A Quilt Finish: Inspired the Past #2

Some of you might remember that I was working on a quilt made from leftover blocks from my quilt Inspired by the Past that was featured as the cover quilt for American Patchwork and Quilting earlier this year in the February 2022 issue.

Here is the quilt.

If you’ve been a reader around here for a while, you might remember that I found this quilt at a vintage store and it was the inspiration for my quilt.

I ended up cutting 19 blocks too many when I made the first one I made…
I decided to sew them up and make one more block and make it all into a quilt.  I just hate to waste anything….so, here is my finished quilt…

If you’ve been reading the blog over the last six weeks or so, you know I lamented on how to set the blocks.  This was the final choice.  There’s no changing it now.


The pieced square border is a bit of a throwback to the quilt that inspired this all.  It had pieced borders on the top and bottom.


I added them along the sides too.

As I was sewing the extra blocks together I was short a few pieces so I just threw in what I found.  See the purple and blue block below.


For the quilting motif, I did a hook and feather.  You can watch this video if you want to see how I did that.


I’m so happy to have this quilt done.  I am bound and determined not to carry any extra UFOs into the new year so I am trying to use up and concentrate on what is in front of me.


The was a project that I decided to finish and not be put into a UFO cabinet.


Here’s a better look at the pieced border.

I forgot to measure this but it’s quite a lot smaller than the original.


I am happy with how this turned out.

It was made with primarily reproduction fabrics which are my favorite.


I tried to give it a brighter look by adding in lots of yellows and pinks.

I used green for the binding and this reproduction print for the backing.  I believe this backing came from an auction I went to.  I bought a box of reproduction fabric and it was in there.


I just love having a finish.

When I finished this as a top, a blog reader wrote me a note and said they liked this version better than the one on the cover with the pink sashing.  How about you?  Which do you like better?  This or the version with the pink sashing.


The last finished quilt I showed I had a couple of people saying they missed Rosie…well, here she is!

She’s just a little beggar.


That’s my quilt…I’m on a roll and am getting lots of finishes.  I’m so happy!!

41 thoughts on “A Quilt Finish: Inspired the Past #2

  1. Christina

    Love this version more, and is Rosie asking for it to be hers????? Whenever I am looking through the free quilts site Favequilts I just love it when I see Rosie and know instantly its a Jo’s. Thank you for all your information on sorting and storing scraps, you have given me my mojo a kick to get started, yay. Maybe by the end of the weekend I will find my machine!!!! Thanks Jo for all that you share, Just love opening up your blog everyday.

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  2. Kathy Barry

    It’s absolutely beautiful. I love both versions but probably this one more, love all the pieced squares and the borders. Such a happy quilt. Love your posts and you are an amazing person. God bless you.

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  3. Sharon

    Absolutely beautiful. I like the border all the way around. You have such a talent. Love the pink version too.

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  4. Cheri Ruth

    Another beautiful work of art! Thanks for being an inspiration in quilting, cross stitch …and life!

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  5. Denise

    I love this quilt, isn’t it amazing how changing the sashing completely alters the quilt? I’m a scrappy lover so this version is my fav

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  6. Hedy

    I love both quilts, no favorite. They are just gorgeous and you have so many different reproduction fabrics, I just love them too. I tried to click on your video on how to quilt your design, but it didn’t work. It could be from my end, but I tried twice.

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  7. NJ

    One of my favorite things is looking at pictures of quilts and these 2 versions are gorgeous ! If I have to pick a favorite it’s the pink sash.

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  8. Ellie

    I’m hard pressed to choose between this one and the one with pink sashing. I love them both. One thing I do like better about this quilt is the border but that’s a minor thing. Congratulations on another finish!

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  9. Donna Weeks

    Another great scrappy quilt that will inspire many to create one for themselves. I am always surprised to see how colors can change the look of the same pattern. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Dianne R

    I like both quilts. I’m just amazed at how quick you are at getting quilts sewed and quilted. Thanks for sharing your talents and life with us.

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  11. Roxanne

    I couldn’t pick a favorite! They are both timeless beauties and I love them both! How did you get a windless photo of your new one? Lol

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  12. Diane in WA

    I really liked the pattern when I saw it in the magazine but didn’t know if I would make it as I have very little pink. So I was happy to see this version as I have lots of cream neutrals I want to use up. Thanks Jo for showing another way to make this quilt.

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  13. Judy

    I like this one better too. I like the colors and the pieced border. Rosie is such a cute beggar. She wants her treat for posing.

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  14. Brenda Furlong

    Of course both are beautiful, but for some reason I am drawn to this one. It seems to have richer, more jewel tones and I definitely love the magenta family more than pale pinks. I just realized that I rarely use pastel colors. Rosie is a perfect addition to any quilt and I wish I had one just like her at my house! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. It enriches us more than you know.

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  15. Sue McKelvy

    Jo, I love your version of the quilt. I would buy the pattern from you if you were selling it. I could make it bigger but not better. Just love it.

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  16. Beryl BC

    They are both beautiful quilts. I was really drawn to the one in the magazine with the pink sashing, so that may be my favorite. This recent finish is very nice, too.

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  17. Carolyn

    I like the quilt you just finished better. I love the reproduction fabrics! You have an eye for color. It was good to see Rosie.

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  18. Linnea

    Beautiful finish, Jo! Pink or multi-color you ask? For me the pink for a guest room bed the multi-color. Hope your weekend is super productive yet relaxing for you, Jo!

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  19. Margaret in North Texas

    I am drawn to the pink version,but both are beautiful. Kudos on another great finish saved from the UFO pile.

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  20. Candy

    Rosie & I both pick the new quilt … and I think she deserves a treat for such a good choice (and you deserve a treat too, Jo!). Great job dealing with those leftovers!

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  21. Ruth Galindo

    I LOVE this one more than the pink one, which at first I really liked. I love the dark color framing of this one with the small squares around the corners and throughout, which make the sections stand out. The color combinations all throughout are eye-catching and have given me ideas on color combinations for a couple of my projects that I’m working on. The backing is a beautiful reproduction print. Beautiful quilt and of course, Rosie is a doll.

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  22. Cindy E

    I like this version better than the one with pink sashing. And the look on Rosie’s face looks like she’s telling you that it was about time you took her picture. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Colleen

    I love both Jo, but am obsessed with the pink! Love Rosie. Wish she could come play with my Ole and Matilda.

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  24. Beverly from O-H-I-O

    I choose Rosie for first place, your recent version takes second & the pink dashing third. But really, all are beautiful, you are a wonder when it comes to quilting!

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  25. Anne Fisher

    Both are beautiful— but for some reason this one, I think wins as my favorite!! And Rosie– ahhhh love this picture especially–with her sitting up!! One of our Dachshunds could sit up and stay in that position for so long, it was amazing!!

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  26. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Both quilts are beautiful, but I choose the last one. Rosie is so adorable; I love that last picture of her. Look at that cute face!

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