Muscat Floor Tile Quilt Pattern

 

Muscat floor tile quilt

Muscat floor tile quilt

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.

Original Muscat floor tiles

Original Muscat floor tiles

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

Sew five strips together

Sew five strips together

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.

Cut the squares along the diagonal

Cut the squares along the diagonal

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.

Place a gold strip along the diagonal

Place a gold strip along the diagonal

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.

Line the triangles up with the 1" marking

Line the triangles up with the 1″ marking

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.

Trim the corners of the block

Trim the corners of the 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.

Form a nine patch unit in the middle

Form a nine patch unit in the middle

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.

Use the chevron blocks in pairs

Use the chevron blocks in pairs

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.

Match the middles first and then smooth outwards

Match the middles first and then smooth outwards

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 red square to either end of the side units

Sew a red square to either end of the side units

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.

The first two quilt borders

The first two quilt borders

Quilt border

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.

The third quilt border

The third quilt border

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.

Craftsy

Print Friendly
About Rose

Comments

  1. What a very striking pattern !!! Thank you for the clear instructions….its another one for the bucket list 🙂

  2. Love all the patterns you have.

  3. Sheila Lymn says:

    Hi Rose I must tell you I have nearly finished 4 table mats from the Dragonfly fabric ,I have out lined round them in black chain stitch ,
    and they look stunning ,another way of using your fabulous fabric ,I like the simplicity of this week quilt thank you .
    Love and hugs Sheila xx

    • Hi Sheila. Well done – you have been busy! I bet the black chain stitch looks amazing – what a good idea.

  4. Rose, This is a very striking and beautiful quilt.
    You have, as usual, given us a very good tutorial.
    The middle of the block would make a lovely nine patch
    quilt on it’s own.
    Thank you.

    • Thanks, Mary. Yes, it would make a good quilt with just the nine patch unit. I rather like the way the colours set each other off as well.

  5. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great{ and you made it look so easy} quilt. Love the way it came out with the pop of red. Taking a break from quilting as I am making covers for our porch chairs. Hopefully by the time I finish we will be able to use them. The weather man promised 60’s all week[ HaHa.] It did not get out of the 40’s and the sun shone only once this week. We are all wondering if Spring will ever come or will we just jump into summer.
    Easter was quiet and flew by fast. Did you enjoy your time with your daughter. I bet you did. Always good to see the children.
    Have a great weekend. Stay away from the sand.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. Good luck with the porch covers. I have taken a very old chair from my father’s house which I am hoping to re cover with patchwork one day when time allows. Yes, it seems to have been a long winter, doesn’t it. We have had beautiful weather this last week, but I gather it’s going to turn cold again today – along with the sand filled rain!

  6. Love this one Rose. You really have been inspired by tiles from far away places

  7. Doreen Robin says:

    I am fascinated with your ability to take floor tiles and create quilt blocks!! I so enjoy looking at your quilts. Thank you for sharing your creativity and instructions as well.
    D.

    • Thanks, Doreen. I really enjoy the process of looking at tiles and trying to think of a way to simplify the design enough to make it suitable for fabric.

  8. Not a good weekend to peg out the washing !!

    • You’re right, Judy. I have a film of sand on my bins, but it doesn’t look very red to me. Maybe that will come today.

  9. What a beautiful quilt, you break down everything so simply and your instructions are great!You probably already know but check out the Bella Bella book it has some lovely tile patterns. I made the one on the cover and although it was a lot of work to say the least, I was very happy with it.
    Take care, Lynne in Canada

    • Thanks, Lynne. I agree – the Bella Bella book has some gorgeous designs. Not suitable for beginners, but absolutely breath taking.

  10. nice pattern, rose, hope the blood rain dosn’t make too much mess for you to clean up

%d bloggers like this: