The Muscat floor tile quilt is based on my interpretation of the tiles in a shopping mall in Muscat (which is in Oman). I would love to be able to say that I have just had a short break there, but actually the photos were sent to me by Carol in Muscat – many thanks, Carol.
I have taken elements of the floor design and used them in my quilt – and also added some red fabric to give it some pop. You can see the tiles that provided the inspiration in this photo.
The quilt measures just under 36″ square and I have used 1 yard of black with 1/2 yard each of red and gold fabrics. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the Muscat floor tile quilt
Black fabric: five 5.1/2″ squares, eight 2.3/4″ by 5.3/4″ rectangles, four 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric for the quilt itself. For the border you will need eight 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric
Red fabric: four 5.3/4″ squares for the quilt. For the border you will need four 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric
Gold fabric: six 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric, eight 1.1/2″ by 10″ rectangles
Making the basic block for the Muscat floor tile quilt
Sew five 1.1/2″ strips of three gold and two black together to make one panel. You will need to make two of these panels. Cut across the panels at 5.1/2″ intervals. Four of these squares will be used as they are. Eight of the squares will be used for the chevron blocks.
Making the chevron blocks
Seperate the eight squares into two groups – one group with the stripes running vertically and the other group with the stripes running horizontally.
Cut all the squares along one diagonal to create two triangles from each square.
Mark the 10″ gold strips 1″ from each end using a fabric marker.Take one triangle from the first group and one from the second group so that you get the corner type of design in the black/gold stripes as shown in the photo. Place a gold strip along the diagonal between the triangles.
With right sides together, sew the triangles to the gold strip. Begin sewing with the end of the triangle placed at the 1″ line that you marked.
You need to have the gold strip sticking out beyond the triangles so that you can form the corners of this block.
Press the seams and then trim the corners by placing your ruler along the edge of the block. These blocks are now 5.3/4″ square. This actually surprised me as I had expected them to be slightly bigger than that, but that is the measurement that I ended up with.
Assembling the Muscat floor tile quilt
I decided to make this a medallion style quilt and I began with a nine patch unit in the middle, using five plain black squares and four of the basic striped blocks.
Place the striped blocks so that the lines are horizontal in the middle row and vertical in the other two blocks. Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the next frame of the Muscat floor tile quilt I have used the chevron blocks. I couldn’t resist adding some red fabric at this stage. Place two chevron blocks together so that the gold diagonals form a V shape. On each end place a 2.3/4″ by 5.3/4″ black rectangle. Make four of these units.
Sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt, placing them so that the V shape points towards the middle. I find that it helps to match the central seam of the chevron blocks to the middle of the gold strip first and then smooth and pin outwards from there.
Sew a 5.3/4″ red square to each end of the remaining two chevron units and sew one to each side of the quilt.
That completes the main part of the Muscat floor tile quilt.
I have used three borders to frame the quilt. For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric. You will need two lengths of 26″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 30″” for the sides.
The second border is made using 1.1/2″ red strips. Cut two lengths of 30″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 32″ for the sides.
For the third border I used 2.1/2″ strips of black again. You will need two lengths of 32″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 36″ for the sides. These are the measurements for my Muscat floor tile quilt, but please do measure yours before you cut the border strips.
That completes the Muscat floor tile quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Apparently our good weather is due to end today. They are talking of blood rain over the weekend, which is caused by red dust blown up here from the Sahara Desert. That should be interesting.