February 6, 2012

Cheryl Lynch, well known for her charming Judaic quilt designs, took a trip to Mexico to go deep-sea fishing and whale-watching. While she was there she became enchanted with the colors and patterns of hand-painted Mexican folk art. On a return trip south of the border she traveled to Puebla, known as “The City of Tiles,” and steeped herself in the world of Talavera tilemaking. It is these little pieces of Mexican folk art, where “perfection is not a goal,” and “at their heart is the simple joy of creation,” that serve as the inspiration for the designs in Cheryl’s book Quilt Fiesta!


The books starts out by with beautiful photographs of Mexican pottery and architecture. As Cheryl says, “Inspiration for quilt designs can be found everywhere,” and what a great idea to translate these into quilt patterns, especially since some of the tiles have corner motifs that result in a secondary design when blocks are put together. Very quilty!

Cheryl shares information about the appliqué method that she used for the motifs in the book, raw-edge fusible appliqué sewn by machine. There’s also a bit of foundation paper piecing instruction for when that’s needed, then a whole section on quilt construction and finishing. Then we’re on to 10 glorious decorative projects reflecting the beauty of Talavera ceramic tiles. There are quilts, placemats, a bed runner, and more. Here are just a few.

Frida's Flowers

Frida's Flowers

Puebla Posies

Puebla Posies

Floral Fiesta place mat. So cute!

Floral Fiesta place mat. So cute!

So vibrant! I love folk art. Cheryl helps you translate the solid colors of tilework into lively quilt designs using the array of fabrics at our disposal today.

Courtesy of That Patchwork Place, I have a copy to give away in a drawing. If you’d like a chance to win Quilt Fiesta, leave a comment on this post before 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, February 10.

The fine print: Open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Do not reply to your email feed; instead, click over the blog itself and leave your comment at the bottom of the post. Good luck!

By Kay Mackenzie


44 Responses to “Quilt Fiesta!”

  1. Nan on February 6th, 2012 3:05 pm

    I would LOVE to win Quilt Fiesta – I love the colors and the designs.

  2. Robin on February 6th, 2012 3:54 pm

    Oooo! Thanks for the opportunity, Kay! This book has been on my wish list for quite a while! I would love to win it!!

  3. Sandy A in St. Louis on February 6th, 2012 4:45 pm

    So bright and cheerful! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  4. Ruth B on February 6th, 2012 9:11 pm

    I have seen this book in a quilt shop and it is gorgeous! The cover quilt is my fav.

  5. betsy on February 7th, 2012 2:59 am

    Thank you for the chance to win Kay. Almost matches my blog name. LOL

  6. Vivian on February 7th, 2012 3:25 am

    I have been admiring the Talavera BOM that’s out now. Not sure I am ready to tackle that yet but these book designs might be a good start. Thanks for a chance to win the book!

  7. Megan on February 7th, 2012 3:31 am

    looks like a beautiful book! would love to win it!!!!

  8. Judith on February 7th, 2012 5:25 am

    I love the happiness of all the colors, my favorite kind of quilt! Would enjoy making these quilts!

  9. Alberta in N GA on February 7th, 2012 5:53 am

    Love the colors and I really love the place mat. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Carrie P. on February 7th, 2012 5:54 am

    Looks like a great book. I have actually taken pictures of tile for inspiration. Fun!

  11. Jennifer P on February 7th, 2012 5:57 am

    The Puebla Posies are SOOOOO cute! The Mexican tiles are all over my house so the book would fit in perfectly with my decor! Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Suzanne on February 7th, 2012 6:03 am

    I love Mexican tiles and the idea of using them as quilt inspiration is wonderful.

  13. Donna on February 7th, 2012 6:23 am

    Great designs. Love the placemat!

  14. Brenda Kroez on February 7th, 2012 6:52 am

    I love Talavera. The designs would be wonderful on a quilt. Thanks.

  15. Jane H. on February 7th, 2012 6:58 am

    Exactly the kind of book I’ve been looking for!

  16. Joyce on February 7th, 2012 7:00 am

    The colors, the shapes—beautiful! Please put my name in the bucket.


