QM Scrap Squad: Christa Marcotte’s Oh Sew Blue…or Pink and Green!! Surprise January Giveaway :)

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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: Christa Marcottes Oh Sew Blue…or Pink and Green!! Surprise January Giveaway :)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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Christ Marcotte

Today’s featured quilt is by Christa Marcotte who lives in Torquay, Saskatchewan. Christa blogs at Second Story Quilting. You’ll hear from Christa in her own words below.

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It always amazes me at how little fabric it seems to take when it’s all cut up…

Yet I never have enough of the fabric I love to complete a project!!

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The Scrap Squad’s project #6:

Oh Sew Blue by Judy Laquidara of Patchwork Times

Where has the year gone??

Six quilts…12 months…a year of creativity!!

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This time I decided I would use some of my favorite batiks with a white background.

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I loved the little star centers….

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It was a fast and easy quilt to put together…

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as long as you paid attention to the layout.

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Before I knew it, it was border time!!

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I like to use up the pieces I have left over


I sewed them up to make a strip for two sides of this quilt.

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I am still in love with Susie’s Magic Binding technique

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which makes adding a flanged binding so simple…

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and it’s stitched on by machine, making it a piece of cake!!

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 I really love the quilting my girlfriend

Terry Whitman did on my final Scrap Squad quilt.

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Terry has the cutest curlie q’s and swirls making it look so dainty!

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It has been an amazing and creative opportunity

to be a member of Scrap Squad for 2013.

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I have learned a couple of lessons through this year’s quilting.

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Someone out there will love what you make…even if you don’t like it!


You know what you like…trust your own judgment!!


Think outside the box once in awhile…you can always crawl back in when you need to!!


Quilting is more than just hacking up fabric to resew it…It’s therapy!


I have one of THE best longarmers in the quilting world (Thanks, Terry)!!

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I have made a circle of new friends who are super creative and inspiring!

It’s been a fun year to serve as a Scrapper with all of you!!

Stop by and see what I am up to every now and again




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Christa has done a great job all year. The 2013 Scrap Squad posts are winding down with just a few to go. Let’s have a surprise giveaway because January-is-lasting-forever! Leave Christa and the Scrap Squad ladies a comment below before the day ends on Friday, January 17.

Share a lesson you’ve learned in regard to your quilting, as Christa did. We’ll choose a random winner for a box of quilty happiness including fabric, 100 Blocks and a few books. What better way to brighten up the winter!?!

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195 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Christa Marcotte’s Oh Sew Blue…or Pink and Green!! Surprise January Giveaway :)

  1. Linda says:

    Lessons I learned when I started quilting…ALWAYS read the directions through from beginning to end to familiarize yourself with the construction BEFORE beginning the quilt! Even though I always make sure I understand the steps, there are times I need to read the pattern out loud as I’m working through it!!

  2. Carmen says:

    As I’m making my first blocks … the lessons I learned already are read, read, and re-read the instructions. Also, make sure you press your fabrics before you cut (basic, I know, but I had to learn the hard way).

  3. virginia says:

    If I never start I will never finish. I have to be brave and just get going, it always goes better then expected once I finally start.

  4. Therese says:

    Lessons learned: when I take my time, I go faster. When I take breaks I make less mistakes. Sometimes there isn’t a right or wrong. It’s ok to express myself. Love Quiltmaker!

  5. Heather M says:

    I’ve learned that practice is incredibly important if you want to improve.

  6. Pam says:

    Cheers to the scrap squad! I love the conversational nature of these posts, where the quilters explain their decision-making process and challenges as well as give instructions. I’ve picked up lots of tips (like today’s flanged binding) but overall, I’ve learned to look beyond the colors of a published pattern and see other possibilities. And I’ve learned that there is a lot a person can do with her own stash, and not every quilt requires a trip to the fabric store. Thanks so much. And I agree – we all need some January cheer!

  7. Dianne says:

    Take my time, correct mistakes. Read through instructions before I begin! Then enjoy the time I have to quilt,

  8. Nancy McFall says:

    Love all the quilts I have seen. I have learned many lessons about quilting (many the hard way) but the one I seem to have to keep relearning is the importance of the 1/4 inch seam. I’m in a hurry or just not paying attention and its no longer a true 1/4 inch. Then, (surprise surprise) seams don’t match or the block is the wrong size. I need to slow down and enjoy the process.

