QM Scrap Squad: Scrappy Star Search

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Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of eight QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue and make scrappy versions to inspire you.

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There’s a brand new issue of Quiltmaker just out. Subscribers may already have it; it appears at quilt shops and newsstands by next Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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The Scrap Squad quilt for this issue was designed and made by Carolyn McCormick, designer of the Add-A-Quarter ruler. It’s called Star Search. That’s not an optical illusion—the stars really are elongated. Aren’t they interesting? We knew the Scrap Squad could do great things with this design.

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Colette DeGroot

Today’s featured quilt was made by Colette DeGroot from Olivet, Michigan. You’ll hear from Colette in her own words below.

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I love the name of our group: Scrap Squad. It’s a shame we are nearly done with our “assignment” but I have enjoyed the time we’ve had together, putting new colors and twists into proven designs.

I took the name of our group literally and went into my stash (which has recently been relocated) to build this quilt from only what I could find there. I didn’t really having the time to go shopping for fabrics since our new “address” is also in the middle of renovations.

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Scraps Ahoy!

I love my new location—I’m no longer relegated to the dungeon. I have a quilt room where I can spread out! Now I can look at colors through windows instead of artificial lighting. Here it’s much easier to discern between a light value and a dark, and when building this quilt, that was important.

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Freezer Paper is my friend!

I had to decide how to construct this project. We were given a few options, and while I love to paper piece, I wanted to mix it up and try some of it using templates. I decided to do both, so I got my old freezer paper friend out to lend me a hand.

I had to be sure the templates and paper pieces worked together. There’s nothing worse then constructing a set of blocks only to find out they aren’t compatible.

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Dress, right, dress!

All seemed well—but I seldom just dig in. I’ve had too many “oops” moments not to do at least one test section. I like to see how the scraps work, how the foundations build, and how the templates work with all of it together. The time saved later is worth this extra step!

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The first section goes well, except…

Well, this looks okay, right? I have a secret. This wasn’t my first paper pieced section. The next picture shows what really happened.

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This is my oops. I was glad to figure it out early!

See that little section at the bottom? This was my first attempt at the paper piecing. It goes the opposite way of what I was attempting. I had forgotten to reverse my paper pieces and found out early (thank goodness) what I would need to do. I would have wasted a lot of time if I had forged ahead without doing this step. Cringe!

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Progressing well

It seemed like the quilt was progressing nicely. I took a few days off to build a quilt for our local VA hospital but this quilt top took a solid two weeks to complete. While the top looked okay without borders, I wanted to add them so the quilt was more in the keeping with our queen-sized beds.

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Here’s the top without any borders.

I did add two borders and then I had to whisk the quilt off to the quilter.

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Happy Sun!


I asked a guild member to quilt this one (Bee Quilted in downtown Charlotte, Michigan) and was very pleased at how quickly she completed it for me, and with the wonderful quilting!

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Beautiful Heart

Because this was a larger quilt, and because I have to put some old fashioned quilting traditions into each one of my quilts, I hand stitched the binding. The project was fun and it was a challenge working on point with bias squares (parallelograms, actually), but I made sure to starch each piece and work carefully. I think it turned out pretty nice—and now for the reveal.

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Ta Da! Scrappy Star Search!

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Wow, what a wonderful scrappy quilt, Colette! Congratulations on a job well done. Many of us could make this quilt with fabrics we already own, and wouldn’t that be a great feeling? Just think in terms of lights and darks and you’ll be in good shape.

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We’ll have another great scrap quilt from the Scrap Squad next Friday!

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Scrappy Star SearchSee all of the Scrap Squad quilts here. Scroll down to the Slideshows and click on the month you’d like to view.

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5 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Scrappy Star Search

  1. Colette says:

    Lyn: this normally would have taken me a lot longer, but deadlines being what they are, had to scoot along on this one quite fast.

  2. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    It’s wonderful!!! It would take me more then two weeks.

  3. Melissa says:

    Great job Colette! The bright colors are great. LOVE IT!

  4. Becky Ball says:

    I love the way you used all the dark scraps-no matching of points to the center diamond. Way to go!

  5. jean says:

    It’s beautiful!

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