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.
This quilt is found on the cover of the Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Quiltmaker.
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 Jill Montgomery from Fairfield, Ohio. You’ll hear from Jill in her own words below.
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The last Scrap Squad quilt seemed like a great pattern to adapt for a manly quilt. And I needed a pattern to make for one of my neighbors who had been having a really hard time. He is going to love what I came up with!
I asked Tim what his favorite colors are and he replied blue and red. I decided to use black as well and I spent some time in EQ7 drawing up the pattern and trying out different color schemes.
After trying the colors in all the different spots, I thought that this placement was the most striking with the colors and the pattern.
I spent some time going through my stash and scrap bins and pulled out all the colors that I thought would work. I ended up going back through the stacks and took out a few fabrics here and there that didn’t work quite right. Since this pattern uses very skinny strips, it is very easy to use even small scraps!
Here is the stack of fabrics that I ended up with. I cut them into strips and sewed all the strips together according to the instructions.
Once I had the strip sets sewn and cut into sections, I kept everything in an ArtBin container for organization.
I made one block to use as a guide and I was very pleased with how it turned out!
Once I had a block made, I laid out the sections and strip pieced them so that I had all of the block sections ready for final assembly.
I threw the blocks onto the design wall and tried my best not to get the same fabrics next to each other.
…but even with a thin black inner border, it just didn’t work.
What doesn’t work on the front should go on the back, right?
I added some of the comic book fabric to Superman and Batman prints from my stash for a pieced backing. Most of the backing is the light blue Superman with a strip of “POW BAM ZOOM” along most of one side and Batman along the other.
I quilted the quilt with a darker blue variegated King Tut thread and a stipple pattern. I named the quilt “Caribbean Nights”!
I hope that you have enjoyed the quilts that I have made and shared as part of the Scrap Squad this year! I want to thank Quiltmaker for the opportunity to participate and for helping me to stretch my skills and learn new things with each design!
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I’m pretty sure some of you are already pulling out reds and blues to recreate Jill’s version of Caribbean Vacation. Isn’t it wonderful?! Please join me in thanking Jill for a job well done on the 2012 Scrap Squad. We really appreciate her commitment.