The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects.
Today’s featured quilt is by Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.
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Hi, it’s Em from Em’s Scrapbag here to share my process with the newest Scrap Squad quilt. When I saw Mountain Morning for the first time I knew I would go bright. I wanted my mountains to be bright and happy. With that in mind I grabbed my pink, yellow, orange, and blue scrap bins and began to pull fabrics that spoke to me.
I made a rough sketch of what I wanted to do in Electric Quilt software. Then I got busy making a lot of creative clutter.
First I made the big chevrons, one in each of my colors.
Next I added the smaller chevrons. I decided to add a few darker blue prints for interest. I worried that everything was the same value and would moosh together without the darker prints.
With the chevron rows done I began to question my original idea.
So I tried a few things. I threw a few strips up to see if I wanted to go back to the bars in the original quilt.
Not thrilled with that idea, the bars just didn’t give it the zig zaggy, up and down movement I wanted. So I started making a bunch of squares set on point to replace the bars.
My math was a little off…
…but I was able to lop off a couple of the squares on each row and make them work.
I thought I needed a little space between all the zig zaggy goodness so I added some solid rows of blue.
Then because i had recently taught a class on “No Boring Borders” I felt I better practice what I preach. In keeping with the “large and small” chevron theme, I decided on a bigger Square in a Square for my top and bottom borders. After basting I quilted various zig zaggy motifs.
After auditioning several blues I settled on a dotty blue and Candy Mountain is a happy finish.