QM Scrap Squad: Turning Points by Christa Marcotte; 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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Quiltmaker July/August ’13

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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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.

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Carolyn’s Add-A-Quarter ruler in action

Carolyn teaches paper piecing around the country, and her students love her methods. She shares some great cutting tips in the Turning Points pattern—you’ll want to have a look.

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Christa Marcotte

The very first Scrap Squad quilt for this issue is by Christa Marcotte from Torquay, Saskatchewan, Canada. She had quite a lot of fun playing with this design. You’ll hear from Christa in her own words below.

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The starting “point” for this quilt was the purchase of a Layer Cake of Kasuri by Moda.

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I am really starting to fall in love with Japanese fabrics.

There are a TON of paper pieced points in this quilt!!

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To help us with all this paper piecing, Carolyn McCormick sent each of us a little gift!!

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I love getting surprises in the mail…that are not bills!!

Two of her rulers:

Add-Enough and Add-A-Quarter!!

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This is the original block….

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But after a couple of twists and turns…

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I decided to go with this setting

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I like to chain paper pieced patterns as much as I can to save time and fabric.

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And I enlisted my son, Justin for the official paper removal ceremony.

Nothing like spending some quality time together on a otherwise monotonous job!!

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As I started to layout all my points I could to see the Red Baron symbol in blue.

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It radiated from the center and started to fill in.

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I used the larger points as a border edge….

And incorporated the paper pieced cornerstones into the outer border.

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The price of one paper removal worker is this quilt!!

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Christa’s finished quilt will be going to her son Justin in exchange for his help in removing all the papers.

Hope you like it, Justin!!

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These Scrap Squad gals never cease to amaze me! I love what Christa did—she took a lovely design and made it her own, making decisions as she went along. Beautiful job!

Let’s have a giveaway. I have a copy of Carolyn McCormick’s latest book from Kansas City Star Quilts called A Flock of Feathered Stars. It’s dynamite! I have an Add-A-Quarter ruler I’ll include as well.

 QM Scrap Squad: Turning Points by Christa Marcotte; Giveaway!

Leave a comment here by midnight Sunday, June 9 and  I’ll pick a winner for these and other quilty pleasures. We’ll announce the winner next week. Good luck!

The winner is Sophie, comment #89. Thanks for all the comments!

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136 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Turning Points by Christa Marcotte; Giveaway!

  1. Carolyn Prock says:

    Love the quilt!!! I do a lot of paper piecing and I would love a chance to try this pattern and use the Add a Quarter ruler.

  2. Allison Evrard says:

    Your quilt is just beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  3. QuiltSue says:

    I’d love to have a go at a feathered star quilt, and this book would be just perfect. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  4. Jane Marcotte says:

    Love doing paper piecing. Love your choice of colors. Would love to win this book. Have borrowed someone else’s ruler and loved it.

  5. Lavonna ZWB says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  6. Sandy says:

    I have never made a feathered star quilt but they are beautiful!

  7. Maureen Flax says:

    Those stars look difficult, paper piecing would make them much simpler. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Sue Pockrandt says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  9. Carole Johnson says:

    Wow, it is amazing how just a couple of twists and turns can make a totally different look. Both quilts are lovely. Love this site.

  10. Pam says:

    The quilt is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Jeanne J. says:

    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Sophie says:

    I was looking at feathered star blocks today for a new project … The timing of this giveaway is perfect for me. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Linda Halcomb says:

    The book looks great! Cannot wait to see it!

  14. Sharon Rosenau says:

    Love the quilt. It would be great to make one. Love paper piecing. Have never done a feathered star but love them. Hope it’s my name that is picked. mmmmmmm…. wouldn’t that be great.

  15. Barb Johnson says:

    I love star blocks, but I’ve never had the courage to try a feathered star. I’d like to try using paperpiecing, so this looks like the perfect book for me!

  16. Elaine Stenbraaten says:

    Love your blog and the quilt. I would love to have a chance to win the book. Feathered stars is one of the quilt designs I would love to take off my bucket list.

  17. sue says:

    oh, paper piecing! I have to learn how!!

  18. Stacey says:

    I love ‘built’ quilts like the scrappy up above. A Feathered Star is on my quilt bucket list – would be awesome to win and be able to make one! I’ve been curious about your add a 1/4 ruler. Thanks for the chance to win

  19. TRACEY HOLZER says:

    This book is calling my name! Thanks for the chance!

  20. Barb in MI says:

    Wow, I love this quilt! Amazing to see the original block and what it became. Thanks!

  21. Lynn S says:

    I so enjoy readying your posts and love your new quilt too!

  22. Mary Kastner says:

    I love your quilt. The stars are amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.


  23. Ann Flower says:

    The scrap squad quilts are really helpful. I love to try different colors and sometimes they don’t turn out as I imagined, but seeing others do it gives me courage to keep trying. Would love to win the book!

