Monday, 28 February 2011

Stars: tiles and quilts

I am lucky enough to have an original tiled floor in the hallway of my Victorian English house. I can spend so much time admiring it that even mopping is a pleasure. Most geometric designs like this were of natural clay colours ranging from red and brown to buff. Hall floors like this were popular in middle class housing of the 1870s - 1890s - and mine has the more affluent people's colours of white and the costly blue. I think our tiles could have been made by Craven Dunnill of Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire. These tiles were only laid where visitors were likely to see them - porches, entrance halls and conservatories. The English were such snobs!!!
I love the star pattern more and more and of course there are no shortage of star quilt patterns. I have just finished piecing this which has helped me to become neater and more accurate...practise, practise, practise. I am enjoying accuracy and attention to detail at the moment, perhaps to the detriment of artistry but technique can give freedom I think. It can only help to get better at piecing!
I look forward to a bad weather day to layer and quilt this one. Bring on the rain!


  1. What fun to have a floor in your home that inspires such great quilt patterns!!!

  2. I love it! I saw many tile floors on my travels that would make wonderful quilts. Love your color choices.

  3. Mmmm...always admire those tile floors

  4. What a wonderful floor! That's a lovely quilt.

  5. Reminds me of tiles we saw in Grenada Spain
    Take care

  6. All those corners match up so neatly! Well done.

  7. 'the english were such snobs' - we are soooo lucky that you are not. i am sure i detect a marxist approach to the proletariat, deep within your psyche. your transendant prose and pictures of cats are joyous and uplifting. sadly, i have only formica in my ramshackle shack - the tiles were sold through a second hand emporium to provide fuel for the recent chilly winter. still, i knit one, pearl one while reading your mesmeric prose, as i listen to the dark and strangely arousing music of robert johnson. i admire your threads of loveliness and hope one day i can attain the shining excellence that you exhibit. i am not worthy, though i hope one day to be so. peace warrior

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