QM Scrap Squad: Jennifer’s Country Morning

The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and make their own scrappy versions to inspire you.

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The Scrap Squad quilt from the Sept/Oct Quiltmaker is Country Morning. We made the original quilt in Robert Kaufman fabrics. The line is Lazy Daisy Baskets by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Country Morning shown in Lazy Daisy Baskets
fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman.

 

It was the Classic/Update quilt, where we take a classic pattern from an early issue and update it. The quilt features printed Robert Kaufman fabric that suggests redwork embroidery in the cream-colored blocks. We asked the Scrap Squad to replace that fabric with something completely different. They came up with some great ideas.

Today’s featured quilt is by Jennifer Stevens from Holcomb, Kansas. You’ll hear from Jennifer in her own words below.

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Jennifer Stevens from Holcomb, Kansas

 

“Oh boy…”. That’s how I started this quilt, and that’s how I ended this quilt!! I had never really done paper piecing before—only bits here and there—and I apparently hadn’t done it correctly. Seeing this pattern was a little scary but the instructions in Quiltmaker made my job easier.

I used fat quarters from Robert Kaufman for this project. I won them in a giveaway during last year’s Back to School Party with Quiltmaker. They’re called A La Maison by Terri Conrad Designs.

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I was having trouble cutting pieces the right size. I kept having to rip so I made a cheat sheet. Then I didn’t use anything smaller than the size indicated, which saved a lot of time.

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My suggestion for making sure all the angles match is to pin, pin, pin! It was handy to have the 1/4″ seam allowance included on the paper foundations. I pinned through the seamline on the front piece and the back piece so the angles matched.

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On the large blocks, I envisioned a machine embroidered redwork design. I chose “Country Flower Quilt Blocks” from Bunny Cup Embroidery.  I used a Brother PC-8200 embroidery machine and dark brown machine embroidery thread from Coats & Clark.

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Here is my final project. Hopefully it’s the first of many paper piecing adventures!

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Kudos to this young sewer for plunging right in to paper foundation piecing. We loved Jennifer’s idea of using machine embroidery in the blocks because we know many QM readers do machine embroidery. Bunnycup is always happy to work with us and we appreciate their partnership, so please visit their website at bunnycup.com for great and affordable embroidery designs.

One option that comes to mind: If you have embroidery software or if your machine allows you to change the size of the embroidery, you could make the embroidery larger to fill up more of the block if you’d like. Or do like Jen did and leave space for beautiful quilting around the embroidery.

I love how brave Jennifer was to use four different border fabrics. It makes this piece ever so interesting, which holds my attention. What more can you ask from a quilt? Another nice job by a busy young mom.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Hoffman California Fabrics

We’re nearing the end of Week 2 in Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt Contest. It’s always fun to browse the different sponsors’ websites and see what’s new.

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As a quick reminder, there are two grand prizes and 25 prize packages. The grand prizes are a PFAFF sewing machine and a Handi Quilter longarm. The 25 packages contain fabric, books, thread and more. Lots of reasons to hunt for the treasure!

Today’s featured sponsor is new to the Treasure Hunt: Hoffman California Fabrics. Hoffman creates the popular Bali Pops (rhymes with lollipops) and Bali Crackers. They have luscious batiks and screenprints.

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For many years they have sponsored the Hoffman Challenge—you’ve probably seen some of those quilts at a quilt show, because the Challenge quilts really seem to get around.

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For each of the 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, Hoffman has provided a Bali Cracker pack of 40 – 10″ squares in the Tiramisu flavor. Sounds like snack time to me!

Check out the Hoffman California Fabrics website and find the Treasure Hunt button to enter once for this sponsor.

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Hoffman’s generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Guidelines4Quilting

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt Contest is going on now. Today we’re featuring a new sponsor that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

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If you’re Treasure Hunting with us, start with the Nov/Dec Quiltmaker. Ads in that issue will guide you to find the Treasure Hunt button on the sponsors’ websites.

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Today’s featured sponsor is Guidelines4Quilting.

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These folks have some terrific rulers and cool tools for quilting, especially if you’re not fond of math. These tools do all the math for you.

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My favorite product is the Prep Tool. It can be used for several tasks but I love it using it as a point trimmer. It seems easier to use than my other point trimmers.

Treasure Hunters, you’re in luck because for each of the 25 prize packages, Guidelines4Quilting has provided a Prep Tool and a 6-pack of Seam Guides. Your quarter-inch will be perfect!

Check out the Guidelines4Quilters website and find the Treasure Hunt button to enter once for this sponsor.

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Guidelines4Quilting’s generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Coats & Clark

This post is from 2012. Be sure to read the blog posts for Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2013.

