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.
This is the new July/August ’13 issue with a warm summer sun on the cover. The featured Scrap Squad quilt from this issue is Turning Points by Carolyn McCormick.
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.
Today’s featured quilt is by Gina Elias from Spring Valley, Illinois.
You’ll hear from Gina in her own words below.
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When I received my copy of Turning Points, I redrew the block in EQ7 to try different coloring ideas. I came up with a number of options including:
I settled on the color palette below. For the setting triangles, I auditioned light blue and white.
I learned from my last Scrap Squad quilt, that yellow looks best as an accent color. So as to NOT overwhelm the quilt this time with too much yellow, I thought I’d use it sparingly for the center of the block.
With the diagram in hand, I made sixteen paper pieced units in the colors needed and put them on the design wall.
Although I liked the “all scrappy” look in the block above, the pattern called for this quilt to be a wall hanging and I didn’t know if I could introduce enough fabric variety to make it look good. What about controlled scrappy?
I was happy with that combination.
As I mentioned before, this block is made of sixteen identical units – just in different color combinations. I find that I make fewer mistakes if I make rough sketches of what colors make up each component and set up “kits” for each block.
I made a few more blocks and started to play with the setting. On point or straight set?
What different looks, huh? I liked both but I figured I’d stick to the setting in the magazine – on point.
After piecing all of the blocks, I made one paper pieced setting triangle. Here is my first attempt at color/fabric placement.
Here are two problems. Because of the way that I colored the quilt blocks and the setting triangles, they just look out of sync. The two don’t look like they go together, do they? The darker blue fabric on the faux border at the top needs to be even with the purple points. The other blue area? It’s gotta go. Here’s a second attempt with the faux border widened and the “other” blue area changed to white background fabric.
The wider faux border measured 2″ from the unfinished edge of the paper setting piece that came with the pattern. I really like the fact that this looks like an embedded border. I decided to continue that look into the corner as well.
This is a 10″ block so the corner triangles are formed by cutting an 8″ sheet of paper in half. (The 8″ includes all seam allowances.) I then made my own paper piecing pattern with the same 2″ faux border stripe.
The pattern calls for two more borders. I decided not to add those borders because I like the size that this top is now – 42″ x 42″. It’s perfect for my office wall at the college where I teach.
I decided to quilt this using Hobbs Polydown batting. I had a few piecing issues (some over zealous pressing on squares that have bias edges) that resulted in a slight fullness in the center of the top. (You just scrolled up to check out the picture on the design wall, didn’t you? Do you see it? ) The loft of the Polydown batting helps hide that.
I quilted the center with freehand feathers and swirls and whatever else I decided to throw in there. The darker blue border was quilted in a diamond pattern marked by finding the center of each blue segment and drawing a straight line from each point to each center.
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The Scrap Squad ladies impress me over and over with their creations. What a wonderful job! Thanks Gina, for another inspirational post.