Spanish Tiles

I’m just popping in quick to show you a quilt that I finished.  It’s called Spanish Tiles and can be found in my “Living Large 2” book.

This is a more modern color pallet than I usually use, but I wanted to make a quilt with a gray background.  I set out to find a color combination that would work with gray.


I based my color story on this fat quarter.  It’s from the Kumari Garden by Dena Designs.

The print directly above and below this print in the quilt are also from that collection.  There are some other really cute prints in that line, and now I’m tempted to get it in the pink colorway.  Most of the other prints are from my stash.  I happened to have a really old fat quarter pack of Ivy Trellis by Riley Blake Designs (I left out the oranges) that went pretty well with the Kumari Garden.

I had over half of the Ivy Trellis fat quarter pack left, so I used it to make my backing.

I tried out a new quilting design on this quilt.  I have seen it before, but never tried it myself.  As I was working on it, I hated it.  It felt really messy and uneven and I was worried that I had ruined my quilt.  When I took the quilt off the machine and laid it out, I breathed a huge sigh of relief to see it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  In fact, it’s really growing on me and I’m happy to have found a new design to mix in with my other quilting designs.

I love a good finish!  I was happy to see that the Kumari Garden line had a nice stripe for the binding.

This is my third time making this quilt, so in case you missed the first two, here is how they turned out:

You can see more of both of them here.  If you are following along with Maria on her way through “Living Large 2”, you can see her color option here.

I’m off to finish a couple more things before heading into the weekend, so I bet scoot.  Take care and talk to you all next week . . . .










About Heather Peterson

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29 Responses to Spanish Tiles

  1. 4dreamsr says:

    Great design! Went over to other site & looked. Love her bright colors. Just shows how versatile the pattern is.

  2. 4dreamsr says:

    Forgot to say I want to try that guilting pattern. Looks like something I might could do & it look decent.

  3. Cindy says:

    Love that pattern! I really like the darker sashing with white frames. It makes them pop! Definitely going to make this one!

  4. carol broughton says:

    Heather, your quilts are always fantastic! I have your Living Large 2 book and when I finish “Simple Gifts” I am going to make the Spanish Tiles quilt next. You have so many great patterns, it’s hard to pick just one at a time! I am thinking about using Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms fabric line.

  5. Ginger says:

    Wow, this quilt is very striking in the grey colorway! The white really sets off the “tiles”.

  6. Diane R. says:

    Beautiful — as always. That pattern is a great way to showcase the fabrics. I’m always looking for free motion quilting patterns — anxious to try this — it looks great! Thanks for all your inspiration — I love reading your blog!

  7. Jocelyn says:

    It’s beautiful!! Each one looks so different yet so beautiful. Great pattern.

  8. Ann says:

    I really like the quilt! I was admiring the quilting design and then read you weren’t sure about it… The quilt and quilting look like things I want to try!

  9. Susan says:

    Beautiful quilts!

  10. LJ says:

    Ohhh, lovely. The grey was wonderful in your guilts. Fun seeing a pattern in several colorways. I haven’t knitted in years and am so impressed with your sweaters. I loved the shrug and it looked great from the back, too.

  11. LJ says:

    I’m following you with Google reader. Wonderful fabrics and patterns.

  12. Chris says:

    Heather this quilt is gorgeous!!! Not only is it perfectly pieced but the fabric colors and patterns are lovely together!! That gray sashing adds such a nice contrast. I really REALLY love this quilt. Thanks for sharing your finish, so inspiring!!! 🙂 I am so glad I have that book…now to find some beautiful fabrics! 🙂 (Oh and some free time as well! :))

  13. Katie says:

    That gray quilt looks fantastic. Gray seems to be everywhere right now, but not everyone can figure out how best to work colors around it. Very nicely done.

  14. marsha nelson says:

    The pattern is so fun and what a great way to showcase the fabrics. I really like the gray because it sets of the colors so well. I love the pink quilt even more. It looks so happy. Thanks for sharing. What line will you be working on next?

    • Estrella says:

      Me gustan mucho todos tus diseños y este en particular más porque hace mención a mi tierra Andalucia (Sevilla). El quilt está bonito con cualquier color que lo hagas felicidades por el don que tienes en diseñar quilts. Saludos

  15. Linda says:

    Another gorgeous finish!!! LOVE that pattern!! Looks great in all fabrics!! Love the quilt design too. I think I’ve practiced a variation of that and thought it looked messy, but I LOVE the way yours looks! Perfect!!

  16. Susan says:

    That quilt is lovely – congratulations on your finish!

  17. Silvia says:

    What a beautiful design!! Love these quilts 🙂

  18. Kim says:

    I stumbled onto this via Pinterest. This design is clever and stunning, great for large prints and *perfect* for Deer Valley. Love it!

  19. Kirsty Owen says:

    Oh wow! You have just made my day. I fell in love with some Matilda fabric from Jennifer Paganelli’s West Indies line but have been at a loss as to what to do with them. This spanish tiles pattern is perfect! What a great way of showcasing fabrics you don’t have the heart to cut up. Your book is going on my wishlist. Thank you!

  20. donnacnd says:

    i like the spiraly quilting design you used here – it’s a visually interesting counterpoint to the geometric piecing. well done!

  21. Liz says:

    Just found you. Where have I been. Love the variety of colors and patterns in your line of fabrics. Now I’m anxious to see what you will have for Christmas

  22. Deanna long says:

    Where can we get the pattern?

  23. Robbie Farley says:

    I love this quilt pattern. Just now ordered the book – can’t wait to try it out!

  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern!!! Heather, is there anyway I can buy this pattern as a PDF download? Thanks, Sharon

  25. Alison Axford says:


    I’d love to find out what size this quilt is 🙂


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