Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pam Snow’s “@ the circus”

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?

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Today’s quilt is from Quiltmaker’s March/April issue, on newsstands now. You can also get it directly from us in print or digital format.

QMMP 150200 cover 5001 231x300 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pam Snows @ the circus Pointed Prisms is a chevron quilt designed by Kari Ramsay and pieced by Hatty Brown. The fabrics are Bali Batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Pointed Prisms, designed by Kari Ramsay, shown in Bali Batiks by Hoffman California Fabrics

If you like our original version, convenient quilt kits are available.

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Pam Snow

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!

The Beginning

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.

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I recently added a selection of hand-dyed fabrics to my stash. I placed them on the inspiration fabric.

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Hand dyed fabrics

Next I took a closer look at Pointed Prisms. I asked myself the following questions:

  1. Where do I want to use scraps?
  2. What fabrics will I use in addition to scraps?
  3. How large shall I make my quilt?

I decided:

  1. Scraps will be placed in the yellow/white and green sections of Pointed Prisms
  2. Hand-dyed fabrics will replace the blues
  3. 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.”

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Fabric elimination

Then I chose prints that were similar in color to the hand-dyed fabrics above.

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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.

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Photo on my ipad

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.

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Final selection

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.

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POP of color

Cutting Pyramids

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.

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I cut my strips according to Quiltmaker’s pattern, using my rulers instead of the templates provided.

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Strip cutting

My rulers also had markings for cutting the half pyramids.

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Half pyramids

Assembly Time

I had originally planned to have four small print pyramids in each large scrap pyramid.

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Original plan

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.

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Trimming pyramids

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.

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Layout audition

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.”

Finishing Touches

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″.

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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.

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Quilting design

I named the quilt “@ the circus” and made a machine embroidery label on my Janome 15000.  A bright animal print became the backing.

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Backing and label


Drumroll please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I present to you my first Scrap Squad Quilt.

@ the circus

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@ 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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Happy Scrappin’!


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60 degree triangle ruler from Keepsake Quilting

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Crafter Spotlight: Shelley

I am so very pleased to announce the next quilter in our National Craft Month spotlight. Just a reminder: Each Thursday in March, we will be featuring a quilter on our blog and on Facebook. If you would like a chance, send over a submission to

Today, we feature Shelley, the owner and designer of Cora’s Quilts. She is a wife and mother of two little boys. In her own words, “In between all the dirt, plank-walking, quilt-fort building, legos … and endless piles of laundry, I manage to sneak in a little bit of time for quilting and pattern writing.”

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Shelley’s Aspen Glow quilted wall hanging

Shelley’s all-time favorite quilt pattern is her design, Aspen Glow. And I have to say, I love it too!

The original design was inspired by our kitchen rug and I just barely managed to get a sketch and a few rough notes done in the weeks before I gave birth to our youngest.  After he was born, I only had enough energy to attempt a wall-hanging-sized quilt.  I promised myself once I had a bigger sewing machine and a little more time, that I would make a king-sized version of the quilt for our bed.  

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The full size Aspen Glow quilt

 A year or so later, armed with my new beast of a sewing machine and incredibly inspired by Kate & Birdie’s Autumn Woods fabric line, I hosted a quilt along on my website with some wonderful quilty friends and actually managed to piece an 108” version of the quilt in about 12 weeks!”

I encourage you to visit Shelley’s blog where she features many more of her original quilts. I’m such a fan of the fabric she uses and her clean, modern designs. I hope you all enjoy her quilts as much as I did!

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I dug up a quilt book that seemed to match up with Shelley’s style-clean, colorful. If you are inspired by Shelley’s designs, take a look at Tula Pink’s City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

Happy National Craft Month!


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QM Scrap Addicts: At It Again!

We have a new team of enthusiastic reader-sewers called the QM Scrap Addicts. They’re taking the Bonnie Hunter blocks from our Addicted to Scraps column and making scrap quilts with them.

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You’ll find the instructions in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker. June Sinfield from Port Elgin, Ontario volunteered for this project. She must have been longing for spring.

