Today we present the final quilt in the group of Linkin’ Logs pieces made by QM’s Scrap Squad. This quilt by Dionne Gordon is scrappiness at its absolute best!
Dionne lives in Bellevue, Washington. You can see more of Dionne’s work at her blog called Sew Many Quilts. I am just in love with this quilt. Here’s what Dionne shared with me:
This was such a fun quilt to make. Before I started with the Scrap Squad I made many, many scrap quilts, but the background was always one fabric. I’ve learned to be more daring in my scrappy choices and have discovered I love how a scrappy background looks. So in several of my quilts for Quiltmaker, I’ve gone 100% scrappy—background included. Linkin’ Logs is no exception.
I love the geometric element to June’s design and knew I wanted to make it queen size for my bed. For a scrappy project, organization is the key, so I cut out all my pieces and kept them in labeled piles.
I like to scatter my fabrics around the quilt as much as possible so I don’t get large groupings of one fabric in any area. In order to achieve this scattered look, I cut all my pieces and then I “shuffle” each pile before starting to sew. This guarantees I have a good mix.
At both ends of each row I made my only change to the pattern. I closed each of the rings and added a triangle corner to give my end rings a rounded look.
I started out with 2-inch blocks to make my corner triangles, but then thought they looked too thick for the corners, so I switched to 1 1/2 inch squares shortly into the project.
Then I promptly forgot I made the change so as a result I have some thin corners and some thicker corners. I don’t think it’s too noticeable.
I’ve sent my quilt off to the quilter now and I can’t wait to get it back! I absolutely loved this pattern!
This is a stunning piece of work for Dionne. I love how the cool blues and greens play against the very warm browns. The rings almost glow! Notice how, with a few exceptions, the lightest of the rings are toward the quilt center. The more colorful rings are toward the perimeter.
Dionne was brave when choosing her browns. She included rust and almost-black, dusty brown and clear pure brown. The quilt just sings because of these choices. The lesson we can all take from this quilt is to make brave color choices. Play it safe and you’ll make ho-hum quilts. Be brave and your quilts will read like a great adventure!
I wonder if Dionne’s walls are a cool color or a warm one. The room will look very different depending which she chooses. Either way this quilt will make a masterful centerpiece for a bedroom.
Another job well done by Dionne and the entire QM Scrap Squad. Not long now before we begin revealing the next Scrap Squad project. I think you’ll love it!