My Periscope quilt top – a free pattern on the Quilted Twins website – is completed.
I made quite a few changes to the pattern while constructing this top from recycled shirts. The first thing I did was scale the block sizes down to 3/4 size. The original pattern finishes at 100″ square which is way too big for me. My Periscope is 75″ square and contains multiple background fabrics (second change to the pattern).
Originally my plan was to go all scrappy, but after I had a few blocks on the design wall I decided it was too chaotic as shown below.
Continuing the background from the Shoofly block out into the Courthouse Steps block gives the top a calmer appearance and more interest. The next design change was to add Hourglass blocks to the center of the Courthouse Steps.
It took some attention to detail to make sure the background was positioned in the Courthouse Steps block correctly, but I think it was worth it. The final change was to the border – instead of piano key borders, I used larger rectangles.
I am glad that this quilt top is finished, but I will admit that it is not one of my favorites. If I was going to make it again with the intent to keep it for myself, I think that I would downsize the blocks again and use a scrappy two color combination. However at this time I have no plans to make another Periscope quilt.
The recycled shirts have been put away and now it is time to let the animals run free.
How do you build an elephant quilt? One stitch at a time.