Scrap Quilt Ideas: Nadia’s “A Few Zags”

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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 is 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.

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Today’s featured quilt is by Nadia Wilson from Port Hardy, British Columbia. You’ll hear about her process in her own words below.

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As soon as I saw the pattern for my second Scrap Squad assignment I knew I wanted to make a chevron quilt.

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Beautiful jewel tones!

I decided to use my collection of Cantik Batiks.

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Cantik Batiks

I wanted the rich jewel tones to be set against a dark background. Early on I had a clear vision for this quilt!

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Pencil drawing

I needed to change up the original pattern because I had a hard time visualizing my chevrons with the dark/light strip sets between the mountains. I decided to remove them completely and go for a more solid-looking background.

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Deciding on the fabric layout

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Planning the rows

To save time, I used one of my ‘cheater’ rulers to cut out the squares. I try to make some jobs easier on myself!

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ScrapMaster ruler to cut squares

In assembling my rows, I accidentally sewed a whole row of half square triangles to gray fabric on both sides when I meant to sew half gray and half black. What to do??? I didn’t want to waste fabric and spend a lot more time piecing, so I added a different design element to my top. Sometimes accidents actually work out for the better!

My decision now was between making them as diamonds or as elongated rectangles. I opted for the diamonds as I thought these would offset the chevrons nicely. I’m pleased with the results!

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Rectangles?

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Diamonds?

I love piecing! I find it so relaxing and it’s such a nice process. I like to match up my seams as evenly as possible, and when pressing my seams I try to minimize bulk. I think ahead to the quilting stage as I am piecing so I can plan how my seams will fall. Chain piecing saves time and thread!

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Even seams

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Distribute the bulk on seams

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I love chain piecing!

For the quilting, I opted to stitch in the ditch. I absolutely love the fabrics and the brightness of the jewel tones and I did not want the quilting to take away from it. I backed the quilt with a really nice cuddly flannel fabric—this quilt will be ‘oh so soft’ to snuggle under! I used Hobbs 80/20 batting in black, and in keeping with the batik theme, I used a more solid black Cantik Batik fabric for binding.

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Machine quilting on my Bernina

Here is a picture of my completed top lying on a queen size bed. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I love the richness of the Cantik Batik fabrics set against the black and gray background fabrics. The diamond strip adds just enough difference to make the quilt sparkle!

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A Few Zags

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Details of the diamond strip on the gray background

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think of my interpretation of this lovely quilt.

Happy Quilting,

Nadia

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7 Responses to Scrap Quilt Ideas: Nadia’s “A Few Zags”

  1. Peggy Race says:

    Beautiful Quilt, Nadia. The colours are so clear and bright. You do great work.

  2. Peggy Race says:

    Nadia, the quilt if fantastic. You have done an amazing job. The colours are so rich and bright. I have not made a Chevron Quilt yet but it’s now on my list of quilt to make. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Barb Johnson says:

    I love the way you used the same fabric in the same place on each strip! Wow, that took a lot of planning!

  4. Karlene says:

    Your lovely quilt has a lot of character. Great job!

  5. Claudia says:

    Love the bright colors and the contrast with the black and gray.

  6. Emily says:

    Looks fabulous. Love the fabrics you used.

  7. Joyce says:

    I think your quilt turned out gorgeous. I have made a few chevrons but I haven’t tried to make them in more than two color combinations. Thank you for sharing.

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