Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who make scrappy quilts from the patterns in our regular issues. Their job is to inspire you to make quilts from the fabrics you already own. What could be better than that?
Here is the original Candy Cane Crush, designed by Sandra Clemons and made in Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman. Clean and crisp as a cold winter’s day!
Today’s Scrap Squad version is by Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania.
You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.
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What is red and white and has 6,699 pieces?
My version of Candy Cane Crush.
I loved the quilt as soon as I saw it, and knew I wanted to use my stash of red and white prints for the quilt. My biggest concern was how so many white prints would look in the blocks.
After making a sample block I did not like how the scrappy white pieces looked when cut according to the pattern—the whites seemed too blotchy. To even out the prints, I decided to break everything down into 1″ finished squares.
Band A is made according to the pattern.
Same with Band B, below.
Band C is where I had to get creative.
Band C has two 1″ white strips in place of the 2″ strips on either side of the red.
Band D has three 1″ strips in place of the 3″ piece.
Band E has five 1″ strips in place of each 5″ piece.
The sashing and border were constructed by sewing three strips together and then subcutting, and then joined for the length needed.
My “plain” block, aka Block Z, below.
My checkered block, aka Block Y.
When it was time to decide on a back for the quilt I found this star stripe hiding in my stash. The date on the selvage is 2006, and I decided that it had aged enough. It was high time for this fabric to be in a quilt.
The yardage wasn’t enough for the entire back, so I pieced 9″ blocks and set the blocks and star stripes in columns. I just love reversible quilts!
And here is my finished version of Candy Cane Crush—very scrappy!
Editor’s Note: We love this quilt! Donna thought outside the box even though she kept the red and white color scheme. Her use of many different lights for the background breathes new character into this snappy design. Great job!!!