Strata Quilt, or is it called a Tile Quilt?


Hi again. I wanted to show you my Strata quilt that I started in April 2011. It was tons of fun to design and play with the different colors (see below).  My stash had many batiks that I’ve never used so I decided to put them all in one quilt.

20140211_strata_front_680 Here’s the finished quilt, but I wanted to talk about the designing part. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to design. This allows me to make lay out decisions and ‘see’ the finished quilt long before I even start sewing.

Decisions like do I want the rows straight?


No, I picked the staggered ones.


What about the tan colors in the center instead?


No, I like the tan towards the outside.


The layout decisions made, I was off and sewing. Those long, thin strips were a challenge to keep straight!

When the top was finished, it was time to make quilting decisions.  I liked continuing the Strata idea, so I found two photos that really inspired me. I love how the rock piled up with smaller pebbles between them.

best-pebbles-and-rock-strata-best-Rock Strata-


Back to Photoshop Elements, I was able to use different layers until I found a quilting design that pleased me.


The quilting was fun. I’m still learning the do’s and don’t about machine quilting, but it’s all about having a good time, right? Just put the feed dogs down, attached a free motion foot, lower the stitch length to 0, put on thin gardening gloves and off you go!


Oh and a quick shot of the back.

20140211_strata_back_112KThanks for reading. Stay tuned for more.

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One thought on “Strata Quilt, or is it called a Tile Quilt?

  1. This is terrific! I love the idea of the strata — it’s one of the things I love about rocks, all the layering. And your pebbling quilting really emphasizes that. Thanks especially for talking about the process you used to make your decisions. For me that is what makes a post really interesting.

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