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Changing a Traditional Quilt Pattern

By Betty Kiser, The Path Less Traveled

Would you like to change a traditional quilt pattern but are uncertain how to begin? Here are a few simple techniques that work well with four-patch designs and can be adapted with other variations as well.

The first option is to rotate the corner patches. I am working with the Drunkard's Path patch as that is my specialty.

Sample Quilt Blocks

Next rotate the center patches.

Sample Quilt Blocks

Now try reversing the light/dark values of your fabrics, or just two of the four quarters.

Sample Quilt Blocks

A change in proportion often has a dynamic affect on the design.

Sample Quilt Blocks

These are easy ways to begin designing quilts that reflect your personal quilting style.

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