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.
The featured design from the new July/August issue of Quiltmaker is called Pup Tents. This issue is on newsstands now.
Pup Tents was designed by Janice Averill from West Haven, Connecticut. The pink version below was made using fabrics from our preferred partners Quilting Treasures.
Today’s featured quilt is by Buff Jones, who makes her home in Santa Clara, California. You’ll hear from Buff in her own words below.
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A dear friend and I have been “stashing” fabric with sewing/quilting themes. It is great fun to buy a half yard and split it. Or gift each other with a fat quarter that was too good to leave behind. We scheme about what we will make as gifts for one another with these fun fabrics. When I saw Pup Tents, I decided that I would put those scraps into groups of color and go for it!
This is a quilt that requires baggies and labels—just too many moving parts…er, geese.
Remember how I told you that I always make one block first? Well, rules are meant to be broken, and I made each and every goose with wild enthusiasm. Then I looked at one block…
I convinced myself that a group of four would improve the situation.
Not so much. My friend, who assured me that not every quilt could be a Paul Newman, and who has a heart as large as the Grand Canyon, gave it a once over, made a bit of a face, and said, “ummm…..”. With visions of unsewing a few hundred Flying Geese, I started turning blocks around (with high hopes).
Voila! A pinwheel emerged…(can you spell relief?). I decided black and white would be even better. It also gives me a chance to share a tip I love. Instead of marking the white squares, why not just press them in half? Just PRESS, don’t IRON, or the bias will get you.
Next decision: Should I put the new and improved black and white pinwheels together as four? The square it creates is very nice, but there is just too much going on! Notice that I put the different geese units in matching sets of four so that your eye could see an expanding pinwheel out from the center.
Sashing to the rescue!
Here is my “Exploding Sewing Room” quilt in all its glory. Look below at the wonderful notions theme that Melodee Wade added to make the quilt a delight! Can you see the thread, scissors and rotary cutter? Great fun!
This quilt was a challenge and a delight!
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