QM Scrap Squad: Carol’s Hip to be Square

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Carols Hip to be SquareThe QM Scrap Squad is eight select readers who make scrappy versions from one pattern in each regular issue of Quiltmaker. In the Jan/Feb issue, the featured pattern is Hip to be Square, a design by Elizabeth Dackson. The original quilt is shown below.

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Hip to Be Square designed by Elizabeth Dackson. Fabrics are Delighted! by The Quilted Fish and designer solids for Riley Blake Designs.

Today’s scrappy version is by Carol Vickers. Carol lives in Ohio and has a quilt page here. I loved the honesty in the comments Carol sent me about her project!

Okay, this is the brightest quilt I’ve ever made.

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Carol's Hip to be Square quilt top

I had a tough time choosing fabrics, probably because it was already scrappy in the original version. In my stash I found that bright floral,  and wondered why in the world I bought it in the first place. It is so “not me.”  But when I tried a few blocks using it with brights and the black, I was pleased with the results.

carol1 QM Scrap Squad: Carols Hip to be SquareI needed a buffer between the blocks and the border but did not want to add any length or width to the quilt, so I used a folded insert to accent the division.

I cut 1-inch strips, folded them in half with right sides out and stitched them on all four sides of the quilt center. (The cut edges line up with the edge of the quilt and the fold is toward the center of the quilt.)

I used a scant 1/4″ seam to “baste” the insert so that those stitches would be hidden when I attached the border. I really like how it came out.

I plan to quilt it with multicolored thread so that it will show on the black backing. I’m still experimenting with my free motion so my fingers are crossed that not too many rough spots appear in the quilting!

I wouldn’t be surprised if my granddaughter lays claim to it when it’s finished. Hope the glow doesn’t keep her up at night!

Another great job by Carol! Hasn’t this Scrap Squad been amazing?!

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You’ll find the pattern for Hip to be Square in the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker.

Visit designer Elizabeth Dackson’s blog, Don’t Call Me Betsy.

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: Carol’s Hip to be Square

  1. Donna Brockman says:

    I love this quilt! I am not much of one for brights, either, but the brights combined with the black is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. pat adney says:

    Carol’s quilts are all good.but this one is really outside her comfort zone. I love it-my favorites are florals and black–the black really sets it off. Great job,Carol!!.

  3. Joanne Pringle says:

    Honestly, looking at the original quilt pattern, I would never make it. WAY too scrappy for me and there’s nothing that lets your eyes “rest”. Carols version is AWESOME…I do love brights and this is just spectacular! Love the black…a nice contrast and a place to “rest”…and the folded border was a great addition! Another wonderful quilt!!

  4. Claudia says:

    I like it. There was a reason that bright floral called to you. I have things in my stash that are waiting for the right occasion to come along. And all those brights would be welcome on a day like today with a foot of fresh, fluffy new snow.

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