In every regular issue of Quiltmaker, the QM Scrap Squad takes one pattern and creates scrappy versions of it to inspire and delight our readers. The featured quilt in Nov/Dec ’11 is Dream Catcher, which was part of the red and white “Infinite Variety” exhibit in New York City last March. The exhibit was mounted through the American Folk Art Museum using the quilt collection of Joanna S. Rose.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll reveal here the Scrap Squad’s versions of Dream Catcher from the Nov/Dec ’11 issue of Quiltmaker. Here’s the antique version of Dream Catcher.
Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Kim Brandt from Poughkeepsie, New York.
Kim attended the Infinite Variety exhibit and saw the red and white quilt there, but didn’t know at the time that she would be reproducing it. Here’s what Kim shared about her Dream Catcher journey:
Our Scrap Squad group is made of eight very talented quilters but Jane stands out because of her mastery of Electric Quilt. When she showed this assignment in different colorways, one really got my attention.
She called it “peppermints.” I asked permission to use her color layout and then pulled fabrics from my stash. I used those scraps to make this classic pattern my own. I wanted it to have a Christmas feel so I used fabrics with holly, a little gold sparkle, teddy bears with Christmas lights, candy cane stripes, bright reds and other colors to make it pop.
I chained pieced each foundation number at the same time, using the “planned scrappy” method of always placing the same color family in the same number on the foundation.
This gives the same effect in each block even though different prints are used.
I decided to iron open the center seam to show off how well the center of each block comes together when paper piecing.
For the outer border I decided to stick with the candy theme and do a technique I learned from Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland’s new book Out of the Box with Easy Blocks.
I used some half-pieces of candy at the ends to make it look more freestyle. These went together quickly and soon I had my top done and ready to quilt.
Here is Kim’s quilt on a bed. I think it’s one of the happiest quilts ever! Wouldn’t it be fun to let a child in your life sleep under this on Christmas Eve?
The candy border adds so much to this quilt, along with Kim’s wise use of value. See how the values range from very dark to very light? To instantly improve all of your quilts, strive to use some of all values in every project. Even the tiniest bit of very light or very dark will add “zing.”
If you haven’t seen Out of the Box with Easy Blocks, Kim and I both highly recommend it. The blocks and ideas are insanely FUN! I have a copy courtesy of That Patchwork Place and I’d like to give it away.
Leave a comment by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 23 and you could win! The winner is comment #63, Cheryl. Thanks for playing along!
Stay tuned for more great Scrap Squad quilts in the weeks to come!
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The quilt gallery at our offices in Golden, Colorado currently features quilts from the 2011 Scrap Squad. If you’re in town, please stop by during regular business hours for the free exhibit. Well worth the trip!