QM Scrap Squad: Marti’s Mandarin “Grape”

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeQuiltmaker’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.

 

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The featured Scrap Squad quilt in Quiltmaker’s May/June issue is Mandarin Express, below.

 

QMMP 130600 ROBIN 450 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeIt 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Cut on either side of the tool, then flip the tool to cut the next triangle:

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Continue cutting across the strip. The “Rec triangle” is cut the same way, only from background fabric:

Step 3 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeNext, stitch the background onto the triangle. The best part about the Tri-Recs tool is the notched corner that shows exactly where to line up the background and triangle pieces:

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See how perfectly it aligns?

Step 8 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeRepeat with the second background piece:

Step 7 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapePress toward the background and you have a perfect triangle-in-a-square unit!

Step 9 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeA nice, scrappy block!

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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:

SS quilting1 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeI extended the four-patch blocks into the border to continue the chain effect:

border1 300x225 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeYep, that’s Susie’s Magic Binding! (Editor’s note: You definitely want to check out this method. I can’t wait to try it!)

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And of course, I added one of my “PeaceLoveandHappiness” labels from GutenTags.

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I had to put off photographing my Mandarin Grape because of all the late-spring snows here in Colorado.

Scrap Squad Mandarin Grape 300x286 QM Scrap Squad: Martis Mandarin GrapeAt last, a sunny day and a photo of the finished quilt. It will find a home with the US Marine son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law of my late friend, Susan.

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5 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Marti’s Mandarin “Grape”

  1. Claudia says:

    Wish I’d seen the tutorial on Susie’s Magic Binding before I did my last quilt. Results are the same, but I did mine the hard way. Glad you brought out the Tri & Rec’s tools. This is the way I learned to cut pieces when I first started quilting. It pains me greatly to throw away half a block’s worth of fabric using the present methods. Fabric is too expensive anymore.

  2. LizaA says:

    Love your quilt. Susie’s Magic Binding is my favorite way to finish a quilt, too.

  3. Laura Riley says:

    Great scrappy quilt! I will have to try Susie’s Magic Binding technique. It looks easy to do plus adds to the quilt.

  4. DianeH says:

    Fabulous quilt, Marti! It will be cherished.

  5. Pat in Washington says:

    Scrappy AND purple – yummy and beautiful!

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