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt Contest is going on now and I hope you’ve had a chance to look for the sponsor buttons and enter.

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Begin with the Nov/Dec Quiltmaker (print or digital).

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Sponsors’ ads give clues to help you find Treasure Hunt buttons on their websites. Blog posts feature sponsors too, with lots of links to guide you on the Treasure Hunt.

Today’s featured sponsor is Coats & Clark, who are celebrating their 200th anniversary.

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Two Hundred Years! That’s a long time in business—and think of the changes their company has seen.

We’ve only been driving cars for about 100 years. Coats & Clark existed 100 years before that.

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But there are also categories for knitting, crochet, hand embroidery and more.

 Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Coats & ClarkFor each of the 25 prize packages, Coats & Clark provided a 200th Anniversary Storybook 18-spool Assortment of Dual Duty XP Thread, a 200th Anniversary Commemorative Tin and a set of four reissued Advertising Trade Cards.

Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Coats & Clark’s generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: Clothworks

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt is underway. During the contest, we’ll feature the industry sponsors in regular blog posts. Find Treasure Hunt details here.

TH2012 200 Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: ClothworksToday’s featured sponsor is Clothworks. They define themselves as “a fabric company dedicated to producing gorgeous fabrics by the industry’s most talented artists.” Pretty inspiring words by which to do business.

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Please visit their website to find the Treasure Hunt button and click to enter once for this sponsor.

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To the 25 Treasure Hunt prize packages, Clothworks will add fat quarter packs of Laurel Burch Basics and Fabulous Felines.

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You might want to check out the fresh Laurel Burch Aurifil thread while you’re there. Sounds yummy.

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Clothworks’ generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

 

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QM Scrap Squad: Bonnie’s Country Morning

The QM Scrap Squad is a select group of seven QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker and make their own scrappy versions to inspire you.

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The Scrap Squad quilt from the Sept/Oct Quiltmaker is Country Morning. We made the original quilt in Robert Kaufman fabrics. The line is Lazy Daisy Baskets by Darlene Zimmerman.

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Country Morning shown in Lazy Daisy Baskets fabrics by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman.

It was the Classic/Update, where we take a classic pattern from an early issue and update it. The quilt features printed fabric that suggests redwork embroidery in the cream-colored blocks. We asked the Scrap Squad to replace that fabric with something completely different. They came up with some great ideas.

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Today’s featured quilt is by Bonnie Stapleton from Powhatan, Virginia. You’ll hear from Bonnie in her own words below.

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What fun to start a new quilt! I love dreaming up the color combinations and playing with the fabrics. I was excited to plan something for the block centers in Country Morning. I settled on pumpkins because, well, fall was going to arrive even if it was 100 degrees when I started!

Once I had the pumpkin idea I gathered fabrics. Everything came from my stash.

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I decided to tackle the paper piecing part first. I used EQ’s Foundation Sheets because they go through my inkjet printer with no problems and they are see-through, which makes it easy to line up the pieces.

On these patches it was very challenging for me to get the fabric to cover the whole space. I did a bit of ripping. Eventually I just pinned the seam lines and flipped to make sure the fabric would cover everything.

I drew my own pumpkin shapes. I traced the drawings onto Heat N Bond Lite fusible web.

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Once I got the center of the top together I needed to decide on the borders. I used photos to help me audition.

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It was evident right off that I needed a small black border to set off the center section. I tried all sorts of fabrics from my stash: added a color, a bright, a print, and tried using a fabric from the center.

I decided on a print which I’ve had in my stash for years. It really warms my heart when I use an old fabric that I have fondled and loved for a while.

After checking my batting collection I decided to try Dream Green batting from Quilter’s Dream. It is 100% post-consumer recycled bottles. I think of soda bottles whenever I see this green batting. It worked great in this wall hanging.

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I decided to hand quilt this as I wasn’t planning on doing heavy quilting. I spray basted using 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive. I actually drew a line on the batting where the top would go so I didn’t spray areas that I wasn’t going to use.

Once I started quilting, I realized black thread on black fabric wasn’t the greatest combination for older eyes. I quilted lightly and will decide later if I want to add a bit more quilting. While taking pictures I realized that each pumpkin needs some stitching in the center. I’m thinking of going back and redoing each of the spines with a machine zigzag.

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Bonnie's finished Pumpkin Country Morning

I attached the label before the binding so it was caught in the binding. I made the label using EQ Printables and my computer. I usually make several specific labels, like this one, and several generic labels with just my name and location.

After I finished this quilt with an older piece of fabric for the backing, I realized what I thought was a pumpkin was really a flower. The backing is all about a garden, while the front is all about the pumpkins. Works for me.

