QM Scrap Squad: Christa Marcotte’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 Christa Marcotte from Torquay, Saskatchewan, Canada. Christa blogs at Second Story Quilting. You’ll hear from her in her own words below.

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Christa Marcotte

 

 

For the Majestic Garden,

I started with some flannels I have had for six or seven years!!

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I ended up using only the four middle fabrics.

After some cutting,

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and chopping,

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I was ready to begin!!

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There are a lot of half-square triangles in this quilt but with a little marking

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and some thinking ahead

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the dogears can be cut off

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and the half-square triangles sliced to produce some fast work!

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It wasn’t long before I was making great headway.

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It was an easy pattern to follow with only a few components.

This pattern offers a multitude of possibilities

such as this…

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or this….

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or even this!!

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I was going for a Southwestern look.

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This was my ‘final’ answer!

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I liked what I was seeing.

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With some inset triangles

and a photo hound named Dawson

it was ready for some borders.

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Originally I was thinking about doing some kind of fancy border

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I realized that the faux log cabin fussy cut would do the trick.

My outside border ended up being a wood grain cotton.

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I vowed to use only what I had on hand.

I think it works.

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I mitered the corners.

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So it was off to be quilted

by

Terry Whitman of The Meandering Star

while I went to Florida for some R&R!

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Terry did an incredible job as always on this quilt.

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Her stitching always seems to bring out the life in a quilt.

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I love how the twisted lines resemble barbed wire.

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This quilt is perfect for snuggling under on a cold winter’s night!!

Christa

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You just can’t go wrong with a palette of earth (the browns) and sky (the blues). Christa’s quilt is a good example of how this project looks with just a few controlled fabrics. She got the Southwestern look she was after—another job well done!

 

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8 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Christa Marcotte’s Majestic Garden

  1. Sandi says:

    So, it seems you removed the dog-ears before you separated the HST? Interesting never considered that as an option, thanks.

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  3. Vivian says:

    When I first saw the log cabin print, I wasn’t sure how it would work in this design. But you have achieved a beautiful and unique version of this block design. Flannel is one of my favorite types of fabric and your quilter really did it justice. Very, very well done!!

  4. Cathy says:

    Christa I love your quilt. I was a member of last years Scrap Squad and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Hugs

  5. Gina says:

    Well done Christa!

  6. Bev Gunn says:

    Very, very nice. Looks so “Western” and modern at the same time. Love the border treatment-quite original. You deserved some R & R after using your creative juices to the max in this quilt!

  7. Thanks, Sara. It was pretty fast and easy. I had it cut,pieced and to the longarmer in a week. My girlfriend, Terry Whitman is an amazing longarmer. She is so talented and does all freehand quilting to make each quilt unique!!

  8. sara stockton says:

    absolutely awesome Christa. how long did it take
    to cut and piece the top? i love the quilting also.

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