My favorite thing about being a quilt pattern designer is seeing how other quilters evolve my patterns to make them completely different. Whether it is using a color combo I never thought of, using 200 fabrics instead of 12 or fussy cutting pieces, it is a delight to see!
Many times we look at a pattern and think, “I want to make that exact quilt – fabrics and all.” Other times you may think, “That is an interesting design, I wonder what it would look like if….” Today I am challenging you to embrace that “wild” side and make your next project completely your own. Add different borders, use your stash, sew the blocks in a new arrangement; just try something different.
Each issue of Quiltmaker features a Spotlight quilt on the last page. These are quilts that began as QM patterns, but evolved into something completely unique! Here are a few to get you inspired!
Maila Josang took our Purr Patch to the next level! By continuing the pixelated patch theme outward, she created an entire scene around the cat that includes sky, hills, a tree and a bird! Purr Patch and 11 other adorable animals are available in the Patch Pals Collection book.
Diane Kuell took Bonnie Hunter’s Christmas Lights blocks and rearranged them into medallion design. Dianne Latendresse fell in love with Diane’s new design and used it to create this beauty. She pulled one fabric for the border and the rest fell into place. She added an appliqued block to the center and arranged the blocks so they radiated out from there.
Rebecca Hassell turned Jocelyn Ueng’s Dream On quilt into a Southwest statement. Not only did she mix up the colors, she added southwest-themed embroidery designs to the large open spaces. Dream On appeared in the March/April ’13 issue.
These are just a few of the wonderful quilts that have come to us! If you have made a Quiltmaker pattern, we would love to see it! Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are 10 ideas for turning a quilt pattern into your own creation:
- Change the size of the quilt by adding or subtracting blocks.
- Change the size of the blocks – enlarge them or make them smaller.
- Create a new block arrangement by playing with the completed blocks on a design wall or open floor.
- Change the color scheme.
- Make the quilt scrappy with your stash fabrics.
- Add borders to make the quilt bigger.
- Add simple setting blocks to change the look of the quilt.
- Add embroidery or applique to open spaces.
- Use a different quilting motif to create a different texture.
- Fussy-cut patches to create some interest.
Need more inspiration? Check out what the talented Scrap Squad is creating.