Books on Monday – Tile Quilt Revival

This Monday we are looking at Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form by Carol Gilham Jones & Bobbi Finley. This book is available also as in Kindle form. The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link, and you can look inside this book at

I must admit that I did not know that there was such a thing as tile quilts until I was attracted to this book by its cover. (Yes, sometimes I do judge a book by its cover.) Apparently, however, there are, and this book starts out (after an introduction by Barbara Brackman) with “A Brief History of Tile Quilts.” Yes, there are pictures!

In the next section, the authors tell us “How to Make a Tile Quilt.” Spoiler alert: This ideally involves needle-turn appliqué, although they do have machine and fusible appliqué directions also. (This is good because we know how likely I am to try needle-turn appliqué!) The directions have many illustrations and extra tips and notes. They appear to be quite thorough.

The next section contains the 7 projects. Of these, Lotus, Starry Orange Peel, and All in a Dream are my favorites.

The final sections are “Gallery of Contemporary Tile Quilts,”  “Celebration of Collaboration,” and “About the Authors.” Finally, there are large tear out pattern sheets in the back of the book.

I found this book interesting. I don’t know that when I first saw the book I would have guessed that these were all appliqué quilts. I like the look of them, but I’m not sure how likely I am to make one. On the other hand, I am working on learning to machine appliqué, so maybe I will. And I do like the concept of appliqué on a background and leaving space between the appliqué pieces to be the grout, so who knows.

Quilt on!

One thought on “Books on Monday – Tile Quilt Revival

  1. Looks like a great book Gretchen! I have one called Quilt Fiesta! Which features quilts inspired by Mexican tiles. Have I mentioned they’re gorgeous? Thanks for the review! P.s. started to watch hand applique by machine on Craftsy! Might use the technique when I make my postcard swap card.

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