  9. Robin says:

    I’ve learned that sometimes, the planning and fabric selection are the most important part of the process for me. Even if I never cut the fabric, I have completed a creative activity that is very soothing and enjoyable for me. When I don’t have money to buy fabric, I can get a similar sort of satisfaction by selecting a pattern and planning with online fabric “samples”. I miss the feel of the fabrics in my hand, but sometimes, there is healing in just dreaming of beautiful projects.

  10. Laurie P says:

    I have learned this year that no matter how many quilts you make there is always a new technique you learn with each one. This year I made my daughter a quilt. She helped me by cutting it out for me. We worked on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt of 2013. Jessie loves her new quilt and it was fun working with her to make it.

  11. Kris B says:

    I had my husband cut me a small board to fit next to my sewing machine. I covered it and made a small pressing board. When I am making blocks, it is so easy to press and keep sewing. It makes every thing go faster and smoother.

  12. Renata says:

    Sometimes you need to redo a part of project. And sometimes it is necessary to just keep moving forward, mistakes and all. Eventually, most techniques will come with practice.

  13. I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff. The Amish have “humble blocks” to remind them they’re not perfect and neither am I! I’ve been quilting for an orphanage in Ghana, West Africa for two years now, basically my first quilting experience, and after almost 100 quilts I’m convinced that it’s the love put into them that counts, not the perfection!

  14. Karen A says:

    I learned about that binding technique Christa mentioned and it is great!

  15. Marilyn says:

    I’ve learned that inspiration for quilts can come from so many things, and a quilter’s eye sees possibilities in the most unlikely places.

  16. Julie A.B. says:

    Hello, Patience is the most important lesson to me. Also always buy a little more fabric than you need, so you will have extra if needed. Thank-you

  17. Leigh says:

    I have learned to give it a try, no matter what it is. Even if I don’t like the results, I learn something for the future !

  18. Brenda Nevitt says:

    I have learned to love free motion quilting on my Bernina! It is my favorite part of the quilting process now.

  19. Love the lessons that you learned in 2013. Thanks for sharing your quilting journey.

  20. Anita Ezzell says:

    I love the blues. I think I learn something new with every quilt I make. Never stop learning!

  21. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    I have learned that by the seat of your pants is not good in quilting…there are proper ways to cut, sew, iron and follow patterns. You CAN think outside the box for design, but knowing good technique will save you hours of seam ripping. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  22. Linda S says:

    I love Christa’s color choices for this quilt. I think the Scrap Quad deserves a huge round of applause for the fabulous job they have all done this year! It has been so great to see how each one makes each project and makes it their own. I am still very much a beginner and it is so inspiring to see what may be possible. I need to get out of my own comfort zone, I think. Thanks ladies! dragonfly9716 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. Cindy B says:

    I have learned to be accurate in cutting. I have enjoyed all the Scrap Squad posts. Thank you to all.

  24. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    The best lesson I’ve learned is how to turn corners when putting on the binding. But I still love learning all kinds of neat things. Thanks for the photo blog.

  25. Carole Howard says:

    Still learning every day I do my quilting. I love trying different techniques.

  26. Beth B says:

    I have learned that even a few minutes can be valuable project time. A few minutes here and there add up to a finished project.

  27. Laura Deaver says:

    I have learned to be less critical of my quilting. While I might notice a stitch or two that don’t look just right, no one else will!

  28. Cecilia says:

    I have learned to take my time and enjoy the process and also that the more I practice FMQ, the better it looks. Congratulations ladies, you did a great job last year!

  29. Janelle Bucher says:

    I’m learning to trust my own judgement. Normally if I think I am doing something wrong, I get self-conscious about it. Then when I actually see how someone else has handled the same situation, it turns out I wasn’t wrong at all.

  30. Roanne Speedie says:

    Like so many others, I have learned something with almost every quilt. Probably the hardest was not to look at just the colors of a quilt in a magazine or book, but look at the pattern and imagine my own colors. Thanks for the opportunity to beat back the winter blahs with your giveaway!

  31. kathy says:

    The scrap squad gang has certainly had a workout this year, both piecing and quilting talents displayed. I learned it’s ok to something different than the designer planned, and the end results are complimentary to both. Great job ladies. Kathy

  32. Sally says:

    I have learned to enjoy the process. There is no prize for speed – just enjoy each step, even if it takes you several weeks (or months).

