Background info: The QM Scrap Squad is making scrappy versions of Spinout from page 46 of the July/August issue of Quiltmaker. Spinout was designed by Barbara Cline. Here’s the original Spinout in Art Gallery Fabrics:
Ruth shares this about her project:
“I first drew the grid in Illustrator and then began playing with colors. I went from very organized to random and back several times, finally settling on an organized scrappy.
“I used six different colors, and six different fabrics in each color. I rough cut the pieces for the paper piecing.
“They were numbered 1–6 in each color and were pinned on my design wall, sorted by color.
“Then I used colored pencils to mark each of the 264 paper piecing units, using my Illustrator chart as a reference.
“The papers in each column A–K were paper clipped together. One column at a time, I placed the 2 fabrics for each piece on top of the piece and paper clipped the entire column together.
“Now the fun begins! I chain pieced each column and then trimmed and removed the papers. The pieces went on the design wall in columns.
“I stitched the columns together as I went along and it went together rather quickly. I loved how it was turning out.
“I ended up with lots of extra rough-cut pieces, so I stitched them together to make the corners of the outer border. The inner border is 4 different reds and the outer border is 4 different blues. My quilt uses 40 different fabrics, including the backing and the binding.”
Didn’t she do a beautiful job? There are so many wonderful things about this quilt. It’s just a very interesting piece to look at! The various fabrics in the Spinners create lots of movement. Your eye keeps moving around to see what else is there!
The different values work to create some lighter areas and some darker areas. There are very light fabrics and very dark fabrics, which can be tricky when working with ’30s prints, because they tend to all be mediums. There is considerable variety in the scale of the fabrics which helps a lot—and again can be hard to do with ’30s prints.
I love the use of four different fabrics in each of the borders. An out-of-the-box decision that reaps big rewards! The pieced corners add interest and used up leftovers too—how’s that for green quilting?!
And the final crowning glory is the allover Baptist Fan quilting. So much texture! Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with this quilt?
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Still five more Spinout quilts to be revealed in the days to come. I hope you’ll join me and the QM Scrap Squad!