  24. Melissa says:

    That quilt is amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Linda Webster says:

    I love Turning Point. What a beautiful quilt! I also love feathered star patterns.

  26. Lois G says:

    Feathered stars are my all time favorite.

  27. Ann Bowman says:

    Isnt it exciting to consider all the endless possibilities. IMy son brought me a great bunch of Japanese fabrics while visiting Japan. I musy get them out and see what I can come up with.

  28. Julie A.B. says:

    Sew would be nice to win this giveaway! I love feathered stars & Carolyn McCormick’s ” A Flock of Feathered Stars ” plus a Add- A- Quarter ruler would be such a wonderful addition to my quilting experiences~~~~~ Thank-you

  29. claire says:

    What a gorgeous quilt I could make with that!

  30. Ele W. says:

    Tat should say I love stars!!h

  31. Ele W. says:

    I stars, I love sharp points, and I really love my Add A Quarter ruler!!! I use that tool way more than I anticipated. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Patti Levine says:

    Ohhhh…Feathered Stars are my favorite! Thank you for a chance to win her new book!

  33. LizA. says:

    What a great quilt! And feathered stars, ahhhh. Love them!

  34. Michele Fetter says:

    What a stunning quilt. I haven’t done much paper piecing but that quilt is totally inspiring.

  35. Gwendolyn Clark says:

    Christa’s version of Turning Points is spectacular. I love it! I’ve always wanted to do a feathered star. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Cathryn H says:

    The book would be a bonus – I love the star on the front of that book. Also, I love the quilt that Justin is holding.

  37. LINDA says:


  38. doreen kennedy says:

    I did feathered star the hard way and would like to do it the easy way! Pick me!!!

  39. Anita says:

    A great resulting quilt variation!
    It would be a pleasure to get the book, it will be a great inspiration.

  40. Diane says:

    I love feathered stars! I actually made one as the center of my Common Bride quilt, designed by Edyta Sitar. Now I want to make more! Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Linda Fleming says:

    I love Justin’s quilt. His mother did a beautiful job!
    I’d be over the moon if I won this book…

  42. Bunny says:

    maybe i will add a feathered star quilt to my list of challenges….one step at a time

  43. Patti says:

    I adore feathered stars! I’d so love to win this book!

  44. M says:

    Thanks for the chance!:)

  45. Kim F says:

    I’m new at paper piecing and would love to have the book to help me on my new adventure! Your quilt is beautiful and your talent shows through the quilt. I’ve seen quilts before from the Scrap Team. You are amazing. Not to take away from that talent but it was heart warming to see your son particapate in your effort. What a wonderful young man! You must be proud.

  46. Debra P says:

    This looks like it would be a good book.

  47. Cheryl Leabo says:

    Great looking quilt! And kudos to you for getting the next generation involved in the creative process!!

  48. Sue Riley says:

    I love how the quilt turned out. I am excited about paper piecing and ready to start a new quilt.

  49. Karen R. says:

    Great looking quilt with that WoW factor. Thanks for sharing the process.

  50. Peg says:

    Love to get a behind the scenes look at quilters at work.


  52. Jennifer Padden says:

    I am in awe of how you can change a block to change the entire quilt! what a beautiful creation and I love the Japanese fabrics. I also am in awe of the feathered star on the front of the book. I hope I can win a copy.

  53. Vivian Oaks says:

    This looks like lots of fun! I LOVE foundation piecing. Everything always turns out great!!! And I really don’t mind the paper-removal part of the job. Thanks so much for giving us all a shot at winning!!

  54. Susan K says:

    Love the quilt and the colors. I think Justin is pretty lucky to get the quilt! I would have helped with the papers. I am working on a pineapple quilt that will have 80 blocks that are paper-pieced. I don’t think I’ll give it up when I’m finished as each block takes an hour to make. Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Jeannette Halseth says:

    Absolutelt gorgeous.

  56. DeAnn Oliekan says:

    Love star quilts! Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. pat yamada says:

    LOVE the Kasuri fabric. And the feathered star is spectacular!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  58. Diana Kiley says:

    I love feathered stars. Why have I not done one yet? Maybe this book will be the push I need.

  59. Love seeing all the possibilities, someone creative, can make with one block. And I love the Kaori fabrics!

  60. Carmen says:

    I love star blocks. thanks for the chance to win

  61. Karen A says:

    Star blocks are my favorite. Would love to add this book to my library.

  62. pat adney says:

    What a great quilt! I would love to have the book,too!

  63. Connie Schofield says:

    I have always wanted to make feathered stars. Looks like a great book.

  64. Michele says:

    Very nice quilt. Haven’t paper-pieced yet, but I may give it a try.

  65. Mary Frakes says:

    What a beautiful quilt.

  66. Penny Hillard says:

    I love feathered stars! A quilt of them is on my “Bucket List”….thank you for the opportunity! Scrap Squad you are amazing!!

