Chopping Up a Quilt

Posted by Ruth on 8 October 2018 | 4 Comments
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Why would I want to chop up a quilt? Literally, I don't but it is fun to imagine what we can create by chopping one up. This idea came to me while creating my last challenge and not knowing what to do with the final piece. The finished project was not something I particularly wanted to display, so I had the idea of chopping it up for coasters. You can check that blog post out here if you want.

Today, this chopping idea came to me in a different way, for a completely different reason. I began wondering if I could chop up my Wild Flowers quilt and make it bigger, rather than smaller and have a series of quilts to display rather than one single quilt. The original quilt looks like this.

To chop it up, I would cut two smaller sections off each side and leave the middle section larger. Something like this:

chopped quilt2

Wild Flowers made in three sections

From there I could enlarge it - that would be quite simple! Double the size of the background squares (remember to subtract the seam allowance before doubling the cutting measurement, and then add it back on afterward) and double the size of the applique. That would make the middle section 28" x 36" instead of 14" x 18".... or how about 1.5 times to make a 21" x 27" central section. Either would work!

And here is another idea... Instead of having 3 quilts, you could still have the three sections but joined to make one quilt in a window frame. Something like this:

wild flowers quilt pattern

Wild Flowers framed

That's kind of cool, but what color would you use for the frame? Light or dark? Here are a few I mocked up to get an idea of which is most appealing. 

wildflowers blueborder

wildflowers lightcreamborder

If you would like to try this with Wild Flowers too, I'm happy to help you with the measurements to cut in whatever size you decide. You can purchase the pattern here: Wild Flowers or sign up for my newsletter to get my special discount on this pattern (only available this week) - sign up below.

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  • Yes it sure can but I suspect some would work better than others.

    Posted by Ruth, 18/11/2018 9:52pm (4 years ago)

  • Wow! Love this idea! Can this be done to other panels?

    Posted by Christy , 16/10/2018 11:19pm (4 years ago)

  • Thanks for your comments, Virginia. Separating the background squares into three sections is relatively easy as long as you know how to add borders - just a matter of measuring and cutting to length. It is when you want to enlarge the background squares that the mathematics comes into play. It is possible I could develop this whole idea and include it in the pattern.

    Posted by Ruth, 16/10/2018 12:58pm (4 years ago)

  • Thanks for this idea! have wanted to do something exactly like this for my dining room wall. The mathematics of it all is a bit daunting, though. Do you expect to develop the adjusted pattern(s) for sale?

    Posted by Virginia Biber, 16/10/2018 12:34pm (4 years ago)

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