QM Scrap Squad: Gina’s Quilt of Valor

New month, new Quiltmaker,

new Scrap Squad project!

QMMP 131000 cover 500 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

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.

QMMP 131000 BENHAM 400 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

Western Waltz was designed and made by Donna Benham from Omaha, Nebraska.

Today’s featured quilt is by Gina Elias from Spring Valley, Illinois. You’ll hear from Gina in her own words below.

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Whenever we receive a new design, my first coloring is always patriotic. I think every quilt looks good in red, white and blue. Western Waltz was no exception!

Using EQ7 quilt design software, I drew and colored the quilt similar to the version featured in Quiltmaker.

Patriotic QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

This was a good starting point, but I obviously needed to make the quilt scrappy. I was determined to NOT PURCHASE ANY fabric for this quilt. I needed to use the fabric within my abundant stash!

I decided that I would change the placement and value of the red, blue, and medium blue in each block. I also wanted to use a lot of plaids and stripes in this quilt. I think plaids and stripes make the quilt gender neutral and I wanted to donate this finished quilt to a male veteran who had served with my son in his first tour of Afghanistan.

Lining up paper piecing QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

When paper piecing with plaids or stripes, I don’t rough cut the paper but instead cut one side right on the cutting line. By doing this I can line up my plaid or stripe easier.

finished paper piece QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

Also, because I tend to be OCD about stripes, I want to make sure that each block has the stripes pointing in the same direction. For this block, I used stripes in some of the small 2″ squares in the corners of the blocks. When piecing, two units’ stripes needed to be pieced vertically and two need to be pieced horizontally.

Stripes 1 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

Now when you build the block, they will all be in the same direction as shown below.

Stripes 2 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

When I mentioned this on my blog, a reader commented that antique quilt makers didn’t usually pay that much attention to stripe placement. I know that, but it bugs me, so I always try to figure out how to get the stripes lined up in the same direction within a block.

After all the blocks were pieced, I needed to cut the setting triangles. Again, I wanted to make these scrappy. My original design called for red, but I chose a medium value blue fabric to make the center stand out more.

The pattern’s instructions listed the cutting for four setting triangles from a single fabric. I taped paper together to make a square the size listed then quartered it and taped it to my ruler.

Setting Triangles 1 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor
Setting Triangles 2 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

When you cut a 14″ square into diagonal quarters, the height of the triangle is  7″. Therefore, I cut a strip of medium blue fabric 7″ wide and then lined up my ruler for cutting the triangle.

Setting Triangles 3 QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

That paper taped to the ruler makes it easier to see where to line things up.

Center Finished QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

The center is pieced.

Next up:  FIVE (5) borders. That’s right – FIVE.  I attached the first two and they waved like the wind.  icon smile QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor   I must have made a measuring mistake and I ended up removing both borders and then took my time to measure in three places; average; then add the border.  Like we are taught – no short cuts. I’m happy to say, my borders and quilt top were then nice and flat.

Corner QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of Valor

Scrappy, flat borders

The final finished quilt:

Final Close Up QM Scrap Squad: Ginas Quilt of ValorIt is quilted with an allover pantograph from Linda’s Electric Quilters called “Stars and Loops.” It is bound using Susie’s Magic Binding method with cream piping. (Thanks fellow Scrap Squad member Marti Dyer-Allison for your great tutorial on this binding method!  It’s my go-to binding now!)

Did I buy any fabric or use only my stash? I purchased two fat quarters of medium blue for the setting triangles. But because I made the entire quilt scrappy – including setting triangles and borders – I used up a lot of my stash fabric.  That’s a good thing!

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I think it’s safe to say that Gina’s veteran friend will love this quilt. What a thoughtful gift. And I just love its scrappiness. Aren’t scrap quilts so much more interesting than quilts with just a handful of fabrics? I don’t think I’ll ever make another one of those. Beautiful job, Gina!

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8 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Gina’s Quilt of Valor

  1. Pingback: QM Scrap Squad: Do Babies Dance the Western Waltz? | Quilty Pleasures Blog

  2. joan p schaffer says:

    Fantastic quilt design, I liked it so much that I started to gather my scraps that I can use in this great quilt. I am addicted to making scrap quilts! Keep up the great work. Joan

  3. Sue Bennett says:

    Awesome job on your QOV. I am going to have to go find the magazine. Not sure I would have even looked twice had it not been for seeing this one.

  4. Claudia says:

    PS. I’m going to remember the paper triangle on the rule trick. Thanks.

  5. Claudia says:

    Your son’s friend is going to be thrilled! Knowing the person that will receive a QOV makes it more special. And I’m with you on the stripes and plaids. It is left over from my dress making days, but when things match or line up, they are less jarring. Your eyes sweep over the whole quilt instead of coming back to the one spot out of alignment. Beautiful quilt.

  6. I love Gina’s quilt! And I am so right there with you about the striped fabrics. They are fun to use. I’ve done my share of experimenting with stripes to get different dynamic looks in my quilt blocks. Great job. I’m sure he’s going to love his quilt. Have a super day!

  7. Becky Ball says:

    Just gorgeous. Isn’t it special to make a quilt of valor knowing who the recipient is? I’m sure you put a lot of compassion and thanks into it.

  8. Margaret Schindler says:

    I love what you did with this quilt. Thanks for sharing

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