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 Jennifer Stevens from Hays, Kansas. She blogs at craftsbyjennifer.blogspot.com. You’ll hear from Jennifer in her own words below.
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I am so excited to be part of the 2012 Scrap Squad!! This is such a great opportunity and at 29 years old, it is something I’m proud to participate in!
When I initially saw the Chain Reaction pattern, I fell in love with it. Taking a second look, I was a little scared of it! By the third look, I was ready to dive in.
I started this quilt using my batik scraps with a light purple background. I practiced on a few blocks (thankfully, and highly recommended!) and finished about 10 good blocks.
When I laid the pieces out, I hated it.
In tears, I decided on a completely different plan. Just above is the color scheme I came up with. Below are a few things I learned as I made my version of Chain Reaction.
My ruler with the 30 degree markings on it wasn’t long enough to make the complete cut.
Not to fear, my ruler with the 60 degree markings was, so you will see the fabric lined up on the 60 degree mark on my ruler in the pictures above.
In this second picture, always measure 1/4″ hangover from the dog-ears to allow it to be even after you sew it down.
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A wonderfully creative idea from Jen, wasn’t it?! Who’d have guessed you could incorporate an American flag into this design? I love it. Nice work!
This wraps up the Chain Reaction Scrap Squad quilts. You’ll find the pattern for Chain Reaction in the March/April issue of QM.
Soon we’ll showcase the next design from the brand-new May/June issue of Quiltmaker. Stay tuned!