The design for the pub floor tile quilt pattern comes to you, of course, from the floor tiles in a pub that I visited recently. They served a lovely red wine, so obviously it was a tough job researching this design to show you!
The quilt measures 78″ square. I have used 1/2 yard each of grey and white fabrics, 1 yard each of black and blue with 1.3/4 yards of red and 2.1/2 yards of cream fabric. I have tried to stay true to the colouring of the original floor tiles as far as possible. The quilt blocks are 12″ square finished size.
You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the pub floor tile quilt
Central block: four 3.1/2″ red squares, two 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ cream rectangles, three 2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles, two 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles
Corner blocks: four 4.1/2″ cream squares, four 5.1/4″ black squares, four 5.1/4″ grey squares, eight 4.7/8″ grey squares, sixteen 3.3/8″ by 6.1/8″ white rectangles
For the rest of the quilt:
12.1/2″ by 44.1/2″: four cream
12.1/2″ squares: eight red
Black fabric: twelve 12.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips, four 40.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips
2.1/2″ squares: eight blue
For the borders you will need to cut eight 2.1/2″ strips of red and eight 3.1/2″ strips of blue across the width of fabric.
Make the central quilt block
Lay the patchwork out as shown in the photo. There are four red 3.1/2″ squares with an 8.1/2″ cream strip between them horizontally and two 3.1/2″ cream strips between them vertically. At each side there’s an 8.1/2″ cream strip and at the top and bottom there’s a 12.1/2″ cream strip.
Sew the red squares together in columns with the cream strips between them. Then you can sew the columns together across the central area. Finally add the cream strips at the top and bottom. You only need to make one of this block.
Make the diamond in a square
These are a little more complicated, but still easy if you take it in small steps.
Cut a 5.1/4″ black square along both diagonals to make four triangles. Place one triangle on each edge of the 4.1/2″ cream square. Sew the triangles to the square on the top and bottom, press and then sew the remaining two triangles to the sides. Press the triangles open and trim the middle of each edge where the fabric sticks out.
Make the central row of the block
Use this diamond in a square to form the central row of the block. Place a white rectangle on each side with a grey triangle at each end of the row. These triangles are made by cutting a 4.7/8″ square along one diagonal.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across the row.
Add the top section
The top section of the block is made in two rows. Place a white triangle above the central row with a grey triangle on either side. These triangles are made by cutting a 5.1/4″ grey square along both diagonals to form four triangles.
Then above that row place a larger grey triangle (made from a 4.7/8″ square). Note that the two smaller grey triangles are placed so that the right angled corner (the square corner) lie against the bottom of the white rectangle.
Complete the corner block
Sew these pieces together across the row and then sew them to the central row.
The bottom part of the block is very similar, but the smaller grey triangles are placed so that the square corners lie against the top of the white rectangle, rather than the bottom as they were in the top section.
Sew these two rows to the central row to complete the block. You need to make four of these.
Assemble the central area
Having made the blocks, it is easy now to pull everything together. Place the eight 12.1/2″ red squares around the central block. Place two 12.1/2″ black strips between each pair of squares so that each row contains three blocks and two black strips.
Sew the blocks together across the rows.
In order to join the rows to each other, make two sashing strips of three black strips with two blue squares between them. Now you can sew the rows together.
In order to complete the black sashing around the central area, sew a 40.1/2″ strip of black to the top and bottom. Sew a blue square to both ends of the remaining two 40.1/2″ black strips and sew these to the sides.
Add the outer frame
This bit is really simple. First sew a 40.1/2″ cream strip to the top and bottom. Now sew a corner block to each end of the remaining two cream strips. Sew these strips to the sides of the quilt.
Add the quilt borders
For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
Finally add the second border of 3.1/2″ strips of blue. You’ll need two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 78.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the pub floor tile quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding – plenty of open spaces for quilting. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
Here’s the video:
J R R Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, spent part of his childhood in Birmingham. The other day (when I was lost), I happened upon a sign for Sarehole Mill. Tolkien and his brother used to play in and around the mill.
It was too late in the day for me to visit the inside of the mill, but I was able to wander around the outside and it’s definitely somewhere I will return to.
It’s such a calm place – an oasis of quiet set within some quite busy roads. I see that there is a Tolkien trail around Birmingham, so that’s a must for the summer.