QM Scrap Squad: Emily’s Man Quilt

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Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who take one predetermined pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions to inspire other readers. We feature a new Scrap Squad quilt almost every week.

QM created the Scrap Squad because we know our readers want to use fabric they already own to make lively one-of-a-kind creations from our patterns.

QMMP 140400 cover 200 QM Scrap Squad: Emilys Man QuiltThe Scrap Squad quilt from the March/April issue is Summer Love, designed by Kimberly Jolly. It was made by Nancy Parkinson in fabrics from Marcus Fabrics.

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Today’s featured quilt is by Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah. Check out her blog, Em’s Scrap Bag.

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Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah

This is Emily’s first Scrap Squad project. She tells the story in her own words below.

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When my friend Ruth shared the link for the Scrap Squad on Facebook I knew I had to give it a go. I was thrilled when I was chosen to be in this group of talented quilters. I love scrap quilts!

When I received Summer Love I knew I wanted to make a manly quilt. I have some pretty special men in my life, three sons and a wonderful hubby, and they need (yes, it is a need) man quilts. So I went to my red and gray scraps.

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I also pulled a few blacks.

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But then I did a value test. I put my camera on its black and white setting to test gray scale. I found that the blacks meshed with the grays, so I decided on a solid black instead. Then I cut 3 1/2″ strips so I could use my Nifty Notions rulers to make the Flying Geese and half-square triangles.

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 I can cut everything from the same strip and there is no waste.

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Once everything was cut I put like fabrics into piles. This allows me to make sure I use a variety of fabrics in each block and that I don’t end up with all of one fabric at the end.

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I assembled my Flying Geese, and then I pinned to get my points nice and sharp when I sewed the Geese together.

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As I finished the blocks I put them on my design wall.

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I found one of my blocks had kissing cousins (two of the same fabric next to each other) and one that I felt had too much orange in it. So I fixed those.

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I decided to do a pieced block for the setting triangles. I used my leftover 3 1/2″ strips to cut 2 squares and make 2 half-square triangles. I set them into a Four Patch to mimic the hourglass in the blocks.

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I added two larger red triangles to complete the setting triangles.

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I put it all together on the design wall with black sashing and red corner posts.

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I added black borders and quilted it in echoing geometric shapes to keep with my man theme.

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I bound it with a scrappy red binding and decided to call it A Black Tie Affair.  ‘Though my boys just call it “The Man Quilt.”

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Happy Quilting!

Emily

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10 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Emily’s Man Quilt

  1. Claudia says:

    Those are some snappy looking bow ties! Now, just don’t tell us that those men in your life got into a tussle over this project, and divided it between themselves. I’m sure you have other “man” projects on the list.

    I have two black and white with red projects waiting for me downstairs.

  2. Anne Wiens says:

    I love it! I’m thinking it would be a fun block in shirting scraps with plaid “bow ties”, too.

  3. Karlene says:

    Love how your quilt turned out. Great job!

  4. Really love the sashing triangles! Great job, Ms. Emily.

  5. Liz Engman says:

    Love it! I do love black and red, too. It has a very sculptural look.

  6. gab says:

    This interpretation is great! Red, black and white always makes a classy quilt.

  7. Gina says:

    I love your version! Great job on your first Scrap Squad quilt post!

  8. Becky Ball says:

    Love your setting triangles – wait – love the whole quilt. It is also one of my most favorite color combinations. You do the scrap squad proud.

  9. Joyce Weckwerth says:

    Nice job, Emily. My DH loves black and red quilts!

  10. Margaret K in Virginia says:

    I love your take on this design! Breaking up the large sashing triangles was a great idea. Hope all your men enjoy the quilt!

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