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Although this was a challenging quilt for me, I love how it turned out. It is already hanging in the living room. And what’s even better—the hubby likes it. And, I quote, “It’s got movement and feeling.” Score another cool Scrap Squad finish!

One of the most valuable things we can learn from Bonnie’s process is the way she auditioned border fabrics. She tried all kinds of different fabrics—because you just never know what’s going to work until you get them up on a vertical surface. A job well done, Bonnie!

 

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: AccuQuilt

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt is underway. During the contest, we’ll feature the industry sponsors in regular blog posts. Find Treasure Hunt details here.

TH2012 200 Treasure Hunt 2012 Sponsor: AccuQuiltToday’s featured sponsor is AccuQuilt, where “better cuts make better quilts.” AccuQuilt products have the quilting community abuzz these days.

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AccuQuilt will provide the book Quilting on the Go! by Suzanne McNeill for each of the 25 prize packages in the Treasure Hunt.

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AccuQuilt’s specialty cutting products are changing the way quilters work. And the Go! Baby makes cutting more portable than ever. Read some customer reviews.

Be sure to look for the Treasure Hunt button on AccuQuilt’s website to enter the contest once for AccuQuilt. Remember that the Nov/Dec issue of Quiltmaker will guide you to find each sponsor’s button. Look at the AccuQuilt ad for help.

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges AccuQuilt’s generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Grand Prize Sponsor: PFAFF

 

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Quiltmaker is pleased to recognize PFAFF as the provider of a grand prize during the Treasure Hunt Contest which is now open.

 

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PFAFF will award a PFAFF® quilt expression™ 4.0 sewing machine
with Tool Box to one grand prize winner.

Please visit the PFAFF website, where you’ll find sewing and embroidery machines, cabinets, sergers, embroidery designs and software and many more creative tools.

 

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Once you’re there, find the Treasure Hunt button and click to enter once for this sponsor.

Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges PFAFF and their generous sponsorship of a grand prize during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

Find the Treasure Hunt details here.

[Update: If you don't want to wait until December to win this fantastic sewing machine, PFAFF is offering a $200 cash rebate if you purchase a quilt expression 4.0 sewing machine in October.]

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Treasure Hunt 2012 Grand Prize Sponsor: Handi Quilter

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Quiltmaker is pleased to recognize Handi Quilter as the provider of a grand prize during the Treasure Hunt Contest which is now open.

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Handi Quilter will award a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen™ sit-down longarm machine to one grand prize winner. Please visit the Handi Quilter website, where you’ll find longarm quilting machines plus many other resources for machine quilters.

Once you’re there, find the Treasure Hunt button and click to enter once for this sponsor.

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Quiltmaker gratefully acknowledges Handi Quilter and their generous sponsorship during the Treasure Hunt. We appreciate their partnership.

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Let the Treasure Hunt 2012 Begin

TH2012 200 Let the Treasure Hunt 2012 BeginQuiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt opens today, Tuesday Oct. 2 at 2 pm Mountain time. I hope you’ll grab a Nov/Dec Quiltmaker and get started at your leisure.

Relax and take your time browsing the sponsoring sites. The contest isn’t a race and you have until 11:59 pm MST on Dec. 4 to find all of the buttons. Here’s what one contestant said last year.

I am so excited!  As soon as I received my latest issue of Quiltmaker, I made a list of the quilt websites to visit. I originally wanted to visit each site asap, but instead, I will be visiting a new website each day. That way, I’ll be able to really take my time, investigating every aspect of each location. In the real world, I know this is a way to expand these businesses’ email directories, but I am looking forward to finding wonderful treasures along the way.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks, Joyce J.!

 

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The Nov/Dec issue (paper or digital) is the place to begin. Each ad by a sponsor will help lead you to the Treasure Hunt button on the sponsor’s website.

Quiltmaker and 18 industry sponsors will award a total of more than $21,000 worth of quilty prizes to 27 different winners in the Treasure Hunt.

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There are two Grand Prizes this year. In the longarm category, Handi Quilter will award a Sweet Sixteen™ sit-down longarm machine worth $5690.

 

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In the domestic category, PFAFF will award a PFAFF® quilt expression™ 4.0 sewing machine with Tool Box worth $2899.

The 25 prize packages will include fabric, books and more; the packages are worth over $500 each.

During the contest we’ll feature the Treasure Hunt sponsors one at a time on Quilty Pleasures. Follow along to see the products they offer and get a few clues, too. There’s plenty of time to complete your entries so take your time and enjoy it!

For details and an entry form, visit the Treasure Hunt contest page. Important note: You do not need to search or find a Treasure Hunt button for Quiltmaker. Click on the “entry form” tab and fill out the entry form. The Treasure Hunt closes at 11:59 pm MST on 12/4/12.

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