The 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.
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.
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.
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.