Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a small select group of readers who make scrap quilts from QM patterns. We share their creations on Quilty Pleasures to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the quilting fabrics you already own.
Today’s quilt was made by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona. You’ll hear from Pam in her own words below.
“For this Scrap Squad quilt, I decided to make a Christmas version of Round of Nines that would be the perfect size to hang in my living room.
“As I looked through my collection of Christmas fabrics, I began making stacks. I wanted the quilt to be bright and cheerful with a little whimsy. Below is my first stack of eliminated fabrics. I decided these were too elegant.
“Next I eliminated two large-scale prints.
“Now I was down to three stacks. The fabrics below are small-scale prints that should work in the quilt.
“Next are some directional fabrics that I thought might work.
“Last was my ‘maybe’ stack.
“In the end I decided to go with the small scale-prints and the directional prints.
“I followed the pattern by cutting all the fabrics into strips. Since I had yardage, fat quarters and scraps, I decided to cut my width-of-fabric strips in half. I selected sets of three fabrics to make the scrappy Nine Patch units.
“All the half-square triangles were cut from white fabric and attached to the Nine Patches.
“I cut squares from the remaining strips and attached to each corner of the block using stitch-and-flip.
“I experimented with a couple of placement ideas and eventually decided to just follow the pattern. I was pleased with the diamonds that appeared when the rows were sewn together.
“My final quilt top was five rows of five blocks each. I quilted an edge-to-edge design by Anne Bright called “Too Much Bubbly.” I love the contrast of the many small circles with the bright white diamond. My Handi Quilter Avante did a great job on the quilting. Love that machine!
“I used a snowman print for the backing, bright green Christmas fabric for the binding, and added a machine embroidered label.
“I called the quilt ‘Snowy Diamond’ because the white lines remind me of a baseball diamond—perhaps due to the many Diamondback games I’ve attended!
“Here is my finished quilt. Can’t wait to display it at Christmas.”
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What a great stash buster! And the perfect way to use up a collection of Christmas fabrics. You’ll notice that Pam’s quilt doesn’t look exactly like the original Round of Nines. Can you see what she did differently? I’ll send one person who answers correctly by midnight Sunday, June 7 a box of quilty fun.
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