Two very different tiles today for tile inspiration – fanciful patterned ceramic tiles UK 1890s (maybe) and a fanciful design executed in mosaic tiles 21st century middle East. Similar in colour palette and ornate twirls but very different all the same.
Something Barbara found during a tidy-up at the Rural Office –
A tourist purchase more than 10years ago this warrants further investigation!
Mostly blue – examples of classic tile from Istanbul and Portugal. So much to look at in such small spaces.
Another tiled floor that almost shrieked “quilt” – so simple and elegant in monochrome. Here’s the EQ translation from floor to quilt –
The pattern for this quilt is available from our Payhip Shop.
Chris’s version of the quilt above –
Tile inspiration from Cairo!
From garden tiles (somehow posted twice!) back to Mr Minton’s wonderful tiles – Chris was inspired to draft this bold strippy-style quilt from a local domestic floor.
The strong russet colour of the original tiles is not always easy to match exactly in fabric but there are plenty of “near-enough” options out there – this is what EQ came up with asked to turn the colours into fabrics
But you don’t have to stick with the original tile colours – go pastel or go bold . . . and while you’re at it you could change the design around a little!
You can find the pattern to buy in our Payhip shop.
The original floor photo also inspired the Lichfield quilt which can you read about on our Meadowside blog.
In the good old days when we did outrageous things like walking dogs, stopping for coffee, visiting garden centres etc we sometimes saw outdoor tile arrangements that offered some inspiration. Even this incomplete (and very large) arrangement –
And here’s Barbara’s interpretation of the complete circle but as a more manageable 12inch block –
This is currently on the “awaiting more quilting” pile at the Rural Office before being finished into yet another cushion.
Sadly neglected and possibly unappreciated – the fate of many tiled floors. Barbara spotted this particular example several years ago in a front garden in Eastbourne. An unusually complex design for a garden path, perhaps making a statement of status at the time, we felt it was a very deserving addition to our collection of tile-inspired patterns.
What a handsome quilt this would make! Chris is still working on the pattern for the quilt but in the meantime there is a pattern to make a runner based on this path – with a somewhat smaller, simplified border – available from our Payhip shop or you read about it here.