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 quilts are from the July/August issue, on newsstands now. Print or digital issues are also available from QuiltandSewShop.com.
July/August ’15 issue
Usually we feature just one quilt from a member of the Scrap Squad. But Donna Hanna loved both of the Scrap Squad quilts from this issue, so she made two! Now that’s an enthusiastic scrap quilter!
Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania
You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.
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I was so excited when I saw the choices for our third assignment that I decided that I just had to make both of them!
The original Round of Nines quilt, designed and made by Natalia Bonner in fabrics from Moda Fabrics.
The bright cheery colors in Round of Nines really caught my attention, and I knew immediately that there were items in my stash that would be perfect for this pattern.
Some of my orphans had finally found a home.
I had been gifted a ton of 6″crumb blocks, and I knew they would be a perfect fit for this quilt. (Crumb blocks are made randomly from the smallest scraps or “crumbs” of fabric.) So I replaced the Nine Patches in the pattern with my awesome, free, colorful, scrappy blocks.
Some of the many, many crumb blocks I was given
These blocks have it all! You can’t get much scrappier. There’s quite a mix of fabric in these blocks, and that makes them so much fun.
I chose bright and cheery colors for my corner pieces.
I chose bright, cheery fabrics for the corners of my blocks.
The pattern uses Stitch-and-Flip for the corners, but I used strips instead.
I used my triangle ruler to cut the corner pieces rather than using the stitch-and-flip method.
I cut 2″ strips of prints and whites and sewed them together. Then I used my triangle ruler to cut out pieced corner sections.
I needed both kinds of triangles for this quilt.
Even though the pattern didn’t include sashing, I chose to add black and white sashing to each block.
I added black and white sashing around each quilt block.
The original quilt did not include a border, but I have miles and miles of scrappy piano key border ready and waiting to be put to use on a good scrappy quilt. I love it when the border is as scrappy as the center.
Piano key border ready and waiting!
And here is my version of Round of Nines in all its scrappy glory!
Donna’s finished Round of Nines quilt
But wait—what’s a scrappy front without a scrappy back?
The scrappy back of Donna’s Round of Nines quilt
Editor’s note: Look out! This girl is on a roll!!!
Our second option for the Scrap Squad was Hero’s Homecoming. I was drawn to this pattern because I knew it would be fun to play with the color placement to create a different look with the same block.
The original Hero’s Homecoming, designed by Janice Averill, made in Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics
My original plan was to switch up the colors and use an alternate color placement than the pattern. My color recipe was bright blue, black, grey, orange and white. When I pulled the fabric from my stash I made a rash, sudden decision to replace the bright blue with very dark indigo blues—without thinking out my choices.
These blocks just didn’t work because there was not enough contrast.
Not good. I should know by now not to make such impulsive changes! I chose a blue that was too close to my black and the finished blocks were way too close in value to see the pattern that was created. Too bad I didn’t discover this until I had 48 blocks sewn.
So, after a false start with my bad color choices, I started over and I ended up using black, white, red and a little gray.
One block: better contrast!
Here is my final color layout, which turned out to be a much better choice. Little blocks make big blocks…
Four blocks come together with a surprising effect.
I just love the secondary pattern it created. I finished the top off by adding simple scrappy borders and a scrappy binding.
Donna’s finished Hero’s Homecoming is decidedly different from the original. Beautiful job from this Scrap Squad member!
From the editor: Aren’t the Scrap Squad quilters amazing? I just love these ladies. They work so hard to make quilts that inspire others. Donna went way above and beyond. Let’s give her a virtual round of applause and celebrate with a giveaway! Please leave a comment for Donna below by midnight Sunday, June 14. I’ll choose a random winner for a box of quilt surprises and I promise that you will not be disappointed!
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Digital quilt pattern for Hero’s Homecoming
Quilt kit for the original Hero’s Homecoming (red, white and blue batik version)
Hero’s Homecoming, designed by Janice Averill, made in Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics