template, I thought this whole quilt was going to be a big challenge. However, once I got the hang of sewing the block pieces, this actually came together really painlessly! The blocks lined up easily and the quilting was fast and without complications.  I did stippled quilting with a variegated teal-blue thread on top and a steely grey/blue for the bobbin.

I pieced together some Amy Butler for the backing.  Look at that uninterrupted repeated pattern!  Go me!

I just stuck with Kona Royal Blue for the binding.  I did bias-cut binding and applied with machine.

After some show-and-tell at the next Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild, this will be off to it’s new home!  It’s Queen Sized – about 90″ x 98″



Filed under Fabric, Inspiration, Quilting

15 responses to “Annie’s Tiles

  1. Jenna,
    This is just stunning! FAN-tastic job 🙂

  2. Brianna

    Wow! Love it! It looks like it was a nightmare to piece!

  3. Wow! congrats! I can’t wait to see it this week!

  4. Annie Barrett

    I’m not worthy!!!!

  5. Manya Lisse

    That is amazing. As always, I’m so impressed with you.

  6. Julie

    Beautiful execution and congrats on your entrepreneurship! It’s also great when someone obviously as talented as you are admits to occasional “failings” so that we all know to keep trying!

  7. Ann

    Love it! Can’t wait to see it in person at the meeting this week. I am always taking photos of tiles for inspiration.

  8. Jenny

    Unbelievable quilt.

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