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June Sinfield made this quilt top from Bonnie Hunter’s Twirl Around quilt blocks and Snowball blocks.

The winter blues won’t last long with this around. Such bright, happy colors!

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See all of the Addicted to Scraps blocks.

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Need to supplement your scrap stash? We have great bundles containing a wide variety of fabrics! Reasonably priced: three total yards at less than $28. They come in value ranges of lights, mediums and darks.

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Check out our Bonnie Hunter Addicted to Scraps bundles. They come in light, medium and dark options.

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Free Beginning Quilting Webinar

Beginner quilters have so many options to learn how to quilt. Join a class, ask a friend, search on YouTube. We are very excited to announce a great opportunity for beginning quilters–and the best part–it’s free.

Jenny Kae Parks is hosting the free webinar. During the hour, she will be telling you about:

 Free Beginning Quilting Webinar

This could be your quilt!

  • How to prepare and cut quilting fabric
  • How to stitch a 1/4″ seam (the staple of quilting!)
  • How to press patchwork
  • How to strip-piece and join quilt blocks together
  • How to baste a quilt

These are all the skills you need to make your first quilt. Once you’ve finished the class, I know you will have the confidence to start sewing, piecing and quilting.

And what about Jenny? Let’s learn a little about her:

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One of Jenny’s quilts

“I started quilting 15 years ago, just one simple place mat project and I was hooked. I enjoy taking on new designs and techniques, working through my quilter’s bucket list.  I try to find better/quicker/easier ways to get good results.  I believe there are no rules for quilting, just realities, the reality of what I need to do to get the results I want. Quilting should be enjoyable, not frustrating or scary.  If what you are doing is not working for you, let’s find another way.  For more about me, check out my website, Jenny Kae Quilts, my Facebook page, Jenny Kae Quilts on Facebook or Pinterest Jenny Kae Quilts on Pinterest.”

Every quilter began somewhere. Every quilter was once a beginner. So don’t be afraid to take the next step and actually begin quilting. 

There are virtually no risks with this webinar. It’s free. It’s taught by an excellent quilter. And, it painlessly eases you into the quilting world.

Are you ready? Take a deep breath. Sign up for the webinar. Then, remember to attend on Monday, March 16th.

I promise, you won’t regret your decision to join in!

All my best,


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Machine Quilting Feathers

At the beginning of last year, I decided I wanted to learn how to machine quilt freeform feathers, as in the feathers you quilt without marking. My machine quilting skills are intermediate: I have come a long way but I still have a long way to go. Feathers seemed like a good challenge at the start of a new year.

feathers31 Machine Quilting FeathersI did a lot of reading. I looked through all the quilting books I own (about a dozen) and I read quite a bit online.

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Drawing feathers is harder than it looks.

I followed advice that seemed to be everywhere saying, “First try drawing some feathers. Practice and practice.” I wouldn’t second-guess the experts and tell you this isn’t good advice, but it didn’t seem to help me. My drawn feathers were awful, and I was pretty discouraged.

Eventually I realized it was like riding a bike—what I mean is this: you can read all about how to ride a bike, but eventually you have to climb up there and give it a go.

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I found older fat quarters I didn’t think I’d ever use, plus a variety of batting scraps. I went out on the porch to spray baste a whole bunch at once because I wanted them ready to go, I don’t really enjoy the task of basting, and I didn’t want to worry about pins. If the print was really busy, I used the wrong side of it, which is usually a softer version of the front.

I decided to write the date on each sample, along with anything else that seemed important. (Turns out not much else was important.)

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I started practicing feathers on Jan. 19, 2014.

My first sample was made Jan. 19, 2014, when the Denver Broncos were playing in the Super Bowl. Apparently I was undecided about how to spell Broncos. I warmed up with wavy lines and stippling, then got right to business.

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Broncos and feather quilting

I must have been a little overconfident because I tried to quilt double feathers right off the bat. Not too successful. I wasn’t happy with the thick buildup of thread at the center either. So I got online and read about some ways to avoid that.

