QM Scrap Squad: Aunt Marti’s Majestic Garden

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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.

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The featured Scrap Squad quilt in Quiltmaker’s March/April ’13 issue is Majestic Garden, below.

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It was designed and sewn by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts in Rockford, Illinois. It was quilted by Sue Glorch. The fabrics are Monique’s own Royal Gardens for Maywood Studio.

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:

Sample Scrap Squad 1 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Aunt Martis Majestic GardenI liked it, but it would mean I couldn’t use up all my scraps!

Let’s try another plan:

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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.

Scrap Squad 2 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Aunt Martis Majestic GardenI like this! No secondary pattern, no color plan—just a wild, scrappy celebration of color!

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.

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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.

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I inserted my custom label from the etsy shop, “GutenTags.” It reads “MyAuntMarthaMadeIt” on one side, and “PeaceLoveandHappiness” on the other.

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Here is the finished quilt:

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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!

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7 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Aunt Marti’s Majestic Garden

  1. kwiltnkats says:

    Love it Marti! So what quilt number finish is this one for the year? Thanks for the information on the label…I just might be placing an order. Did you use the Bloc-Loc rulers to square up your HSTs? It is a great tool. Sandi

  2. Carol Barringer says:

    I love the way that moves! I generally prefer “seeing” the stars, but this makes fabulous waves all across the quilt. Lovely.

  3. Nancy A says:

    Speaking of scraps…….are you doing a scrap sale to benefit Project Linus again this year?

  4. Kris says:

    Love it! Love that you the pattern and changed it up. I mean the original is lovely, but it was a little fussy for me and my scrap bag, too, I just skipped over it. Thank you for showing me how to switch it up and take a second look.

  5. Linda Ferguson says:

    Very-Very nice!

  6. Cathy says:

    Marti I love your quilt. It is truly a scrap quilt and is beautiful. You will be great for the scrap squad. I was a member of the 2012 Scrap Squad and loved it. Have fun this year. Believe me the time goes quickly. Hugs

  7. Beautiful! Truly a quilt to be proud of. Your block arrangement shows how important a design wall can be.

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