  33. Darlene Krystal says:

    I’ve found that …..1…Each quilt is biased and has a mind of it’s own…..2..Batting makes a great pillow when you’re too tired to baste the quilt together…but there’s always the next morning…..3…Family is an ongoing source of influence…inspiration…and interruptions….yet a great help when it comes to deciding where the quilt goes…..Have a great day quilting…..

  34. Elaine White says:

    I’ve learned that pressing seams correctly really DOES make a difference! :)

  35. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love the scrap squad quilts. It is so much fun seeing how different each quilt looks depending on the fabrics used! Thank you to all the squad for their hard work.

    Love the fabrics used in this post, too!

    • Sandy A in St. Louis says:

      Oh, I forgot to say that the lesson learned was to not judge a pattern until you have tried a block in your fabric selection. It just might change the way you look at it!

  36. Kathy in WI says:

    I learned about a flanged binding and how easy it is to make and apply. I also love using extra wide backings instead of making a backing. Cost and time effective.

  37. Diane Ryks says:

    I’ve learned that I don’t have to use the exact fabrics to achieve nice results. I’ve also learned to adapt patterns to make the size of quilt that I need.

  38. Darrilyn M says:

    I’m new to quilting and enjoy looking at beautiful quilts for inspiration.

  39. diana says:

    I LOVE the flanged binding!!! And will be trying it soon. Thanks for all the quilting wisdom.

  40. Doris Bone says:

    I have learned over the years to not just look at the picture but I look to see how it is put together. I have thought that was an old pattern I have seen many times before & not worth my time but a quick glance at the instructions & there is a new & different technique to learn. Very interesting.

  41. Lori Smanski says:

    oh wow these are so pretty, especially the pink and green one. I am new to quilting so there is a lot of learning just with that. I am learning to FMQ. And I am learning to put colors together that don’t necessarily have to go together. Like instead of the always pink/purple doing pink/orange or pink/yellow. It is a fun journey.

  42. Gretchen F says:

    I have learned that slow and steady wins the race. For me there is no such thing as a quick quilt – that just makes me too stressed to enjoy the process.

  43. donna says:

    Learning never seems never to stop in quilting!20398

  44. Beth Brown says:

    It seems that the biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is echoed in my other quilters’ comments :) measure twice, cut once. And be really, really careful with that 1/4 inch seem and that scant means scant. I can’t tell you how many blocks I’ve had that have been off due to my inaccuracy! And you are right! January does seem to be lasting forever!


  45. Mary C in WA says:

    I’ve learned that Pins and a Seam ripper can be a friend when making a quilt. Cutting accurately is a Big part of Precision piecing.

  46. Sherry says:

    The lesson learned more often than not is perfection is a smoke screen… What our eyes may see, the imperfect spaced stitches, unlocking seems, or colors that just don’t match; the person receiving, the gift of our time, blood, sweat, and tears, sees LOVE. <3

  47. Jayne says:

    Though I’ve been quilting for about 25 years, I learn something new with almost every quilt I make. This year I learned that my family (three daughters) cry when they get quilts for Christmas! LOL. I also learned to make my side borders a little wider so when I have a quilt on my frame, the extra width helps keep the tension clamps out of my way. It makes quilting the sides of quilts much less frustrating.

  48. Dorothy Hall says:

    I have learned so much from others. Love trying new techniques and especially new patterns.

  49. Mary says:

    Quilting is definitely great therapy. I recently miscarried this last week and I have found that working on my daughter’s quilt has helped keep my mind off it and lift my spirits. Because as with a piece of fabric just being one part of a quilt, my miscarriage was just one part of my life.

    • beehivestate says:

      Bless you, and I’m sorry for the loss of your baby-to-be. Our son and only child died 4/5/12. You are so right, quilting is therapy.

  50. Rosemary Hendley says:

    I bought a sewing machine 3 months ago. I have begun to find the joys of quilting, but I enjoy looking at others works of art so I have an idea of what I need to learn next. I have seen some great videos, and read many blogs in my journey to learn how to make a quilt.

