QM Scrap Squad: Becky Deals with Turning Points! Giveaway!

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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.

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This is the new July/August ’13 issue with a warm summer sun on the cover. Isn’t it lovely? The featured Scrap Squad quilt from this issue is Turning Points by Carolyn McCormick.

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The fabrics are in the Love Flows collection from Maywood Studio. It was quilted by Carol Willey. You may recognize Carolyn McCormick’s name as the inventor of the Add-A-Quarter ruler and as a popular author for Kansas City Star Quilts.

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Carolyn McCormick’s Add-A-Quarter in action

Today’s featured quilt is by Becky Ball from Blue Springs, Missouri. You’ll hear from Becky in her own words below.

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Becky Ball

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Carolyn McCormick’s beautiful wall hanging first came to the Scrap Squad as just a diagram. We didn’t see her finished quilt until much later. I think this had a bearing on how I approached it.

I usually start with fabric selection so I pulled fabrics first. I wanted to use colors appropriate for a Quilt of Valor, but wanted to try a different combination for the “reds.” I used Joen Wolfrom’s 3-in-1 Color Tool and selected the fabrics below.

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All the red-oranges and yellow-golds I pulled. A few blues show in the top right corner.

I tried to pick fabrics that had been around for a long time. (See this separate blog post on using this Color Tool!)

 

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Some of the blues that I pulled.

 

I had one blue fabric that has been in my stash for at least 18 years. I loved the blue with grey stars in the middle, but who wants huge borders of leaping frogs? I tried to give it to a niece that likes frog fabric, but even she didn’t want it. I decided to trim off the borders and use the fabric in the middle for this quilt.

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Who thinks that leaping frogs with flags are patriotic?

Then I went to EQ7 to play with colors, blocks, settings and more. Since the block is made of 16 “spotlight” units it was easy to draft there. I have 33 colorations of that block left in EQ—and also 30 quilt tops after deleting out a bunch. This should have alerted me to something: I didn’t like my colors!

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Picture posted on Chip-it. My colors on one bitty bird.

Much later I found this bird picture on Facebook.

One Scrap Squad member broke the quilt down into Units—I called them Stars, Footballs and Maltese Crosses. I cut out a bit of fabric, and began making some trial units. I had decided to enlarge the original unit, and made 3″ spotlights to make 12″ blocks. Although I’ve made some paper pieced quilts (using Carolyn McCormick’s Add-A-Quarter for every seam), it isn’t my favorite way, so I brought out some Marti Michell templates and cut out  my pieces.

 

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Cutting spotlight units from templates. I used the smaller template to cut a useable piece from what would otherwise be wasted.

 

I cut out a lot of pieces.

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I cut out a lot of pieces.

I started making modules:

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Star module

 

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Football module

 

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Cross module

When I started playing with them on the design wall (as well as in EQ7), I saw that if I just moved the “football” a quarter turn I could make another star (remember I have a tendency to make every quilt a star quilt).

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Original block in my colors (please forgive the missing corner)

 

 

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My block with turned footballs

 

 

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First star completed out of components

It makes more sense to see it as the units are on the wall.

I started making all the components. I had noticed that it was really difficult to make the cross units, so I started with the stars—18 stars, no problem. Then I made footballs. I grew weary on these. How do you press the points? They are thick, lots of older (thicker) fabrics and they make a lump. It is so hard to match points, and I’m a stickler for matching points.

I switched over to the Cross blocks: 12 pieces of fabric coming together in the center. This is when my original EQ plan was downsized!

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First EQ plan 60″ x 72″

 

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Final EQ plan – wall hanging or baby quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did toy with stopping here and scrapping the whole thing! My Scrap Squad cheerleaders urged me to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center together with first border

After the first striped border, I looked for a fabric that would tie it together (yeah, right, as if anyone would make a fabric combining these colors). What I found was four strips of that frog border fabric center. I put one up on the design wall. It was only about 4″ longer than the center. Not to worry—I used partial seams and sewed that border on clockwise like it was a log cabin block. (Editor’s note: Great trick, Becky!)

