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 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.
I decided to use my collection of 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!
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.
To save time, I used one of my ‘cheater’ rulers to cut out the squares. I try to make some jobs easier on myself!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think of my interpretation of this lovely quilt.