Mini Mod Tiles Mania

Presenting . . . Mini Mod Tiles from Sew Kind of Wonderful:

Mini Mod Tiles, 35″ Square

The curves were cut with a specialty ruler called the QCR Mini — the smaller version of the Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful — and sewn with a pins-free technique. SKW has great patterns for sale on its website — and several free patterns, including Mod Mini Tiles. You can find all the free patterns here. The link to Mini Mod Tiles is here.

Using the original Quick Curve Ruler I made a “supersized” version of Mini Mod Tiles that I showed you in my last post. The quilt, named Terrazzo Tiles, is at the longarmer being quilted as I write this. Look for a reveal post in just a few days!

I’m teaching both sizes of this design at a quilt retreat coming up in a few days. A couple of my students are interested in making a wall hanging or table runner so I decided to play around with possible border treatments. Since a finished block of the original Mini Mod Tiles is 10½” wide, a border is clearly called for.

A plain border would certainly work but I thought it would be fun to incorporate the sashing design. This is a mock-up made by cutting up a photo of  Terrazzo Tiles:

Mini Mod Tiles Border Test 1

I used a gluestick to add cornerstones in each corner.

Then I wondered how it would look without the periwinkle squares along the outer edges so I covered them up:

Mini Mod Tiles Border Test 2

Hmmm. That’s a little stark for my taste but the effect might be completely different if a lighter fabric were used where the black is used here.

Next I wondered how the edges would look if they were trimmed to match the curves in the focus fabric:

Mini Mod Tiles Border Test 3

I am loving this! I think I’m on to something here. . .

Since I covered up the periwinkle squares in the second test, I restored them (sort of) with colored pencils to get a fourth test version:

Mini Mod Tiles Border Test 4

Which do you like better, 3 or 4? Whether those border squares stay or go, the curved edges are definitely staying. A three-block runner like my mocked up version would finish at 13½” x 38″. A four-block version would finish at 13½” x 50 and a five-block at 13½” x 62″.

I’m eager to try this out with some holiday fabric that’s been in my stash for a few years. My Mini Mod Tiles mania continues!




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6 Responses to Mini Mod Tiles Mania

  1. Liz Horgan says:

    I think I’m liking 4! Although they are all lovely. When I saw your Terrazzo Tiles, I thought that it was a great pattern for my daughter’s college graduation quilt. I might give her a choice, which I didn’t do for my other kids. I would want to make it with the QCR rather than mini. Do you recommend a tutorial on how to scale up?

    • Dawn says:

      Interesting question, Liz! Let me ask the Sew Kind of Wonderful sisters to see if it’s okay if I share my method of “supersizing” their free Mini Mod Tiles pattern.

  2. Margaret says:

    For a tablerunner width, I prefer #3, but I think for a piece that has more width to it, #4 would add a detail of interest. Your original piece is marvelous! It reminds me of mosiac tiles you might see in Europe or some Middle Eastern countries. What a fun project!

  3. Auntie Em says:

    I prefer number 4, but they all look nice. With the fabrics you chose, it reminds me of delft pottery. Pretty!

  4. Jane says:

    After looking at your Mini Mode Tile samples several times, I’ve decided to vote on #4. To be honest, I like them all but #4 makes me the happiest.

  5. Diane says:

    Test three, definitely three! I love it when you ask for feedback cuz for one brief shining moment, I feel like a Quister!! 😀

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