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Used a partial seam, then added border Log Cabin-style. Note that 1/2″ of extra fabric I had!

Okay, let’s quilt this puppy—right (not)! Since there were “puffiness” issues, I decided to use a piece of wool batting. I put a thin piece of cotton under it and I (mistakenly) thought I wouldn’t have as many tension issues as when I tried wool the last time. I loaded Bottom Line on the top of the longarm, as well as in the bobbin (another never again). Why didn’t I stick with what I knew worked well?

I decided to use a Circle Lord template that makes radiating lines out from the center of the stars. I’ve used it before, with good results. I centered it, then began stitching out and back. I chose to use every line on the template. For the borders, I did some of my first ever stitch in the ditch and then Circle Lord stars randomly in the outside border.

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Quilting resulted in C cups

As much as I thought I had tested tension, when I cranked over the first stitching on my quilt, I cried, then began ripping out. If it looks like the thread is shredding on the top, it will be worse on the bottom. It went downhill from there! When I finally finished quilting and removed it from the frame, I immediately had “C” cups in the center of the stars. I will never use every line on the template again. It was finished. Blocking is a miracle worker.

I used Susie’s Magic Binding, but—note to self—when you use two battings, cut wider binding!

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Susie’s magic binding – No quilt police will ever say this binding isn’t full

Here’s the finished quilt – but PLEASE READ ON!

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Finished Turning Points 3 A

I had a gazillion left-over pieces as I had cut out enough for most of the planned larger size. At this point I had seen Carolyn’s beautiful quilt, and began to wonder how I could make it, with a little tweaking, and solve the lumpy corners problem.

I made her original block. I had enough components for five complete blocks. That would make a small top resembling hers. I did make one addition. I cut 1″ pieces of sashing (1/2″ finished) and bitty yellow cornerstones. I had used this trick with many star quilts—I should have thought of it before. The seams are all pressed towards the sashing, but the sashing is small enough that it has no visual impact. The cornerstones look like the centers of flowers.

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Original block with tiny sashings and cornerstones

Since I had changed the size of my blocks, I (actually it was my dear husband) had to do the math for the setting triangles. At first I used all one color—the only color I had enough left of. I didn’t like the results.

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Too much yellow!

I found a bit of a piece of blue that I hadn’t pulled for this project, cut strips, ripped out part of the seams on the sides of the setting triangles, trimmed off half the yellow, added the blue, then sewed it up again. I thought about trying to make two-color setting corners, but my mind was too addled. Here’s my version of  Carolyn’s Turning Points:

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Finished Turning Points 3B

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Wow, what can you say about a Scrap Squad member who makes not one but two gorgeous quilts?! Lovely job, Becky Ball!

I can’t tell you how much we appreciate each and every Scrap Squad person on this year’s team. They do a lot for QM. Let’s show them some love and have a giveaway! Leave a comment below by midnight Sunday, June 23. Tell us what you like about Scrap Squad posts and projects. I’ll choose a winner for a bundle of quilty pleasures and announce it here next week. Good Luck.

The winner is Judy, who left comment #132.

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181 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Becky Deals with Turning Points! Giveaway!

  1. Sharon Leighton says:

    Very interesting patterns. Love the use of scraps since I have sooo many! Have to try some of your ideas out soon.

  2. Debbie Gallett says:

    I love reading about the process. It gives me more ideas to try. It is truly educational.

  3. Betty says:

    I like how they address the problems and their solutions to the problem.

  4. Kathy Pollock says:

    Love the scrap squad quilts.Thanks ladies for showing that you all have trouble putting together the colors and shapes to end up with such beautiful quilts.You give me the incentive to finish some of my not so good color combos.

  5. Renita Ball says:

    It’s great to read someone else’s progress and backtracks with a pattern. It helps me to understand that even the professionals have trials and errors but trundle on to success.

  6. I like the Scrap Squad posts because they’re not restricted by a manufacturer’s single line of fabrics and I think they’re much more interesting. Using a single line looks “flat” to me.

