Last week I shared that I had issued a challenge of sorts to the people in my FB group ( but you all are invited to participate too! See last week’s post for details!). The challenge is to take 2 or more quilt patterns and “mash” them together to create a new quilt. This is such a fun way to combine elements from 2 or more patterns that you love and make them into something completely unique and yours alone! This week I thought I’d share how I go about making a “mashed-up quilt”, just in case the idea is scary or intimidating to you. I hope that if I explain the steps that I follow you will feel comfortable too and give it a try!
First of all you need to find some patterns! I would suggest that for your first try you start with just 2 patterns. I pulled out some books and magazines and looked through them to get inspiration. I found my 2 inspiration pieces in these two books ( one is actually a planner that also contains quilt patterns!)
I decided to use the block pattern from the planner and the basket and flower applique from the second book. At first I wasn’t sure if the size of the baskets would work with the block size so I made the block first and then eyeballed the baskets to see if they would look good ( I decided they would look just fine, but if I could have enlarged or made them smaller with the help of a photocopier!)
Next it was time to choose the colors and fabrics I wanted to use in my quilt. I really like the look of the quilt on the right so decided to take my inspiration from that!
(Most of the fabric I used is called Gretel By Amy Smart, but I added in a bit of green from my stash too). These scissors are awesome btw! They have a small serrated edge and I bought them for collage quilting but they are great for cutting out applique shapes too. I love that they have such big openings for my fingers, but a small, precise tip for cutting detailed items! ( They are by Tim Holtz and I found mine online at Joanns.com)
I followed the directions for making the block exactly from the pattern. Then, when I was done, I determined how wide to make my borders for my applique pieces.
My appliques were about 5 1/2 inches high so I cut some border fabric at 6 1/2 and just as long as my completed quilt block ( 16 1/2) in my case. Then I got to tracing my shapes, ironing them to scraps, cutting them out and placing them on the borders. This was definitely my favorite part! Especially because it was a dark and gloomy day and these baskets were brightening it up considerably!
So I now have completed my four borders and need to appliquilt all these baskets and flowers …this will take a while! I don’t have the 4 corners figured out yet. I do know that they are 6 1/2 inches square so I could go to one of my handy dandy block reference books and see which blocks are that exact size and make those as cornerstones. Or, if I wanted to make it really easy I could just cut 4 squares that measure 6 1/2 inches and use those. You don’t need to make this more complicated if you don’t want to. I also could have cut 2 of my borders as long as my quilt plus 2 side borders…all kinds of clever ways to not have to think too much or make things too complicated ;).
Anyway, this is where I’m at right now with my quilt mash-up:
I am loving it so far and am excited to see how it ends up looking when it’s all done!
I hope that this explains a little bit how I go about making a mash-up quilt and that you will give it a try sometime. It really increases the number of quilts you can make and I love that the quilt will be so uniquely yours!
If you have made it all the way down to the end of my post I want to thank you for reading it and have a little surprise for you! I am giving away a copy of the latest Quilt Sampler magazine that just came out recently!
Just leave me a comment at the bottom of this post and I will randomly select a winner and announce her in next week’s blog post!
Until next time~happy creating!