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Team Spirit Quilt Pattern and Applique Design Tutorial

Would you love to own or gift a quilt that really shows off a favorite team, school or sport?  Have you looked in vain for logo designs or really cool ready made quilts, only to discover that they are licensed and (if available) are outta this world expensive?

I can help!

Several years ago, I designed a quilt for a young Oregon Ducks fan, as a gift from his grandparents.

I shared it on social media sites, and soon received several requests for a pattern using my design for Ducks fans as well as other schools and teams.  If you ARE a Ducks fan, you can find my FREE Ducks appliqué pattern HERE.

It’s modern and bright, works for guys and girls, and it’s a lot of fun to make!  I don’t have the time to design appliqué patterns for every school and team out there, and I couldn’t sell them if I wanted to – licensing is expensive for me, too!  SOOOOOO I designed a basic quilt pattern using my (slightly revised) layout and an appliqué design tutorial so that everyone can create their own unique quilt – done and done!

Here are a few quilts that have been made using my Team Spirit Quilt Pattern.

The appliqué design tutorial helps you create your own pattern using a picture or graphic you find online following a very basic process.  If you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator or PhotoShop, you can save yourself several steps!

If you have a hard copy of your chosen design available, it may be easier to take it to a printer and have them blow it up to the correct dimensions and print it out for you there than to go through this process.

A few suggestions/guidelines before we get started:

  • Find the simplest version of the picture of graphic you want to use, with the fewest colors and design details.
  • Be prepared to further simplify as you go through the process to make it easier on yourself!
  • I decided to follow a visual route when walking you through the process.  Screen shots and photos are accompanied by brief descriptions.
  • I used Windows Live Photo Gallery and Paint when developing my process.

It’s a detailed, step-by-step tutorial.  Click HERE to view the complete Appliqué Design Tutorial post.

Simply follow the steps in the tutorial, and you can create an applique pattern of any size and shape!


7 thoughts on “Team Spirit Quilt Pattern and Applique Design Tutorial

  1. OSU pattern is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! So glad you like it!

  2. Hi I absolutely love your pattern!
    I have developed an Ohio State pattern that I want to copyright. How did you go about getting your pattern copyrighted? It contains the Block O which is trademarked so I don’t know if I can copyright the pattern? Any ideas on how to proceed? Also, have you had any problems selling your quilts with the trademarked logos? Do you do just craft shows or just personal orders?? Thanks for any advice you can give me!!! Go Bucks!

    1. Hi there, and thank you! I’m so glad you like my pattern. I often show my pattern designs with licensed team logos etc., but I don’t sell the patterns for those licensed bits. I design my patterns so that they can be used with a variety of applique designs, and I offer a tutorial to help people create their own applique patterns. Creating a pattern for personal use is OK (even with licensed designs). I would suggest you search for Ohio State licensing programs. Many colleges offer licensing opportunities on a small scale basis, for small craft businesses. University of Florida is one that comes to mind. I hope you are able to get the licensing opportunity you are looking for!

      1. I am pretty much online only. I sell on Etsy, Craftsy, and my site. : )

        1. Hi, i am interested in a OSU applique to then place it on a cloth cover my boyfriend puts on over his card table. What is your site to pirchase it from?
          Thank you,Kim

          1. Hi Kim! I don’t sell licensed applique patterns, as licensing costs are just too high. I’ll send you an email with more info on how you can make your own. It’s really easy!

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