Soft tile trivets inspired by Tile Quilt Revival

Tristan’s corner block from Birds in the Branches – this already laundered trivet shows how the raw edge appliqué softens when washed.

During our last series of Craft Camps here at C&T (whereby we take turns teaching and making wonderful things using new products and books, or playing with new twists on older titles) I taught a version of a soft trivet that won’t scratch or burn your table, using the fabulous designs in Tile Quilt Revival by Carol Gillham Jones & Bobbi Finley, and our fantastic Insul-Fleece®.

We took over the conference room to make some resized Birds in the Branches and All in a Dream blocks from the book, making 8”, 10” and 12” squares, whichever each person wanted to do.


1.  Cut the tile designs to appliqué on the “grout” fabric, as shown in the book.

2.  Loosely pin each piece in place, leaving space between each piece so the grout shows through. You can see how the tiles with colored background grout really stand out. And the spacing can be determined by how large you want your block to be.

I also experimented with using an inch-sized snippet of double fusible interfacing to loosely hold the tile pieces in place, thus avoiding having pins to dodge when stitching/quilting the tiles down. That worked very well.

3.  Cut a backing piece 2” bigger all around (so 8” top would need 12” sq backing fabric, 12” top would use 16” backing, etc) and then position backing with right side down.

4.  On top of the backing, add a piece of cotton batting, the same size as the tile top, followed by square of Insul-fleece and another piece of batting, with the ready-to-stitch block on top, facing up.

5.  Stitch all layers at one time, so you’ll be doing the quilting and the raw-edge appliquéing of the pieces all at the same time.

6.  You will then be able to double-fold the backing fabric to the front, machine stitching it down to form your finished frame for the tile. After doing a few tiles. I found I liked the look of trimming the backing to ½”, after doing the quilting, and then folding and stitching it, raw-edge, as I had done when appliquéing the tile pieces.

These are such fun….bet you can’t make just one. Thanks Carol and Bobbi for the easy, delightful patterns.


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  1. Claudia
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    This looks like a fun project to do with kids. I’m always amazed at the combinations they put together when given opportunity to chose from a variety. Always interesting.

  2. VickiT
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Those are so awesome looking. I think this may be another book that’s heading to my wish list. Thanks for showing us these.

  3. Posted October 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow! These are so fun!! Thanks for sharing twice over, once in the workshop and on here too. xxx

  4. Lori Patterson
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this pattern….I am going to try this out to keep a couple for me,,,and some to give as gifts, like “welcome to the neighborhood”, or “just because” gifts, or add it to a basket of kitchen goodies for a “bridal shower”.. I also plan on making a couple into small table runners, I also like to make a runner for putting onto and enough to come down the sides of my refrigerator…then no clean up,,,just wash the runner..and I make them to match a season..also small or large tree skirts… many ideas..and you wouldn’t need the insul fleece, if it didn’t have hot this on…but, great for a table runner, at a buffet, where you will be putting the hot foods…!!! Thanks for the pattern..and I hope that I gave other’s some ideas…Lori

  5. Teresa Stroin
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    These make wonderful presents! Thanks, Ruthmary!

  6. Posted April 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Fun and fast project, to create something beautiful.


  7. Armida
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This is such a great “little” (girl) project. I am planning on working on some trivets tomorrow with my 7 year old neighbor who LOVES to sew and cut out pretty fabric. This is perfect!! Thanks. I have had the book for a while and even made a few squares with needle turn applique but this looks like way more fun and perfectly satisfying!

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