QM Scrap Squad: Anne Wiens and 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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This is the current issue of Quiltmaker, dated Nov/Dec ’13.

 

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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.

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Anne Wiens from Shelby, Montana

Today’s featured quilt is Anne Wiens from Shelby, Montana. Anne blogs at Seams Like a Plan: visit her there for good tutorials and scrap quilt ideas. More from Anne below.

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The editors of Quiltmaker threw the Scrap Squad a curveball with Carolyn McCormick’s Star Search—how do you reinterpret a quilt as a scrap quilt when it’s already a scrap quilt? My solution was to use the same pieces, but make it look like a completely different pattern.

Usually, I begin with a plan, then go find the fabrics to make it work. This time, I was stuck for a plan until I came across these western-theme prints:

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I was teaching a class for Native Life Fabrics in Browning, MT, when I found these five theme prints.

I decided I would make all of the large diamonds in Star Search from these theme prints. I made a line drawing of the quilt layout in QuiltPro, and discovered I needed to add one more theme print. (Hey, Diane, how’s this for a “yoogly” fabric?)

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Every fabric has its place, and this “yoogly” green has been waiting patiently at my LQS, (the Creative Needle in Shelby, MT), for me to find its quilt.

Every fabric has its place, and this “yoogly” green has been waiting patiently at my local quilt shop, the Creative Needle in Shelby, Montana, for me to find its quilt.

So the big diamonds were taken care of. I knew I would use a dark brown for the border, and decided to use a tan print in the rectangles.

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My first two candidates were left over from earlier Scrap Squad projects.

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But then I remembered this print, which is a souvenir of my first trip to Quilt Colorado in Estes Park in 2008.

By now I had the makings for a fairly fabulous quilt, but I honestly couldn’t call it “scrappy” since it’s all yardage and all but the tan print were newly purchased just for this project. Of course, I still have all of those triangles.

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In Carolyn’s quilt, the triangles were red. In mine, they will be a variety of off-whites. I won the stack of charm squares at a quilt show last month. I bought a few more tone-on-tones just to be sure I had enough.

Okay, now I was willing to call it “scrappy”, though I still felt it was stretching the definition just a bit. It was too late to turn back, however, because the deadline was coming at me full-speed. I had to get this quilt done!

My next challenge was how to get around paper-piecing? (It did occur to me that I might be able to rent Christa’s son to rip papers for me.) I also knew I did not want to cut out every triangle with a template.

My solution was to make one template—the large diamond—which I used first to trace and cut out the large theme-print diamonds.

I traced the rectangle in the center of the template.

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The parts and pieces all ready to go. I will use the same template I used to cut the large diamonds to cut the pieced diamonds.

I sewed rectangles of off-whites and dark browns to the tan rectangles as needed.

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I made one diamond template for this quilt. I drew the rectangle inside the diamond so I could easily center the template on my work.

I traced around the diamond on the fabric, then cut it out with a ruler and rotary cutter. Never try to rotary cut around a thin template…it’s just asking for trouble.

Once the diamonds were all cut, I used the dashed lines to mark and cut dark brown setting triangles and corner triangles.

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The setting triangles for the top and bottom edges of the quilt are taller and narrower.

Notice that my dashed lines are drawn 1/4″ from the points on the template, to account for the seam allowance. I had to be careful to trace the correct side of the template!

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The side setting triangles are shorter and wider.

And finally, I cut four corner triangles, which had a short side and a long side. I cut two with the fabric face up and two with the fabric face down so I had mirror images.

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The corner triangles.

Time to put this quilt together!

The rows were sewn together diagonally, just like the original pattern.

I was surprised how nicely the points matched up!

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Most of the points matched up perfectly, and those that didn’t were oh-so-close. I love it when that happens!

Then I took it to Kathy Brown at the Creative Needle, here in Shelby (Montana). She had a western boots and hats pantogram she had been wanting to try, and this was just the quilt for it. Nice job, Kathy!

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Kathy Brown chose an overall quilting design with cowboy hats and boots.

 And here is “Montana Sky.”

 

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“Montana Sky” by Anne Wiens 2013

Editor’s note: Wow! That hardly looks like the same quilt. I had to scroll back and forth a couple of times to figure it out, so I decided to put another shot of the original quilt right here near Anne’s finished Montana Sky.

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We can learn a lot about value from seeing these quilts side-by-side. Exercise your creative eyes with me:

• Find the tan rectangles in the left-hand quilt. Now find the same rectangles in the right-hand quilt.

• Notice the stars in the right-hand quilt. Now find them in the left-hand quilt.

• Describe the values of the diamonds in the right-hand quilt (hint: the diamonds alternate between reds and creams). Now describe the values of the diamonds in the left-hand quilt.

• Notice how the dark brown border seem to lie under the white triangles in Anne’s quilt? How does she achieve this effect?

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21 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Anne Wiens and Star Search

  1. Darlene says:

    Beautiful quilt

  2. Darlene says:

    I would love a quilt like that on my bed.

  3. Darlene says:

    Your quilt is charming. Would love one like that on my bed.

  4. Cheryl Aklestad says:

    Nice job Anne . Those look like two totally different patterns. I love it when I have to really exam a quilt to pick out the blocks. The red stars make a very nice looking quilt, but the “Montana Sky” quilt is fun and intriguing and the blocks were much more difficult to pick out. Thanks for the lesson.

  5. Connie Higgins says:

    Love this quilt…great concept.

  6. Connie Higgins says:

    Love this concept.

  7. Darlene Crosby says:

    I am fairly new to quilt making, and really enjoyed seeing those two quilts and the differences between them.

  8. Helen Bazinet says:

    You would never know that that was the same quilt pattern!

  9. This was awesome. I really enjoyed the creative eye exercise. I had a hard time finding the same thing on both quilts. But I think it really helped me realize what I can do by just changing a few things. You would never know these were both from the same pattern. Great job.

  10. Mary says:

    I am pretty new to quilting and the difference in these two quilts, using the same pattern, is a mind bender! I am glad they were reposted side by side so I could more easily pick out the stars and see how the look of the pattern was changed by fabric choices. I still don’t understand how the quilter designed her templates with the rectangle inside the diamond and how it all worked. Geometry was never a strong subject for me.

  11. Lynda Nunez says:

    Until you pointed it out, I would never have thought both of these quilts are the same blocks! What a marvelous idea! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Judith Weaver says:

    Love looking and reading anything about quilting.

  13. Lillian VanderKuur says:

    Wow! I liked the first quilt where the stars dominate the quilt but I loved the second one where the diamonds dominated the quilt even more! Great job from both!

  14. Bonnie says:

    How creative! It is amazing how different the two quilts look. Great idea for using the template.

  15. Karen J says:

    What a great idea to minimize paper and still strip piece!

  16. Chris says:

    Beautiful, Stars in all shapes and sizes are my favorite.

  17. Love the Diamonds!! And loved the template directions!! Great job!!

  18. E. Engman says:

    Those big diamonds just seem to float over the background! Love this!

    LizE

  19. Claudia says:

    Well done! I’m sure there must be some ropin’ rider in your neighborhood that would be happy to take this little number off your hands.

  20. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    That is amazing! Thanks for putting them side by side and saving me all the scrolling up and down! How cool is THAT difference?!

  21. Christa says:

    Great job, Anne!! I absolutely love those western prints!! Such a change up from the original!!!

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