Talavera Tile: Blogger's Quilt Festival

Edit 3/1/2016 - The Talavera Tile Pattern is now available for purchase on my Craftsy Store.

Shortly after I started this blog I ran across a page for the Blogger's Quilt Festival  on Amy's Creative Side, and the Spring 2015 event was coming up shortly. How did I not know about this?!  Apparently the closet I was hiding in didn't have internet. Well now that I discovered this internet thing I thought it would be fun to enter two of my quilts. The first one being Talavera Tile. Next week's post will be for Cactus Bloom. So let's get to it!

Talavera Tile was not something I had planned to happen and originally was supposed to be an entirely different quilt. After getting EQ5 loaded onto my computer I decided to play with colors on a fat quarter quilt I though would be fun to teach at The Quilter's Market. I knew I wanted to make a black & white quilt with one accent color. Originally I had planned on the accent color being red. As I started to play with the coloring it started to take shape, and not only did the coloring change but the underlying block did as well, and my first ever original design was born. Once complete I struggled to come up with a name but thanks to my husband, and a trip to Mexico, it was named after the beautiful hand painted Mexican ceramics and tiles known as Talavera. 

Original Block before I started playing.

Original Block before I started playing.

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While Talavera Tile was hanging in The Quilter's Market I found myself teaching in another city and needed a second sample, and thus the Navy Blue and Orange Version was created.

The original Talavera Tile Sample hanging in The Quilter's Market.

The original Talavera Tile Sample hanging in The Quilter's Market.

My second Talavera Tile Sample.

My second Talavera Tile Sample.

Talavera Tile measures 37" x 49" finished, utilizes a modified version of a 9 patch, and relies on color and contrast to make the design, therefore I will be entering it in the Modern Quilt Category.