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.
Today’s featured quilt is by Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah. Check out her blog, Em’s Scrap Bag.
This is Emily’s first Scrap Squad project. She tells the story in her own words below.
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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.
I also pulled a few blacks.
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.
I can cut everything from the same strip and there is no waste.
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.
I assembled my Flying Geese, and then I pinned to get my points nice and sharp when I sewed the Geese together.
As I finished the blocks I put them on my design wall.
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.
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.
I added two larger red triangles to complete the setting triangles.
I put it all together on the design wall with black sashing and red corner posts.
I added black borders and quilted it in echoing geometric shapes to keep with my man theme.
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.”