  51. Diana Scott says:

    I’ve learned that just because I don’t like a particular color doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t. My sister-in-law likes colors that I would never think about & the quilt I made her turned out beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. susan Bass says:


  53. Pat Evans says:

    I’ve learned to love scrappy quilts which are helping to make a dent in the fabric stash. I’ve learned so many great techniques like spinning the seams on four patches and using leaders and enders (thank you Bonnie Hunter, for both) and how to join the ends of your binding (thanks to Quiltmaker blog). I love playing with color. Really like Christa’s version. The Scrap Squad is great, providing much inspiration.

  54. Nancy J. Rourke says:

    I’ve learned that if you use lots of different scraps, you can have a beautiful quilt and use up even your ugliest fabrics.

  55. Tami Chaulk says:

    It’s great how you use the leftover pieces to make a prettier border.

  56. Lynda Parker says:

    I’ve learned I no longer have a favorite color.
    I now appreciate them all!

  57. Nancy says:

    I just started quilting this past year. Everything I made I gave away to family members. I learned not to worry about whether or not they will like it. They love everything because it is made with love and they are honored that I thought of them. I love this new found hobby.

  58. Rachel Turley says:

    Wow! What a beautiful quilt. I am very new to quilting so I feel like I am learning new lessons everyday. One of the biggest is that sometimes if something isn’t working the way you want it to, walk away! Just take a break and come back to it later. With fresh eyes and energy it will often go better.

    I’ve also learned that for me one of the best movies to watch while free motion quilting is “The Sound of Music”. I’m able to get a nice flow going while listening to the wonderful flowing music!

  59. Kathy Beach says:

    I learned that I love unique color choices, even if others think I am crazy.

  60. Margo Sensenbaugh says:

    I have learned that you have to be brave and just go with it when creating a scrappy quilt. I love your quilt and the quilting is beautiful.

  61. Amy C says:

    I have learned the hard way that rushing does not help to make a nice precise quilt!

  62. Sheri says:

    I love this quilt. I have learned several things.
    1. Before I finish the quilt I am working on there is always another on that I am dreaming about.
    2. Sewing really and truly is therapy. When/If I am stressing out my family sends me to my sewing room until my stress is gone. ( Sometimes it takes days Wink WINK )
    3. Having good fun loving quilty friends makes the process so much more fun.
    4. No matter how much I know or learn there is always someone out there that knows or teaches me way more.
    Thank you to all that are sharing your knowledge and love of quilting with the rest of us.

  63. Elma Lutman says:

    I’ve learned to think outside the box and add a bit of me to each quilt. I’ve also learned (the sad and almost ruining way) that you should really pr-wash your fabric, especially reds and purples.

  64. M Williams says:

    I’ve learned to make one block first before you start cutting and sewing all the pieces. You need to make sure you’re cutting and sewing correctly or you’ll waste a lot of fabric.

  65. Gidget says:

    I have learned making quilts is all about personal choice… there is not a right answer.
    From colors to how to sew blocks to how to best quilt them, even binding… go with what is comfortable for you and what makes you happy.

  66. Diane Antle says:

    I have learned that there are no rules when choosing colors for quilts …. pick what you like and you will love the finished product!

  67. Joy Meetis says:

    I have learned that just because it isn’t done the “right” way it can still be beautiful and it just reflects me more!

  68. Rachel says:

    Love the great way to use up scraps.

  69. Vicki H says:

    I have learned that sewing here and there you can get a lot done without having to have a big block of time. Also great therapy for the mind.

  70. Vicki G. says:

    I’m learning to take time during cutting….measure twice ~ then cut.

  71. Trudy Lindemann says:

    I LOVE scrap quilts and have been finding once again why I started quilting through them. It’s the freedom of creating what I love with the fabrics I love in the colors and designs I love instead of trying to always make quilts with a specific purpose/person in mind.

  72. Gill says:

    What a fabulous quilt!
    I’ve learned to double check the sizes of the pieces you are cutting before you cut too many – just don’t ask me how I know!!!!

  73. Susan B says:

    I absolutely LOVE scrap quilts. Quilting in general: Even though I’ve been quilting for many, many years each quilt I make I learn something from it. I love seeing what others have done, whether it’s the color choice for a certain pattern, a certain piecing technique, and/or the quilting and always pick up some insight from each one.

  74. Susan C says:

    I’ve learned to use my stash & step outside of my comfort zone when putting fabrics together. The result is much better than what I originally would have done.

  75. Cheryl Leabo says:

    What a beautiful quilt! And thank you for the link to the flanged binding–I’d never seen that before–learned something new today!

