QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Ruth Wasmuth

QM scrap squadB1 QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Ruth WasmuthIn 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.

Today’s quilt is a beauty by Ruth Wasmuth.

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Ruth Wasmuth

You’ll find Ruth’s blog here and do check out her machine quilting business, too. Here’s what Ruth shared about her quilt and its process.

 

My fifth Scrap Squad quilt is called Dream Catcher. I LOVE this quilt!

I’ve been collecting Asian/metallic prints and when I saw this pattern, I knew mine would be really scrappy. No diagonal color rows for me on this one.
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This one is paper pieced and mine has 144 blocks and each block has 2 pieces. Don’t they look pretty, trimmed and all stacked up here? Of course, this is only one little stack.

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I began by cutting my fabrics in 7″ strips. From those strips I cut four 3.5″ pieces, two for the large segment and two to be cut in half, then in half again diagonally. I also subcut four 3″ pieces, which I rough trimmed before sewing.

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Once I got some blocks on my design wall, I knew I wanted this quilt on my bed, so, I printed out lots more pieces and cut more strips.

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Look how nice the back looks with all those opposing seams:

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I ended up with a big stack of triangles left over and decided to reverse my geese.

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The finished sizes of my borders are:
Dark, border #1 = 1″
White on white, border #2 = 1.75″
Flying geese, border #3 = 4″ (flying geese – 34 per side)
White on white, border #4 = 1.75″
Red print, border #5 = 3.5″

ruthsfinish QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Ruth WasmuthMy stepson and his wife were married in November and this is their wedding quilt.

Ruthie’s family members happen to live in Colorado, and they stopped by our gallery, where the quilt is currently hanging, to have their photo taken with the quilt. Pretty sweet—a very handsome couple with a knockout wedding quilt!

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The happy couple with their wedding quilt courtesy of Ruthie

This design makes a stunning scrap quilt, although in this case it looks too sophisticated to be called that. Kudos to Ruthie for another job well done!

 

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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3 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Dream Catcher by Ruth Wasmuth

  1. I just LOVE the scrap squad variations on the patterns! Very creative! And so many different interpretations of one idea is so inspiring! I want to be on the scrap squad when I grow up!

  2. Way to go, Ruthie! It’s a gorgeous quilt!

  3. Kim says:

    What a great gift, you did a super job on this one Ruthie, I hope they love it forever :0).

    Happy Sewing,
    Kim

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