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.
Today’s featured quilt is by Nicole Brouillette from Cottonwood, California. You’ll hear from Nicole in her own words below.
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I love complicated piecing patterns so this quilt is right up my alley, but I have to admit, when I first saw this quilt, I didn’t immediately love it. Isn’t it funny how we see a pattern in the magazine and we pass right by it simply because we don’t like the colors? That is exactly what I would have done with this pattern if it hadn’t been assigned to the Scrap Squad gals.
I’m so glad that we did get to tackle this one because I love my finished piece. I have learned to look twice at patterns now…to see the design and the possibilities rather than the colors already there.
I pulled some batiks that I have really been looking forward to using. All right, that looks good!
Now to come up with color placement. I played with it in my head for a bit and figured out how I wanted it to look. To remember everything I made a little diagram. Goodness I am so glad that I did this or there definitely would have been errors. Taking a few seconds to write down which color would replace which in the pattern was crucial!
I used the advance printout of the pattern that we received so that we could get started ahead of time and took notes on that, and in my handy dandy notebook.
Time to get started. The pattern was great. Everything fit together as it should. I used chain piecing techniques in every aspect of this quilt.
Sweet. Now lets see how they play together!
It’s looking better than I thought it would, what a pleasant surprise.
I chose to quilt this quilt with an all-over pattern. I picked a fun edge-to-edge pattern and went for it. I thought that I would show you quilters how the longarm works with a pantograph pattern.
This is a pantograph. It’s called “Fantasia” by Lorien Quilting.
These patterns are designed to start at one edge of the quilt and go to the other. The thing most people don’t know is that the quilter stands at the back of the machine, away from the quilt, when she is quilting it. There is a laser light attached to the machine that I follow the pattern with. This ensures that the pattern on the paper is the same pattern that ends up on the quilt! Ok, maybe I just gave away a big secret (SORRY LONGARMERS)!
After quilting and binding, here is the finished product! I’ve named it Breezy Waltz.
I am so glad I am on the Scrap Squad. I am having a blast working on quilts that I may not have really looked at before and making them my own. If you look closely you can see that I made the background in the circles lighter than the rest of the background so that they would pop out just a bit more.
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You have to admire a quilter who is willing to step outside her comfort zone as Nicole did. What a beautiful quilt! You can never go wrong with blue and yellow. One of Quiltmaker’s all-time most popular covers featured a blue and yellow quilt—and we always look back on it fondly. My thanks to Nicole for another job well done!