This Florence floor tile quilt two is another design based on my visit to Florence earlier this year. I have simplified the design by using a triangle instead of a rectangle – and that’s not something that I ever thought that I would say!
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The original tile design is fairly random, but I’ve added a bit of order to it in the placement of the colours. As you can see, there’s a rectangle along each edge of the central square in some of the tiles, but I felt that it was more simple to make the block if I used a triangle instead.
The quilt measures 49″ square and I have used 3/4 yard each of the blue and pink, 1/4 yard of white and 1 yard of the black fabric. I have deliberately used pastel shades of pink and blue to give a stronger contrast with the black and white surrounding them.
Cutting requirements for the Florence floor tile quilt two
Blue: eight 9.1/2″ squares, six 6.7/8″ squares
Pink: four 9.1/2″ squares, seven 6.7/8″ squares
White: twenty six 2.7/8″ squares
Black: fifty two rectangles 1.7/8″ by 2.7/8″, fifty two rectangles 1.7/8″ by 5.5/8″ for the blocks, two 2.1/2″ strips 45.1/2″ long and two 2.1/2″ strips 49.1/2″ long for the border.
Making the Florence floor tile quilt two blocks
The first requirement for the first quilt block is to make a square in a square block using the black and white fabrics. Sew the two small black rectangles to the top and bottom of the white square, press and then sew the two long rectangles to the sides.
These squares will now be 5.5/8″ square. Cut along one diagonal to make two triangles.
Now you can see why I felt that triangles were more simple than rectangles – well I hope that you agree with me anyway!
Place one triangle on each edge of a 6.7/8″ pink or blue square. Sew the triangles to the top and bottom first, press and then sew the remaining two triangles to the sides.
You’ll notice that the edge of the triangle is longer than the edge of the square – this is deliberate so that there is enough fabric beyond the corners of the pink square to keep the corners showing when the blocks are sewn together. You can mark the middles of the triangle edge and the pink square edge to match them up, or make sure that you have the same length of triangle sticking out at each end.
That completes the first block of the Florence floor tile quilt two. You’ll be relieved to hear that the second one is simply a 9.1/2″ square of either blue or pink.
Assembling the Florence floor tile quilt two
The blocks are laid out in five rows of five. Rows one and five are the same as each other: three pink diamond blocks alternating with two blue squares.
Rows two and four are also the same as each other: a pink square in the middle with a blue diamond on either side and then a blue square at each end.
Row three, the middle row has a pink diamond in the middle with a pink square on either side and then a blue diamond at each end.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric. I felt that it made the quilt look as though the tiles were floating on a black background. You will need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the top of the Florence floor tile quilt two. It is now ready for layering, quilting and sewing. Full details of these can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
We are expecting a total eclipse of the sun this morning (that reminds me of the song from my youth. I wish I could remember who it was by!). It is fairly cloudy here in Ludlow as I write this, so I’m not sure whether we will see it or not.
Thank you so much to all of you who sent in such clever ideas for names for my new embroidery machine. You really are very inventive! I have decided to go with the name Matilda – I can’t tell you why except to say that the name just caught my fancy.