Monday, January 14, 2013

Urban Candy on "Steroids" & "Tame" Urban Tiles

I felt a little bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this past week.

First for my Dr. Jekyll experience:  I finished piecing and quilting up my small version of Urban Tiles.  Jenny had asked me to write up the pattern for Urban Tiles, so first I pieced four Urban Tile blocks.  Jenny's was really scrappy so I made mine very uniform to give it a different look.  I like how it turned out and it feels very tame compared to her original version.  This look is safe, pleasant, controlled, etc.  Very Dr. Jekyll...

Now for Mr. Hyde:  I decided I was going to piece and quilt a version of Urban Candy.  I love the line "Mod Century" from Jenny Ski of Moda Fabrics and new it would work great for this pattern.  Jenny (my Jenny not Jenny Ski) and I thought it would be fun to reverse the background and prints from the original pattern.  I bought the layer cake and 1/3 yard of yardage for all the background pieces and Kona gray for the the solid curves.  I was a wild quilty lady on Friday: I bought the fabric, cut the pieces, and sewed up the entire quilt in 1 day.  Very MR. HYDE...  Yesterday I quilted the vertical lines to give it a little peace and sewed on the binding for a break from the scrappy background.  My 17 year old son said it looked like a quilt on Steroids!  I really LOVE how it turned out and I have sat and looked at it now for about an hour just mesmerized by the randomness of the background fabric and the beauty of the gray curves.  Working with the "Mod Century" line was just as exciting as the fabric is...

It was kind of exciting being Mr. Hyde because I am usually only a Dr. Jekyll......



  1. I just started making an Urban Candy quilt myself, and guess what. I got so excited that I cut the solid fabric as the accent...I decided to go ahead and cut the prints for the background. I am glad to see yours turned out so well.

  2. That came out amazing! Way to go Dr. Hyde!

  3. Wow, Helen! These are both wonderful. I loved seeing your fabric choices on the Tiles quilt and the Candy is just fantastic. Well done!

  4. love it. I too just started piecing Urban Candy. When I get done I'm gonna have to try it reversed-great back too.

  5. Wow! Both a great, but I love how Urban Candy brought out your Mr. Hyde!

  6. Terrific quilt... and the quilting really brings it all together. And under control!
    Love the way you've used the fabrics.

  7. Both Tiles and Candy, really, really great!! The quilting is just perfect!!

  8. Loved the mod century fabrics used. I can't wait to do this pattern!

  9. Just found your blog-Debi from Panhandle, TX. Love what you are doing with the ruler and fabric.

  10. LOVE IT! Let me know if it is for sale.

  11. This is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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  13. Hi Helen,

    I am curious about the fabric requirements you listed. You mentioned you used a layer cake, then 1/3 yd cuts for the background pieces. I can see the Kona, but am confused on the 1/3 yd "background" pieces? If I purchased the layer cake in this fabric, how many extra 1/3 yard cuts would I need of the different fabrics?? Thank you so much. :)

  14. Hello, I had bookmarked Curve it up #9, Dresdan Plate and can't find it today, any way you can send to me?

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  16. Hi, this is probably too old of a post to get an answer, but how many 1/3 yard pieces did you need of the print fabrics? Thanks so much!

  17. sorry, and how much of the solid grey?


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