Updated: Oct 27
Another project that converts hard tiles into soft quilts. Includes free vector and printable cut files!
I've written about how I came to love the aesthetics of the Peranakan culture in an earlier blog post about my first Peranakan Tiles quilt, inspired by the original floor tiles of the heritage shop lot that is now the Peranakan Tiles Gallery of Singapore.
This time, the inspiration came from a much less historic venue - the Asia-Pacific headquarters of Twitter in Singapore - more specifically, the floors of its lunch area slash multi-functional space (Source: Asiaone.com).
As before, I used the Canvas Workspace application that came with my Brother ScanNCut to trace the tile design and simplified it so that it becomes more manageable to applique. The blocks are identical in pattern with four different colour schemes - blue, green, purple and pink, as shown below.
Click below to download the SVG and PNG (printable) cut files:
Note! The SVG and PNG cut files are prepared for raw edge applique, and include seam and overlap allowances. Read on for the stacking sequence.
Without modifying the image sizes in the above cut files, the blocks will be 32 cm x 32 cm before piecing (i.e. including seam allowance). If you are piecing all the blocks together before sandwiching and quilting (i.e. quilting the regular way), then you have 1 cm seam allowance to piece your blocks in order to get 30 cm x 30 cm finished blocks.
However, I did this using the quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) method that had small amounts of the batting sewn into the seams. Therefore, some dimension of the fabric will be taken up in the fold around the slightly thicker seam due to the batting sewn into it. As such, I used only 0.7 cm (or a quarter-inch) seam allowance during piecing, in order to still get 30 cm x 30 cm finished blocks.
My finished quilt has an inner white border of 12 cm width and an outer batik border of 6 cm width, all around. The overall finished quilt measured 156 cm x 186cm.
As this project uses a fair amount of fusible web, I recommend using 100% cotton fabrics to achieve good fuse. As for the batting, I recommend using thin batting because the batting will form part of the seams in the QAYG method that I will be using in this tutorial, so thin batting will reduce bulk. If you are piecing the blocks together per conventional method, then any batting type will do.
For the backing, I used two of the printed batik fabrics I purchased from Semarang, Indonesia.
Here are the required yardage to make the quilt top in the dimensions described above (assuming width of fabric is 110 cm or 45 inches):
(These yardage include moderate allowance as buffer for gaps between cut shapes and a mistake or two. The illustration of each shape can be found in the following section.)
Light Grey Background: 2½ meter or 2¾ yard
"Corner Brown" pieces: 1 meter or 1 yard
"Strip Black" pieces: 1¾ meter or 2 yards
"Emblem" pieces:¼ meter or ¼ yard or a fat quarter
"Emblem Petal" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Light Blue "Corner Colour" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Light Green "Corner Colour" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Light Purple "Corner Colour" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Light Pink "Corner Colour" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Dark Blue "Strip Colour" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Dark Green "Strip Colour" pieces: ½ meter or ½ yard
Dark Purple "Strip Colour" pieces: ¼ meter or ¼ yard or a fat quarter
Dark Pink "Strip Colour" pieces: ¼ meter or ¼ yard or a fat quarter
Note: In the tutorial below, I used a variation of the quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) method where small amounts of the batting is sewn into the seams. You may of course, do it the regular way i.e. piecing the top first and then quilt with full batting and backing layers.