  7. Diane Antle says:

    Your quilts turned out beautiful! So good to know that even the professionals sometimes have trouble getting their quilt put together! Now I know it’s not just me!!

  8. Mary Huey says:

    Thanks for showing yet another way to use Marti Michell’s templates — I don’t use that set much but know how easy those shapes are to piece with those pre-trimmed points — great idea!!

  9. pat smith says:

    Fascinating! This is the first time I’ve visited this blog. I’ll definitely be back!

  10. Kathy D says:

    It is good to know that the process of making blocks and quilts is not all a bed of roses as it sometimes appears on shows and videos.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. BEVERLY DEAN says:

    Appreciate the inspiration I get from the scrap squad. Learn a lot about using different color combinations. Thanks.

  12. grace thorne says:

    what i like about scrap squad is the inspiration i get not only from the pattern but from the colors used. we all have colors to which we gravitate frequently, but there are others that really make a quilt zing! and i would miss that without scrap squad

  13. Allison Evrard says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts. And your honesty. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that has problems when making a quilt. The colors you chose came together beautifully in both quilts.

  14. Chriss says:

    Like many others posting here, I too enjoy reading about the process and learning that keeping a level head when things go awry is not always possible, but with a little tenacity and a lot of patience, things do come out in the end. Beautiful quilts are the result of lots of planning, time and effort thrown together with some serendipity.

  15. Karlene says:

    Thanks for all the scrap squad quilts. It’s inspirational to see all the variety.

  16. Pauline Kennelly says:

    I’ve been a Quiltmaker subscriber for several years. Great magazine. I love the way the scrap squad inspires me to combine colors, sometime way out of my comfort zone, but look at today’s gorgeous colors. Adding that blue to the green and purple gives quite a lift to the whole quilt. This pattern and these colors are now on my bucket list!

  17. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I love the color combos and the different block arrangements. Very inspiring!

  18. Joan says:

    I always learn from seeing how other quilters make their quilts come together.

  19. kbo says:

    Oh the variety that comes from your work what very different modules and components.

  20. LizaA says:

    I love seeing them take a pattern and make it their own. And I usually love their quilts more than the original pattern. I look to seeing the new quilts each week!

  21. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    Beautiful project. Love to see what other people create. I only wish I was that creative, I can only copy a picture. Thank you for sharing.. That bird is beautiful and I love scraps.

  22. Patti says:

    I always learn from seeing how others put quilts together. So helpful!

  23. Donna Amos says:

    Becky, I think both of your quilts are great. You did a wonderful job at explaining all the steps you took in making these quilts. Seems like you are a super problem solver. The way you changed the yellow border, on the second quilt, to be yellow, blue, and red just made a good quilt great. Keep up the good work.

  24. Patty says:

    I love seeing the pattern done in different fabrics. I also am going to try the binding with the flange. It looks great and being all done by machine sound like a great way to do it.

  25. Gloria P. says:

    The quilts are beautiful! I liked reading the Scrap Squad posts to see and hear how it all comes together. Even when it isn’t quite right they work it out and share that too. They are an inspiration to us quilters!

  26. Mary Ann says:

    It’s interesting reading the thought process that goes into making a scrap squad quilt. I appreciate that things don’t always turn out the way you planned, but but you just keep trying till you have a beautiful quilt. These blogs are such an inspiration to all of us aspiring quilt designers out here. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Pat O says:

    Scrap squad posts and persons are SOOO talented. They share their knowledge and tricks with ease and in simple terms so that anyone can understand. The projects are awesome …. oftentimes my jaw drops when I start reading and my mouth remains in that position until I stop! Someday when I grow up… I want to be just like them!! :-)

  28. Christine Y. says:

    I love reading the scrap squads account on how they take the block and add there scrappy touch approach to it. All of these individuals are inspirations to us all knowing we can still make beautiful quilts out of the scraps left from other quilting projects from the past. Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

  29. Diana says:

    Both quilts are gorgeous! Love that the Scrap Squad shares their thought process – I’m learning so much!

