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. Isn’t it lovely? 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.
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.
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.
I am really starting to fall in love with Japanese fabrics.
There are a TON of paper pieced points in this quilt!!
To help us with all this paper piecing, Carolyn McCormick sent each of us a little gift!!
I love getting surprises in the mail…that are not bills!!
Two of her rulers:
Add-Enough and Add-A-Quarter!!
This is the original block….
But after a couple of twists and turns…
I decided to go with this setting
I like to chain paper pieced patterns as much as I can to save time and fabric.
And I enlisted my son, Justin for the official paper removal ceremony.
Nothing like spending some quality time together on a otherwise monotonous job!!
As I started to layout all my points I could to see the Red Baron symbol in blue.
It radiated from the center and started to fill in.
I used the larger points as a border edge….
And incorporated the paper pieced cornerstones into the outer border.
The price of one paper removal worker is this quilt!!
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.
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!