This is my first Florence floor tile quilt pattern – probably one of many to come. I have chosen a very simple geometric design from the tiles in the Florence Cathedral – partly because I didn’t have much time, but also because it’s such an eyecatching design. I added the red cross in the middle just to give the quilt some pop, and because the design came from a cathedral.
The quilt measures 38″ square and I used 1 yard of green fabric, 3/4 yard of light fabric with just five 2.1/2″ red squares. Many of the buildings in Florence use white marble from Carrara, green from Prato and a lovely rose colour from Siena. The fabrics I have used have a marbled effect, but as you can see the light fabric is not white – I thought that a solid white might look too stark in the quilt. The red that I have used is also much darker than the marble used in Florence. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the Florence floor tile quilt one
6.1/2″ squares: four light
2.1/2″ squares: sixteen green, five red
2.1/2″ light rectangles: sixteen 4.1/2″, sixteen 6.1/2″, four 16.1/2″ for the sashing
2.1/2″ green rectangles: eight 6.1/2″, eight 10.1/2″, eight 14.1/2, eight 18.1/2″
Making the Florence floor tile quilt one
Each block is built up from the middle, beginning with the light 6.1/2″ square. Sew a green 4.1/2″ rectangle to the top and bottom of the square. Press the seam allowances away from the square, then sew the 10.1/2″ rectangles to the sides.
The next frame is made using the light fabric, but with a green square in each side to link the inner and outer green frames.
The strips across the top and bottom are made using two 4.1/2″ light rectangles with a green square between them. Sew these to the square. The side strips are made using two 6.1/2″ light rectangles with a green square between them. Continue pressing the seam allowances away from the central square.
Finally add the outer green frame to the quilt block. That’s a 14.1/2″ rectangle across the top and bottom and an 18.1/2″ rectangle down each side.
You will need to make four of these quilt blocks.
Assembling the Florence floor tile quilt
Sew a red square to one end of each of the 16.1/2″ light rectangles. This will form the sashing between the blocks.
Sew the blocks together in pairs with a sashing strip between each pair.
The sashing strip to join the two pairs of blocks together is made using the remaining two sashing strips with an additional red square between them. Place the pairs of blocks so that the red square of the sashing will be in the middle of the quilt and then sew them to either side of the central sashing strip.
In order to make sure that the red cross forms correctly, it’s best to pin the red squares in place first and then pin outwards towards the sides.
That completes the Florence floor tile quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
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