Thursday, April 8, 2021

City Tiles

After a few bright and rainbowy quilts, I definitely felt the need to work on something a bit more graphic. Enter City Tiles. The pattern is by Quilty Love, and the fabrics are all from Art Gallery Fabrics, though different collections.

The combination of fabric and the name of this pattern has a very urban, geometric feel to it, so I wanted to see if I can make the quilting also very urban and geometric.

I decided not to incorporate a single swirl, and instead make the entire quilt with dot-to-dot designs and dense lines. I adore the way those dense lines look especially when placed next to areas I left unquilted.

As usual, I kept the quilting very minimal in the foreground, especially because I'm working with Art Gallery Fabrics. I think anybody who has worked with Art Gallery Fabrics knows this, but the feel of AGF fabrics is just different from anything else I've used. It feels wonderful to the touch, but it's not my favorite to poke a needle through, and this is true during both the piecing and quilting phase.

I set a goal for myself this year to try to finish quilting 18 quilts, and so far I've been able to stay on track. I'm quite excited as some of my favorite quilt tops are on the schedule to be finished this year! We'll see what happens.


  1. This is such a dynamic design in those AGF fabrics. I really like that bold outline with the black fabric, offset by the light gray squares. Your quilting design is perfect for this, creating a secondary pattern that looks so great! I love AGF fabric and agree that the feel is unlike any other.

  2. Your quilting is just perfect for this pattern!!!!!

  3. I love how dense quilting in some areas can really make others pop; the change in texture is divine. And I definitely agree about Art Gallery fabrics; it sounds so weird when the needle goes through the fabric (and I'm always afraid quilting it will really damage it).

  4. What a fun design made better by your fabric choices and the effect if the matchstick quilting is perfect.

  5. Truly a work of art, well thought out and executed from beginning to end.

  6. I like your use of dense quilting in areas, Liz!!! A beautifully graphic quilt!!!


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