Moroccan Tiles by HawkFan

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Moroccan tiles
Status:
Complete
Started:
2013-08-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-10-05T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

This is from an old issue of Fons and Porters Love of Quilting magazine. We have friends who live in Istanbul and my son lived and worked over there for 6 weeks and stayed with them. I'm making this quilt for them. I'm not sure I would have taken this on had I read all the way through the instructions before I started. So many pieces!! And, so many bias edges!! I think so far I've kept them from stretching too much but we'll see when I start piecing the bigger blocks together. I've had the pieces cut out for this for a while now and I finally made myself start on it. It

It starts with fussy cutting the center square and adding black triangles to each edge. Then the floral triangles get added next. Four more pieces are combined to make the final addition to the center squares - one of those is shown in one of my pictures, and one of the blocks has one attached to one side. There are 6 different center designs and the picture shows the stacks of these (the blocks aren't lopsided, some of the squares beneath the top ones are sticking out. All of the center squares are finished (with black and larger floral triangles attached) and I have to add the fourth piece to the next addition and then those will be ready for the completion of each individual block. There are 20 blocks total with, if I counted correctly, 500 total  pieces I had to cut out and, no, I am not going to piece a border!!

I can only do so much on this at a time and then I work on some fussy cut squares or on the chevron quilt I just started. 

Update - One whole block done. Woohoo. Only 19 more to go (sigh)

Sept 15, 2013 - finished piecing the top except for the two borders I will add. This was the most technical top I've pieced. Overall I'm happy with it. Not perfect but I'm not embarrassed to give it to someone.

Sept 19, 2013 - the borders are on. I have some beautiful fabric for the back (Benartex ebony and ivory black ribbon) but of course I don't have enough of it so I'll also use a peppered cotton that's a gray/black. I had one extra square that didn't get used on the front - not sure how I managed that - so I added a black border to it. Then, I pieced one chevron block and one square-in-a-square block with black and one of the prints from the front. I'll piece those with the peppered cotton. I've uploaded a photo of the plan for the backing layout. Sigh...more calculating and cutting and piecing. Still so much to do!

Oct 8, 2013 - Finished!! Unfortunately, I didn't get it done in time to give to our friend when he was here so I'll be mailing it off in the next few days.

Pictures

Ready to be mailed to Turkey
The finished back
close-up of finished back
Quilted, binding added and washed
sunshot of the top
top finished except for borders
closeup of borders
borders attached. It's not hanging very straight in this shot
The plan for the pieced backing.
top with backing fabric
First block done!!
Stacks of the 5 different center squares. The piece in the middle left shows one side of the next "border" attached.
Bottom center is a stack of part of the next border. Those pieces need the final triangle attached before they get added to center squares

Loves

Quilterinmotion
Tealover
Tuesdayschild
Jenhighfill
cally68
sisterhood
brodeusebressane
Skynme
Hagridsmom
JudyBR
Juline
True
Terryt1955
Kathie
Robynie

Comments

True

Truly amazing! This will be magnificent when done...how did ever decide on fabric? They are going to love and treasure this one!

Terryt1955

What is the background fabric!!! It gives it a very Old World feel. Love these tiles!

HawkFan

Terryt1955 and True - I can't take credit for fabric choices in this case. I got the kit. I took one look at the pattern and thought there was no way I wanted to try to match fabrics.

HawkFan

Terryt1955 - just looked it up - the fabrics are from the Marrakesh collection by Timeless Treasures.

Terryt1955

HawkFan Thanks! And I'll be able to remember it since I still love Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young!!

cally68

This is stunning! what issue was it in? I absolutely love your fabric choices!

HawkFan

cally68 - it's an old issue - March/April 2007. I didn't have a particular reason to make it until my son went to Turkey.

Caribousmom

This is stunning. I love how the fabrics and the pattern work together to make the block look like a real tile. This is going to be a gorgeous quilt when you are done.

HawkFan

Thanks Caribousmom - when I first started I wasn't liking it so much but now that it's coming together, I can see the beauty in it.

HawkFan

Thank you Carolmarie - finished joining the blocks and it just needs borders. I'm liking it more now that it's almost done!

True

Holy Moly it is Gorgeous...amazingly so and these are not even colors I would have thought I could love but it is going to be one hell of a quilt and gift. I am so impressed with how fast you got it together. Lovely.

cally68

Wow! It came out beautiful. I love the pattern. It almost looks 3D. I may have to look for this issue however, at this point in my quilting life, it is way beyond my skill level.

HawkFan

True - funny you would say that about the colors. I ordered the kit and then when I got it I thought "what was I thinking". I have no idea why I got it which is probably why it sat for so long. I'm happy I finally had a reason to make it.

HawkFan

cally68 - I learned a lot (mostly the hard way) over the last few months but mostly it was just about jumping in with both feet. I tend to do that a lot :)

Caribousmom

Wow - just gorgeous. Really beautiful in every way. I know what you mean about the fabric - not something I would necessarily have picked off of a shelf - but seeing it all together it is just wonderful and it is those fabrics that I think make it especially pretty. Great job!!!

Terryt1955

Holy Moly, you finished the top already?! DId you leave the house at all this weekend? I actually love the color combination of black & taupe (and it's not brown). This is amazing and far from being embarrassing. This would be a great hit with your son if you can part with it.

HawkFan

Caribousmom - the fabrics do make this quilt what it is and that's something I need a lot more experience with. I can put fabrics together that look good together but could never have come up with this. There are times when, for me, a kit is the way to go.

HawkFan

Carolmarie - Yes, I think I counted 500 pieces. I think cutting them out was worse than sewing them together, especially since a lot of them involved using a cardboard template I had to draw up. It's a miracle they fit together as well as they did!

HawkFan

Terryt1955 - I did spend a lot of hours on it. Today was rainy and dreary so that made it easier. I tend to get more than a bit obsessive once I start something and the friends I'm making it for will be here some time in October so I do have to finish it soon. Just couldn't make myself put those borders on though...

Mymble

Really beautiful-I love the little pops of light blue/grey/periwinkle? with the beiges- and your work is wonderful!

Terryt1955

Can't wait to see the borders. Are they solids? I ate doing borders. You're at that point thinking you're almost done and then they take so long. At least for me they do. And I'm not even talking about pieced borders!

HawkFan

Mymble - Thank you! Slate is probably the closest I can come to describing the color. You're right, it adds some dimension to the quilt.

HawkFan

Terryt1955 - both borders are prints. The inside border is fairly small and reads as a solid but the outside border is actually the fabric from which the centers of the blocks are fussy cut. The binding is what they call the geometric print. It's the non-floral print in the block. I know what you mean about borders. I am so close and wanted to push through to get it done but was burned out. Silly in some ways because it's basically just 8 straight stitches. I will have to piece the borders and honestly, that's what stopped me.

True

HawkFan oh that is going to be a great border! I am same way with borders they were me out for some reason!

Kathie

Wow! This is gorgeous and I love the prints! This is one I'd consider trying as I love how all the pieces come together . . . beautiful work smile !

HawkFan

Terryt1955 & True - I should clarify...by "piece" the borders I mean the length is greater than the WoF so I'll have to sew strips together for it to be long enough, not a fancy pieced border. Will post more pictures when I get the borders on it.

HawkFan

Thank you Kathie - I definitely think the end result is worth the work

Terryt1955

I'll patiently wait until you have a chunk of time to crank out the borders. Can't wait to see.

True

This just gets better and better...borders are awesome and love plan for back!

HawkFan

True - Thanks Mary. I'm still pretty happy with it and am kind of excited to see how the back comes together.

sisterhood

Sisterhood+ I absolutely love this pattern, but the color isn't to my taste.

Aizome

Lovin the neutrals and the prints here, as well as the sunlit photo!

HawkFan

sisterhood - I think you could go a lot of ways with the pattern as there are some beautiful fabrics out there that could be fussy cut for the centers. Not sure I'd take this pattern on again for a while though. Cutting all those pieces took forever smile

HawkFan

Thank you Aizome - the neutrals appealed to me since it was a gift and I thought it would go well in their house. Not sure I'd do it for my house though. The kids may be grown up but there's still the cats and dog to make messes hahaha

Quilterinmotion

HawkFan , your son's hosts are going to be overwhelmed with pleasure at the receipt of this quilt. You have done an outstanding job on it. You should be very proud of the quilt, for certain. I love the color scheme!!

HawkFan

You're so sweet Quilterinmotion . I think this is my best quilt so far, at least I feel like I did a better job than I have before. I'm finally remembering to pay attention to points, not stretch my bias-cut pieces, etc. Maybe it's starting to come together :)

Quilterinmotion

You have done a fantastic job on what looks, to me, like a very fussy pattern design. You have stretched yourself (rather than your bias-cut pieces) and your progress is wonderful. Congrats, HawkFan .

HawkFan

Thank you Quilterinmotion . smile smile
Backing is now pieced and I've got to tackle the quilting...

Terryt1955

Love the borders and especially how the first one is subtle and doesn't take away from the blocks. And then the fianl border is repeating that great fabric. Love! I also think this color scheme is very sophisticated and will go in anyone's house because it is neutral. One will never tire looking at this beauty! Any ideas on the quilting?

HawkFan

Terryt1955 - Good question. I've been thinking about how to quilt it and keep coming back to the same thing - I feel like I'm going to have to stitch in the ditch. I normally try to stay away from that but I don't see a good way to do much echo quilting without detracting from the block pattern. I think I'll so a curvy pattern in the outer border since it's a circular motif. I guess I'll just have to go slow on the stitch in the ditch part to keep it where it's supposed to be. I'd hate to mess up the quilt on the quilting part!

True

Quilterinmotion Terryt1955 so agree with both of you...this will go with anyone's home. Actually it works really, really well in my office...and I am often cold...just sayin';-)

HawkFan

True - I'm actually going to have a hard time giving this one up! One thing I noticed when we were in Turkey was so much was in neutral colors. I stuck out like a sore thumb (or maybe just an American Tourist) with my pink blouse. Perfect target for all the rug salesmen

Caribousmom

I agree with everyone is saying about the neutral tones. I keep looking at this quilt - it draws my eye every time I scroll through projects and the more I look at the more I love it. It is the balance of those neutrals - dark and light - that really make it stand out. Love it. And I don't think I could give this one up! No way!

True

HawkFan I truly think I would have to keep it...it is such a gorgeous quilt and such a wonderful example of how design does not need a whole lot of fancy or bright colors to be absolutely beautiful! Subtle often is something we forget about in our colorful world;-)

HawkFan

Caribousmom - I can't take credit for the fabric choices as it was a kit. I'm just glad I waited so long to tackle it. Had I tried it even a few months ago, I probably would have royally botched it. I'm just now realizing all the things I need to be careful of.

HawkFan

True - It is fun to think of it going half way around the world though!

True

HawkFan Ok very, very good and cool point!!!

Terryt1955

I think the hardest part about quilting is picking the quilting design but I'm with you I wouldn't want to take away from the block's design so stitch in the ditch sounds logical. Just go slow, put on a great audiobook and find your groove (ha,ha). Your son's host family is going to flip over this!

True

Truly beautiful!!! It will only let me hit love button once or I would keep hitting it!!!!!!

HawkFan

Thanks True - you make me smile!

Terryt1955

Too bad you didn't get it done in time t send off with your friend BUT I truly think the host family is going to get a far bigger surprise receiving the box in the mail and THEN opening it to find this incredible quilt. So beautiful!!

Jenhighfill

Such a great choice in fabrics!!! I love the back and the sidebar of blocks! You friends will love this...so thoughtful. My daughter is finishing a quilt up for her host family in a Germany...such a wonderful gift to give!!!!

HawkFan

Terryt1955 - I know what you mean but it's also fun to see their reaction. Hmmm...I could take it to them hahaha

HawkFan

Jenhighfill - I can't take credit for the fabric selection since it was a kit but I'm definitely glad I got the kit. It's so nice of your daughter to make a quilt for her host family.

Tuesdayschild

So beautiful! What an amazing gift for your friends.

HawkFan

Thanks Tuesdayschild - now I just have to get back over there to see it in its new home smile

Quilterinmotion

Fab finish, HawkFan . What a sense of accomplishment you must feel, having won over the bias edges and completed in it a reasonable length of time. Now you deserve a trip back to see it!

HawkFan

Quilterinmotion Thanks Marsha. I would love to go back - Istanbul is a wonderful place to visit

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