  17. Brenda on February 7th, 2012 8:05 am

    These are wonderful quilts with all the warm color and dots. Thanks again for a great book review,

  18. Sandy S on February 7th, 2012 8:26 am

    I spenc do much time in Mexico for vacation. Usually underwater :). I always love the colours, especially during Carnivale. Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful looking book.

  19. Stray Stitches (Linda G) on February 7th, 2012 8:28 am

    I have always been intrigued by designs in Quilt Fiesta. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  20. Angie SoCal on February 7th, 2012 8:47 am

    I collect tile and have thought about making a tile quilt. Just love the vibrant Frieda’s Flowers quilt. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book that is on my wish list.

  21. BarbR on February 7th, 2012 9:20 am

    Thanks for the chance to win a colorful book with the possibility of learning a new technique. =!=

  22. ritainalaska on February 7th, 2012 9:29 am

    your featured projects are gorgeous! thanx for the opportunity to win this book!

  23. Billie K on February 7th, 2012 9:55 am

    I love this book! Put my name in the hat!

  24. Sandra on February 7th, 2012 10:36 am

    Since I live in San Antonio, I would love to make a quilt with Mexican Tiles blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Phyllis on February 7th, 2012 10:40 am

    Beautiful quilts, looks like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Mary on February 7th, 2012 2:19 pm

    How funny I was about to buy the book. I’ve looked through the book and absolutely love the designs. I’ll wait and see if I win before completing my order. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Michele T on February 7th, 2012 3:22 pm

    Aha! This is one book that has soooo many quilts that I just want to make… hope to win! Thanks for the chance.

  28. Connie on February 7th, 2012 7:02 pm

    Beautiful quilts, I would love to win this book!

  29. Peggie Garre on February 8th, 2012 8:06 am

    Wow! I love the colors and designs… Want to see how the shapes are made as they look complex!

  30. Barbara on February 8th, 2012 8:23 am

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Stephanie Matz on February 8th, 2012 8:52 am

    I love these looks and would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  32. Deb on February 8th, 2012 10:29 am

    I love the colors of Mexico (love their food, too!). Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

  33. Janet on February 8th, 2012 10:37 am

    A feast for the eyes! Thanks for a chance to win.

  34. Patti on February 8th, 2012 2:19 pm

    What fun quilts. The colors are vibrant and happy. Thanks for a chance.

  35. kathleen on February 8th, 2012 2:52 pm

    i have always loved the tiles of Mexico and try to imagin them in quilt patterns. So nice that someone has done that!! would love to win the book

  36. Janice on February 9th, 2012 4:40 am

    Love the patterns in this book! So beautiful – thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Lorena on February 9th, 2012 4:48 am

    Amazing designs thanks for this chance to win what sounds like a great book full of ideas

  38. Sandy on February 9th, 2012 5:19 am

    I had not seen this book but it really looks interesting. Love the patterns that you have shown. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  39. Shelley C on February 9th, 2012 7:18 am

    I’ve heard of this book before. It sound and looks like one of those classics that won’t go out of style. Thanks for the chance.

  40. Elizabeth McDonald on February 9th, 2012 9:28 pm

    Ohh, exciting book! I love any kind of folk art that I can use to decorate, and Mexican color combos are so vibrant and fresh! I betcha this book is a real winner! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  41. Ileana Campagne on February 10th, 2012 7:47 am

    I would love to have the book. The blocks remind me of the floors in my grandmother’s house. Thanks for the chance!

  42. Anne on February 10th, 2012 10:32 am

    I’d love to have this wonderful book! I adore that placemat you’ve featured.

  43. Cathy B on April 30th, 2012 7:47 am

    Great book! I am enjoying this 100 Block blog tour. Thank you!

  44. Barbara on June 17th, 2012 12:59 am

    I would love to win Quilt Fiesta. We travelled to Mexico in April all the way from Australia for a friend’s wedding and this book brings back fond memories of the beautiful tiles we saw whilst there. Its such a shame that winning is not possible for us Aussies downunder…I would happily pay the mailing costs if I won!