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Are you obsessed with Quatrefoil?  I know I am.  If you aren’t sure what Quatrefoil is – it is the four leaved figure you see below!  It has a long standing history in religion, architecture and symbolism. 

Photo via Ballard Designs

Quatrefoil obsession has swept through blogland with many bloggers figuring out fantastic ways to reproduce this image!  Here are six ways for you to bring a little quatrefoil into you life – enjoy! 

1. Paint it On
I place full responsibility for spreading the love and obsession with Quatrefoils with Jen @ Tatertots and Jello!  Not only did she provide a tutorial on how to make the stool and platter shown below – but she also shared a free printable stencil!  

2. Make a Memo Board
I love this memo board that Angela @ Unexpected Elegance made.  She used embroidery hoops for the frame!  Brilliant!

3. Create Vinyl to Apply to Everything
Using Jen’s pattern (that thing is everywhere!) – Amanda @ Imperfectly Beautiful blew it up and used her Cricut to cut out some vinyl to make this waste basket high fashion.  Such a classy finished project – and she got the waste basket on clearance at Target!  I love this chick!

4. Turn it into a Mirror Frame
Who hasn’t drooled over the beautiful Quatrefoil Mirror in their Ballard Catalog?  Well, Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative took things into her own hands and made her own version.  Out of wood.  That she cut herself.  I love anyone that will pull out the jigsaw and get to it! 

5. Find it in Fabric 
There are all kinds of great quatrefoil fabric patters out there.  I found this great outdoor fabric on on clearance and made a no sew pillow.  Just the perfect accent for my tiny patio book nook!

6. Turn it into a Wreath
To round us out – we will have to finish up with another one of Jen’s creations.  I just love this Quatrefoil Wreath that she made out of foam wreath forms. 

So there you go!  Six great ways to bring a little quatrefoil into your home.  Did you see anything that inspired you?  Or do you have some quatrefoil of your own?  I wanna know!

17 frugal friends said ...

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said... @ October 18, 2010 at 10:38 PM

What a fun post!! Thanks so much for mentioning my quatrefoil obsession! I love seeing all of the cool quatrefoil projects around. So much creativity!!!

I love your no-sew pillow cover!!!


Sarah @ Sarah Bohl Designs said... @ October 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Oh, I am obsessed, too!! Jen's wreath has been saved on my desktop ever since she posted it, I'm thinking of making one for my Christmas decor. Thanks for the quatrefoil round-up!

Angela said... @ October 19, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Thanks for the feature! I'm a little obsessed with quatrefoils...I'm just saying! ;)

Extra! Extra! Blog All About It said... @ October 19, 2010 at 11:23 AM


I'm so glad to have a name for this! I had no idea what it is called, just knew I love it. So glad for the printables from Jen. Thank you! Thank you!

Your blog rocks...


Unknown said... @ October 19, 2010 at 1:23 PM

All of these are just beautiful. I didn't know this pattern had a specific name so now I learned something new.

fafner said... @ October 19, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I'm glad you have visuals, because I'm sad to say I didn't know what Quartrefoil was prior to this post. I might try the wastebasket idea though--I definitely need a more stylish wastebasket!

Savannah Granny said... @ October 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I have always love the quatrefoil design. I never knew it was so widespread. It is great the see the many different uses. It is simple but elegant in each case. It can seem traditional or contemporary. Thanks for the show.
Thanks for your visit this morning and the kind words. I am honored that I am considered your friend. Hugs, Ginger

Shelle @ Dreamy Nest? {not!}* said... @ October 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Hi Jess - I love quatrefoil. It's gorgeous and is definitely taking the blogosphere by storm. Great features!!

Just wanted to stop by and say HI and let you know that you have an award on my blog. It's the Versatile Blogger award. Stop on by when you can and pick it up. You don't have to play, just know that I'm thinking of you. :)

Infarrantly Creative said... @ October 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Ok that embroidery hoop one is pure genius. thanks for the love and linking me up with some fabulously talented ladies.

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said... @ October 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I have some quatrefoil fabric I'm going to use to reupholster 2 chairs...I should really get around to that!

karen@fitnessjourney said... @ October 21, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Where have I been, I missed the printable stencil. Great ideas here. I really need to get one of those Cricuts!

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