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 fabrics you already own. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
If you like our original version, convenient quilt kits are available.
But if you want to change it up, you’ll like today’s post by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona. Pam shares her story below.
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I’m so pleased to be a part of the 2015 Scrap Squad. It’s exciting to be revealing my first scrappy quilt today and it is a bright one!
My assigned quilt was Pointed Prisms. I began by looking through my stash of fabric. I decided to use this fabric as my inspiration for the quilt.
I recently added a selection of hand-dyed fabrics to my stash. I placed them on the inspiration fabric.
Next I took a closer look at Pointed Prisms. I asked myself the following questions:
- Where do I want to use scraps?
- What fabrics will I use in addition to scraps?
- How large shall I make my quilt?
- Scraps will be placed in the yellow/white and green sections of Pointed Prisms
- Hand-dyed fabrics will replace the blues
- Quilt will be 5 pyramids wide and 8 pyramids long (snuggle size for a child)
Gathering the Scraps
Now comes the fun part, gathering together my scraps. Since this is the Scrap Squad, the scraps will be the focal part of the quilt. One of my favorite things about “scrappy” quilting is selecting the fabrics. These scraps hold wonderful memories of the quilts created for special people and events—family, friends, babies, graduations and weddings.
I eliminated the gray and red hand-dyed fabrics and decided to go with the six colors below to guide me in selecting my “scraps.”
Then I chose prints that were similar in color to the hand-dyed fabrics above.
I found that I had “keepers”, “maybes”, and “no ways”. I set the “maybes” aside to be revisited later if needed. If you are having trouble deciding whether or not to use a fabric, it is helpful to take a photo with your camera or ipad. It will give you another point of view.
Below is my final selection of fabrics. I’m now down to four colors of hand dyes. Perfect for the eight rows of this quilt.
After looking at my fabric stack a few times, I decided that I needed a POP of color even though these were bright and bold. Here is my “final-final” selection of fabrics and scraps with bright yellow added for that POP.
I needed nine scrappy pyramids and nine large hand-dyed pyramids for each color section of the quilt. Each section will consist of two rows.
I checked my supply of rulers and found two pyramid rulers that would work for cutting the quilt pieces. They are 90 degree triangle rulers.
I cut my strips according to Quiltmaker’s pattern, using my rulers instead of the templates provided.
My rulers also had markings for cutting the half pyramids.
I had originally planned to have four small print pyramids in each large scrap pyramid.
After auditioning the fabrics, I decided to place a yellow pyramid in the center. I then used the large pyramid ruler to trim the scrappy pyramids. Two sides of each triangle are on the bias. I sewed carefully, hoping not to stretch the seams, but they still needed to be trimmed to the same size as the solid pyramids. You can see that a tiny amount fabric needed to be trimmed from the finished pyramid.
Prior to cutting out the hand-dyed fabrics, I auditioned the scrappy pyramids and hand dyes to make sure I was pleased with the look.
I liked it! I made 36 scrappy pyramids and nine large pyramids from each of the four colors of hand dyes. I followed the instructions for assembly, creating the green, blue and pink sections.
My Quilt Speaks
I was preparing to begin the purple row when the quilt spoke to me from the design wall. This happens often in my quilting studio! I think it’s important to let your quilt speak. What did it say???? It said “NO MORE’! I listened and revised my plan. The quilt will now be five pyramids wide and only six pyramids long. The purple didn’t make it into the quilt, and the result is the perfect size for “kid snuggling.”
I used yellow for the inner border and binding. The outer border is my inspiration fabric. Inner border and binding were cut 2 1/2″ and the outer border is 6″.
A Theme Emerges
As I worked on this quilt, I kept thinking of a circus, probably because of the bright colors. The pyramids reminded me of the “big top.” I downloaded a circus quilting design from Anne Bright and quilted the “edge to edge” design using my new Handi Quilter and Pro-Stitcher.
I named the quilt “@ the circus” and made a machine embroidery label on my Janome 15000. A bright animal print became the backing.
Drumroll please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I present to you my first Scrap Squad Quilt.
@ the circus
P. S. What do you do with nine leftover scrappy pyramids? You make a Festive Pennant Garland for your studio.
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