  30. Lynda Parker says:

    I really enjoy reading how they approach their projects.
    Such a bonus to see the quilts in different fabrics and colors!
    I’m pretty envious of those Scrap Squad ladies!
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  31. Carol N. says:

    I love seeing the creativity that the Scrap Squad members show in their projects. And I love reading about their processes with the successes and ‘failures’ and how they deal with things that didn’t work out as planned.

  32. Becky Hall says:

    What I enjoy most about these posts (besides the beautiful results) are that you talk through the good, the bad, and the (sometimes) ugly! It makes me feel better about my own struggles, knowing that others go through them, too! Thanks.

  33. Marilyn says:

    WoW
    What great ideas I get !
    Thanks ;-)

  34. Dee Davis says:

    I envy the Scrap Squad — it is both encouraging and inspiring to those of out here that ya’ll do the same things we do and how the quilt starts as a design, and grows out of the stash / line to give us so much more :D Thank you for all you do !
    *Note: someday I’d like to be a member LOL

  35. Dorothy says:

    Becky – I loved reading about your quilts. It’s nice to know that even experienced quilters have challenges and change their minds, helps me feel better :) I liked both of your quilts, and your story is inspiring.

  36. Becky — the quilting looks great on your first quilt…. I didn’t look closely enough for the second one. You sure do a great job with your problem solving. It is definitely a challenge to get your quilt (or in this case quilts) done with a deadline! Great job.

  37. Elaine Blunt says:

    Love honesty and learn from your problems. Makes me feel like I might be a decent quilter knowing experienced quilters struggle sometimes as well. Thank you!

  38. Ila K. says:

    It’s so fun to see such different endpoints when beginning from the same point… Great job!

  39. Jennifer Ciaccio says:

    Thanks for letting us peak in on the whole process!

  40. margaret Schindler says:

    I like reading the post to see how a person comes up with such good ideas. so much fun watching the process

  41. Nan Hohenstein says:

    I love anything scrappy and always enjoy seeing these quilt patterns in different colorways. Scrap squad photos are always helpful.

  42. Deb Peterson says:

    I love, love, love scrap quilts. I’m a fairly new quilter so don’t have a huge stash yet, so I’m looking forward to the day I can do some of these quilts.

  43. Gloria Bruce says:

    I love hearing about every detail of the selection process and solving the issues that always arise in your project. It is a real inspiration to listen in on all decisions that were made. great job!! Awesome quilt.

  44. Patty Martin says:

    I really enjoyed reading the thought process that went into making not one, but two, very beautiful quilts!

  45. Cathy Remus says:

    How wonderful! It is so nice to be able to get a peak into the design process. Very exciting, thank you.

  46. Denise Inman says:

    I love scrap quilts, and I also pull colors, decided, start, change, and finally finish! Thanks for documenting this!

  47. Linette Greene says:

    I loved this article, and it is so awesome to hear the processes behind the creation, and that even experienced quilters run into snags!

  48. Karen A says:

    I like how they share their process of designing and then working out their own variations on the original .

  49. Ellen says:

    Love both quilts. It is so nice to know that others have problems and to follow along on how they were solved and realize that it wasn’t all perfect. I will definitely have to try a scrap quilt. I have never made one, but is on my list. One day my scrap pill will get used.

  50. Sheri Fowler says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen any of your work and I love it!!! I always wonder what would happen if I used different fabrics in one of the quilts and like seeing how you brough it all together! Plus, I didn’t know anyone used those Marti Mitchell rulers, I have a collection from years ago that I’ve never touched! Maybe I’ll get inspired!!!

  51. jmniffer says:

    I enjoy the Scrap Squad posts. I like how they share their thought process for choosing fabrics and changes to settings that result in fresh looks from the same pattern.

  52. Tami Chaulk says:

    It’s fun seeing how others think when they are choosing their fabrics. Almost all the quilts I have done so far have been scrappy, so really enjoy the QM Scrap Squad!

  53. Cathryn H says:

    I love hearing that the members of your squad make mistakes just like the rest of us. Somehow they make the projects come alive – the different color combinations and the the way they get to the end of a project. Makes it more fun.

