Donna’s Country Morning

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 quilt from the recently released Sept/Oct Quiltmaker is Country Morning.

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It was the Classic/Update, where we take a classic pattern from an early issue and update it.

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Country Morning was designed by Judy Martin and made by Hatty Brown. Fabric: Lazy Daisy Baskets from Robert Kaufman.

The quilt above features printed fabric that suggests redwork embroidery in the cream-colored blocks. We asked the Scrap Squad to replace that fabric with something completely different. They came up with some great ideas which you’ll see in the coming weeks.

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Today’s featured quilt is by Donna Hanley from Cincinnatus, New York. You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.


I love paper piecing so I was eager to get started on this project. We were asked to replace the faux-embroidery blocks and I opted for pieced stars. I decided on a 7″ finished block with a .75″ (cut at 1.25″) border to float the star. I went with red, blue, green, purple, and gold, plus a variety of off-whites for the background.

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LeMoyne Star block



I used Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler. Deb has rulers that make life easier for quilters, and I own them all. I can’t say enough good things about her rulers. She puts so much thought into their development, and the result is easier piecing that’s more exact. See Deb’s rulers and tutorials.

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Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star



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Lemoyne Star with border

Once the stars were made, I moved on to the paper pieced connecting blocks.  I discovered that getting the seams to match exactly was tricky. I used a basting stitch where the seams came together (below).

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Then I could peek, and if I was off, it was easy to pull out the stitches and try again.

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I started building my quilt from the corners and worked toward the center. My first idea was to have each corner be a different color, coming to orange in the center. It got an emphatic thumbs down.

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I decided to just let the corner colors continue to the center. I also changed the center square of each block to a subtle black print. I liked the result much better.

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I didn’t like having the corners cut from the star block in the border. Again I got out a Deb Tucker ruler. The Wing Clipper & Wing Clipper II rulers make perfect flying geese units —exactly what was needed to complete the blocks out into the border. The Flying Geese unit needs to finish at 1.75″ x 3.5″ to fit.

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The finished quilt:

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Some of the quilting details:

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Another beautiful job by a talented member of QM’s Scrap Squad. Wasn’t the idea of the floating stars a good one?! Thanks for your hard work on this one, Donna.

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8 Responses to Donna’s Country Morning

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  2. Cathy B. says:

    Donna it is fantastic. You did such a wonderful job. Hugs

  3. Wow Donna! You put mine to shame… love the quilting…

  4. Jackie says:

    Great quilt Donna! I love your idea to continue the blocks into the border. Great quilting too!

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  6. Doris says:

    Very interesting way you did you embrodery squares got my mind to working & I loved the way you did’t cut the corners off in the border. Great quilting ideas thank you Doris

  7. WOW! Stunning. I feel like I just won a seat in a workshop held by a mover and shaker in the quilting community.

  8. Susan C says:

    Very nice! I like the way you continued the star blocks out into the border. Thank you for the tips on matching seams in paper piecing and rulers that make more accurate blocks.

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