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Moroccan Tiles Quilt tutorial1

Welcome to my tutorial on the easy piecing of the top by machine: using this method you can quickly and accurately piece a large top in a day!

Tools needed: a basic domestic sewing machine, matching colour machine sewing threads, scissors and a ruler.

1. Planning and fabric blocks list: Subscribe to our free Moroccan Tile (Block of the Week) Pattern, you will receive original sized pattern to print out if you prefer a template to work with. We also have the special fabric kit (only $128/queen size) exactly the same as the one I made - the fabrics are so beautiful in both prints and quality, you must try it if you haven't already tried this special fabric of Thimblelady! Yes, it is extremely inexpensive ($12/m x 250cm/90in width!) but the quality is likely something you have never come across even at much greater cost!

The entire design is formed by two blocks (one featured role and one supporting role). A block in the following quilt is block is approx 12 inch x 12 inch / 30cm x 30cm. 

Block A -left                                         Block B - right

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In fact, you don't really need to worry about the measurements. It is far more important to adjust size of your "tile" to match the size of the prints of your tile/fabric! You don't want your tile block too big for the prints of your chosen fabrics! In other words, for best visual effect, the feature block should look bolder and more prominent than the supporting block (the X shape block).

Once you decide on the best size of each feature block according to the size of the prints on the fabrics, you can work out the numbers of blokcs of that size you need to make up the total size of your quilt. Suggestion: make the numbers of blocks in a row in odd number so your centre block is always right at the centre of the entire quilt, big or small!  

Feature blocks: Making sure you have it in the very centre of your quilt. Then arrange accordingly from the centre outwards.


Supporting blocks: place inbetween the centre blocks. Using less busy prints to match. Our fabric kit come with smaller prints of the same fabrics as matching fabrics.


The blocks, as you can see below, are placed alternately and linked or seperated by what I like to call the grouting strips and setting squares: Once you know the number of your blocks you will be able work out the number of strips and setting squares you need. 


2. Make the X shape blocks:   No matter what size your feature block is, the supporting block should be finished into the same size. Therefore, when cutting fabrics, each supporting block takes 4  x 1/4 of the feature block plus 1/4 seam allowance all around each of the 4 quarter feature block size. For example, when a feature block is 30cm x 30cm, you will need 4 x 16.5 cm (15cm x 15cm block + 0.75cm seam allowance all around each). transform into inches, it should be a 12 inch block needs 4 x 6.5 inch blocks to make a supporting block ´╝łor the X shape block). Please note, when making your own grouting strips for a different size blocks, make sure the grouting strip is not too wide! That will also distract attention from the feature blocks. 


To create the X shape, you will also need 4 pieces of fabric strip (5in x 2.75in)  fold the 5in length by half into a folded 2.5in x 2.75in piece. Sandwich the folded red strip between each of the two quarter block with the fold close to the centre of the future X shape. 


After stitching correctly, the front should look like the picture on the left, and the back on the right:

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3. Make the grout strips:   on each grouting strip, you will also need a folded strip of fabric in the matching colour of the feature block to make it visually look like an extention of the featured block. The size of the strip which will also be folded into a perfect triangle, should be cut and made into the same size as the "red triangle" in the X shape block.

Therefore the grouting strip itself should measure: 2 x (6 .5in x 2.5 inch) and the triangle strip should be 5in x 2.75in (folded into 2.5 in x 2.75in). Sandwich each folded triangle strip between every two pieces of grouting strip with the fold just 1/4in away from the top seam edge of the grouting strip. See picture below:


4. Assemble the tiles into tile strips:      making sure the white triangle align and point at the same direction as the red triangle in each X shape block. 


5. Assemble the tile strips into a completed top:


Piece grouting strips as shown below before joinging a grouting strip  between two alternately set tile block strips. Make sure to get the correct orientation of the triangles on the grouting strips. Each strip needs to follow the orientation of the feature blocks and X shape blocks. 


6. make borders and add tile triangles to the borders: If the border fabric has stripe prints like this one, it is important to make the border corner mitered.


7. Add borders to the centre top: Follow the picture as shown above.

8. Make a special matching binding for the tiles:

A traditional binding wouldn't do justice to this special design. So I created a matching binding to give continuity to the entire design. I cut the binding to the same width of the grouting strip. and added a red little triangle echo the centre tile. Then I place the binding strip on the wrong side of the quilt (after the quilt is quilted), and then turn the binding strip to the front! Of course to big the edge of the quilt its elegance, I sandwiched a white piping inbetween the edge of the quilt and the binding as well as a clay red one at the inner edge of the binding to lift the clay red binding as well as give strength to the real edge of the quilt so it won't wave. See details in the pictures below:

First stitch the white piping around the quilt. Then stitch the white triangles in the right places:


Then stitch the binding in place between the red binding strip and the red piping to hide the machine stitches:


Finally, stitch the tip of the white triangles to place one by one and by hand.


That is it! Easy enough? Smile. grin.gif

Go stitching up your very own beautiful Moroccan Tile quilt!