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 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 Colette DeGroot from Olivet, Michigan. Visit Colette’s blog when you can. You’ll hear from her in her own words below.
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I was so happy to learn that this Scrap Squad project was paper pieced. I adore paper piecing and knew this was going to be a really fun attempt at playing with colors on a black background. I dove right in the day we received it to try the first test block, to gauge for time and to feel out my color idea.
I liked the first block so much that it actually made it into the quilt. This is unusual for me since I like to save one block from each quilt to hang in my studio.
Here are some of the next-in-line pieces as I was pressing them open after the first two fabric additions. They don’t look scary (yet) and therefore I continued on to make the second block.
I liked how this was coming along so far. I think when you work with black there are really no right or wrong ways to make the colors work together. Black and dark gray seem so forgiving.
The quilt was put away for a while due to other circumstances, but it was easy to pick back up again a few months later and continue as before.
I find that when doing an on-point quilt, the center row is the key. I played with the combination of colors and progression for quite a while before I was happy with the whole thing.
Here is the center row on the design wall after I sewed the row together. There are a few small blocks I did not like after sewing it together. Unsew, unsew, unsew again. I substituted others for those that didn’t work and I like this finished row better.
At last, the final quilt. I could not get it to show up, but my quilter quilted it in a nice flower format around each of the points with the center of the gray as a start. I was worried about the seams causing her trouble, but she assured me that all went well.
I was going to bind the quilt in the colors used throughout the quilt, but decided to stick with the black. I hope to put this quilt in the local fair, but we are in the middle of a house renovation which may prevent me from getting there. I hope I can still make it happen since I really like how it turned out.
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This is the kind of quilt that really takes some thought, and a lot of design wall auditions. Congratulations to Colette on another job well done. I think she made the right decision on the binding, don’t you? If she’s able to enter the quilt at the fair, I’ll let you know the results.
This wraps up the Turning Points Scrap Squad quilts. Next week we’ll start on a brand new project from the pages of the Sept/October issue. It’s going to be another good one!