Monday, September 12, 2011

Patchwork Rescue from the Tulip Patch

Mary from the Tulip Patch submitted a wonderful patchwork rescue....so creative I would never have thought to do this myself!  Before she shares her secrets, let me tell you a little more about her.  She's got tons of tutorials on Moda Bake Shop...it took me a while to choose but I think this Sunkissed Quilt is my favorite.  She also has some of her own darling patterns and a lot of helpful tips and tutorials.  Make sure to see the Tulip Patch!


Perhaps it's happened to you before...you're browsing at your favorite proprietor o' junk when you spot the most wonderful vintage fabric find at a rock bottom price. The only catch? Well, it's sewn into something. It could be a quilt top, a patchwork skirt, or, in this case, ruffly patchwork curtains. I found 2 bundles of what I THOUGHT was a vintage cheater fabric only to realize later it was actual patchwork. I thought "no biggie...I'll just cut the edges off and sew all the squares back together. My plan didn't work out. For one thing, this lady LOVED a backstitch. For another, the patchwork was arranged in a cascading design and it would have required too much unpicking and resewing. Finally, there were some pretty ugly looking stains that I wasn't sure would come out.
So I started to cry a little and then I realize...why not just cut smaller 4 patches from the middle. That blossomed into "put my template on the diagonal and I can make hourglass blocks! Half Square Triangles would also work....just put the diagonal line of your template where 2 blocks meet instead of over the junction of 4 blocks.
Here are my hourglass blocks
I even took the edges and cut out as many pieces as I could and then sewed those into more hourglass blocks.  I trimmed everything to 4.5" unfinished.

And in under 2 days I had this 36" square baby quilt out of 2 small shams and 1 valance!

This was my final block..the catch all where I used most of my remaining blocks.

I love how these blocks turned out.  I kind of wish the whole quilt was these!

and then a plus/cross out of hourglasses.  I did have a few squares of the fabrics included in the bundle, so I used them in the center of the plus blocks.

I had a coordinating polka dot for backing (LQS closeout...after it got to be 65% off I went back).  I ripped off the basting stitches from the 4" ruffle, ironed it, and cut it down into binding.
Because the binding seemed thinner than a newer cotton, I machine stitched this binding instead of my usual (favorite) ladder stitching.

So next time you spot unquilted patchwork  you love that has seen better days, think about cutting pre-made blocks out of it with your see through templates.  Someone else has done the hardest part for you...and the best part is that you can blame any wonkiness on them :)



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7 comments:

bevkimmel said...

Amazing creativity! It turned out beautifully!

Colleen said...

Genius! And the quilt is lovely.

LynCC said...

How cool is that!?

Deanna said...

GREAT save! It is fresh and lovely. If the original owner saw it now they would regret their hasty decision.

Anita said...

It's beautiful! You did a great job!

Vivian said...

I love seeing projects like this! Great re-use job and it will be a wonderful gift for someone's baby!

Lynne said...

Wow! What a great idea! And a lovely quilt!