QM Scrap Squad: Ruth’s Hip to be Square

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Ruths Hip to be SquareQM’s Scrap Squad is a group of eight select readers. They make scrappy versions from one pattern in each regular issue. We reveal their quilts one by one on Quilty Pleasures. Today we hear from Ruth Wasmuth. Ruth lives in Indiana and blogs here.

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This is my last Scrap Squad quilt and I must admit that makes me a bit sad. It’s been wonderful getting to know the other members and Diane via email. I completed six new Scrap Squad quilts this year and have gifted three of them.

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I used Electric Quilt to draw out some ideas and settled on a dark background for this Christmas quilt. I used four reds, two greens, many blacks and Kona white from Robert Kaufman. It’s probably the least scrappy of all my Scrap Squad quilts.

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I made 24 blocks and every other block is turned a quarter turn, which makes a secondary star pattern and Four Patches. In order to have the seams nest when assembling, I pressed the outer block segments towards the black in both blocks.

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Not wanting to waste those 96 bonus triangles, I trimmed them down to 2.25″ to use in one of the borders. I made an additional 40+ half square triangle blocks.

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I used both greens in the inner border and just the mottled in the outer border. The binding uses all four red fabrics.

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It’s quilted with holly and poinsettias using gold Glide thread.

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Ruth's finished Hip to be Square

This one will go on the twin bed in the spare bedroom next Christmas along with a little tree on the cedar chest.

To the new Scrap Squad members: ENJOY! You’ll have a great time!

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In case you’re just joining us, here’s the original quilt made by Elizabeth Dackson.


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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.

Just one more Hip to be Square left on the list, and then we’ll introduce you to the 2012 Scrap Squad! Stay tuned.

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: Ruth’s Hip to be Square

  1. Helen Stingley says:

    WOW! Ruthie, you’ve done it again…..Amazing job! Your so talented!

  2. Ruthie says:

    Thank you! I love this quilt and can imagine it on other color ways….red/aqua, pink/brown, black and white with a bit of lime green…..the possibilities are endless.

  3. Joanne Pringle says:

    Ruthie, you’ve done an amazing job with this pattern. Great Christmas quilt!!!!


  4. Carol Vickers says:

    Oh my goodness Ruthie – this does not even look like the same pattern as mine. I love, love, love it. Your color placement is amazing!

  5. Claudia says:

    I want to come to your house next Christmas.

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