The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and make their own scrappy versions to inspire you.The featured quilt from the March/April issue is Chain Reaction, a design by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. Here’s the original quilt made in Pear Tree fabrics by Thomas Knauer for Andover.
Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Cathy Buel from Clinton Township, Michigan. You’ll hear from Cathy in her own words below.
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Is this cool or what? That is me in print below…Cathy Buel, part of the 2012 QM Scrap Squad. (Editor’s note: Can you tell this gal is excited to be part of the Scrap Squad?! We love it.)
I started by cutting out strips of 66 different red prints and 66 different blue prints. I found a background print I liked and cut patches for 66 blocks.
My measurements were off and the blocks didn’t match up.
I found I had to be very careful on my 30 degree cuts.
Once I got the hang of it my blocks were looking good and the quilt was coming together quickly. My rows were growing and it was time to choose my backing and binding fabrics.
I chose a floral for the backing and planned to use my background fabric for the binding.
The last thing I did was make the quilt label. I used my Hallmark Greeting Card software. I used a blank recipe card format, added a frame and inserted text. I ironed muslin onto freezer paper, cut it to 8 1/2″ x 11″ and put it in my inkjet printer. After printing, I set the ink with a hot dry iron. I’ve done this many times—the labels come out of the washing machine looking the same as when I first printed them.
For someone who first thought “no way,” she came through with flying colors, don’t you think?! I see a couple of smart things Cathy did.
• She made practice blocks. Great idea, especially on a technique you’re not completely familiar with. She worked out the kinks beforehand. Simple idea but brilliant!
• She used plenty of pins to baste. I often try to skimp on pins and the result is not good. Use enough safety pins and you’ll avoid lump, bumps, puffs and pains. If you don’t have enough pins, invest in another bag of them at the quilt shop. Well worth the money!
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More Scrap Squad versions of Chain Reaction in the days to come!