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Announcing the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for handmade holidays . . . and being incredibly busy. That’s why I’m excited to announce a super-fun and simple quilt along that you can easily take part in, no matter how much more shopping, wrapping and baking you have to do!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Next Monday, 12/9 through 2/14 (that’s Valentine’s Day for all you romantics!), Craft Buds is hosting the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along! This beginner-friendly quilt pattern was designed by Sukie for my book, Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends.

Mosaic Tiles

Participants are not limited to making quilts, however. We’d love to see what you can create based on the original Mosaic Tiles block design. Is it a holiday stocking or tree skirt? How about an eBook cover or messenger bag? Whip up a mini quilt for your Valentine, an apron for your sister or your own quilt design inspired by the block. Anything goes, as long as you create a finished item!

During the 10-week quilt along, we’ll be sharing project inspiration, quilting tips and layout options with lots of help from our friends. If you don’t have time to get started in December, we invite you to go ahead and sign up anyway! You can join us in 2014 with plenty of time to finish a project before mid-February. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, 12/9
Kickoff! Announcing our sponsors, guest judges + prizes

Monday, 12/16
Guest post: Holiday project and guest post with layout options with Amy of 13 Spools

Wednesday, 12/18
Guest post: Holiday project inspired by block with Sarah of Fabric Seeds

Monday, 12/30
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles layout options with Katie of ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts

Wednesday, 1/1
Happy New Year: Still 6 weeks to sew along!

Friday, 1/3
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Katy Cameron of The Littlest Thistle
+ Halfway mark: Link up your progress!

Monday, 1/6
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Monday, 1/13
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Darcy of Modern Cozy

Wednesday, 1/15
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Kim of Kim’s Krafts

Monday, 1/20
Featuring other projects from “Modern Bee”

Wednesday, 1/22
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles quilt by Katy of Lethargic Lass

Monday, 1/27

Guest post: Project by January of Sew Sew Go

Friday, 2/14
Happy Valentine’s Day! Deadline for entries at midnight, EST.


Modern Bee Quilt Along
Guest Judges and Prizes!

Next Monday, I’ll be back to let you know about the fabulous prizes offered by our quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books.

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

We’re also going to ask for some help from some lovely guest judges, who will choose winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on overall creativity, execution and innovation of the original pattern. We’ll share full details on the prizes and rules next week! But for now, you can get started and . . .

Grab a Book!

If you already have the Modern Bee book, you’ve got all you need to sign up for the quilt along! If you don’t have the book, you can purchase a copy at select Jo-Ann Fabric stores, quilt shops or online at any of the following spots:

Barnes & Noble
C&T Publishing
Save 25% on your order of $25+ through midnight TONIGHT, 12/2 with code TURKEY2013.
Lindsay Sews
Order an autographed copy directly from my shop. The first 10 orders as of this posting will receive a free gift!
Check out other buying options via Google Shopping.

Do you Plan to Sew Along?

We’d love for you to add a link to your project or WIP below. This way, we can stay in touch, get to know each other and share our progress! Quilting is lots more fun with friends, and we cannot wait to see what your create. 🙂

Alternately, you may send your entries to lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com by 2/14 to enter to win prizes!

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Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along
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  1. How do I sign up if I don’t have a blog?

    1. Hi Sharon! You can sign up by just leaving a comment! If you use Flickr, instagram, Twitter or Facebook and would like to link up your profile, you are welcome to do that as well, but not required. 🙂

  2. oh, I’ve got the book ~ I’m in!

