QM Scrap Squad: Jackie’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 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. The quilt 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.

QMMP 121000 update 350 flat QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country MorningCountry Morning was designed by Judy Martin and made by Hatty Brown. Fabric: Lazy Daisy Baskets from Robert Kaufman. 

Today’s reveal is from Jackie Hughes who lives in Spirit Lake, Idaho. You’ll hear from Jackie in her own words below.

 

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Jackie Hughes

 

When I started this quilt I had a color scheme in mind, blacks and a rainbow of brights, but I was having a hard time visualizing how to organize the colors.

I decided to start with the parts I was sure about. The square-in-a-square units would all be red, and the background would be black.

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I made a few of the sashing units. I cut out a black center square and some orange triangles and auditioned them with the pieced units I had made.

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I liked the orange circle of triangles but the dark center looked so empty. I thought I might quilt a design  in the center of each block, using some colorful thread.

 

 

 

 

 

Another possibility was to add a pinwheel to the center.

 

 

 

Still undecided about the center, I continued making sashing units with greens, blues and purples. I arranged them on my design wall. This time I tried placing the sashing unit colors randomly.

random sashing QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country Morning

I really didn’t like that—it looked too chaotic. Needing more units to play with, I got back to work. Soon I had enough to stop and play again.

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How about four similar colors meeting around that red square? That looked pretty good, but those centers were looking so big and black. Yep, I decided I was going to incorporate pinwheels there.

I made my pinwheels from prairie points. Before sewing the squares together, I sewed the pinwheels in place 1/8th inch from the edge.

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The blocks with pinwheels were soon made and on the wall and they did as I’d hoped. They brightened those large black spaces.

pinwheels added QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country Morning

Looking good, but the arrangement still wasn’t quite right. I had another idea. What if I started with green on the top row and gradually changed color as I went down the quilt?

gradual change QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country Morning

As I was rearranging pieces, I kept looking at those pinwheels. What if I opened and flattened those prairie points? That looked interesting.

opening prairie point QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country MorningBefore I knew it I was hand sewing to hold each piece down, and then making colorful yoyos to sew in the centers along with buttons. More time than I had planned to spend but I really liked how they were looking.

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Many days later…

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after all that hand sewing…

green close up QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country Morning

and digging through my scraps to find just the right colors for the remaining units…

IMG 0100 QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country MorningOn the top is a black that was too light. On the bottom you can see that I’ve used it wrong side up for a better effect.

 

(Here I’ll let you in on one little secret. When the shade was close but not quite right I used an old trick. I used some of my fabric wrong side up!)

 

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searching for just the right border fabric…TA-DA…

 

finished top QM Scrap Squad: Jackies Country Morning

I quilted in all the black (background) areas with a loopy stipple. It’s hard to capture on a photo, but this made all the colored patches more dimensional. They stand up a little from the background.

This was a great quilt for using scraps, even small ones.  It was fun to dig through my scrap bins searching for just the right shade.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, especially since it was made out of scraps!

Jackie has made the important discovery of what can happen when you ask “What if…?” She was not afraid to audition or to change her mind along the way. She let new ideas take her where they wished. Her quilt was an exercise in creative thinking. She’s to be congratulated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Jackie’s Country Morning

  1. crazyjackdaw says:

    WOW and WOW again! This is so amazing and so beautiful. It takes my breath away. I am inspired and in awe. I had seen the original design and passed it by as it did nothing for me but this…. The more I look it the more I see. Very therapeutic to just sit and look at it, and I could, for hours. Thank you for taking the time to write about your design process and thank you for making this. Quilty hugs from across The Pond (Peterborough, UK). XXX CrazyJackdaw

  2. Cathy B. says:

    I really love your quilt. I’m going to have to try your 3d block. Hugs, Cathy

  3. Douglas Oliver says:

    Good job Jacy. I love your take on this design.

  4. Sharon says:

    I love Judy Martin’s designs! But – yours is much better than the original. Beautiful quilt!

  5. I am delighted to follow the thought process. I never really cared for four spoke pinwheels but to watch them evolve into opened prairie points was very enlightening.

  6. E. Engman says:

    This is my favorite variation so far. And I really loved the flowers-from-prairie-points. I’m going to try that technique–so cute!

    LizE

  7. Peg Spradlin says:

    I love bright colors and 3 dimensional touches in a quilt so yours is right up my alley. Love it!

  8. Cathy Koester says:

    I think the quilt is very pretty. And I love reading about the process of making it. That in itself is an inspiration for me.

  9. Terry says:

    fabulous, well done, I guess you need to have the right kind of scraps. It turned out really great.

  10. Terry says:

    fabulous, well done, I guess you need to have the right kind of scraps. It tunred out really great.

  11. charlotte pollard says:

    really interesting and very pretty

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