QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Forest Jane

QM scrap squadB1 QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Forest JaneIn 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.

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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.

I am so excited to show you today’s Scrap Squad quilt by Forest Jane who lives in a place where they speak with a d-r-a-w-w-w-l. It was fun to watch this quilt come together. Before the Squad even got the official pattern, Jane was playing with the idea in Electric Quilt and sent us these images.

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Jane's solid petals with two-tone centers

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Jane's shaded petals

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Jane's jewels on velvet

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Jane's Christmas peppermints

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Jane's brown idea

No shortage of ideas for this gal! Jane shared her files with the rest of the Scrap Squad and Kim Brandt ended up using a variation of the peppermint idea. Jane settled on the color scheme below, which she dubbed Denim and Lemons. Say that three times, fast!

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Jane's Denim and Lemons

Here are some of Jane’s thoughts about her project.

This quilt was one of the most time-consuming I did—not because it was difficult, but because of all the color selection for the gradients. I agonize over stuff like that! Even with a design wall, I ended up ripping out a square and replacing it with another that was slightly lighter. I didn’t like the way it ‘stuck out’ from the others when the rows were sewn together.

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Jane's quilt drawing with Flying Geese border

I like quilts that are at least twin size, so after I added the border of geese around the edge, I knew I wanted to add another border.

DenimLemonmiddle1 QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Forest JaneI’d just gotten the Accuquilt small tumbler die, and it was a breeze to use up all my blue, yellow, and pink scraps in cutting tumblers.

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Small tumbler die cut from Accuquilt

With the dogears already trimmed, the tumblers match up perfectly and go together like magic.

But again, I had decisions to make about color selection. Did I want the tumblers to follow the gradient of the other two borders?  Did I want to limit the colors to blue and yellow in the tumblers or add some pink in? Only another quilter can understand the angst!

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Jane's finished Denim and Lemons version of Dream Catcher

There’s a real mix of fabrics in this one. I was mainly looking for the shades of blue or pink to get my ‘fade’ effect, so there are several men’s shirts plus batiks, hand-dyes, calicoes, plaids, solids, stripes and polka dots.

I really like the idea that a group quilt we made this year includes some of the fabric from this quilt.

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It reminds me of being a Girl Scout at a few of the really big ceremonial campfires. Anyone who had ashes from previous encampments would open  their little containers, and as they dumped them into the fire, they’d call out a few of the previous fires where those ashes had been. Then we’d save the ashes from our fire in small film canisters and hand them out the next morning, with a compiled list of where the ashes had been, and the latest date added to the bottom of the list.

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A close-up shot to show some of Jane's "ashes"

Now I feel like some of my fabric is the same way.  Fabric memories, shared among quilters. When I get it quilted, I’ll probably do a scrappy binding. Maybe even a gradient one!

I love Jane’s Girl Scout analogy, and isn’t this a stunning piece?! It’s evident that the time-consuming process of finding the right fabrics was well worth Jane’s time. Quilting will add another interesting element—can’t wait to see how it gets quilted. Who wouldn’t be happy sleeping under this quilt?!

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Only one more Dream Catcher to go and then we’ll look ahead to the new year, a new issue, a new Scrap Squad and much more!

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: Dream Catcher by Forest Jane

  1. Sandy says:

    In a box of memorabilia I have GS campfire ashes from the 1970s and 1980s, along with a list of the places the ashes came from! I was a leader then and the girls and I always loved being able to add a new place to our lists. Until Jane mentioned it, I’d almost forgotten we did that! My daughter carries on our family’s GS tradition as a leader of her daughter’s troop.

  2. Donna Amos says:

    Jane, What an inspiration this quilt is! Thanks for sharing your steps in making this beauty. I love the colors, the gradiation, the tumbler borders…..just a cool quilt. I, too, have loved being a fellow scrap squad member with you. You always amaze me with your EQ talents.

  3. Debra Dixon says:

    Jane, thanks for sharing the process with us! One of my favorite things about quilting is hearing how the quilter makes decisions. Beautiful designs.

  4. Kim says:

    It turned out beautifully Jane!
    It really was worth all the thought and time you put into this one.
    Thanks again for all your inspiration from your talented abilities with EQ
    and your generosity with sharing your designs. It has been a pleasure
    being a fellow scrap squad member with you.

    Happy Sewing

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