Penguins, Who knew?

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!

About Quilting by Martha

Around the Vine Quilting Studio is a smoke and pet free computerized quilting studio located in Fairland, Indiana. I am experienced with many styles of quilting and welcome you to contact me for more information about my quilting services.
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