QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Kim; Giveaway!

QM scrap squadB QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Kim; Giveaway!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.

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Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York. #76 Daisies Quilt; Artist unidentified; United States 1890-1930. Collection of Joanna S. Rose. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Kim Brandt from Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Kim Brandt

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.

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Jane's EQ rendering of Dream Catcher as peppermints

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.
kimdc1 QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Kim; Giveaway!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.

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This gives the same effect in each block even though different prints are used.

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I decided to iron open the center seam to show off how well the center of each block comes together when paper piecing.

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All the blocks together with the first border.

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.

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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.

kimdc8 QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Kim; Giveaway!Happy Sewing,

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?

kimdc9 QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Kim; Giveaway!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!

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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122 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Kim; Giveaway!

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  2. Tina says:

    Peppermints just in time for Christmas! Very nice.

  3. janita says:

    so pretty. it is amazing how the quilt changes just by using different colors. Sweet dreams indeed under this quilt! might have to give paper piecing a try . janita

  4. MarciaW says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous and so innovative in marrying techniques.

  5. Melissa (Melzee) says:

    Peppermint candy…..What can be more Christmas than that!! Very fun and cute. Going to put on my “to-do” list.

  6. Amanda says:

    I just can’t help but think of the phrase from ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, “while visions of sugarplums danced through their heads”. I think I’d wake up craving peppermint. :D

  7. Lisa Marie says:

    I haven’t seen this book, but it does look like fun. Kim’s quilt is beautiful!

  8. Love the Christmas quilt! The candy border is delicious! Scrappy Christmas to all and to all a great quilt!

  9. Kris S says:

    I don’t usually chain piece with foundation piecing, but this is a good lesson on how to make it work. Love the candy border.

  10. Gloria Kloos says:

    I love your idea & the pepermint candies it makes.

  11. What a wonderful and whimsey quilt. I too would love to own a copy of the this book. I can’t wait to find it in the stores and take a look at all of its offerings. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  12. Carol says:

    The peppermint candy look is very fun!

  13. Marilee says:

    That was the perfect border. Mix and match!

  14. roseann says:

    I love the scrap squad and Kim’s quilt is fabulous! Her explanation will be very helpful as I begin my first paper piecing adventure.

  15. meg says:

    love the peppermint quilt!!!

  16. Wilma Searcy says:

    What a fun quilt! I would love to make it like the vintage red and white one, except in scrappy blues and white. Those blues just speak to me and fit in my home.

  17. Sandi1100 says:

    Your quilt is beautiful. Love the pattern. I would love a chance to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. peg says:

    Love the quilt not good with EQ- will need to put the book on my wish list for Christmas
    I know a special grandson would love to sleep under that quilt. Thanks for letting me enter to win one.

  19. Eleanor Seltzer says:

    Great quilt pattern, looking even greater with Kim’s version. Sure would like to win the book!!!

  20. Sue says:

    Beautiful quilt…and thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

  21. KT says:

    Love your version of this quilt, especially the candy border!

  22. Cheryl says:

    I love the quilt!! The book sounds very interesting!! Thanks for a chance to win one!!

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