Monday, March 5, 2012

New Twist on Old Patchwork

A while back, I made this cute quilt top. Figured it would be a simple one to put together and sell on eBay for somebody to quilt.

It didn't sell, after being listed umpteen times. But, I didn't feel like spending more time on the quilt top, either, so, I just left it there not selling ...

But I recently had an idea, and I got the idea to work, so I've given this quilt top a new twist!

Several weeks ago, I read this blog post by Elizabeth at Pieceful Life, and I was really intrigued. I had to try that process. Seemed like a good way to spruce up the (cute but) plain quilt top.

Elizabeth's blog post does a great job of explaining the how-tos, so I'll mostly just show you pictures ...

Not having the exact tool Elizabeth used, I improvised (read: I measured and drew lines on a square ruler with a Sharpie marker). Then I lined up my marker-lines-on-ruler with my seams, and (gasp!) cut little square holes out of a perfectly good quilt top.

(Takes a little getting used to ...)

Pretty cool, though! 

It's fun to watch the layout come together!

Lots of fun! (Lots of little Winnie-the-Pooh details, too!)

My original quilt top had a narrow border, so Elizabeth's (much more impressive) border option (wide border worked into the pinwheels) didn't work for my quilt top. So I added some coordinating fabric. And some little postage-stamp-y scraps that were left when I cut holes in the middle of the quilt top.

I like it! This was a fun project. Even though, after all that sewing, the quilt top is still about the same size, it's much more nifty. 

I'll probably list the new version of this quilt top on eBay. Or Etsy. Something like that. 

Anyway, I'm linking this post to this week's Little Quilt Monday at Elizabeth's blog ... Check the link for some really great inspiration!


  1. Susie,
    Wow, what a difference the pinwheel block has made to that quilt....what a sweet post too....thanks for linking up such a fun project to LQM!

  2. Thats looks great. And a great method too. So sneaky.

  3. Very cool, I have always wanted to try one of these quilts.


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