  76. Pauline Gudas says:

    I have learned that you have to step outside the box. Making my first scrappy quilt was so hard. I was always wanting to make sure everything matched or was coordinated. Scrappy quilts meant stress quilts. I have overcome that fear and truly enjoy doing scrappy

  77. Patty says:

    Be brave in fabric choices…you will amaze yourself

  78. Jana says:

    I’ve learned to take risks with color and use things I wouldn’t normally use.

  79. Debbie says:

    I have learned you can never stop learning and having adventures in sewing no mistakes just new ideas

  80. Peg says:

    I have learned to bind on the machine..

  81. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    Since I am new at quilting, I have learned you can put different prints together and they look good. I just remember my mom saying not to mix your clothes up with different prints. That it was ok to that in quilting was the hardest to learn.

  82. Ina Anderson says:

    A huge thanks to Eleanor Burns for teaching me how to bind by machine and how t o mitre corners while I’m doing it. It was a huge relief!!!!! I used to stare at those big quilts, take a deep breath, and then get into it. The hand stitches would get bigger the longer I stitched the binding. No more!!! Thanks Eleanor.

  83. Mary Hayes says:

    I have learned that before beginning FMQ it is best to clean your machine and rethread just to make sure everything is correct before beginning.

  84. Barb Johnson says:

    I’ve learned that I either have to finish a quilt as soon as I complete the top, or I need to make the binding strips and store them with the completed top. Otherwise, I risk using the fabric I intended to use as the binding in another quilt…

  85. Jennifer says:

    I have RE-learned that you have to take chances with color/fabric combinations, even if others didn’t like them…at first. It’s always amazing to see what comes out in the end, because it always turns out amazing.

  86. Sunnybec says:

    Don’t try and skip the sandwiching together, pin pin pin and relax when quilting, take your time and have plenty of breaks….. I know that was more than one but they are all important!

  87. Such a lovely quilt!! Lately I have learned that Clover Wonder clips are about the most awesome tool ever invented, especially since they’re marked with measurements. Genious!!

  88. Mary Kastner says:

    I have learned (the hard way) that it is important to warm-up before you start machine quilting every time you do it. It really pays off in your stitches.


  89. I’ve learned that precision is crucial in making those corners meet up, and still working on that. Christa, your quilt is gorgeous, and the quilting really is scrumptious. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt with us.

  90. Aunt Marti says:

    Christa, I love it! Great way to use up every little bit of the scraps.

  91. Diane H says:

    I’ve recently started doing my quilt bindings on my machine. Why oh why didn’t I start this years ago?? Susie’s Magic Binding technique is on my list for my next quilt.

  92. Karen says:

    I have seen Judy’s quilt on her blog and what I see in the magazine is terrific – it is wonderful turning tiny pieces of fabric into a wonderful quilt!

  93. Pat D says:

    I love that you can take a great quilt and make it your own for a different look by changing up the fabrics.

  94. I have learned how much easier it is to buy the extra-wide fabric for a quilt back than to spend hours agonzing about which of my larger stash pieces I want to sacrifice.
    Also, as an avid hand-quilter who does not care to stitch through two layers of basting glue, I learned that a longarmer will “sandwich” a quilt for a very low basting fee.

  95. Dana says:

    This is such a great series, the best thing I’ve learned is to look past the pictured quilt, so often I think we find similar colors or fabrics, seeing so many different visions is such an eye opener, thanks.

  96. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Thanks for sharing Christa’s process & lessons. My lesson: I have mis-cut fabric patches too many times to count, until I finally realized I needed to turn my cutting ruler so that the logo is face up & horizontal to me. Thanks.

  97. KT says:

    I have learned how much I can get done using those little snippets of time I have during the day if I’m organized and plan ahead. I’ve been cutting fabric in the evenings when I have time, and then I’m ready to sew for a few minutes at a time during the day.

  98. Marly says:

    I have really enjoyed seeing how you adapted the designs. Especially inspiring was to see how reversing the values, using a light where the original used a dark fabric and visa versa, completely transformed the design.
    I’ve learned to be more adventurous as a result. Thank you all.

  99. n moir says:

    beautiful quilt, thank you for your list of things that you have learned about this year, happy sewing

  100. Anita says:

    The three most important lesson I have learned about my FMQ is Practice, Practice and Practice

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