QM Scrap Squad: Western Waltz Goes Christmas

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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 new Sept/Oct issue, we chose a design called Western Waltz for the Scrap Squad project. Here is the original quilt seen on page 62 of the issue.

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

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Today’s featured Scrap Squad member is Christa Marcotte from Torquay, Saskatchewan. Christa blogs at Second Story Quilting.

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Christa Marcotte

You’ll hear from Christa in her own words below.

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Sewing for Christmas during the heat of July can be tricky.

Until…

I saw this fabric called “All A Glow Wavy Stripe” by Susan Winget.

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The only thing that was missing from this quilt was spare time….

…so I hit the ground running and wished I had GPS in my tractor so I could sew like this lady. (Thanks, Anne Wiens…you put a bug in my head!!)

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Click the photo to see the video. Pretty amazing!

I knew I wanted to put the stripes into the points of the stars.

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And what goes better with stripes than Christmas candies?

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It was turning into something I was really starting to like….

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The puzzle was quickly coming together.

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I mixed and matched some reds to create three borders.

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And in a record two days,

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this quilt was off to my favorite longarmer, Terry Whitman.

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My apologies to Terry, because I know my set-in triangles and borders had some stretch in them.

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I asked her if she used a lot of bad words and she quickly replied YES!

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We have been BFFs for 23 years. And I think we still are.

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Terry worked her feathering and “McTavishing” all over this quilt.

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She highlighted each block in its own glory.

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The back is a work of art in its own right.

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And of course I bound it with Suzie’s Magic Binding technique, which I learned from fellow Scrap Squad member Marti Dyer-Allison’s blog.

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I don’t think I will ever get tired of doing binding like this!!

Happy Scrapping…. Christa

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This may be one of the best Scrap Squad quilts ever! Between the gorgeous Christmas colors and the stellar quilting, it’s a real winner. Wonderful work, Christa!

Western Waltz is patterned in the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.
Buy this issue in digital format.

See all of the Scrap Squad quilts.

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4 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Western Waltz Goes Christmas

  1. Susan Paxton says:

    What an inspiration you are…I always learn so much from Quiltmaker people…I am new to quilting and are in awe of the quilts and bindings that I see.

  2. Claudia says:

    Mmm-mmm-good! I have some of that peppermint fabric. I just might get in the mood for Christmas if I made a similar quilt. Have been attracted to this pattern because of the appearance of its complexity. My friend and I have been talking about making this one. This has been a week filled with temptations, and there should be another package full of them in the mail today.

  3. Anne Wiens says:

    I thought of you immediately when I saw that video, Christa!

    Your Christmas Waltz will be a tough act to follow!

  4. Aunt Marti says:

    Christa, I love it love it love it! Terry did *spectacular* work on the quilting — be sure to tell her!

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