Venice Quilt Inspirations – Floor Tiles

Venice quilt inspirations

Venice quilt inspirations

Venice quilt inspirations are everywhere!  I have long wanted to visit Venice, and last week my dream finally came true.  Oh what a beautiful city it is.

I was only there for a few days, but I walked myself into the ground in that time.  The guide books suggested that I should not to plan my walks – just to walk randomly and see what beautiful buildings I could find.  I did that and was totally overwhelmed.

Grand Canal Venice

Grand Canal Venice

Grand Canal Venice

First thing I saw as I left the bus station was the Grand Canal.  This is the largest canal wandering through the middle of Venice.  The bridges crossing this canal have about 39 steps going up and the same going down on the other side – and that’s before you’ve even started walking the streets of Venice!

The Scalzi

Church of Santa Maria of Nazareth

Church of Santa Maria of Nazareth

I came across a building that was shrouded in scaffolding and I very nearly walked right past it.

Then I noticed an open door so I headed in and actually felt my eyes well up with the sheer beauty inside.

It turned out to be the Church of Santa Maria of Nazareth, also known as the Scalzi.  So I had nearly walked straight past the second most beautiful church in Venice!  Every square inch of the interior was covered in beautiful paintings, exquisite sculptures and a clever use of different coloured marble for panels and columns.  What a treat!  I returned to this church on my last day just to feast my eyes one more time.

Murano glass

Murano glass

Murano Glass

An added bonus in the Scalzi was a display of Murano glass for the Easter celebrations.  I knew that I wouldn’t have time to visit the island of Murano, home of the glass making industry, so it was lovely to be able to see many Murano pieces displayed throughout the church.

Just an aside on the subject of Murano glass:  I bought three beautiful pizza cutters with Murano glass handles as gifts for the children.  Having only half a brain working, I didn’t give a thought to going through security before the flight back.  They were confiscated at the airport, so the only gift that I took home was a bib for Holly.

Floor tile designs in San Marco

Floor tile designs in San Marco

Venice Quilt Inspirations

Gently I meandered my way across Venice and arrived at the Basilica of San Marco.  This is a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so.  What a beautiful building, both inside and out.

More floors

More floors

Given time I could make a dozen quilts from all the exquisite designs that I saw on the floors.

My first quilt design loosely based on one part of one of these patterns should be finished by Friday.

Canals of Venice

Canals of Venice

The Canals and Gondolas of Venice

I couldn’t finish without a mention of the canals and gondolas of Venice.  Some of the canals are huge, such as the Grand Canal shown at the top of the page, while some of them are very narrow.  The only access to these buildings is by boat.

Gondolas

Gondolas

The gondolas are a tourist attraction but I don’t think they would be used by local people.  I didn’t go on one myself, although it was fun watching them.  The gondolier was the man on the left in a pink shirt and boater hat.

The traditional view of them is the gondolier singing to the passengers, but I only came across that once and managed to get a very short video so that you could hear him:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Chisholm Trail Quilt Block Pattern

Chisholm Trail quilt block

Chisholm Trail quilt block

The Chisholm Trail quilt block is a really simple block that makes up nicely in red, blue and white.  It’s classified as a four patch block and I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Chisholm Trail quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  seven red, seven white

3.1/2″ squares:  two blue




Make the half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This will give you two half square triangle units.  They are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make the Chisholm Trail quilt block

Chisholm Trail quilt block layout

Chisholm Trail quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  Make a four patch unit in the middle with two blue squares and two red/white half square triangle units.  Place these so that the red triangles form a butterfly shape in the middle of the block.

In each corner of the block place a half square triangle with the red on the outside.  Between each pair of corners place a pair of half square triangles, laying them so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

Basic Chisholm Trail quilt idea

Basic Chisholm Trail quilt idea

Chisholm Trail quilt ideas

For the basic quilt idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  The red seems to form grid lines along the diagonals which is quite attractive.

Same quilt with some rotations

Same quilt with some rotations

In the second idea, there may not seem to be much of a change, but there are a lot more secondary designs showing up.  All I have changed is the rotation of the blocks.  If you concentrate on the direction of the blue squares, you’ll see that I have rotated half the blocks.  This gives an impression of diamonds rather than the grid lines in the first quilt which I found far more pleasing.

Here’s the video:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Grandmothers Choice Quilt Pattern

Grandmothers choice quilt

For the Grandmothers Choice quilt I have used two different blocks to create a quilt that could be suitably masculine in some colour choices or delightfully feminine in different colour choices.  The quilt is rectangular and is rather large at 64" by … [Continue reading]

Double Star Quilt Block Pattern

Double star quilt block

The double star quilt block is surprisingly easy to make - only two colours and it's made from squares, rectangles and half square triangles only.  It is a big block, though.  I have made it here as a 30" square finished size, but you could make it … [Continue reading]

Ombre Quilt – Free Pattern

Ombre quilt

The Ombre quilt block is more generally made in colours shading from light to dark, but I've chosen to use a strong red within the block to bring out more contrasts. I have used only one block throughout the quilt, but I love the way that both … [Continue reading]

Starry Path Quilt Block Pattern

Starry path quilt block

The Starry Path quilt block should be simple to make - it's made entirely with squares, rectangles and half square triangles.  However I ended up unpicking several times because it's terribly easy to place the half square triangles … [Continue reading]

Towers of Camelot Quilt – Free Pattern

Towers of Camelot quilt

The Towers of Camelot quilt block is also known as Air Castles.  It's the quarter square triangles that form that make you think of turrets and castles.  There are three techniques needed for each block, but once you have made these the quilt block … [Continue reading]

Jacks Delight Quilt Block Pattern

Jacks delight quilt block

The Jacks Delight quilt block is made using a diagonal setting but as usual it isn't too difficult if you take it in small stages.  I've made it here as an 18" square finished size. Cutting requirements for the Jacks Delight quilt block 5.3/8" … [Continue reading]

Easter Cross Quilt – Free Pattern

Easter Cross quilt

I've made the Easter Cross quilt with a cross in each quilt block and also a cross within the overall design.  The block is my own design and you may be pleased to know that it is made with only squares and rectangles.  I haven't used a single … [Continue reading]

Arrant Red Birds Quilt Block Pattern

Arrant red birds quilt block

The Arrant Red Birds quilt block is another misnomer.  Once again I have made it in the traditional colours of blues and white, although I feel that logically it should be made in reds and white.  I've made it as a 16" square finished size. In … [Continue reading]

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