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January 20, 2014

Turns out that you don’t really need a spine of thread. You can draw a temporary spine to give yourself a guideline, and then wash it away when you’re finished. The eye of the viewer will “fill in” the spine like magic.

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Practicing the right-side feathers, which give me fits.

I learned another interesting fact: Most quilters can draw the feathers more easily on one side of the spine than on the other. It is true for me. I can draw them on the left side quite well, but the right side is a different story. Above you can see that I practiced the right side feathers a lot more, to get them to be as pretty as the left side feathers.

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January 21, 2014

I just kept on practicing. Almost every day, I would fill up one or two of the fat quarter sandwiches.

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On January 22, I realized you could shape the feathers differently for different effects.

After a few days, I realized you could purposely shape the feathers in different ways. I made some fat and some thin.

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Machine quilting feathers: practice, practice, practice.

Some were more flat and some were more diagonal. It was great fun to think of ways to recreate the feather.

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Some are fat and some are thin.

On January 23, I must have gotten tired of the straight lines. I decided to try feathers along a curvy spine.

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January 23, 2014

It was a pleasant surprise to realize that if I could quilt straight-line feathers, the curvy lines were also doable. That being said, quilting along a curved line is like shooting at a moving target. It’s a little tricky.

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I still have a ways to go but I’m getting there.

I quilted the samples with high-contrast thread so you’d be able to see the quilting in the photos. The high contrast is not very forgiving, but in reality, most people would use thread with less contrast, which would make the quilting look considerably better.

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January 31, 2014

Then life got busy and I took about a week off. When I came back on January 31, my feathers weren’t too bad. I tried some fancy feathers in the top row but I wasn’t quite ready for those.

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My attempt at fancy feathers looks a little rough.

I didn’t feel bad though. These were all practice pieces and by this time I felt like I could learn if I would just continue to practice.

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Fancy feathers still elude me, but eventually I’ll get them. I’m determined!

I still try the fancy feathers every so often but I’m not there yet. I have faith that some day it will click.

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March 6, 2014

I must have taken a break for about a month after that because the next sample is dated March 6. It was like riding a bike—I remembered how to quilt feathers almost instantly.

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I wrote “Wheee!” on one sample because I was having fun. Imagine!

Then I took a very long break. There was a lot going on at work and at home. I had less time to practice. I had a lot of piecing to do. My feathers were put on the back burner. All these months, I’ve been thinking that I really should go back to my idea of a blog post.

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Back to it this week…

Well, today’s the day! I got out the stack of samples and I found an unquilted sandwich. Without warming up or even thinking very hard, I sat down and started quilting.

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March 9, 2015

They aren’t perfect, but they’re not too bad either. With a little more practice, thread to match the quilt, and a determined spirit, I think I could put these on one of my quilts.

whatdoesthismean Machine Quilting FeathersYou can learn to quilt feathers or anything else you set your mind to. If I can do it, you can do it.

These are practice pieces you’re making so it’s fine if they look awful. Some of them will.

You will need to practice and practice. I think I will always be learning!

There is a lot of good help out there. Here are some resources I recommend.

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt with Confidence
This is a much-anticipated web seminar from quilting expert Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt, sponsored by Quiltmaker. Lori is going to get you started and make you confident once and for all. Don’t miss this event. Less than twenty dollars and it will be the best money you spend all year! Watch live or watch at your convenience, and then watch again because you’ll have access for a full year. Details.

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• Knowing what to quilt is half the battle. Quiltmaker’s new 502 New Quilting Motifs book is an extraordinary resource with quilting ideas for your most special projects.

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502 New Quilting Motifs

I’ll see you again soon with more great feather news from my studio! In the meantime, I’m interested in knowing if you’ve tried feathers or free motion quilting and what your experience was. I’d welcome your comments below.

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Abandon Your Fear of Free Motion Quilting

Lori Kennedy, a renowned free motion quilter is hosting a webinar on March 18th titled, Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt. The title says it all– push yourself past the meandering quilt motif and learn beautiful free motion quilt designs with Lori.

