Tile and Quilting

So, my household is a few weeks away from moving into a house.  We took a 1968 paneled Brady Bunch Split Level, renovated it (sorry, we took out the orange, lavender, and red sinks) and did an addition.

We are now putting the fun touches on the place.  One of which is tile.

So here is a funny story.  A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to go to Italy with my friend for her 40th Birthday.  No kids, our Hubby’s stayed home with them for a whole week!

We got to see and explore and learn and eat and drink and drink..  Such a different trip than Disney World.  It was a very inspiration trip on many levels.  But when I look back at my pictures, I took a ton of pictures of the tile.  It was everywhere!

In churches, in Town Squares, on walls, on floors, and on ceilings!  Everywhere!  It was very inspirational.

But here I find myself a few years later picking out tile for our Powder Room.  I know that white subway tile is big right now but I wanted something different.

Boy did I find Different!

Here was a fun shot.  The tile guys took the individual tiles and laid them out, and laid them out again, trying to get what they felt like a good mix.


I was cracking up when I walked in.  This is exactly what I do when I do improv blocks for Quilts.  The three of us kept looking at it, trying to not get too many of one color or one style together.  Then I showed them the trick of taking a Black and White photo of the layout.  They marveled as it showed the dominant blocks and the less dominant blocks.

Did the Quilter just show the Tile guys a trick?

Here is one of the layouts before it got installed in the Powder Room


And here is part of it installed.


Sorry, no lights in there yet.

But look at all the similarity to traditional Quilt blocks in there.  I see Variations of ShooFly, Amish Quilt Blocks, some Bear Paws, Churn Dash, Ohio Stars, St John’s Pavement, Diamond Squares, and so many more.  It makes you wonder who inspired who?  Could the Plain Amish have been inspired by such ornate ancient tiles?   Oh, to be in school and do an Art History Paper on such a topic!  I don’t know the answer but I do know that History repeats itself in many mysterious ways!

It just inspires me to want go sew and play and create.

Be Inspired!