Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who make scrappy quilts from the patterns in our regular issues. Their goal is to inspire you to create by using the fabrics you already own!
Today’s quilt is the first one featured from a pattern in the Sept/Oct issue of QM, just out. You’ll find it on newsstands now or at quiltandsewshop.com. You can see all of the quilts in this issue in our online table of contents.
I think you’ll enjoy Julie Huffman’s version, too. Julie tells her quilt story below.
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My assignment for the Scrap Squad this time, the Boxing Match quilt, appealed to my love of strong graphics. I really liked how the sashings showed a secondary design, along with the more prominent design of the dark blue accent.
For my quilt I immediately thought of using florals. I have many older florals in my collection, but then I remembered my collection of Asian prints. I have never used them and several of them I inherited from my friend Deb.
I decided I was going to make the quilt longer than the original and determined that if I cut one larger square and one smaller square from each fabric, I needed 24 prints.
I gathered all of the Asian prints with purple in them because purple is my favorite color.
I had a gold metallic fabric, also inherited from Deb, that I thought would be a great accent. I also chose a green that blended and the background was also from Deb, just waiting patiently in my stash. It has wonderful colors in it that blended perfectly.
I initially planned to use the green in the place of the dark blue, but realized I didn’t have quite enough yardage. I also thought the gold might blend in too much right next to the prints which all featured gold metallic.
I started sewing and realized some of the prints were directional but I didn’t worry about that in the end. Using the gold as the prominent color ended up working pretty well.
I assembled the quilt and pieced a backing to fit it, and then I remembered there were supposed to be borders! I had even cut the borders, but that’s the way it goes. I think it works okay like this.
I used an old Hoffman Challenge fabric for the backing. I have had this in my stash for years and even though the colors aren’t the same as on the front of the quilt, I had enough so that’s what I used.
For quilting I chose two free motion designs, one for the larger square and one for the smaller square. I quilted straight lines around all the sashings. I did a random loop design in the wider white areas.
I quilt on a domestic sewing machine so it’s challenging at times. I used a variegated gold Superior King Tut thread and it really doesn’t show much. I used a solid yellow thread on the back. I used one of the prints for the binding.
I named the quilt Deb’s Oriental Garden in memory of my friend.
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Bravo! What a great departure from the original! Please help me congratulate Julie by leaving a comment below.
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