  54. Margaret Lawrence says:

    I enjoy the Scrap Squad posts because they take me through the whole process, and I’m able to see how and why fabric choices are made. Thanks for the chance to win a prize!

  55. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    Becky,
    I love both finished quilts, but the best part was hearing how you experimented and had a less then perfect experience. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who makes mistakes and has to change the original plan!
    Thank you for sharing the whole experience!
    Lyn Kaufmann

  56. Debi says:

    I have set myself a goal of giving 100 quilts to Project Linus. I have a considerable stash of scrap fabric, and I am always looking for creative ways to use them so I won’t get bored.

  57. Lori Nelson says:

    I love the Scrap Squad!!

  58. Pam C says:

    Wow! I love both version. I really appreciate all the creativity and talent that goes into making these and selecting the colors. Just beautiful.

  59. Kathleen Frye says:

    Thank you for your insight, problem solving, and quilt tips. All totally awesome!

  60. Diantha Howard says:

    It is so helpful to follow someone’s thinking as they try different things. It gives insight into how to solve problems.

  61. Phyllis Godschall says:

    Love the colors

  62. Jane says:

    Scrappy quilts have been my latest passion….at first it was a way to utilize my stash – now I just think they are so much more interesting. I love the Scrap Squad!

  63. Mom C says:

    Amazing. Becky, I loved how you solved all your situations. So smart and creative. I like the format you use now, with the group doing published quilt patterns in different designs and colors. Thanks.

  64. Barb Johnson says:

    I like ‘hearing” the thoughts of the Scrap Squad as each one makes their own tweaks and changes to the original quilt.

  65. Linda Webster says:

    I love seeing how the quilters choose their fabrics. And I love seeing different colorways for some of the quilts too.

  66. Kelly Sas says:

    The Scrap Squad inspires me to try experimenting with blocks, patterns and colors. They share their weaknesses and the problems they have but also how they work through it. I feel that even the experts (compared to me they are) struggle at times then I too certainly will but now get to see how to work through them!

  67. Laura Markus says:

    I love the color combinations, and that they were made from fabric in your stashes. I also love how you don’t always get it right the first time around. The end results are stunning :-) .

  68. Rina Mason says:

    I really enjoy seeing the process from beginning to end and all the different variations.

  69. Janet Frank says:

    Talk about making lemonade from lemons!!! These are just beautiful!! I’m glad someone else makes something that in the end is not what they thought it would be and then changes it!! Bravo! I like all of the Scrap Squad ideas…as I certainly have
    lots of scraps to use up!

  70. Cathy Case says:

    Always is interesting how people can use the same colors but make completely different blocks. Love how things turn out. Thanks!

  71. Nona says:

    It’s nice to hear that others some times feel like throwing in the towel on a project but are encouraged to push through. Makes me want to go back to finish a project I’ve given up on. Beautiful quilts!

  72. Julie A. says:

    I really like seeing how they make such beautiful quilts from start to finish and how different they are. Thanks

  73. Valerie A. Clark says:

    I am most fond of scrappy quilts. Thanks

  74. Barb Colvin says:

    I really enjoy reading about the process. I always learn something helpful. One of the most important lessons this time was that perseverance really does pay off.

  75. Sharon Judkins says:

    I love the posts about the Scrap Squad. I like seeing a pattern in different colorways and the girls are all so creative. I like reading their comments because it shows that not every pattern you try turns out perfect!

  76. Lavonna ZWB says:

    I love how all of your Scrap Squaders are so very creative and willing to take a quilt to the next level. It is exciting to see how they make color choices, placement choices and quilting choices to make a pattern their own. Such an inspiration to step out of the box! Thank you for sharing their creativity!

  77. Linda S says:

    It is fascinating to see how a they each start with the same pattern but each produce quilts that are so different and amazing. I like hearing about the process, the good and the bad. It makes me feel better when I start questioning my own choices. I am still a beginner, and it is reassuring to see that even those much more experienced have doubts and struggle sometimes, but still end up with incredible quilts to show us. Well done!