  3. Will you be at the guild meeting on the 14th? I’m anxious to get my book! 🙂

    1. I have a friend in town, but I’ll at least plan on swinging by for the swap and I’ll bring a couple books!

  4. What do I need to do to participate?

    1. Hi Sherry! I’m so glad you’d like to join us! Just grab a copy of the Modern Bee book via any of the links provided (or at your local library or quilt shop), and we’ll be working together on the first block pattern starting next Monday, Dec. 9th. No formal sign-up needed, but now that you’ve left a comment, I’ll know how to contact you. 🙂

  5. Well, I suppose I’ll join in… 😉

  6. I would like to join. I have a copy of your book.

    1. Patricia, welcome! So excited to see what you come up with!

  7. I won’t get my book in time but I will be doing this.

    1. Margareth, if you don’t get to start in December, there will still be plenty of time to sew along in Jan/Feb!

  8. I think I’ll join in!

    1. Glad to have you, Melissa!

  9. I’d love to join. I don’t have the book yet, but it’s on my Christmas list. Mosaic tiles is a pattern I’ve wanted to try. December is kinda crazy, but I’ll get started as soon as I can. Thx!

  10. Book is ordered!!! I’m excited and ready!!!

  11. I can’t get the book yet it will take a few weeks to get to Australia can I still join in?

    1. Lianne, yes, please join us! You can jump in at any time between now and Feb. 14th. 🙂 Also, I know there are some e-book options if that works better for you!

    1. Baylea, awesome! So glad to have you!

  12. I don’t have a blog, but would love to join in…. With such a hectic schedule, it will be nice to just relax and do some fun sewing!

    1. Heidi, perfectly fine if you don’t have a blog! When it comes time to submit your entry, you can upload to Flickr or Facebook (and add that link to the linky tool) or just e-mail it me and I’ll enter you. Should be so much fun!

  13. I love the pattern…I’ll join in. 🙂

    1. Awesome–so glad to have you, Meghann!

  14. Looks like fun, just added the book to this weeks shopping list =)

  15. I’m in! My first quilt! I’m ordering the book now…

    1. Sue, that’s so exciting! This is an excellent pattern for your first quilt, and is very similar to the pattern I used for my first quilt. 🙂

    1. Would love to have you join us, Heidi!

  16. I plan to sew along! Got my book this weekend – looking forward to it!

    1. Michelle, great news! I hope you love the book and am glad you’ll be quilting along!

  17. Looking forward to joining in – looking forward to seeing what I can create!

    1. Kathrie, awesome! Thanks so much for joining us!

    1. Mickie, welcome! So glad you have you!

    1. Bia, please join us! Would be so glad to have you!

  18. sounds like fun! might just buy it on my kindle! are you on instagram?

    1. Sure am! You can find me on instagram @lindsaysews.

  19. I am so happy to be joining!!!!

    1. Karen, welcome! Can’t wait to see what you create!

  20. The book is on my wishlist for Christmas so I’m in! Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates!

    1. Oh, I do hope Santa brings it for you! 🙂

  21. Looks like fun. I’ll play!

    1. Woohoo–welcome to the Quilt Along, Daisy!

  22. OK, I am really going to try to do another quilt along. I am pregnant with my first, due in May, and I need to make it a quilt. I have the fabric, but was still deciding on a pattern. This sounds like a perfect opportunity! I just bought the book for my nook, and am excited!

    1. Awesome–I hope you love it, Sarah!

  23. I would love to join in! The book is being ordered as soon as I finish this comment. This is the first time I have done a quilt along!

    1. So glad to have you, Judy!

  24. I’m behind on my blog reading, but this sounds like a great one to join! I already have a great idea, so now I just need to go get the book!

  25. I have so slacked on getting your book! Too much going on! Its on my christmas list (i know i’ll get it)…and it would be awesome to participate in this quilt a long! I’m trying to do more of that this year and maybe become a contender!

  26. hi Lindsay, I think I may join in the fun as well. Looking forward to playing!

    1. Felicia–that’s so great! Thanks again for the feature on your blog!

  27. Can’t wait for my book to arrive so I can get started! Looks like so much fun!

    1. Sue, yay! Welcome to the quilt along, and I can’t wait to see what you create!

  28. This looks like fun! I’m not sure how big my project will be, but I will definitely join in.
    No blog…yet! One of these days, I’ll start one ;->

    1. Barb, that’s perfectly all right! If you have trouble submitting your entry, you can e-mail it to me by the deadline at lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com. Glad to have you join us!

