New month, new Quiltmaker,
new Scrap Squad project!
The Scrap Squad is a small, select group of Quiltmaker readers who make scrappy versions of one quilt from each regular issue. They’re a talented bunch. For the brand new Sept/Oct issue, we chose a design called Western Waltz for their project. It was designed and made by Donna Benham from Omaha, Nebraska. Here is the original quilt seen on page 62.
Isn’t it lovely? Today’s featured quilt is by Scrap Squad member Carol Hubacek from Schererville, Indiana.
You’ll hear from Carol in her own words below.
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Donna Benham’s Western Waltz delighted me with its eye-catching illusion of circles around stars. I knew that this would be a quilt to mimic my favorite Double Wedding Rings. Since I have made one of those for both of my daughters, I figure it’s about time that “Mom” gets a version of her own.
Finishing projects tends to drag out and on in my house. This is the fabric I bought in early 2012 for the Roman shades for the same room.
There are plenty of cream-colored fabrics in my stash.
Also some pleasant browns.
Just needed to add some pale blues, pale greens, and aqua.
I wasn’t looking forward to tearing foundation papers from a quilt so soon after Turning Points, so I took some advice from my Scrap Squad sisters. Some of them had used and recommended Deb Tucker’s trimming tools. (Be sure to check out the detailed tutorials for using the tools.)
It just so happened that was going to International Quilt Festival in suburban Chicago on the following day. I made a note to find Deb’s booth.
I wish I had taken a photo of Deb demonstrating her clever tools, but you’ll have to just believe that I learned the following tricks from the master herself. I bought a Split Rects, a V-Block, and a Corner Beam. The first two led to success on my Beach Waltz.
The Corner Beam will be available should I ever try to recreate Turning Points. I had to ask before realizing that the center of the Corner Beam is a corner and the center of the V-block starts on an edge. You would think that a quilter would be a more careful observer.
The alternating positions of the elongated split rectangles were a fabulous place to use versatile, forgiving batiks. No sweating and deliberating over which side is right—one less quilter’s nightmare.
I was very pleased to see how the rings and stars came together with an unexpected beach feel. My first goal in the quilting was to give some depth to the brown rings by “circling down” the loft within the 12 main circles. Quiltmaker’s quilting suggestions looked attractive and doable, so I stayed with a safe, previously invented wheel.
I was also inspired by the idea of “feathering” the 2″ borders. I had taken extra pains to measure, fold, mark, and pin each one, a surefire was to avoid the dreaded wavy border. Who doesn’t need yards of feather practice—and I was emotionally ready for some gratifying success.
I had recently suffered a longarm disaster with a customer quilt. Neither of us had been happy with the situation and she had made certain that I would share her misery by stopping payment on her check.
This has turned out to be a two-sided beauty.
The choice of a cream-colored back will lend itself to framing a smaller quilt on a layered futon arrangement.
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Carol is right—it does have a beachy mood to it. Isn’t it nice when something like that happens unexpectedly? And the back side is as pretty as the front thanks to her quilting. I’d say this one’s a definite success. Thank you, Carol, for a job well done.