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.
fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman.
It was the Classic/Update quilt, where we take a classic pattern from an early issue and update it. The quilt features printed Robert Kaufman 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.
Today’s featured quilt is by Cathy Buel from Clinton Township, Michigan. You’ll hear from Cathy in her own words below.
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This quilt has been a true journey for me. I started the quilt at home in Michigan and finished it at Assateague Island, Maryland.
When I first saw this design I loved it. Country Morning reminded me of a drive in the country, fruit trees, birds and the deep rich colors of the countryside. I decided to do needleturn applique of cherries and blackbirds.
I labeled each applique piece for reference. The next step was to applique the blocks. This is so relaxing for me.
I make my applique pieces from freezer paper. I trace each piece, cut it out on the drawn line, and then iron it shiny side down onto the right side of the fabric. I trace around the freezer paper template and cut the patch out, adding a turn-under allowance of less than 1/4″ around the entire piece.
I folded the background fabric in quarters, corner to corner, and centered my applique pieces. I basted them down and appliqued them.
From here I started to slowly build the blocks. I decided on red, blue, green and gold blocks, trying to use as many different scraps of each color as I could.
The hardest decision was what to do for the border.
This is the quilt up on my design wall. I decided on a black inner border and a very small red print for the outer border. I hand quilted it.
This quilt was finished at Assateague Island, in Maryland. I just have to show you a picture of it. By the way, that is a dolphin.
Here is the finished quilt. I hope you enjoyed my journey as much as I did. Until next time…