QM Scrap Squad: Pat’s Hip to Be Square

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareToday we have another Scrap Squad project, this time from Pat St-Onge who lives in St-Jacques, New Brunswick. It’s been great to have Pat on the Scrap Squad—she represents our many Canadian readers! You’ll find Pat’s blog here.

hipdownsized QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareHere again is the original quilt, designed by Elizabeth Dackson. Fabrics are Delighted! by The Quilted Fish and designer solids for Riley Blake Designs.

Pat shared some thoughts about her project.

I am a great fan of Bonnie Hunter. I try to follow her example by using the Lumberyard System for managing my scraps.

pat3 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareSo when I saw Hip to Be Square, I thought it was the perfect pattern for using up some of my scrappy 2 1/2’’ squares. I have half a drawer full of these.

pat2 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareAs I read the pattern, I saw an alternate way to stitch it up. I saw this pattern as three different squares put together. I thought it would be even simpler to make these squares separately and then sew them together.

pat4 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareI used yardage of shirting from my stash for the background and some tone-on-tone black to set it all together.

patquilting QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareI quilted it free motion, doing my own version of funky, droopy petals in an allover design.

pat5 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareI bound the quilt with a “no hand sewing accent binding.’’

pat6 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareThe stitching line on the back of the quilt becomes part of the quilting.

pat1 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareI love how everything came together in this organized scrappy rendition of Hip To Be Square. It was really quick to sew and very easy.

pat7 QM Scrap Squad: Pats Hip to Be SquareI love the outcome and I received quite a few compliments on the finished quilt at my guild’s show and tell. By the way, those are not actual wrapped gifts on my wall behind the railing. At Christmastime, I wrap up picture frames as if they were gifts and put them back up on the wall, just for decoration. The grandkids get a kick out of that!

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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5 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Pat’s Hip to Be Square

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the different renditions of this pattern, but I must say that this is my favorite! Now I’m even more motivated to make this!

  2. Claudia says:

    I like the black and the organized way you used for construction. My first quilting class was using Amish color and colorways. Ever since that time, I’m not reluctant to use black. And, yes, I love the presents too.

  3. Christine M says:

    The quilt looks great. I love your wrapped presents on the wall. Such an effective idea.

  4. Donna Amos says:

    Pat, This is absolutely a great quilt. Your colors just “pop” and the black adds the perfect touch. Your quilting looks great. Good, good job!

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