Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who make scrap quilts from Quiltmaker patterns. They share their scrappy quilt ideas here on Quilty Pleasures in order to inspire you. Read more about Scrap Squad and see slideshows of past scrap quilt projects on our Scrap Squad page.
Today’s featured quilt is from the March/April issue of Quiltmaker, on newsstands now. Print or digital copies are also available on QuiltandSewShop.com.
Quiltmaker March/April ’15
Pointed Prisms is a chevron quilt designed by Kari Ramsay and pieced by Hatty Brown. The fabrics are Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.
Pointed Prisms, designed by Kari Ramsay, shown in Bali Batiks by Hoffman California Fabrics
If you like our original version, convenient quilt kits are available.
Today’s featured quilter is Kathy Wagner from Cambridge, Ontario. We’re so happy to have a Canadian on the Scrap Squad to represent the thousands of readers we have there.
You’ll hear from Kathy in her own words below.
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It is so exciting to be sharing my first quilt as part of the Scrap Squad for 2015. This project was a real challenge for me, but I am delighted with the outcome.
Leftovers set the stage for this colourful quilt.
I started with two fabrics left over from a quilt I made last year (still a UFO!) to use as the two main fabrics for the large triangles. My background was white and I chose scraps for the small triangles based on the colors in the two main fabrics.
Using the 60º marks on my ruler
Since I don’t enjoy using templates for cutting fabric, I cut all my pieces using my rotary cutter and the 60° markings on my rulers.
Cutting 60º triangles from strips
I cut my fabric in strips as listed in the cutting instructions, and then cut the triangles from those strips.
The ruler’s markings were very helpful.
The smaller scraps were cut and placed on the design wall. As I cut more fabrics, I made decisions about which colours could stay and which ones were voted off the quilt. Many of my original choices did not get to stay, and that’s the way it is when you make scrappy quilts.
The section 1 and section 2 blocks were sewn first, and I made a lot of them so I could play with colour and have fun with the final layout. I sewed the B, Br and A pieces for the ends of the rows.
A bit of triangle piecing
I work on quilt layouts the way many people cook. I add a bit of this and a pinch of that, see if I like it and make revisions as I go along.
I liked the yellows, but not the pale scraps, so I cut more of the lemony fabrics. I decided that I liked the yellow (sunny skies) fabrics at the top, and the green (grass and gardens) fabrics at the bottom, so I made a few more of those blocks to make up a whole row. The orange and pink fabrics were my favorites, so I used a lot of those throughout the quilt.
I make decisions about colors and fabrics as I go along.
Here are some of my layout tips:
- Take photos of the design wall as you work on the layout. I really liked the dark green fabric until I saw it on the computer screen. It stood out like a sore thumb, so it was removed from the quilt. Sometimes photographs show things in a different way than your eyes see them.
- Leave it on the design wall for a couple of days before you sew the rows together. Every time you walk by, ask yourself what would make you like the quilt more. Make any changes that your creative ideas suggest.
- When you like an arrangement, take another photo just in case the blocks fall down and you have to put them back on the design wall. (Ask me how I learned to do that!)
Once the layout was organized to my liking, I sewed the rows together. I really tried hard to sew slowly and carefully so as to not lose the triangle points in the seams. If the triangle tip was totally gone, I re-sewed the seam, but that didn’t happen too often, since I really detest unsewing!
Unsewing as needed!
Here is the quilt top, which I finished while enjoying a sewing day with my quilting friends.
I sewed the quilt top together during a sewing day with friends.
I machine quilt the majority of my quilts on my domestic sewing machine. I have as much fun picking out the threads as I do when selecting fabrics. Why pick one colour when you could use 10? I emptied four of these spools when quilting the brown floral patches on my quilt.
A variety of colors were used up on this quilting.
When I start, I like to quilt a few lines with my walking foot to stabilize the quilt.
Stabilizing the quilt layers with some straight lines and the walking foot
Then I have a wonderful time playing with the free motion foot and making up the quilting design as I go along. On the brown fabric I outline stitched most of the flowers. On the yellow fabric I free motion quilted flowers and loops. And on the white fabric I made arcs using different colours of thread.
I quilted Pointed Prisms on a domestic sewing machine.
I made my quilt two rows shorter than the original pattern since this quilt will be for my niece who has a double size Ikea loft bed.
Here is the quilt on my bed at quilt retreat. The sun is shining on it which created some shadows, but I hope you can see the quilting designs.
Pointed Prisms on the bed at quilt retreat
I felt like spring was right around the corner the whole time I worked on this quilt, even though it was snowing and -25 degrees every day (colder at night!). I finished it while at quilt retreat, and I convinced my friends to go outside for a photo shoot.
Kathy’s finished Pointed Prisms quilt
They’re such good friends—to go outside to help me out with a photo shoot on a day like that. Believe me when I tell you that the wind was blowing hard and we were freezing. This is the best we could do!
Brrrrrzy cold photo shoot!
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