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 2011 Scrap Squad recently retired. This marks the beginning of the 2012 Scrap Squad posts. I hope you will enjoy them.
Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Donna Hanley from Cincinnatus, New York. You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.
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I was so excited to get our first assignment…couldnʼt wait to get started. I thought I’d try a black/white combo for every other vertical row; the in-between rows would be complementary colors: blue/orange, purple/yellow, red/green.
On the black/white rows, I decided to try one side dark at top flowing to a medium in middle & back to dark on bottom. The other side would be light to medium and back
to light. I was hoping to have the fifth block be the same value mediums for each side, but that didnʼt look right. I redid it into a more subtle change which made a much better transition.
That let me know where the adjacent seam line was supposed to be placed when sewing on the next row.
I didnʼt want to discard all those leftover 1.5″ strips and the blocks I had made for Plan B. I also had the half blocks and a few mistakes. I decided to piece a backing for the quilt. Hereʼs the result:
I learned how to make piped binding in a Ricky Tims seminar, so I added red piping for a little burst of color.
The instructions for this technique are on Ricky’s Grand Finale DVD. (Note from the editor: This is a great DVD full of useful finishing info.)
Beautiful job, Donna! Looks like we’re off to a great start with the 2012 Scrap Squad. Stay tuned for more wonderful versions of Chain Reaction.