QM Scrap Squad: Anne’s Sew Many Scraps!

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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.

Today is another of the final projects from the 2013 Scrap Squad.

QMMP 140200 JUDY 450 QM Scrap Squad: Annes Sew Many Scraps!The Scrap Squad quilt from the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker is Oh, Sew Blue! It was designed by Judy Laquidara and made by Hatty Brown using Moda fabrics.

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Anne Wiens

Today’s featured quilt is by Anne Wiens from Shelby, Montana. Anne blogs about quilting and her Thrifty Quilter scrap adventures at Seams Like a Plan. You’ll hear from her in her own words below.

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New Year’s Day. Like everyone else, I’m sure, I wondered how 2013 could have gone by so quickly. Then I looked at the stack of quilts and projects I made for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad and Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and a series of guest blog posts I wrote for Quilty Pleasures, and I realized I was just too busy to notice the time passing! So, here we are already, January 2014, and this is my final Scrap Squad project.

When I saw Judy’s Oh, Sew Blue!, I decided I was going to turn this two-tone beauty into an absolute festival of color. I purchased the background white-on-white and a deep teal/navy print, but the rest of the pieces came from my stash of already-cut scraps. (You can read about my scrap management system on my blog, “Seams Like a Plan.“)

GEDC1667 1024x768 QM Scrap Squad: Annes Sew Many Scraps!There are 80 navy and white 2″ four-patches in this quilt! It occurred to me about halfway through the stack that had I been thinking ahead, I would have sewn and cut the strip-sets, and then made the four-patches as leaders and enders while doing other projects. Doh!

I did make one big change to Judy’s pattern. I removed the borders and pieced the setting triangles. In the end I have a border of 2″ navy squares, which meant I had to alter the alternate blocks just a bit.

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Six of these blocks have navy and white four-patches in all four corners. These will be in the center of the quilt.

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Fourteen blocks have a 2″ (finished) navy square in one corner. These will be along the sides of the quilt.

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And four of the blocks have two large navy squares. These four blocks will be in the corners.

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My setting triangles were pieced with 2.5″  squares (2″ finished). The four navy squares will link to the large corner squares in the alternate blocks to form a chain of navy squares that will border the quilt. When I have points on the edge of a quilt, I make my background triangles a little over-sized, giving me a wider seam allowance on the edge, and reducing the chance that I will “nip a tip” when sewing on the binding.

To make the quarter-square triangles (QSTs) for the star blocks, I used one of my favorite tools – the Tucker Trimmer. To use this tool, you first make QSTs using squares that start out 1-1/2″ larger than your finished QST. Since my QST’s are 2″ finished, I started with 3-1/2″ squares.

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Lay the Tucker Trimmer on your QST so that the solid diagonal line is along one seam, and the 2-1/2″ dashed diagonal line is along the cross seam. Notice that the left and bottom edges extend beyond the 2-1/2″ vertical and horizontal dashed lines on the ruler. Trim the right and top sides.

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Rotate your QST and line up the diagonal lines with your seams again. This time, the edges you just trimmed should line up with the vertical and horizontal dashed lines. Trim the right and top sides again. You now have a perfect QST unit for your star points!

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Since it was our last project, I also made it a signature quilt. I asked each the the Scrap Squad members to send me a signed 2-1/2″ square. These went in the center of the star blocks. I also included squares from Quiltmaker‘s editor, June Dudley; Creative Director Carolyn Beam; and Diane Harris, Quilty Pleasures editor and Scrap Squad “wrangler.”

Once the top was assembled, I asked my friend Peggy Kanning to quilt it for me. We decided that all it needed was a nice meandering pattern that wouldn’t compete with the pieced work.

And here it is, “Sew Many Scraps!”

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“Sew Many Scraps!” by Anne Wiens – 2014

pinit fg en rect red 28 QM Scrap Squad: Annes Sew Many Scraps!I will admit there was a little hesitation when I put those final hand-stitches in the binding. I really didn’t want this ride to end!

The 2013 Scrap Squad has pledged to stay in touch via our Facebook group, and we may challenge each other to “scrap up” a future Quiltmaker pattern now and again.

Thank you, Diane, June, Carolyn, and all of the designers who have let us play with your patterns this year.

And congratulations to the members of the 2014 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.  You are truly in for a year of Quilty Pleasure!

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We’d love to hear your feedback on Anne’s quilt. Please leave a comment below.

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20 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Anne’s Sew Many Scraps!

  1. Claudia says:

    Mmm, mmmm, mmmm–I do like your version. Makes me think of a casserole that is better than the original meal.

  2. Alex says:

    Anne, What a beautiful job! Love it!

  3. Dorothy Schryer says:

    REALLY like this version! Great Job!!!

  4. Kathy Mehltretter says:

    I love this redesign! It’s inspiring. I especially like the pieces setting triangles.

  5. Loretta Yerbich Aymond says:

    Absolutely love the scrappy version you have done Anne! It is so bright and cheerful. I could see this quilt now with more juvenile brights to put in a child’s room. Oh…the possibilities….thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Sandy Call says:

    This quilt is awesome! I love it! Gorgeous colors. I wasn’t interested in the pattern until I saw this quilt . Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous scrap quilt!!

  7. E. Engman says:

    Another wonderful quilt–I do love scrappy!. Thank you to the whole group for another wonderful, creative year. Brava!!!

  8. Debi Tisdale says:

    Beautiful! Excellent job!

  9. Sherry Book says:

    Anne, I loved the original quilt, but I loooove your scrappy version! Thanks for the explanation of how you altered the blocks to work within the new border–which by the way is gorgeous. I will be printing this out so I can put it on my to-do list.

  10. Michele says:

    Love,love love it. This one is my favorite of all the versions I’ve seen. Wow and double wow

  11. Barb Johnson says:

    Based on two of the comments above, I missed the announcement to apply for the 2014 Scrap Squad. :-< I love reading the blog posts from the Scrap Squad, and want to congratulate everyone who has been a member this past year. Your quilts are wonderful; they really get my creative juices flowing! Best of luck to all the 2014 members, I'm looking forward to seeing your masterpieces this year!

  12. Cheryl Aklestad says:

    What a beautiful,colorful quilt. Whereas the blue tones make the quilt soft and soothing ,your colors make me feel happy and full of life. Wonderful interpretation of an already beautiful quilt. Nice job, Anne.

  13. Margaret K in Virginia says:

    Anne, what a lovely job you did on this quilt. I LOVE how you colored it up. You have set the bar high for the 2014 Scrap Squad – of which I am a member, and working on my first quilt for the year.

  14. Chris says:

    Truly a wonderful quilt!!!! I see it in my very near future and WHAT a stash buster.

  15. Becky says:

    Love all the fabrics. What a treasure. You definitely made this one “yours”.

  16. Now THAT is a scrap quilt. I could not love it more. I’m hopeful that I can do your spot on the Squad justice in 2014, although obviously these are shoes I will not easily fill!

  17. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    Absolutely love the scrappy look of your quilt. The colors are cheerful and the whole quilt just feels happy. This will make a beautiful focal point in someones room.

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