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 “Aunt” Marti Dyer-Allison of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Marti blogs at 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks. You’ll hear from Marti in her own words below.
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Most quilters know the “story” of 1930s fabrics: Because of the Great Depression, many women turned to feedsacks to make quilts to keep their families warm, and provide a bright spark to their otherwise colorless existence. Modern-day quilters fell in love with the bright colors and charming prints of Judie Rothermel’s “Aunt Grace” collection when it was introduced by Marcus Fabrics in 1987.
I know I did! From the very first Aunt Grace collection, I bought a fat quarter of every 1930s fabric released. By the early 1990s, so many 1930s repros were being produced, I had to curtail my purchases. I already had two huge plastic bins of 1930s fabrics!
Taking a page from my fellow Scrap Squad members, I drafted an outline of Turning Points in EQ7. This allowed me to play with color placement to form a secondary pattern of the center and corner “kite” blocks.
Rather than foundation piecing the sub-blocks, I used Deb Tucker’s Corner Beam ruler and pressed all the seams open to reduce bulk. Each block has 16 “kite” blocks, which allowed me to use a wide selection of my pre-cut 3.5″ squares of 1930s reproduction fabrics. For scrappy quilts, I think it’s important to have both lights and darks, which you can see in my finished quilt.
I think it worked. My points are sharp and not overly bulky:
Here’s a pictorial lesson on how to use the “Corner Beam” ruler.
The center beam is the print fabric in my blocks. To make a 2.5″ finished square, cut the print fabrics 3.5″ square. Find “center beam trim #1″ and make the first cut:
Then make “center beam trim #2″ cut:
Discard the outside triangles; the “kite” shape is the center beam.
The side triangles in my blocks are solid white. Cut a 3.5″ strip and make the “side triangles trim #1″ cut:
Rotate the ruler and continue cutting across the strip. If your side triangles are from a fabric with a right and wrong side, be sure to fold the fabric with like sides together, so you have mirror image side triangles.
Stitch the side triangles onto the center beam (I’m using pink thread so you can see the stitching line):
Remember that I said I pressed the seams open to reduce bulk? I also learned a trick from Sally Collins: place a ruler (or in my case, a wooden cutting board!) on the pressed block and leave it in place until the fabric is cool.
The ruler is marked for trimming both sides of the corner beam, trim #1:
And trim #2:
And there you have it, a perfectly trimmed, perfectly flat corner beam block!
Repeat 104 times, then 104 more for the center and corner pieces!
I decided on the yellow centers because the block placement makes a star. Initially, I thought I would use Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton Orchid for the corner beams. I had just completed a 1930s quilt in purple and yellow, so I decided to make the corner beams in Kona Delft blue instead. My background is my go-to favorite, Kona cotton Snow. The only fabric I purchased for this quilt is the outer border. It’s “Le Petit Poulet” from American Jane Patterns by Sandy Klop for Moda.
I quilted my Turning Points in an overall meander. The batting is summer weight Katahdin, which I love because of the way it “crinkles” when washed. It’s a 1930s quilt, I want it to look antique! I love this batting so much, I bought an entire roll from Quilt Barn Idaho.
My husband says I should call it “Explosion in a Quilt Shop.” My favorite part of Scrap Squad is seeing how differently each member’s quilt turns out! You can click on the Scrap Squad links at the bottom of this post to see previous versions of this challenging-but-charming quilt!
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Just another wonderful job today—I’m a fan of crinkly quilts, too. There’s nothing as pleasant as the feeling of a quilt straight from the dryer, or even better, off the clothesline. It’s nice to learn about a new type of batting, too—we’ll have to give that a go sometime soon.
See earlier Scrap Squad posts:
See Scrap Squad slideshows: quilts, quilts and more quilts!