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Today’s featured quilt is by Pam Snow, who splits her time between Arizona and Kentucky. Pam was recently highlighted by Arizona Quilters on their Hall of Fame page.
Pam made a version of Sea Glass, which was designed and made by Scott Murkin. It was part of our “Men at Work” focus in the May/June issue.
Quiltmaker May/June ’15 issue, on newsstands now
The original quilt was made with fabric from Quilting Treasures.
Sea Glass by Scott Murkin for Quiltmaker’s May/June ’15 issue. Fabric: Quilting Treasures.
Sea Glass was just the right name for this quilt! Pam’s version is quite different. You’ll hear from Pam in her own words below.
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When I received my assignment of Sea Glass, I was immediately drawn to a pack of 26 fat quarters I won at a shop hop in Kentucky last fall. “Emma Lena’s Treasures” from The Gallery looked promising.
Fat quarter bundle
I decided that I would use these “scrappy” fabrics for the 4 1/2″ blocks and not make the triangle-squares. I chose gray and black Kona solids from Robert Kaufman for the corners and the accent strip.
I auditioned all 26 fat quarters on the gray and black. I eliminated eight fabrics because there was not enough contrast with the gray.
That left me with the assortment of 18 prints shown below.
I cut the pieces I needed and found the Shape Cut Too by June Tailor to be very helpful when cutting the 1″ strips.
Shape Cut Too
Below are all the cut pieces.
I followed the instructions for making the blocks using Stitch-and-Flip. I placed a piece of painter’s tape on my machine, lined up straight with the needle. This gave me a guide to follow when stitching the corner units. I prefer this method to marking a line on each square. (For another good method, see Donna’s post.)
Painter’s tape guide
I used a 3″ ruler from Omnigrid to trim the lower right-hand corners of each block.
Trimming with the 3″ ruler
I followed Quiltmaker’s instructions for inserting the black strip and trimming square.
I assembled 100 blocks and then began experimenting with placement. I knew I wanted a large block with the black lines on the diagonal.
Here are two of my experimental blocks.
I wasn’t pleased with any of these blocks—I thought they were too scrappy. I decided to use a gray 8 1/2″ square in the center of each block.
A New Quilt Design
My new quilt design required only 144 of the pieced 4 1/2″ blocks. I was glad that I had done my experimenting with only 100 blocks. Each of the large quilt blocks measures 16 1/2″ square. The quilt is three blocks wide and four blocks long for a total of 12 blocks. Each block requires 12 of the 4 1/2″ blocks and one 8 1/2″ solid gray patch. I placed a machine embroidery blackwork floral design in each square. The design is from Anita Goodesign’s Mix and Match Quilting collection, FLORAL QUILT.
I found pressing the seams open to be best for these blocks. There are many interconnecting seams, and pressing them open eliminates much of the bulk. It takes a little longer but I think you’ll find it’s worthwhile.
Pressing seams open was helpful.
Here is one of the completed blocks.
And blocks sewn together.
Ready for a border
For the inner border I cut 1 1/2″ width-of-fabric strips from black fabric. I auditioned the solid gray for the outer border but it was too dull for a scrappy quilt, so I decided to use the leftover strips from my fat quarters as the outer border.
I quilted it on my Handi Quilter Avante. I’ve only been longarm quilting for a few months but I’m learning. This quilt has a number of techniques including Pro Stitcher digitized designs and freehand quilting. A black binding finished off the quilt.
Miss Mattie’s Flower Garden by Pam Snow for Quiltmaker
Here is my finished quilt.
Machine embroidered quilt label
I added a label, too. I named the quilt Miss Mattie’s Flower Garden, after my grandmother.
Miss Mattie’s Flower Garden takes a bow.
I do love the finished quilt.