Antique Tile Quilt Design, Pt 2

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by Julie Baird

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Quilt Design, Part 1

Another Antique Tile design

In Part 1, we worked our way through straight and on-point sets made from our Antique Tile quilt block without sashing, and then with simple solid, and finally pieced sashings.

A couple of the designs are interesting enough to consider making quilts from.

The majority, however, were discarded.

This isn't unusual. If we loved all our ideas, we probably weren't discriminating enough.

If you've landed on this page and would like to see how simple the block is to make, click here.

You've also seen the  benefit of using our Electric Quilt software to quickly to audition new ideas, all without wasting an inch of our precious quilt fabric.

Another equally valuable benefit is that drafting the different options—working from the most basic to more involved—does get those creative juices flowing.

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New ideas do occur to you as you actually work through the process. 

Contrary to urban mythology, they don't just spring fully-formed from nowhere.

The quilt designs that follow on this page are ideas that only came to me as I worked through the process—from basis to more involved. 

They were not in my head to start with.

How many designs would you try if you had to draw each one out by hand. Would you have taken it to our end result? After 14 other tries?

Electric Quilt is the perfect tool for inquisitive quilters.

As I always encourage my daughter, "You never know unless you try."

Quilting's like that.

Ba-Zinga! Dazzling Design Options

Still focusing on the place between where the two green rectangles meet, now it's time to add another design element to our sashing.

What's more, let's widen the sashing strip to two grid units—remember our original Antique Tile quilt block is drawn on a 6x6 grid.

Antique Tile quilt with space for double wide sashing.We'll focus on the space between the green rectangles (circled) for these final variations.

Up the ante in your sashing

Try a sashing strip with a quarter square triangle in the center like this...

Pieced sashing with quarter square triangle units and two cut squares.1 quarter square triangle, 2 squares

...and keep our old friend, the red cornerstone. This is the result.

The Antique Tile quilt blocks incognitoHoly Fireworks, Batman! Now we're cooking with gas.

Yep! That's our simple, beginner friendly Antique Tile block. But this doesn't look anything like a beginner quilt, does it!


We're getting somewhere!

If you're having a hard time seeing the sashing, tilt your head to the side and focus on the large red squares.

Don't you love how the block just seems to disappear in this one? These are the kind of designs that just make my heart sing!

Our Antique Tile block is looking pretty grand!

Change up the fabrics

Modified Antique Tile quilt blockGreens are graded in value

Grading fabrics from light to dark can add a lot of movement to a pattern.

Here the green's are graded from light to dark.

You don't need hand dyed fabric to do this—though it's not a bad excuse for adding them to your stash!—just choose fabrics that either read as solids or are solids.

Cut a couple of strips. Look at them as they hang vertically on your design wall. Take a few steps back. Squint your eyes. See if they transition nicely from light to dark.

Trust your eyes. You'll know when it's working. 

Now swap this block variation into our on-point setting and VOILA!

It's a nice effect!

Float the center field of blocks

For the final design option, let's take all the parts (original Antique Tile, quarter square triangle sashing and red cornerstones) and return to a straight set layout.

Antique Tile quilt, quarter square triangle sashings, straight set

Nice, but a bit busy around the edges.

To refine it, we'll float this Antique Tile quilt design within the borders of the quilt.

First remove all the pieced patches from the entire outside edge.

Remove the blocks at the outside edge

Replace our outside-edge quarter square triangle sashings with ones pieced like this...

New coloration for outer quarter square triangle sashings

...and for ONLY these outside edge patches, replace the red cornerstones with ones cut from the background fabric.

This is the result.

Antique Tile quilt blocks floated

In this slight variation, the green and red fabrics within the block are swapped. Everything else remained the same.

Antique Tile quilt, straight set, two different sashing units

It has a totally different look, doesn't it.

So with a little perseverance and some help from our Electric Quilt software, we've turned this simplest of blocks to construct into something truly special.

Perfect from a beginning quilter!

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