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.
Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Jill Montgomery from Fairfield, Ohio. She blogs at jillquilts.blogspot.com. You’ll hear from Jill in her own words below.
Jill Montgomery from Fairfield, Ohio
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I am honored to be part of the 2012 Scrap Squad! I’m very excited to participate with the Squad and to make a few quilts that will be shared on Quilty Pleasures!
When we got the pattern for Chain Reaction, I took a few weeks to ponder the possibilities. I picked out fabric drew the pattern up in EQ7 to get an idea of how I wanted the colors to flow. As it usually happens, I had to dig around in my stash and come up with a second option because there were not enough fabrics in the first.
Once the fabrics are chosen, the cutting is the easy part. When I cut my strips, I leave the fabrics grouped together so that I can spread them throughout the pieces and make sure that I don’t have any blocks that will end up with the same two fabrics.
The background pieces need to be cut on an angle and I resorted to my tried and true method of marking the cutting mat with painters tape. I laid the first piece on the mat and cut it and then used the parts to mark where to cut. For each of the remaining pieces, I laid it on the mat, lining two sides up on the edge lines, and then cut from mark to mark.
Once I had the second cut made and was ready to sew in the second strip on the blocks, I paired all of the strips up with the block parts so that I could sew them all at one time without having to think about which strip to use on the next block part.
I started thinking about my binding as I was sewing my rows together. I had a striped zigzag fabric that had all of the colors in the quilt, but the zigzags went the width of the fabric instead of the length. I had to do a bias binding in order to get the interesting look I wanted, but I found an easy to follow tutorial on Jaybird Quilts and had the binding done in about an hour.
I sewed an easy label onto the back when I attached my binding. I cut a square of muslin, attached interfacing to the back so that it would be easier to write on, folded the square on the diagonal with the interfaced sides together and then sewed it into a corner. This leaves one side that needs to be hand stitched down.
Here is my final quilt blowing in the Florida breeze! It was a gift to my grandparents. I can’t wait to start on the next quilt!
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What a great job Jill did! Notice the interest created by the fact that her fabrics are varied in value: there are darks, mediums and lights. She used mostly tone-on-tone fabrics, avoiding prints with many different colors present. The result is a clean, crisp, crayon-box look. It’s just wonderful!
Still a few more versions of Chain Reaction to come, so please stay tuned.