QM Scrap Squad: Anne’s Majestic Garden

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Annes Majestic GardenThe 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 featured Scrap Squad quilt and blog post are by Anne Wiens from Shelby, Montana. You’ll hear from Anne in her own words below.

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The units I used in my version of "Majestic Garden" were made with Sally Schneider's "Magic Triangles" tool.

Last summer at Quilt Colorado, I took Sally Schneider’s “Magic Triangles” class. I made a mess of Magic Triangle units with no plan in mind for them…until I received Monique’s Majestic Garden pattern. Happily, the units we made in class were just the right size. I only had to add a light triangle to the “square” corner of each unit and I was ready to go. I was one happy scrapper!


Next I had to decide on fabric for the alternate units in the blocks.  I like to make true scrap quilts, as opposed to scrappy quilts, so I have a strict rule that when I make a scrap quilt, I can only purchase one fabric specifically for that quilt—and I almost broke that rule with this quilt. I purchased two browns, but in the end, I went with a brown I already had in my stash.

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These are the dark and light browns I purchased for this project, but I didn't like the diagonal print in the lighter fabric.

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In the end, I scrapped (pun intended) the light brown I purchased and went with an "ugly" old brown piece that has been in my stash for several years.

I used the dark brown and scraps of off-whites to make 2-1/2″ half-square triangles and alternated them with 2-1/2″ squares of the lighter brown. Two of these units and two of the Magic Triangle units made up each block. I made 24 blocks.

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This block is a slight variation on the traditional "Old Maid's Puzzle."

The next step was to decide how to set the blocks, so I went to my QuiltPro design software. I wanted to stay true to Monique’s original design, so I drew up two possible layouts, each with six rows of four blocks.

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In the end, I chose the setting on the left. If you tip your head, you can see that putting the blocks on point would have made an interesting setting as well. (Visit my Facebook Page to see my “on point” version.)

I decided to add a 2″ finished border of the light brown with dark brown corners, and a 4″ border of the dark brown, with Magic Triangle units in the corners. Here’s a “breakout” illustration of the whole quilt:

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And here is the finished quilt, which I call “Cottage Garden.” It measures 44″ x 60″ and was quilted in a pattern called “Popcorn” by Kathy Brown at the Creative Needle in Shelby, Montana.

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The labels for all of my Scrap Squad quilts will follow this oversized format, shown below. I included the Scrap Squad logo and important information about the quilt, including the title and designer of the inspiration quilt, and the Quiltmaker issue in which it appeared. I like to turn under the two “inside” edges of the label, and sew the two “outside” raw edges into the seam of the binding, then carefully whip-stitch the inside edges down by hand.

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I used a paisley print on the back of this quilt because it can also go in my “Thrifty Quilter” collection…quilts that can be made with any of the four sizes of squares and/or two sizes of rectangles I used in my  scrap quilt book The Thrifty Quilter: Make (Nearly) Free Quilts with Leftover Fabrics.

When I was working on quilts for the book, I purchased several 3-yard pieces through an online discount fabric store to use for backings. Only after they arrived did I realize that they were all paisley prints, so it’s become my own little inside joke to use paisley to back all of my TQ quilts. If you enjoy scrap quilts, I invite you to join my “Thrifty Quilters” group on Facebook.

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Isn’t it great where several things from your quilting life come together as if they were meant to be?! Anne’s Magic Triangles were just perfect for this project—and if that’s not being a Thrifty Quilter, I don’t know what is. Congratulations to Anne on a job well done!

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6 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Anne’s Majestic Garden

  1. Dorothy Finley says:

    Anne, I was thrilled to see your name in the magazine–& I love your quilt here. I am going to miss Eureka MT this year

  2. I really love how different this looks made up in an assortment o bright scraps. Beautiful!

  3. Darlene Krystal says:

    way cool block….

  4. Shirley Soellner says:

    How did the word “makes” get in there. Sorry.

  5. Shirley Soellner says:

    I love scrappy quilts and this one makes livens up the look.

  6. I really like the way the brown outer border brings the eye right into to the quilt to see the star points on the featured block. Even the very corners point the way. Your gold and green fabrics cheer up the brown and the blues give it balance. Nice job. This is a quilt anyone would be proud to own.

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