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 Buff Jones, who makes her home in Santa Clara, California. She recently moved there from Minnesota, where her family is finishing up some loose ends.
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Chevrons are great fun to make and to admire. And Mountain Morning was lovely—I adore teal, and it was so serene. It was still wavering between Winter and Spring (especially in Minnesota), and I decided that I wanted spring! So I chose to use a wonderful, colorful, mostly modern floral print instead of the pattern’s white batik, and I built the quilt around the colors in this print.
I really had to make a legend for this one. I used little colored tape arrows to help me keep track, or the Chevrons would never have become Chevrons.
After a stash attack and a run to the quilt store, don’t you think the colors are grand? (I may have to buy a new iPhone, because my son’s camera is better than mine.)
Remember how I said I always sew one block first? Okay, I was just kidding. Seriously, I had some Zen moments (who said hours?!) sewing half square triangles in beautiful colors. Then I pressed them and admired them. Lots and Lots of them. (See the sticky tape arrows?)
Being who I am, I had many more Zen moments trimming dog ears, one 0f my least favorite things in quilting, although I sincerely love real dog ears, honestly.
When I laid out the blocks according to the pattern, they didn’t speak to me. They were nice, but, just not, you know, right. (Notice how I have my ruler weighing down the small half square triangles at the top of the photo below? More on defensive quilting later…)
What say we turn the blocks this way and that, and…NOW, you’re talking! ”Blooming Chevrons” is born!!!
Time to sew all those rows together, and, er… I think that Leonidas, Assistant #1, is bored by the process. Or, maybe he really likes it. Sometimes it is hard to tell. Now you know why there are rulers weighing down anything that moves. And lint rollers in abundance.
When the top was complete, I decided to use just two lengths for the backing and add a “scrap stripe” that mirrored the quilt “bands,” using up my scraps in the process. Voilá!
Wow, did Margrit Schwanck from Golden State Sewing do an amazing job on the quilting, or what? What a perfect pattern—it looks as beautiful on the back as on the front!
Blooming Chevrons hung on the wall is okay…
But Blooming Chevrons on the bed is a magnet for the quilter’s Assistants!!! (The new addition is Gilgamesh, the blonde tabby.)
Long live the Scrap Squad!!!
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Get Quiltmaker‘s May/June issue with the pattern for Mountain Morning in print or digital format.