  29. So glad I was sent here by Sew, Mama, Sew. I will work along also….maybe Valentine’s colors???

    1. Bergere, yes, I think Valentine’s Day colors would be perfect!

  30. oh this looks like lots of fun – I just ordered the book on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. I’ll be adding this button to my blog.

    1. Carol, I’m so glad you’ll be sewing along with us! I hope you enjoy the Kindle edition!

  31. I have the book & would love to join. This is open Internationally yes? I’m from Malaysia 🙂

    1. Zura, yes, the contest is open internationally! Please join us!

  32. Working on my piecing now.

  33. I want to join please and I’ve bought your book from Amazon here in the U.K. and it came yesterday. I LOVE this book and am so happy I bought it. Please can I join????

    1. Yes, please join in at any time and you can work at your own pace from now through February 14th! Still loads of time!

    1. Absolutely! So glad you have you join in on the fun!

  34. I am addicted to quiltalongs! I told myself I was going to cut down my WIPS for 2014. I LOVE this QA!!! Of course I’m in. But then again, my other goal for 2014 was to bust my scraps. This looks like the perfect QA for me. Count me in for somewhere between a double or a queen-sized quilt. Whohoo!

    1. Hooray Kathy! Can’t wait to see!

  35. I left a comment before that I would join in, but it doesn’t appear above.
    Do we get automatic updates? Or do I need to find them on my own?

  36. I think I know someone whose arm I can gently twist into joining me. I have a little but of Christmas money to spend.

  37. Does a quilt top count as a finished project? Or does it have to be completely quilted and bound?

    1. Margaret, I think a quilt top works, or a smaller project that is quilted and bound! We’re keeping it low key, here. Would love to see your finished projects when they are wrapped up, though, even if it’s after the date!

  38. This will be my first quilt along… Low key works for me.:) Excited to get started!

  39. Finished my QAL project just today and posted a photo link to flickr. Had lots of fun playing with this pattern!

  40. Thanks for hosting!
    It was a last minute decision to join and I am glad I joined and got done in time. It’s a perfect donation quilt for Project Linus.

  41. Yay, I was able to finish and linkup today. I wish it wasn’t so dark and gloomy outside, but this is the best photo I could get with today’s light. Thank you for hosting this fun QAL!

  42. Thank you so much for hosting! It is so interesting to see how people used the block – – so much talent here.

  43. Lindsay, I just wanted to let you know that your book “Modern Bee” is wonderful. It has inspired me beyond belief. My quilt using the Mosaic Tiles pattern is still under construction. I got a late start. Ha! Ha! I sent a pic via facebook of some of my finished blocks. I have had so much fun admiring all of finished projects. Are you planning to host another event soon??? If so, I’m in!

    Sharon in St. Louis


Mosaic Tile Quilts

Author: Patricia Sanabria-Friederich 

SKU: 978-1-935726-46-3 

Size: 80 pages, Softcover 

Enjoy the ease of creating a classic beauty. 

Beautiful mosaic tile designs inspire timeless quilts. Similar to quilt patterns, mosaic tile floors combine pieces in blocks, pay special attention to color and line, and frame the block designs with borders. 

        9 Stunning Projects • Rich Colors • Historic Traditions 

Each stunning project is more than a quilt. Each reminds us to honor master artists of the past whose creations have stood the test of time to continue to inspire. 

        - A variety of projects: bed quilts, wallhangings, table runners 
        - Color options 
        - Beautifully photographed 
        - Easy-to-sew 
        - Clear and accurate quiltmaking instructions 
        - A tribute to the history of Costa Rica 

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Must Try Trends: Mosaic Quilts

We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary here at American Quilter’s Society, and it has us looking back at the trends that have shaped the quilting world and the trends of the moment fueling the future of quilting. This month, we’re trying Mosaic Quilts.

