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 May/June issue is Ladder of Success, designed by quilting legend and early QM editor Judy Martin. We’re so pleased to feature Judy’s design as part of our 30th anniversary celebration.
Today’s featured quilt is by Jennifer Stevens from Russell, Kansas. Jennnifer blogs here, and you’ll hear from her in her own words below.
While I worked on the first Scrap Squad project, I got really excited to see what our second project would be. So when we got Ladder of Success, I was thrilled to see that it’s constructed of squares 3″ and smaller. It is my favorite type of quilt.
I used fat quarters for this quilt except for the off-white background and the tan. I used strip piecing by sewing together the 40″ strips and then cutting them down to the smaller sizes.
I chose to use the off-white fabric for border #1 and the tan for border #3. For border #2 and the binding, I combined fabrics from the quilt center.
Above is the quilt top almost finished. When I saw this quilt on my camera days later, I thought, “Wow, I really like that,” but I didn’t recognize it as my own quilt. I enjoy the moments when I can look at something I’ve completed and actually like it in the end!
The quilt is quilted with a fancy running design in the center and large stippling around the borders.
We machine embroidered a label and attached it to the quilt back.
I can’t wait for cooler weather to get the quilt out and snuggle up. Until then, enjoy the summer and have fun quilting!
Jennifer’s fabric choices confirm the youthful (delightful!) spark she brings to the Scrap Squad. Aren’t they fresh and fun? Another great job (and even greater when you realize she had a new baby during this process). More Scrap Squad quilts in the days to come!