QM Scrap Squad: Gina’s Turning Points

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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.

QM10713 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

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.

QMMP 130800 MCCORMICK 450 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

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.

AddaQuarter QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Today’s featured quilt is by Gina Elias from Spring Valley, Illinois.

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Gina Elias

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:

RWB QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Red White and Blue

 

blue and lime QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Royal Blue and Lime Green

 

I settled on the color palette below. For the setting triangles, I auditioned light blue and white.

blue and purple QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Royal Blue and Purple with a hint of Yellow. I auditioned either a light blue or white background on the setting triangles.

Stash pull QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

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.

all scrappy block QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning PointsAlthough 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?

Controlled Scrappy QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Purples are scrappy throughout the quilt. Every other fabric is consistent only within each block.

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.

My notes for one block QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

My notes for one block

One Block at a time QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

My “kit” of pieces for one block.

 

I made a few more blocks and started to play with the setting. On point or straight set?

On Point Set QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

On Point

 

Straight Set QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

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.

Setting Triangle as per pattern QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Note the circled red areas

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.

Second Setting triangle Option QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

The setting triangle on the left is the original pattern. The one on the right is my version where I lowered the blue “stripe” to meet the purple pinwheel points.

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.

Corner Paper Piece QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

With Corner QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

 

Final Pieced top QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points

Final Pieced Quilt Top

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? icon smile QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Turning Points )  The loft of the Polydown batting helps hide that.

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Finished Quilt

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.

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5 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Gina’s Turning Points

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  2. kwiltnkats says:

    Great work Gina. Beautiful quilt. Sandi

  3. Claudia says:

    Very nice. Lovely color combination. I’ve “pressed” myself into problems before too, so I try to finger press until everything is ready to square up and put together. There is always something new to learn.

  4. Leanne says:

    That is beautiful! I love the blue, purple, yellow and white. The colours looks great together.

  5. LizaA says:

    Very lovely! Good use of “controlled” scrappy.

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