Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Floor Tiles~Inspiration for a Quilt!

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I have a fascination with floor tiles and after you see these pictures, you'll see why! Here they are:




These were taken in a hotel that I stayed in. I can't remember the hotels name, but...I fell in love with the floor! The floor looked like a QUILT!!! Every time I look at these photos, I'm inspired to design a quilt. One day I will have to break down and sew one up! I also like the colors! The tiled design was so big, I couldn't get it all in the one picture!

Have any of  you been inspired by something you've seen on your travels? I'd love to hear about them, please make a comment!

UPDATE: 

I have a reader who sent me her quilt inspiration...not from a "tile," but from an inlaid wood box! (very similar in my opinion!) Check it out...from Clare Shaffer.

This is the beautiful box!

And this is the finished quilt by Clare Shaffer! So pretty! Such inspiration!
happy quilting,

xoxo
Denise

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  1. I like the aztec pattern of this floor scheme. They are mezo in style.

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    1. I'm thinking I might try to recreate this pattern in my Electric Quilt software! I really like it!

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  2. Ooh - so pretty! That would make an awesome quilt!

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  3. Denise I spent about 20 minutes on a recent trip photographing the tile floor of a Basilica in Quebec. The designs were so inspiring.

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    1. That is so cool, Jennifer! Would love to see some of those quilts!

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  4. Absolutely! I've been collecting photos of tilework on buildings, pavement, sidewalks, and even bathrooms for awhile.
    By Michele Crawford

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    1. I have photos, too...now, to utilize them into designs! First I need to collect them all and put them in the same place! :O)

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  5. I have done the same thing, even took a pic of a tie to make into a quilt design.
    By Dolores Ann

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    1. Very cool, to find inspiration from all sorts of designs! Love the tie idea!

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  7. The Marriott hotel at Atlanta airport has a great floor and I think I took photos of it. My husband is getting used to me looking at things from a quilty point of view!
    By Juliet Wood

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    1. I will have to go visit the Marriott Hotel, I have a friend who lives nearby!

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  8. Absolutely! I've been collecting photos of tilework on buildings, pavement, sidewalks, and even bathrooms for awhile. You have to be VERY careful when you take photos in the bathroom, and make sure that no one is in there :)
    By Michele Crawford

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  9. Oh yes I love that floor. How fun would it be to have the time and space to recreate this? Love it!!!

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    1. Im determined to make a quilt from this picture!

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  10. WOW! What a wonderful and unique idea! Love how you got inspiration from the tiles! Brilliant! Shared. :)

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    1. My inspiration comes from a lot of places, lately, from buildings!

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  11. I can see why you like this floor, and it does remind me of quilts. Great inspiration piece. TFS

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    1. I really wished I remembered which hotel it is from, probably a Hilton property, that is where I usually stay.

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  12. I love that floor- I am the same way, right away I am thinking I can totally do that with mixed media!

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    1. I find myself looking at the floor more often now. So much inspiration from the tiles.

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  13. I also get great designs from carpets as well as floor tiles!
    By Susan J. Jensen

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    1. Yes, I agree, There are some awesome carpets, too. I've seen many!

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  14. Gee! I thought I was the only one staring at the public restroom floor thinking about quilts!! ;)
    By Marilyn Strowmatt

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  15. What a great idea! We put in new tiles in both bathrooms and just deciding which tile to pick was hard. Now I have more reasons to go to Home Deal and stare at their tiles!

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    1. Yes, I have to admit I have "tile" love. Our entry way also looks like a quilt.

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  16. I am constantly inspired everywhere I go! Just driving down the road even I'll look at a building or garden and think about what I could do to it! If I come across something I really admire, I think about how I could incorporate a similar design into a creation of some sort, at times its a curse really. I could be in the middle of a conversation having coffee in a cafe find my mind wandering to a beautiful window display in the adjacent shop window.

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    1. Oh, Yeah...we creatives can't control our minds...it is always thinking of the next idea! I've been fixated on buildings lately...and how a modern quilt could be designed from one.

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  17. I love quilts 'on the floor! Cool Design:)

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  18. What an awesome pattern! I wonder who thought of doing this layout instead of just laying down the tile?

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    1. Well, I can only say...it must've been a woman designer! no man could do it! haha

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  19. I often not only see tiles but throw rugs are really inspiring as well. Great pics of the tile, would make a great quilt.

