QM Scrap Squad: Jennifer’s Caribbean Vacation

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The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and create their own scrappy versions to inspire you.

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This quilt is found on the cover of the Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Quiltmaker.

QMMP 130200 DENISE 450flat QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationCaribbean Vacation from Jan/Feb ’13 Quiltmaker, designed and sewn by Denise Starck.
Quilted by Hatty Brown. Fabrics: Dear Stella.


It’s Caribbean Vacation, designed and sewn by Denise Starck, QM’s Graphic Designer. It was quilted by Hatty Brown. The fabrics are Dear Stella.

Today’s featured quilt is by Jennifer Stevens from Holcomb, Kansas. You’ll hear from Jen in her own words below.

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Jennifer Stevens from Holcomb, Kansas


Our time has come to an end.  How quickly a year can pass and how much fun one can have while quilting! The Caribbean Vacation quilt was the exact quilt therapy I needed to finish out 2012.

It was love at first sight, this Caribbean Vacation and me. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly which fabric would be perfect! My husband and I were married in 2011, and it began on our honeymoon. I wanted to collect fabric and make him a quilt, so to the fabric store we went.

Well, it’s been two years of collecting fabric and still no quilt—but I had quite the stash of blues and whites.

December 19 2012 1136 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationThis was a small portion of the scraps and fat quarters I used to begin this quilt. This photo shows the mediums and darks I started with. I switched the darks for the lights in the pattern, because I had only a few lights but I had plenty of darks.

December 19 2012 1147 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationI laid out the pieces as a guide on how to pin before I sewed them. Out of 2200 pieces, I only had to rip out one piece because I turned it upside down. I did have to rip out a few due to not sewing straight or other little mishaps.

When working with pieces this small and in this multitude, it is incredibly important that you are as accurate as possible, otherwise you will find the mistake when you’re further along.

January 3 2013 049 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationWhen I sewed the blocks together, I didn’t cut the thread between the blocks. This helped me to not have to go back and lay it out all over again. I was able to just pin each row that was already tacked together. This saved me a lot of time and struggle. It never fails—I have to put the whole quilt down and come back to it and then I can’t remember where I was or how I had it before.

January 3 2013 054 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationJanuary 3 2013 056 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationI ran into a snag when it came to the borders. I had to put a narrower border than the pattern called for because I had depleted my blue stash and didn’t want to add anything more into the quilt.

Above are the fabrics I had enough of to make a 3″ border. I used the marbled blue, as the quilt has a lot going on, and I liked how the more solid color helped tone it down.

I used a soft microfiber solid white for the backing and it turned out great! I used the same white backing fabric for the binding.

January 3 2013 Quilt 002 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Jennifers Caribbean VacationThe quilt was quilted with an overall stipple, just adding to its beauty. I love how this queen-sized quilt turned out. My husband also liked it and was thrilled to get this quilt for Christmas!

Jennifer has a good grasp of how to let something be very scrappy and yet control the color scheme so that it all holds together. This is a beautiful quilt and what a great guy gift it makes! Maybe there’s a guy in your life who needs a quilt—this pattern would be perfect. You’ll find the pattern in the Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Quiltmaker.

Please join me in thanking Jennifer for a job well done on the 2012 QM Scrap Squad!


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5 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Jennifer’s Caribbean Vacation

  1. Betty Simmons says:

    This quilt really did turn out nice. I love all the blue fabrics. They all match so well. Good Job Jennifer.

  2. Jackie says:

    Great scrappy quilt, I know that was a lot of work to sew ALL those pieces but it was definitely worth it!

  3. Karlene says:

    Love all the blues! Nice job.

  4. Nice work! I have always had a special place in my heart for blue quilts.

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