QM Scrap Squad: Nicole’s Oh, Sew Purple!

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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 the very last project from the 2013 Scrap Squad. It’s always hard to say good-bye to a wonderful team!

QMMP 140200 JUDY 450 QM Scrap Squad: Nicoles Oh, Sew Purple!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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Nicole Brouillette

Today’s featured quilt is by Nicole Brouillette from Cottonwood, California. You can see more of her work on the Facebook page for Nicole’s Longarm Quilting. You’ll hear from Nicole in her own words below.

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Well, this is it! It is already time for my last Scrap Squad post and I can’t believe a year has gone by already. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago that I started on my first project!

I’ve had a wonderful time making these quilts and sharing the process with all of you. I hope that you have enjoyed it. For those of you who left an encouraging comment, thank you. I hope you know that I read and appreciated every comment that has been left on these posts, as have my Scrap Squad Sisters!

When I got our last assignment I was in the middle of tearing my house apart. We have been in renovation mode for the last two months. Want proof? After two months, this is what my sewing room looks like! Aah, fresh paint!

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Fresh paint in my sewing room

And this is where my stash is usually kept!

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My stash usually lives here.

Sad! My stash has been in boxes for the last two months and I miss it terribly. I got this assignment a couple of weeks after I had already boxed up most of my stash so I will admit, this quilt is not as scrappy as my others, but I love it just the same.

So! Since my stash was all boxed up, I got to make a visit to my favorite local quilt shop with my ideas! But isn’t it funny how a plan changes as soon as you spot an awesome bolt of fabric? When I saw that background fabric, I knew I had to have it! My Oh, Sew Blue became oh SO purple!

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My purple parade

I got home from the quilt shop, ironed my fabric, put a new blade in my rotary cutter, and off I went! As usual, I labeled all of my stacks of fabric, which was especially helpful in this quilt, as there were so many pieces to keep track of.

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A label for each fabric helped me keep things organized.

The instructions for this quilt are wonderfully written. As long as you keep track of the different units and blocks, you won’t encounter any problems!

I tried to keep my seams as pressed down as possible. Whenever I am working with Four Patches or something similar, I always press them as shown below to reduce bulk.

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This is how I press my patchwork.

I know that it takes more time, and I generally burn my fingers in the process, but for me the nice smooth quilt top is worth it.

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Organized and ready!

With all of my pieces pressed and ready, I put the pattern next to my sewing space and got to work. I counted how many pieces I needed to complete all of the same type of block. Then I stacked them on top of each other in order and sewed them all together. I do it this way to save time.

With my blocks pieced, I laid them out on the floor for assembly. This is where some of my Scrap Squad sisters had some issues, and being able to read their blogs ahead of time was helpful. I made sure that I placed each block in the correct spot so that I could avoid ripping. Taking a picture to make sure that all is well works wonderfully for me. Somehow I can spot mistakes in a photo easier than I can spot a problem on the floor right in front of me!

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I take a photo of the layout to be sure nothing is misplaced.

To piece my setting triangles I knew that I had to center the dark purple, so I pressed my background strip in half with my iron, then centered the point of the dark purple to my pressed line. It worked!

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My method for centering the dark purple

Now I’m all ready for quilting!

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Ready for quilting

I chose an all-over pattern with nice “flow.” When I was finished I took the quilt off of the machine to square it up. I like to start by trimming down the corners first, and then I match up the sides. I use my large square ruler.

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Squaring up

Bound and almost finished, I knew that this quilt would need a sleeve to be hung in a quilt show. I like to use the same fabric as my backing. Here is how I do it: I cut a 9″ strip that is almost as wide as the top of my quilt and I sew the long sides together to form a tube. I press this seam open. Then I press the tube flat so that the open seam is in the center of the tube. I fold the ends of the tube in twice and sew them down so the sleeve has finished edges.

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Making a sleeve

Now it’s time to attach the sleeve to the quilt! I find the center of my quilt’s top edge and pin, then find the center of my sleeve and pin. I line up those two pins and start pinning the sleeve to my quilt every few inches.This is important because you don’t want the sleeve to slide around as you hand sew it to the back of your quilt.

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The sleeve is attached to the quilt by hand.

Now hand sew around all the edges. You can use a bit of a larger stitch for this to make it go faster. Now all you need is a curtain rod and a place to hang your beautiful finished project!

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My finished Oh, Sew Purple!

There it is! My finished project Oh, Sew Purple! I hope that you have enjoyed reading my  blog posts over the past year. Thank you again for all of your support and friendship, and please keep it up for the 2014 Scrap Squad!


About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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5 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Nicole’s Oh, Sew Purple!

  1. Linda S says:

    So pretty, and in my favorite color!

  2. Cathryn says:

    Gorgeous quilt, Nicole! Love the colors and hope to see it in a quilt show soon. I’m going to guess you belong to SewSociety?

  3. Donna Amos says:

    What a beautiful quilt. Your colors and fabrics are great. Have enjoyed all of the Scrap Squad projects this year. Good job.

  4. Becky Ball says:

    Simply beautiful. I’m glad you learned from our mistakes. I hope you are back in your sewing room soon. Please keep in touch!

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