Before & After: Sara's DIY Block Quilt Patio

Before & After: Sara's DIY Block Quilt Patio

Gregory Han
Aug 7, 2013

Is there anything more Southern Californian than enjoying the warmth of a glowing summer sunset from the comforts of a backyard patio? Sara dreamt of that very same seasonal pleasure, but after sourcing and pricing tile options, she discovered many designer tiles were well outside her budget. An affordable DIY inspiration emerged from a very unlikely source: quilt design!

Sara wrote in with the following description of her colorful geometric tile project:

"What I really wanted were some beautiful Moroccan or geometric tiles, but those were way over my budget, so I got the idea to paint cement pavers and create a unique design for only $1 each.  Meanwhile, my friend was researching block quilt patterns and she found one that was perfect for my patio. I tested a bunch of colors until I got the right fit. I’m so glad I went this route because not only was it affordable, but so much more special.

Now I just need more seating and a firepit! Oh yeah, and some more landscaping. I’m excited to enjoy this space, especially since my sister & family are coming all the way from Israel to stay with me this summer.  It’s the perfect spot to stop for a bit and take time to look up at the trees."

(Images: Sara Lov)

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