Spanish Tiles Block Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my stop on the 2016 New Block Blog Hop sponsored by Paintbrush Studio. This is my second year participating (you can check out last year's blocks here) and I'm really excited to share with you a new quilt block tutorial, featuring their new line of solids, Painter's Palette. Be sure to check out all the other participant links at the end of this post for some other great blocks. Now on to the block I designed!

Spanish Tiles Block Tutorial

This block finishes at 12-inches square (12.5-inches unfinished) and uses 5 of the colors in the ocean sunrise palette (Midnight, Daydream, White, Coral, Bordeaux). I like the secondary "plus" pattern that you get when you repeat this block in a quilt.

NOTE: I pre-washed all of my Paintbrush Studio fabrics before sewing. All seam allowances should be 1/4-inch, unless otherwise noted. 

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A - Bordeaux

  • Cut (4)  2.5"  x 4.5" rectangles 
  • Cut (4)  2.5" x 2.5" squares

Fabric B - Daydream

  • Cut (4)  3" x 3" squares (for flying geese corners)
  • Cut (1)  6" x 6" square  (for hourglass block)

Fabric C - Coral

  • Cut (4)  2.5" x 2.5" squares

Fabric D - Midnight
  • Cut (1)  5.5" x 5.5" square (for flying geese)
  • Cut (4)  3" x 3" squares (for flying geese corners)

Fabric E  - White
  • Cut (1)  5.5" x 5.5" square (for flying geese)
  • Cut (1)  6" x 6" square (for hourglass block)

Piecing Instructions

Step 1 - Make Hourglass Block

a) Place your 6" white (fabric E) and 6" daydream (fabric B) squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the back.

b) Sew a 1/4-inch on both sides of the drawn line, cut on the solid line (see the illustration below) and press. This will give you 2 half square triangles (HST)

c) Place your HSTs, right sides together with the white color on top of the blue color, as shown below.

d) Draw a diagonal line, bisecting the seams, and sew 1/4-inch on either side. Cut on the solid line and press open to reduce bulk.  This will give you 2 hourglass blocks, but we will only be using one. Trim one down to 4.5" square.

Step 2 - Make Flying Geese Units (4 at a time)

NOTE: This is the only step that I use a scant 1/4-inch seam, to give me a little more wiggle room for trimming.

a) Place your 3" midnight blue squares (fabric D) on opposite corners of your 5.5" white square (fabric E), with right sides together. There will some overlap of your smaller squares.

b) Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, over your blue squares, and sew a scant 1/4-inch on either side of the drawn line.  TIP: A great tool for marking lines on really dark fabric is a sliver of white soap.

c) Cut on the drawn line and press.

d) Place another blue square on the white corner of one of the units you just pressed, right sides together, and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

e) Sew a scant 1/4-inch on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line and press open. You will now have 2 flying geese units. Repeat with your remaining blue/white unit to give you a total of 4 flying geese units. Trim them down to 4.25" x 2.5" and set aside.

f) Make 4 more flying geese units using the 3" daydream (fabric B) squares and the 5.5" midnight blue (fabric D) square.

Step 3 - Piece Together Double Flying Geese Units

a)  Place a white/midnight blue flying goose block on top of a midnight blue/daydream flying goose block, right sides together, and sew a 1/4-inch along the long side. Press to the dark side, to reduce bulk. Make remaining 3 units.

Step 4 - Piece Together 4 Corner Units

a)  Place a 2.5" coral square (fabric C) and a 2.5" bordeaux square (fabric A), right sides together, and sew a 1/4-inch along one side. Press seam open.

b) Place a bordeaux rectangle (2.5" x 4.5") on top of the unit above, right sides together, and sew a 1/4-inch along the long side. Press seam open. Make remaining 3 units.

Step 4 - Piece Together Entire Block

a)  Lay out your units as follows and piece together each row, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press open.

b) Now piece together the 3 rows, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press open.

And you're done! You should now have a block that measures 12.5" x 12.5" (unfinished).

If you decide to make this block, please let me know, I'd love to see it.  Definitely check out all the other participants on today's hop and those later this week:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Jess @Quilty Habit
Silvia @A Stranger View
Cristy @Love You Sew
Kelly @Quilting It Out
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Mary @Quilting is in my Blood
Sarah @123 Quilt

Tuesday, March 29th
Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday, March 30th
Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter


  1. Great block, Diana. Definitely reminiscent of a tile floor pattern. Very Mediterranean feel to it!

  2. Your block is beautiful, and I love the secondary pattern it creates when tiled together. Thank you so much for participating in the hop! :)

  3. loving this block but oh dear I have got such a long list of things I want to try from blogs and this is just making it longer!

  4. This is such a beautiful block! It would look amazing as a repeat, too. Thanks for the thorough directions!

  5. Thanks for sharing a tutorial of you striking block! I am definitely going to make one.

  6. This is a wonderful block and very much like tiles! It looks amazing in the quilt , which is always nice to see. Great tutorial with perfect graphics! I see so many possibilities with this block. Our blocks have a lot of similarities!!!

  7. Wow, stunning block.Thanks for the tips.

  8. Very pretty block! I can definitely see the inspiration of the Spanish tiles -- in fact, I can imagine this as a quilt in lots of bright colors -- with yellows and cobalt blue! Really pretty. Great job!

  9. Ooh Di! This is wonderful! Great block!

  10. Where did you get the title? I'm curious.

  11. I can definitely see the tiles. Also, I love that you get the secondary plus design. Great block!

  12. So pretty, and your directions were very clear.

  13. Great block! Thanks for the clear directions.

  14. Great block and lovely tutorial Diana! I agree the plus sign secondary design is quite fun but the tile is still the star of the show. So glad you're hopping along with us on the hop to share your beautiful design :)

  15. such a fun and clean looking block. thanks for the great tutorial and for sharing.
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  16. What a lovely block! And it looks great tiled.

  17. That really does remind me of tiles from Spain! Great fun.

  18. What a beautiful block Diana, and it looks really attractive in the quilt layout to boot. Your piecing skills really shine in your block photo.

  19. I love this block, Diana. It's blocks like this one, when I see it in a layout my mind starts racing with ways to quilt it. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  20. Great block! I love the secondary pattern too.

  21. Very cool block. Great use of all the colors!

  22. What a perfect name for the block! Very cool design.

  23. Great design, one of my favorites from the hop!

  24. First of all, Diana, I like the clean graphic feel of your blog. And I truly love your block and am planning to include it in my current Terra Australis quilt project. Take care, Mary.

  25. Love these blocks and the colorway. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  26. I love your Spanish Tiles Block! Wow! It is so rich and really reflects the culture! Your tutorial is fantastic! My tutorial I did completely with photographs. I like your images, what software did you use to design the tutorial images. You have inspired me to step up my game! Deanna

  27. Wow, so stunning! Your blocks work so wonderfully together creating a mesmerizing quilt top!


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