QM Scrap Squad: Spinout by Ruthie

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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:

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Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Ruth Wasmuth from Indiana. You’ll want to check out her blog.

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Ruth Wasmuth

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.
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“I used six different colors, and six different fabrics in each color. I rough cut the pieces for the paper piecing.

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“They were numbered 1–6 in each color and were pinned on my design wall, sorted by color.

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“Then I used colored pencils to mark each of the 264 paper piecing units, using my Illustrator chart as a reference.

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“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.

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“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.

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“I stitched the columns together as I went along and it went together rather quickly. I loved how it was turning out.

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“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.”

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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!

Read more about the Scrap Squad’s projects on QCA.

See the first Spinout we revealed here.

See the second Spinout we revealed here.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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4 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Spinout by Ruthie

  1. Beautiful quilt! I have been looking over the last few posts about this quilt, all are wonderful!

  2. Donna Amos says:

    Ruthie, I just love the way you quilt turned out. You really have a way with the 30′s prints.

  3. duff says:

    Beeeautiful! I love the cornerstones–they really visually extend the design. 40 fabrics?! Wow, and I did not think about what it would take to mix all those values in 30s prints until it was mentioned–just amazing!!

  4. Carol Vickers says:

    Spectacular Ruthie! The longer I look at your quilt, the more patterns I see. You did a wonderful job.

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