Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of eight QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue and make scrappy versions to inspire you.
The featured Scrap Squad quilt in Quiltmaker’s May/June issue is Mandarin Express, below.
It was designed by Robin Waggoner from Spokane Valley, Washington. Robin and Sandy Odeen pieced it, and Robin quilted it. The batiks are from Hoffman California Fabrics.
Today’s featured quilt is by Marti Dyer-Allison of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Aunt Marti blogs at 52quilts.com. You’ll hear from Marti in her own words below.
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I was delighted when I saw that our most recent Scrap Squad assignment called for lots of four-patch units. I had a dozens of purple and tan four-patches left over from a quilt I made several years ago. All I needed to cut were purple and background triangles.
After determining that I had plenty of four-patches, I went to work on the half-square triangles and triangle-in-a square pieces. The pattern calls for foundation piecing the triangles-in-a-square, but I took out my Tri-Recs tool designed by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman instead. If you’ve never used this tool, here is a quick tutorial.
First, determine the finished size you need. Mine would finish at 4″, so I needed to cut 4.5″ strips of both the dark fabric and the background. (Note: this is larger than the size in the Mandarin Express pattern because I already had the four-patches finished.)
Place the top edge of the tool flush with the top edge of the strip. The bottom edge of the cut strip will line up with the 4.5″ line on the triangle tool:
Cut on either side of the tool, then flip the tool to cut the next triangle:
Continue cutting across the strip. The “Rec triangle” is cut the same way, only from background fabric:
See how perfectly it aligns?
My favorite long-arm quilter, Ann Reinelt, did a spectacular job on the quilting. It’s hard to photograph, but here is a close-up of the quilting:
Yep, that’s Susie’s Magic Binding! (Editor’s note: You definitely want to check out this method. I can’t wait to try it!)
And of course, I added one of my “PeaceLoveandHappiness” labels from GutenTags.
I had to put off photographing my Mandarin Grape because of all the late-spring snows here in Colorado.