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 Buff Jones
from Santa Clara, California.
Hear Buff’s story in her own words below.
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Oh, what fun it was to stash dive and make a unique version of Summer Love! I started with an inspiration fabric that had been haunting me at my LQS.* It was black with colorful flecks of brights—I could see blocks coming to life.
* Editor’s note: That’s quilt-speak for local quilt shop.
Pulling the ombre scraps I had used in another project, I set out to make my first block.
I almost always try to make one block first, to test out my color selections and to avoid chain piecing like a madwoman—only to find I have a step out of whack.
I did that once on 32 Log Cabin blocks, and never bothered to notice I’d swapped the first two logs. THAT took some serious repair time, because I found I couldn’t live with it!
Voilá! A block with pink ombre looked great, and so did a yellow solid.
It was time to get down to sewing the rest of the blocks, and I just had to make half square triangles and then hourglass blocks.
As it turned out, they were too small to compete with the big blocks. Another scrap project in the making.
Once I read the Summer Love instructions a few times, I realized that I could use the Fast Flying Geese method on both the dark on light and the light on dark geese.
That was all fine and good, but I didn’t have too many scraps that were 7 1/4 inches! I was saved by the fat eighth stack that I just couldn’t resist at the last quilt show.
What to do with the sashing? I auditioned more fabrics than you can shake a bolt at, and asked every passerby (one can confidently KNOW that you get great advice from other quilters!) and chose a gold. Not as flashy as the bright yellow that was the runner-up, but a lot less distracting. I chopped up some leftover scraps for the cornerstones, and put a row together, fingers crossed. I wasn’t at all sure that I liked that sashing at first, but I decided to forge ahead!
I didn’t want a single second border, so more scraps to the rescue! I had planned to quilt it myself, but wimped out at the last minute (okay, I admit it!!!) My dear friend and long armer Melodee Wade suggested a pattern that had a combination of straight lines and swirls. Combined with a variegated thread, it was perfect!
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This wraps up the Summer Love quilts from the Scrap Squad. We’ll start a new project on Friday, April 4 from the May/June ’14 issue of Quiltmaker.