Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Candy Mountain

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Quilts from the Scrap Squad continue today with another scrappy rendition of a design in Quiltmaker’s May/June issue, on newsstands now. To be sure you never miss an issue, subscribe easily.

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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.

 

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Mountain Morning will be the featured quilt from this issue. It was designed by Jocelyn Ueng who is with It’s Sew Emma, and made in Bali Batiks from preferred partners Hoffman California Fabrics.

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.

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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.

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First I made the big chevrons, one in each of my colors.

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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.

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With the chevron rows done I began to question my original idea.

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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.

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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.

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My math was a little off…

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…but I was able to lop off a couple of the squares on each row and make them work.

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I thought I needed a little space between all the zig zaggy goodness so I added some solid rows of blue.

DSCN0261 263x300 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Candy MountainThen 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.

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After auditioning several blues I settled on a dotty blue and Candy Mountain is a happy finish.

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6 Responses to Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Candy Mountain

  1. Katie Wells says:

    Love this, i would treasure it, Love the patriotic quilt sq, wish I had thought of it LOL

  2. Katie Wells says:

    Aside from loving the whole book of ideas, I like the patriotic quilt with the yellow and red and blue that is so cool but really I would love to win this I would treasure it

  3. Karlene says:

    Very colorful and scrappy. I like how you changed it.

  4. Margaret K in Virginia says:

    Love your colors, and your addition of square-in-a-square units is a fabulous idea. Well done, Scrap Squad Sister!

  5. Becky says:

    The darker blues really help give it some definition. Good choice!

  6. Gina says:

    Nice! Very scrappy and happy!

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