Turning Points

QM scrap squadB3 Turning Points

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 Turning Points

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.

QMMP 130800 MCCORMICK 450 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.

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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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Carol Hubacek

Today’s featured quilt is by Carol Hubacek from Schererville, Indiana. You’ll hear from Carol in her own words below.

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Developing this project as a queen-sized quilt presented some unique challenges—most having to do with available time and sufficient supplies to “obey” my self-imposed color rules.

This quilt developed from the middle outward. Sometimes I needed to work with partial blocks to maintain my patterns of gradation. I knew that I wanted my blues to grow darker and I wanted three shades of the yellow-red spectrum in each block.

Scrap Squad Turning Points 006 300x225 Turning PointsI had a fair amount of this blue on white Asian fabric.  It took me off course with regards to an ombre effect, but it did add some interesting texture.

Scrap Squad Turning Points 0071 300x225 Turning PointsOne of my favorite finds was this fabric that drew all of my reds, yellows, and oranges together in a burst of flame. I saved it for the outermost corners.
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I knew that this quilt was going to present a few quilting challenges. I was particularly concerned about some really lumpy intersections.

I chose this all-over fern-like meander so that I could easily steer around those bumps and still end up with a pleasing texture.

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Another quilting decision was the weight and color of thread. I auditioned some blues and grays. My final choice was lightweight medium blue so that the end result would be more subtle and less scribbly.

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This project was challenging—and sometimes frustrating—but it was always interesting. I’m happy with the finished quilt. I’m confident that Kelly and Cindy will be pleased with the combination of blue and orange, their respective favorite colors, a little bit more candy corn than The Chicago Bears.

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What can you say but just “wow”! Thanks, Carol, for another job well done on Turning Points. You’ll find the pattern for Turning Points in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue.

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6 Responses to Turning Points

  1. Gale Hribar says:

    Your quilt is beautiful!!! I have quilted for sometime, but, haven’t had time for quite a while. Could you tell me how you adapted this pattern to become a queen size quilt? That is my challenge also, however, my color choices will be similar to the original.

    • Carol Hubacek says:

      Thank you. The original setting was five rows of five. I turned the blocks on point ( 1/4 turn) which allowed for 4 additional rows of offset rows. The original had 2 borders beyond the center, my rendition added 2 more 2 1/2″ borders. Hope that’s helpful.

  2. Margaret says:

    I found you jippy yeeeeeeeeeah!!!!

  3. Holly Gleason says:

    I love this quilt – beautiful choice of colors and the overall effect is great. We have a mutual friend and she suggested I look at this site to see your quilt. Congrats

  4. LizaA says:

    Great job!

  5. Becky Ball says:

    Such a beautiful, outstanding quilt with this pointy pattern. Your color gradations are excellent. I am in awe!!!

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