  67. jacqueline says:

    lovely and whew! what a lot of work!

  68. I absolutely love what Christa did with this quilt! One pattern, so many variations is one of the best things about quilting.

  69. Penny Hillard says:

    I just love feathered stars!!! a quilt of them is on my “bucket list”…thank you for the opportunity!! scrap squad you are amazing!!

  70. K B Parnell says:

    Beautiful, inspirational quilt…shows what fun can be had and what interesting results can occur when one lets one’s imagination loose…a lesson to us all…would love to try it myself…thanks for posting the opportunity to enter the “contest”!!

  71. donna says:

    Love paper piecing and would love to try that ruler!

  72. Patty Happel says:

    Scrap Squad quilters always amaze me! Thanks for the chance to win a great book !

  73. Marsha Savage says:

    Would love this great book. Thanks for opportunity.

  74. Karen W. says:

    I’m loving the Scrap Squad more and more each month. They are so creative. Thanks fore the chance to win this book and ruler. I’d love to make a beautiful feathered start like those on the cover of Carolyn’s Book.

  75. Christa says:

    Ohhh….myyyyy….goooosh!!! My guild has been eyeing up this book for the past 3 months!! We are in love with all the amazing feathered stars!! Not sure if I qualify but would LOVE to own a copy of this one!!

  76. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    Beautiful quilt!! I have always wanted to do a star quilt, maybe this will get me started. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  77. Lynda DeTray says:

    I love the way this turned out – so pretty! I’m wondering how it was handling the seams where you had multiple points coming together. Any tips for managing the seams?

  78. Sandy Diehl says:

    I’m getting ready to try my first paper piecing project! Wish me luck!

  79. janet Lucas says:

    absolutely amazing…. I love anything scrappy and Christa took it to a whole new level!

  80. Lorraine says:

    The original quilt, the new quilt and the book all look wonderful! I really enjoy being able to see the decision-making along the way.

  81. Laurel Marsolais says:

    I love scrappy, so I’m always looking for patterns to use up the stash. This is a great feature

  82. Bobbie Guice says:

    I love the concept of paper piecing, but haven’t tried it yet – would love a copy of the new book! The quilt is BEAUTIFUL! What a lucky son to have his mom make such a gorgeous quilt for him!

  83. Susan Alford says:

    I have yet to try paper piecing but it’s on my list of techniques to learn. I love your quilt and appreciate the opportunity to enter the contest. (Hope I win!)

  84. Vivian says:

    O.k., just Wow! It’s always interesting to see how quilters get from point A to a finished design and this is no exception! What Christa’s did using Carolyn’s block is phenomenal. I also love the use of the Japanese style prints (I’m starting to love them too, got to look for that line).

    And since I also love Feathered Stars too, thanks for the chane to win the book!

  85. Ellen says:

    Love this. How you went from one pattern to another is just great. Can’t wait till I’m brave enough to do this. and I bet your helper had loads of fun !

  86. Karen says:

    Thanks for the contest !! My fingers are crossed ! (o:

  87. Laura_H says:

    Scraps and stars got together perfectly. Thanks for the opportunity. Your work is amazing and inspirational.

  88. Peggy says:

    What a great cover for the book. Gives you a peek at what great patterns are inside. Thanks for a chance to win.

  89. Julie says:

    Thanks for the chance!! Love your quilt!!

  90. Theresa Powers says:

    Wow. Thanks for showing how she changed the block to make it her own. And I love the Japanese fabric too!

  91. Deborah DeBerry says:

    Beautiful quilt. Have only tried paper piecing on two different blocks, one a teacup and another one that was part of a bigger pattern. The bigger pattern still waits. I would love to try to learn more about paper piecing. This book looks awesome as a teaching tool. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  92. Rene says:

    I love to try different settings
    for paper piecing blocks. Really like how yours turned out.

  93. Tami Chaulk says:

    Justin is a lucky fella as that is a really nice looking quilt. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  94. Patricia A. Thompson says:

    Beautiful quilt and nice job, Justin, in helping your mom! I would like to own this book and the ruler, too. Thanks for making them available for someone to win.

  95. Susan Brooks says:

    I love the scrap squad! They help me imagine another color choice, or choices for a quilt top. I so want the Flock of Feathered Stars!!! Thanks for the chance.

  96. Kelly Sas says:

    Oh my your quilt is AMAZING! I would love to have this book in my little quilting hands!

  97. DebrafromMD says:

    I find it amazing the variations that each of the Scap Squad come up with using the same pattern as a starting point. Well done!

  98. This looks like a wonderful book. I would love to own it! Thanks for the chance.

  99. Stephanie A says:

    Your quilt turned out great!

  100. Tammy Lyons says:

    Thank you for the chanc e to entr. Don’t stars on the book cover look amazeing…

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