QM Scrap Squad: Donna’s Old Glory

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.

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The Scrap Squad project from the July/August issue of Quiltmaker is Old Glory, designed and made by Margie Ullery of Ribbon Candy Quilt Company.

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Old Glory, designed and made by Margie Ullery; appears in Quiltmaker July/August '12

Today’s featured quilt is by Donna Hanley from Cincinnatus, New York.

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Donna Hanley

You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.

My first thought was to have a seashells theme. Initially, I planned to have blue strips shading from light to dark and then to brown to represent sky and sand. I quickly realized that didn’t make much sense…seashells floating through the sky? No way.

So sky fabrics became sea fabrics instead…same fabrics, just thinking of them differently in my mind. Here are my fabric choices.


OG1 300x243 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI remember hearing in one class that for a landscape, the proportion should be divided 1/3 to 2/3, so I made the sea 2/3 of the backgound and the sand 1/3. My first attempt at laying out the blues in a gradation didn’t make the cut.

OG2 205x300 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI decided to mix up the blues and browns and I like the result much better.

OG3 216x300 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI’m now ready to sew and what do I do but sew the first strip on backwards?! Off to a great start!! But wait—I can use this mistake to show you all how I rip out seams.

First I use a sharp, flat seam ripper and cut every third or fourth thread. Then I pull the uncut thread from the other side. Finally, I use a piece of tape to pick up all the leftover little threads. The seam is unsewn in no time at all.

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When I received my seashell applique shapes from QM Graphic Designer Denise Starck, I was ecstatic. She drew exactly what I had in mind. Here’s the top with the shells in place.

OG7 247x300 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryI’ve owned my Bernina 440 for over a year and hadn’t yet played with any of the decorative stitiches.  I decided this was the perfect place to start.  Here are close-ups of some of the results.

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Close-up of the quilting:

OG13 QM Scrap Squad: Donnas Old GloryRemember to check out all of the free applique patterns for the Scrap Squad variations of Old Glory. More versions coming in the days ahead!

Donna’s quilt can help us learn something about applique placement. Look again at the original Old Glory quilt, below.

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See how the stars are “sprinkled” across? They are slightly turned to and fro so they look very natural. And the line of stars is not straight across the quilt’s diagonal—instead, it meanders lazily in a kind of wave.

Placing applique patches is tricky business. Each Scrap Squad member did it a bit differently—and that’s fine, because ultimately the only person whose opinion matters is the quiltmaker’s.

Donna took our cue and turned her applique shapes to and fro also. Notice the seashell below and how it’s askew to suggest its random placement on the seashore.

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This is where a design wall is critical. You’ll want to use it to audition the placement of your applique shapes. Twist, turn, sprinkle…keep playing until you’re happy with it. And then snap a photo of the finished quilt and send it to editor@quiltmaker.com.

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7 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Donna’s Old Glory

  1. Glen Corey says:

    I got what you intend, appreciate it for posting .Woh I am glad to find this website through google. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” by Seneca.

  2. Jane says:

    The quilt is wonderful. Thank you for the applique patterns. You have inspired me to check my “stash” and start today!

  3. Rachell R says:

    This pattern and your seascape version get along “swimmingly” (from one of my favorite movies and a song “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”.
    Love the embroidery patterns for the applique.
    For seam-ripping, I do this method, too. I use a small super-sharp pair of embroidery Fiskars scissors to snip. Then, instead of tape, I keep a sticky lint-roller with my tools next to my sewing machine. It’s super easy to roll the tape across the seam to pull out the threads. I recommend rolling parallel with the seam, or rolling toward the raw edge to limit the fraying at the raw edge and to keep as much seam allowance intact as you can.

  4. E. Engman says:

    I especially like the way the edging squares reflect the main quilt colors–blue at the top and brown at the bottom.

  5. Melissa says:

    Donna-Love the quilt! The shells and seahorse are great.

  6. Cathie Foard says:

    I love your quilt!!

  7. Jackie says:

    Your version of the quilt is wonderful, all the fancy stitches add wonderful detail too!

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