Making a quilt pattern your own

Hello there,

I hope you are all finally enjoying some Fall weather ( if you live in the Northern Hemisphere! 😉 ). Here in Central Pennsylvania we have been having a glorious Fall and we couldn’t ask for better weather. The air is nice and crisp and the trees are turning beautiful colors. Perfect sunny days, with crispy temperatures, just beg for fires and I have been making lots!

This week and last week I have been  working on 2 different quilt patterns and I thought it was funny how my quilts don’t seem to resemble the originals much….but then that makes the quilts more “my own” and that is a good thing. So this week’s blog post is going to talk a bit about how to make a quilt pattern more “your own”.

Here is the first quilt I am working on. It is a pattern called Freshly Cut by Corey Yoder. Here is the original pattern: 

First of all, I decided ( after making one block) that I was NOT going to make 31 blocks. There are a LOT of pieces in each one of these blocks and I didn’t have the patience, nor the wall space for a quilt that big! That decision made, I wanted to make my background something other than white. Practically all quilt backgrounds are white and I thought it might be more interesting to make it blue. So I started by making some blocks with blue backgrounds…  I liked the blocks but didn’t care for the rigid formation of the vases.  Offsetting the blocks made them more playful: 

I really liked how this looked so went ahead and added filler blocks to make the quilt come together. This is really not a difficult thing to do..and it right away makes a quilt pattern more your own. Here is my final layout:

To sum it up, I changed 3 things in the original pattern: The number of blocks, the background color, and the layout. All of these were super simple to do and give this quilt more my own stamp.

Here is another quilt I have been working on this week:

It’s called Queen of the Harvest and can be found in this book by Miriam Gourley. I really like the queen but was not fond of the dark border. So after looking through my Fall fabrics I decided to go with the leftovers from my Scarecrow project:

These brighter fabrics give the pattern a whole new feel! I did decide to go darker with the Queen’s  clothing ( so more in line with the original pattern) because I needed her to stand out a bit:

Miriam also uses a special method of doubled fabric to make her appliqué pieces. I used that method on the face so that the background fabric didn’t shadow through, but on the rest of my pieces I used good old fusible web!

In the pattern, the Queen’s legs go onto the “border blocks” and I decided to do that as well ( but omitted her feet because I didn’t like them). But then I also decided to have some of my pumpkins overlap the borders a bit as well, just for interest.  A member in my Facebook group ( thanks Sandi!) suggested a crown so I added one of those too.

All I have left now is to quilt this and to maybe add a few little embellishments like buttons and embroidery here and there. So to recap, in this quilt pattern I changed the colors, the applique method, and a few of the design decisions. Again, all very easy to do.

To sum up, some simple ways to change up a quilt pattern:

  • change the color(s)
  • change the size
  • change the layout
  • use a different method of constructing the quilt
  • add some of your own details/ embellishments
  • omit design details that you don’t care for

There is of course nothing wrong with making a pattern exactly the way the designer intended it to be made. But don’t be afraid to change things up to make them more to your liking/ more appropriate for your skill level/ more “you”! As long as you are having fun there is no wrong way to make any quilt.

What are some ways that you use to make a quilt your own? Please share your ideas in the comments!

Until next time~happy creating!



23 thoughts on “Making a quilt pattern your own

  1. I love how you changed the Corey Yoder pattern. Thanks for reminding me that a pattern does not need to be followed to the letter.
    I enjoy your posts and newsletters.
    Thank you.

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  2. I like both Cory and your interpretation of the pattern. I do the same on most of my quilts. Isn’t it wonderful that one idea feeds another? Great job on both quilts.

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  3. I almost always change something. Size, color, layout. That’s what makes it fun. I was doing a BOM and the designer said, but you used different colors, yeah, I did. Hopefully, she wasn’t too offended. I think your Corey Yoder quilt is so pretty and I love your queen.

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  4. I think you should embroider her some toe lines seeing as your omitting her shoes, I often change up (or take creative liberties) with most patterns to give them my own touch using many of your simple suggestions. It helps me feel more creative then just following a pattern.


  5. Both are super cute in your own look! I change patterns and art designs all the time, making them my own! Thank You Again For Choosing me as one of your gift parcel recipients! I want to pass the idea on!

    ! Such Fun!

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  6. I like making a pattern my own I’ve learned over the years not to get stuck on the fabric and colors used by the pattern creator in the pattern quilt image. It is fun when my quilt looks completely different from the original pattern!

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  7. I too like to make changes to patterns so the finished project doesn’t look everyone else’s. It feeds my creativity and allows me to chose colors from my own color palette. I do the same thing with my counted cross stitch projects.

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