The Scrap Squad is a select group of eight QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue and make scrappy versions to inspire others.
The featured Scrap Squad quilt in Quiltmaker’s March/April ’13 issue is Majestic Garden, below.
Today’s quilt was conceived and made by Marti Dyer-Allison from Colorado Springs, Colorado. You’ll find Marti’s blog here: http://www.52quilts.com/.
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I wanted my “take” on Majestic Garden to be different from any of the others. My favorite quilty quote is “Why use three fabrics when you can use 30?” I had a pile of scraps left from a five-year-old Moda University project and a nephew who has never received a quilt made by Aunt Marti.
The two came together to form an 80″ x 88″ quilt that looks nothing like the original.
Initially, I thought I would substitute a dark brown background for the light background of the published quilt:
Let’s try another plan:
Better. I’m aiming for a spontaneous, scrappy look, and I think this arrangement and coloration has that. But the “star” pattern still makes it look too much like the other Scrap Squad quilts.
What if I ignore the secondary pattern and arrange the blocks row by row? For example, the large triangles on the odd-numbered rows would point one direction, and those on even-numbered rows would point the opposite direction.
Four hundred thirty-two half-square triangles later, I had enough blocks to make a queen-sized quilt.
I added some scraps from “Queen of the Ranch” and a few bits of green to stretch the colorway. I was lucky that the new “Double Chocolat” line for Moda fabrics had a complementary print for the border, as well as a perfect dark brown for an accent.
My long-arm quilter, Ann Reinelt, suggested a lovely paisley-pattern overall quilt design. I bound my quilt using “Susie’s Magic Binding,” which I learned while making Quilts of Valor—completely machine sewn, with a built-in flange.
I inserted my custom label from the etsy shop, “GutenTags.” It reads “MyAuntMarthaMadeIt” on one side, and “PeaceLoveandHappiness” on the other.
Here is the finished quilt:
I failed to count the number of fabrics, but I’m willing to bet it was at least 30!
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Congratulations on a great project, Marti! This quilt has wonderful movement. Your words said it best: It’s a wild, scrappy celebration of color!