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!

 

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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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