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.
Today’s featured quilt is by Carol Hubacek of Schererville, Indiana. You’ll hear from Carol in her own words below.
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“If you want to get something done,
ask a busy person to do it.”
I found that statement to be my state of mind for this Scrap Squad final edition quilt. I was simultaneously working on a paper-pieced tree skirt for my daughter, 20 flannel rag-style quilts for an infant development group, and a scrap raffle quilt.
This is the raffle quilt. The quilting is my only contribution. It is certainly scrappy, but there was something that made it visually unsettling for my taste. I concentrated on these few individual blocks.
I realized that the piecers were free—far more free than I am—in their value placement. While I am comfortable with scrappy, I usually choose to exert a good deal of control.
With the help of fellow Scrap Squad members, I settled on a palette of citrus colors for my final contribution to this year’s projects.
I used the ombre-dyed fabric on the roller in the photo above to help me divide my lemons and oranges into five distinct groups—or not-so-distinct, as is apparent in the finished product.
I’m not quite sure what role the limes will play.
There are quite a few piecing challenges with this interesting quilt. The differences between the blocks are subtle and I endured several frogging incidents (rippit, rippit).
Near the end I settled for appliqueing a few tiny squares to emphasize the placement of the barely-visible grid.
I guess I was being just a little too silly to go with an orange-peel variation as my quilting design for a citrus-colored quilt.
But it made me smile, as did the overall “wash of sunshine” that characterizes this low contrast, scrappy quilt.
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What a happy quilt to start off 2014! Carol has done a great job on the Scrap Squad all year. Just a few quilts left for this group of Quiltmaker reader-quilters from 2013. We really appreciate their contributions!