I love to go to auctions, flea markets and antique stores looking for quilt blocks, unfinished quilt tops and anything quilt related that I can practice my quilting on. I found this quilt top at a church garage sale for $10. It was hand pieced with a great deal of love, bless this quilt-maker’s heart. The nine patch blocks are pink and blue with orange sashing. Since the name of the maker could be not be located I want to believe the quilt was being made for a new arrival, back before technology revealed the sex of the baby.
I challenge myself to take any quilt top and make it beautiful. I like borders so it became a challenge to bring the three colors together. When I concentrated on the orange there it was – Penguins! I found the penguin fabric at another garage sale because I am always building my fabric stash. I added the border and quilted an overall pattern of circles. It still needed something to make it my own. I was thinking of a penguin in the middle so I went to Good Will and within minutes I found three T-shirt’s with Penguins on them. I used double-sided fusible and fused them on the quilt and machine stitched them down. I gave this quilt to my niece for Christmas. I love taking a basic quilt block pattern and making it new and unique. Have fun adding T-shirt’s and embellishments to your quilts. Who knew that penguins could make it new!