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. The antique quilt is shown below.
Today’s featured quilt is by Dionne Gordon from Bellevue, Washington. You can see Dionne’s blog at Sew Many Quilts.
Here’s what Dionne shared with me about her Dream Catcher.
Dream Catcher is only the second paper piecing quilt I’ve ever attempted and to be honest I was a bit overwhelmed. I looked up different techniques and was not excited about the task of pulling the paper off each square I made. In the end I decided on a bit of a cheat. I used old dryer sheets.
The nice thing about using dryer sheets is that I was easily able to transfer the pattern onto each sheet. I left the dryer sheet on each block when it was finished. This made the finished squares a bit heavier on my design wall, but by the time I quilted and finished the binding, the extra thickness was undetectable.
I used leftover fabric from a very bright snake quilt I made for my toddler (when he was a toddler). I had hoped to make a larger quilt, but I ran out of leftovers. Still the perfect size to hang in a child’s room or use as a playmat for a baby.
Initially the fabrics tested too busy. It was difficult to see the pattern emerging in each unit. The busy black background bled into the busy patterned bright. Even my kids commented on the fabric choices. Usually they walk right past my design wall without a word. But when it all came together, I think the quilt came out wonderfully.
I followed the pattern except that I did make a simpler, quicker border. With such busy fabrics, I needed a simple border to set it off. What started off to be an overwhelming project turned out to be such a fun quilt to make!
We’ve all been there: faced with a new technique and feeling unsure of how to proceed. Dionne is to be congratulated for taking the plunge and going ahead with the foundation piecing, using dryer sheets in place of paper. And she successfully corrected the problem when the design wasn’t visible because of the fabrics’ busyness. All in all a great success, and again so different from the other Scrap Squad quilts.
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Just a few more Dream Catchers to go and we’ll be on to the next issue’s Scrap Squad project. Stay tuned!