QM Scrap Squad: Buff’s Summer Love

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Buffs Summer LoveQuiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions to inspire others. 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.

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The 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.

QMMP 140400 summer 450 QM Scrap Squad: Buffs Summer LoveSummer Love, designed by Kimberly Jolly, made in fabrics from Marcus Fabrics

Today’s featured quilt is by Buff Jones
from Santa Clara, California.

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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.

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Inspiration fabric and ombre leftovers.

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!

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First block complete! Made with ombre scraps.

Voilá! A block with pink ombre looked great, and so did a yellow solid.

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Looks nice in yellow solid too!

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.

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Trimmed off triangles won’t go to waste! Making them into hourglass blocks.

As it turned out, they were too small to compete with the big blocks. Another scrap project in the making.

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Look at all these fabulous hourglass blocks! They were too small to compete in the end, but they’ll become another scrap project.

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.

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Two dark on light and two light on dark, all Fast Flying 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.

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This fat eighth stack came to the rescue.

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!

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Buff’s finished Summer Love quilt

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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Variegated thread was a perfect fit for this quilt.

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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.

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9 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Buff’s Summer Love

  1. Linda Ferguson says:

    Nice Job Buff!

  2. Karlene says:

    Your quilt is very pretty!

  3. Aunt Marti says:

    Buff, I love the bright colors in your quilt! And I’m copying the photo with the quilting detail to try for myself.

  4. Anne Wiens says:

    The subtle shading in the ombre scraps gives the whole quilt a certain glow. Nice job!

  5. Becky Ball says:

    I love it. It’s true to the original pattern, but is striking with your colors. Congratulations!

  6. Marly says:

    Congratulations Buff, you made a super quilt that really sparkles: scrappily colourful and dynamic, without losing the basic structure.

  7. M'LISS says:

    I am not sure if all are Buff’s works but I love many

  8. Karen says:

    I like the very colorful version that you showed last.

  9. Becky says:

    I love all the Scrap Squad versions, but I think this one just might be my favorite! I love the solids and ombres on that dark back ground, the effect is so striking!

    And I might have to borrow that quilt hanger technique! :)

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