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    1. Yes, I also look at rugs, or just about anything really to get inspired. This will become a quilt one day.

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  20. The floor is UNBELIEVEABLE!! I never thought to look down at the floor.. I always look up... maybe I need to look around more! LOL :) TFS!

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    1. Yes, look down more often, but not too long...don't want you to run into someone! haha

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  22. Diane McGregor • I was on a trip to the Baltic in June and took lots of pictures of floors. They looked like quilt patterns. Catherine's Palace in St Petersburg have especially wonderful floors.

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    1. I bet they are beautiful! Would love to travel to an exotic place and just take pics for designing with!

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  23. My mom is a quilter Denise, it's very easy to see why you would fall in love with this pattern

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    1. I can't wait to design up a quilt following this pattern! Or one similar!

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  24. Well yes! I wrote two books (Bella Bella Quilts and Bella Bella Sampler Quilts) based on Italian tiling. In Scandinavia and Russia, they do w/wood what the Italians do with stone! And then there's India! I'm told The Venitian in Las Vegas has great floors--but they are likely copyright protected as the casinos have super corporate design.
    By Norah McMeeking

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    1. Yes, most of the hotels have gorgeous floors!

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  25. 've taken many pictures of floors. Especially of floors in Europe. Some are just beautiful.
    By Joan Emerson

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    1. I bet there are some gorgeous floors in europe! Some day I'll go there!

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  26. Yeah, The Venetian in Vegas is fantastic. I didn't think about it having a copyright. I have a couple pics of one entrance that is on the 'to do' list. I also look at freeway over passes. I live in Phoenix, AZ and they have all kinds of designs on the freeways.
    By Sharon Voorheis

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  27. I think floor tiles are a great way to display quilt blocks in a foyer. I saw in a City Hall in KY a tile entrance way with the Mariner's Compass. The way the tiles were laid it looked like Mother of Pearl. It was the most beautiful work of art, who ever laid the tiles did a marvelous job in laying the Mariner's Compass Quilt Square.
    By Lee Sampson

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    1. I bet that was gorgeous, Lee! Love Mariner's Compass!

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  28. Who knows? It's possible the tile designer got his inspiration from looking at quilts?? Anything is possible!

    I also like the design of the floor and thought that if I took a picture of a particular design, I would look weird.
    By Karen Brauch

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    1. Don't feel silly, I just took a photo of an elevator floor. I'm going to add it to this post, just because I LOVE it! And it also could be a quilt!

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  29. I did the same thing with an wood inlaid box my mother received as a gift while travelling in Damascus Syria. Wish I could send you a photo, but don't know how.
    By Clare Shaffer

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    1. I'll have to look at my music box, it is inlaid wood, I may see a quilt in there, too! Great idea!

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  31. Ruth Ann Artz RN

    We just installed porcelain flooring in our home and of course, in the middle we have a lone star! The influence of quilt patterns abound- They can be spotted in architectural structures, walking paths and even in nature. A turtle shell brings to mind patchwork, for instance.

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    1. What a great idea, Ruth! would love to see the way it looks!

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  32. Robin Dickson
    FIBER ARTIST

    There are several books out that feature designs from tile floor. It's SO easy to use those same patterns for a quilt. I have done so and they make especially nice quilts for people who like something very geometric rather than flowery.

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    1. Never thought about looking at a tile book, that is a great idea, especially when we need more inspiration!

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  33. I shot photos of beautiful tile floors all over Rome a few years back on a trip there. I recently found some fabric that is just perfect. Can't wait to start a my Italian Tile quilt.
    By Sandy White

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    1. wow, would love to travel abroad, just to see the architecture and the tiles! would love to see your quilt when you are finished! I'll add it to this blog, like I did for another quilter.

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    2. Sandy White

      I'm not a fast quilt maker. I work full time and can only work on quilting in spare time. I piece my quilts by machine, but I hand quilt. Takes a while, but I love watching the quilt develop. I'd love to share a photo when finished.

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  34. I have taken many photos of interior floors and cobbled/bricked streets throughout Europe and Greece, and in Mexico. I have actually finished a few quilts with patterns inspired by those floors/streets. I sure wish I had photographed them before I sold them! How silly of me!
    By Kerry Smith

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