QM Scrap Squad: Jill’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.

QM10113 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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

QMMP 130200 DENISE 450flat QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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.

JillMontgomeryopt QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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.

1 choosing arrangement 225x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

After trying the colors in all the different spots, I thought that this placement was the most striking with the colors and the pattern.

2 fabric choosing 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation3 fabric choosing 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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!

4 ready to cut 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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.

5 strips sewn and cut 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

Once I had the strip sets sewn and cut into sections, I kept everything in an ArtBin container for organization.

7 first block made 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

I made one block to use as a guide and I was very pleased with how it turned out!

8 sections made for easy assembly 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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.

9 on design wall 295x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

I threw the blocks onto the design wall and tried my best not to get the same fabrics next to each other.

 

9a picking border 223x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation The colors that I chose reminded me of Superman. I thought this comic book fabric would be perfect for the border…

 

 

 

 

 

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…but even with a thin black inner border, it just didn’t work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9c picking border 220x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean VacationI chose to repeat a black fabric from the quilt center in the border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What doesn’t work on the front should go on the back, right?

12 pieced backing 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation 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.

10 full view 1 288x300 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation And on a very cold, sunny day in Ohio, I got these lovely pictures of the entire quilt.

 

 

11 full view 2 300x243 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean VacationIt is very hard to get a picture of an 88″ square quilt!

 

13 close up of quilting 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Jills Caribbean Vacation

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.

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7 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Jill’s Caribbean Vacation

  1. Denise says:

    You did a great job sharing all the steps and photos. The different colors made up a nice quilt. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Claudia says:

    Excellent! Strong interpretation of this pattern. Good job. I hope your neighbor enjoys and finds comfort in your gift. Do you put a hug in your quilts before you give them away?

  3. Jennifer says:

    Great quilt Jill – and love the use of the superhero fabrics on the back.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Jill has done a great job of showing each step of working on the quilt. I have loved seeing the different ideas she has come up with all year.

  5. Carol S. says:

    This quilt is an inspiration! I envy your sense of colour. I have trouble picturing quilts made in anything other than the photo on the pattern or in the magazine. You made this your own with your choice of fabrics. Well done!!

  6. Susan C says:

    Beautiful! I love the fun backing. Hope your neighbor appreciates this wonderful quilt.

  7. LizaA says:

    Beautiful!

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