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 quilt is by Jackie Hughes from Spirit Lake, Idaho. You’ll find Jackie’s blog (and a great frog quilt) at Mrs. Sew and Sew’s Quilting Blog.
You’ll hear from Jackie in her own words below.
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I really liked this quilt when I saw it—such a quick and easy pattern with great results.
I chose an ocean theme and QM Graphic Designer Denise Starck drew up some wonderful fish for me. Get the free fish applique patterns.
I started by pulling some blues that looked promising for an ocean feel.
I cut a couple of strips from each fabric, allowing for some extras. I arranged them on my design wall going from light to dark. A few seemed not to blend well, so out they came. I moved strips around until I was pleased with the flow of fabrics.
I was anxious to get started on my fish. When I use fusible for machine applique, I always cut out the center of my fusible, leaving a 1/4″ frame around the edge. This keeps the applique from feeling stiff on the finished quilt.
Next I auditioned for my border fabrics. Can you believe I loved the first ones I tried? I usually have to audition several to get it right!
Now that I had everything pinned in place, how would I take it down from the design wall and iron all the fish on without shifting anything? I decided to press each fish lightly right there on the design wall, just enough to ‘stick’ each one.
Be sure you dump the water out of your iron before you do this—I learned the hard way! After that I took the whole top to my ironing board to press each one a little better.
And what about those squares in the border in the original quilt? They just didn’t fit with the theme of my quilt, so I changed them to circles—for instant bubbles!
I quilted a design to give movement to the water.
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QM loves Jackie’s trick with two tape measures! Brilliant!
Remember to check out all of the free applique patterns for the Scrap Squad variations of Old Glory. More versions coming in the days ahead!