Mosaic quilts are inspired by the art of tile mosaics. Mosaic quilts run the spectrum of techniques, intricacies, and subject matter. Here are three quilts from QuiltWeek contests that feature mosaic motifs.

Kimberly Lacy uses repeating shapes to create an abstract representation of a canyon. The rounded corners of her mosaic shapes helps evoke the wind-worn qualities of a canyon.

Hyungmi Kim uses organic rectangle shapes laid out like brick and smaller, stone shaped pieces to create a lion. The image evokes a mosaic made of tile and stones, and the smaller stone shapes help keep the eye interested and allow for finer details to be captured.

Lise Bélanger Trois-Pistoles won the Gammill Quilting Machines Best Wall Quilt at AQS QuiltWeek Fall Paducah 2018 with this quilt. Parts of the quilt use a very fine mosaic motif. In this quilt, mosaic creates a stylized, fantastical world like in a storybook.

So mosaic can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different effects. Above all, it’s easy and fun to try.

How to Try This Trend

We’ve put together a photo tutorial of a small project you can make using your smallest fabric scraps. Let’s get started!

Mosaic Magic

mosaic quilt


A variety of fabric scraps
Fat Quarter of background fabric
Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
Chaco Liner Pen
Ruler, Rotary Cutter, and Mat — or Scissors
Coordinating thread for top stitching/quilting
Batting, Backing, and Binding


Mosaic Pieces Preparation

mosaic quilt

Select your fabric scraps and sort by value (lightness or darkness) and/or color. I had leftovers from a 2 1/2″ strip project.

mosaic quilt

Cut the scraps into a uniform size. I cut mine into 2 1/2″ squares.

Cut strips of Lite Seam-A-Seam 2 the width of the fabric scraps. You can use a different fusible, but I like that Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 sticks to fabric before iron fusing, so you can reposition fabric throughout the process.

mosaic quilt

Remove the backing paper from the Steam-A-Seam strips and place the fabric scraps onto the adhesive side. Butt the pieces together, but don’t overlap. Repeat to back all the fabrics with fusible. Press to fuse following the manufacturer’s guidelines.

mosaic quilt

Trim the strips into their finished size. I trimmed to 1″ strips.

mosaic quilt

Cut the strips into squares. Avoid where the fabrics butt up to each other. Repeat for all the strips. For easy arranging later, keep the squares sorted by value or color.

Background Preparation

mosaic quilt

Trim the background fabric to the size you’d like to to finish, plus half an inch. I cut mine 11 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ for an 11″ x 13″ finished piece.

Use a chaco liner or other heat-safe marking tool to mark 1/4″ around the perimeter of the background fabric. This marks the outer seam line.

mosaic quilt

Finishing Touches

Mark out a grid starting fro the center. For a design with little to no space between the squares, mark out the grid the exact size of your cut squares. For more space in between squares, add spacer lines between grid squares the amount of room you’d like between squares.

mosaic quilt

Remove the paper back from the mosaic squares once the grid is marked. Arrange on the background fabric into a design that pleases you. With Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, you can finger press the squares to the fabric and they’ll adhere enough for you to really audition the design, simply lift and reposition if you change your mind.

mosaic quilt

I went with an abstract swirl and decided the square creating a point in the middle of the outside of the swirl was too much at the last second. I just peeled it off before ironing!

Once you’re happy with your design, press following the fusible manufacturer’s instructions to fuse the mosaic design.

mosaic quilt

Layer with batting and backing and quilt. The fused pieces don’t have to be sewn over to secure them to the fabric, so have fun with the quilting design. I quilted a line down the center of the squares of the grid for a simple, but effective finish.

mosaic quilt

Bind and enjoy! This is a really easy way to start with mosaic, and has tons of room for variation. Experiment with different looks, shapes, and distances between the shapes.

Ready for more inspiration?

Check out our Must-Try Pinterest board full of trendy eye-candy to get inspired.

Have you tried this trend? Show us your creations in our Facebook group, AQS Quilting Project Parade. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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