  78. Julie A.B. says:

    Love the honesty. Beautiful and fun quilts. Thank-you.

  79. Karen W. says:

    I love the scrap squad posts. They are teaching me how to take beautiful patterns and make them my own with the fabric I have. I don’t want to make a quilt that looks like everyone else’s and these posts are just the thing to help me see what to do.

  80. LINDA says:

    HELLO! LOVE THEIR PROCESS AND HONESTY IN EACH PROJECT! HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THEIR CREATIVITY! THANKS FOR A GREAT GIVEAWAY TOO!

  81. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I like reading about how experienced quilters get out of “jam” and seeing the fabulous projects, of course! :)

  82. Becky Greene says:

    I love hearing about the process of creating a project – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is all part of the creative process and shows that we all face some struggles in each project. I also love seeing different people’s interpretation of the same pattern – creativity is an amazing thing!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  83. Sally says:

    I love how the Scrap Squad versions of quilts get me to take a second look at a design that might not have caught my eye the first time.

  84. barbara corbitt says:

    becky
    thank you for showing the problems as well as the progress. it is great that you dont underplay mistakes. i am in awe of your problem solving skills. you have a wonderful eye for color babscorbitt@gmail.com

  85. Karrie Smith says:

    Awesome quilts! I love these posts because I love seeing how they come up with their fabric choices and pattern, and how they make their quilts, and you can see the creativity just flow! They are really fascinating to read!

  86. robin says:

    Wow – really interesting to see all these ideas! I need all the help I can get. :)

  87. Kathy E. says:

    I love seeing the thought process, and ideas that were modified to get the gorgeous quilts. Many times we think quilting ideas should just fall into place, but they usually don’t… it takes lots of thought, experimentation, and modification to get things looks just as you want. The quilts on this post are spectacular because of the extra thought and effort put into them.

  88. Debi says:

    I really enjoy seeing how these scrap quilts come together. I am not very good at visualizing how scrap quilts will look. Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabrics.

  89. Pat in Washington says:

    It’s interesting to see the choosing and discarding of colors and fabrics – what goes in and what goes out. It is obviously a very thoughtful process for all the Scrap Squad participants and I have loved the outcome each time!

  90. Christa says:

    Great job, Becky!! Love your renditions!!

  91. Christa says:

    Incredible job, Becky!! Love your renditions!!

  92. DianeH says:

    Whew! Fabulous projects, Becky. I really enjoy reading all the Scrap Squad posts to glean information on problem solving and how these wonderful quilters approach the quilt making process.

  93. Jocelyn says:

    It’s fun to see how the patterns look so different using different color ways. I’m not very good at picking colors for a quilt, so this gives me lots of options and ideas.

  94. Pam says:

    I love seeing and reading about the process that scrap squad quilters use to remake a pattern with different fabrics. I admire their vision and creative experiments. I’m never satisfied with my color choices and thus use kits when I want to make a good quilt gift. But I believe if I keep reading scrap squad posts, I’ll eventually make a scrap quilt I’m happy with. Kudos to you, scrap squad!

  95. DebrafromMD says:

    I love seeing how each member tackles the design and makes the pattern their own. It’s amazing to me how different each quilt is.

  96. Tammy L says:

    I love to see these posts. Allways so nice to see how they chos ethe fabrics and as the project commences….It is very inspireing.

  97. KT says:

    I love hearing about the whole process of making the quilts from fabric selection to design challenges to finish. I really like seeing how everyone makes the quilt their own through their fabric choices and design tweaks.

  98. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Love both the quilts. I enjoy reading the scrap squad posts because: (1) the quilts are always gorgeous, and (2) I get an inside look at the process of making the quilts – the fabric decisions, the design-tweaking, the mistakes, the successes. Thanks.

  99. Sharon says:

    Becky,

    THANK YOU for your candor – good to know it’s not all roses when even a Scrap Squad member tackles a project. Quilts came out beautiful in the end and, like childbirth, the pain fades quickly!

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