QM Scrap Squad: Anne’s Spring Meadow Waltz

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.

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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 quilt is by Anne Wiens from Shelby, Montana. You’ll hear from Anne in her own words below.

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Like the rest of my Scrap Squad sisters, I absolutely love Donna’s pattern, and I really didn’t change it…much. I made fewer blocks, made the blocks a little larger and set them “square” instead of on point.

My QuiltPro design software and I came up with four options for this project, with just slight variations between them (besides the colors). Can you spot the differences?

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I like the bottom two the best. One of the other Scrap Squad members mentioned she was thinking of using black or gray, so I settled on the green option.

I chose a bright lime green and shamrock green for the border and frames, with a white tone-on-tone for the block backgrounds. I chopped up a few fat quarters and rooted around in my bins of 2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ scrap squares for the print pieces in the blocks.

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I used the V-Blocks tool to make my star point units. Five blocks have the print in the center triangle, and five have the print in the side triangles.

 

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I used my Tucker Trimmer, another tool designed by Deb Tucker, to make the half-square triangles I needed for the corner units in each block.

In Donna’s original pattern, the star blocks are 9″ finished, and with the frames they are 12″ finished. My star blocks are 12″ finished and with the frames, they are 16″ finished.

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I made five 12-1/2″ blocks with four star points. Four of them have white backgrounds, and one has a green background. It will be the center block in the quilt.

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The other four blocks have eight star points. The V-block units are made with the white in the center triangle and the prints in the side triangles.

Once the top was put together, off it went to Tiffany Barcus at Unique Quilting. I love the fact that I can give her a quilt and say “do whatever you want to with it,” and it will turn out perfectly. Look what she did with this one:

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The star centers, above. That is not easy to do, friends!

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Scallops in every “arrowhead” unit (4 per block x 9 blocks), and I love that the “bubble” quilting plays off the circles in the white-on-white background fabric!

 

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And how about this little detail in the dark green frames?

 

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And to finish it off, a feathered border! You’re amazing, Tiff!

 

And here she is, folks…the Spring Meadow Waltz!

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Anne Wiens w/quilting by Tiffany Barcus – 2013

Spring Meadow Waltz reminds me of a field of wildflowers!

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Thanks, Anne, for another gorgeous Scrap Squad quilt. Aren’t these ladies dynamite?! I love working with them. They surprise me every week!

Did you notice Anne’s inventive way of getting a great photo of the finished quilt? It’s attached to a chain link fence with clothespins! Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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6 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Anne’s Spring Meadow Waltz

  1. jean says:

    Your quilt turned out beautifully. I love the colors and her quilting is superb too! A great job of collaboration to end up with a gorgeous quilt.s

  2. jean says:

    Your quilt turned out beautifully. I love the colors and her quilting is superb too! A great job of collaboration to end up with a gorgeous quilt.

  3. Anne Wiens says:

    Heather- I don’t prewash my fabrics, unless I’m using fabric of questionable quality, which I rarely do.

    Becky- If you click on “Unique Quilting”, it will take you to Tiffany’s Facebook page, and you can contact her there. I’m just one of her many happy clients!

  4. Heather says:

    Are these fabrics pre-washed? Everything looks so stuff, like new fabric. I am new to quilting and so I am certain I have lots to learn but my blocks never come out so well-aligned, crisp and clean-edged. I know you are supposed to wash fabrics before quilting but were those fabrics washed? Or did you do the spray starch method after washing?

    Forgive my silly questions. I have so much to learn from you lovely brilliant quilters out there :)

  5. Becky Ball says:

    This turned out so great, both your part and the quilter’s. I envy you having a quilter that can do this excellent work when you need her to. Gorgeous!

  6. Anne Wiens says:

    I should probably have thanked my BQB (Best Quilting Buddy) Kathy for the use of her fence. We’ve pinned many quilts on that fence over the years!

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