I had a chance to virtually “chat” with Lori about her life as a quilter and what she has planned for her free motion quilting webinar. Take the time to get to know Lori and then sign up to learn oh-so-many free motion quilting tips.

How did you start quilting?

“More than twenty years ago, I was put on bed rest while expecting twins.  On the way home from the doctor’s appointment, I picked up the book, Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!  and some fabric.  That was the beginning of my quilting career.  From that time onward, I have always had at least five quilts in various stages of progress in my sewing room.”

What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

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A sample of Lori’s work

“Buying the threads and fabric (of course), but  free motion quilting is a close second. There is nothing I’d rather do than sit at my sewing machine and doodle with thread!  I can spend hours and not even be aware that time has marched on.  I love to see how the stitches can add texture and design to the flat quilt.  I also love to play with different threads to create different effects.”

What style of quilting are you drawn to?

“I can not choose between modern and traditional quilting.  I really love them both.  When it comes to quilting, I suffer from the “Recency Principle”-whichever quilt I saw last is my favorite.  Right now, I am drawn to the simple lines of modern quilting.  It provides a great backdrop to free motion quilting!”

How did you master free motion quilting?

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Lori is a talented photographer and quilter!

“I learned to free motion quilt by hours and hours of practice.  I volunteered to quilt group quilts whenever I could, and I even bought a few quilt tops on Ebay to use as practice.  I worked very hard to master traditional motifs like wreaths and feathers, and then one day I started quilting my doodles.  Soon, I realized that quilted doodles added more personality to my quilts and were more fun for the recipient.  I still love feathers, but they are only a small part of my free motion quilting repertoire.”

What do you hope quilters will glean from this free motion quilting webinar?

“The webinar combines my two hobbies, photography and quilting to encourage both the beginner and the more advanced quilter to become more confident free motion quilters.  It seems that many quilters, while confident in their ability to create complex quilt tops, are afraid to learn free motion quilting.  By breaking the process down into four separate skills, I think free motion quilting becomes more manageable.  My goal is that all quilters look beyond “meandering” as a quilt motif and find other fun and easy quilt motifs to add joy and personality to their quilts.”

Doesn’t Lori sound amazing? This is just a snippet, though. Check out Lori’s blog where she shares everything from her photographs to her family life and, of course, her quilting adventures.

Next on your checklist: join us for her free motion quilting webinar on March 18th. With Lori as the presenter, it’s sure to be a hit!

Happy Quilting,


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Carolyn’s Chevron Quilt—Free Pattern

I’ve seen lots of different chevron quilt designs with many unique variations. When I was looking for a quilt pattern to use for my grandson’s quilt, I decided I liked the simplicity of a chevron quilt using rectangles. The one thing I didn’t like about designs that I saw was that many had the design chopped off on the top and bottom. I like the crisp points in the complete chevrons. So I came up with my own quilt pattern, filling in the top and bottom with triangles so points aren’t cut off.

My original chevron quilt was made using an older fabric collection from Moda Fabrics called Pure by Sweetwater.

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Parker’s quilt

For my remake, I found an adorable fabric collection from Timeless Treasures called Sea Babes and then added one of their sketch basics in orange, so I was working with 9 fabrics. I used 1/3–1/2 yard cuts from each of the 9 fabrics for a crib-size quilt. That’s enough for the strips in the chevrons and for a scrappy binding. The nice thing about this free quilt pattern is that it really doesn’t matter how many fabrics you start with. You can just keep repeating the fabrics until your quilt is the size you want. Keep in mind that using more or less fabrics or adjusting the quilt size will change your yardage requirements.

The first thing you need to do is arrange the fabrics in the order you want them to appear in your chevron quilt—number them to keep the order straight. You’ll want to have some contrast between the fabrics—play around with your arrangement until you find one you like. Keep in mind that the last fabric and the first fabric will be next to each other when the fabrics repeat. Here’s my arrangement. For my quilt, I repeated the fabrics in this order: 1–9, 1–9, 1–4—so 22 chevrons total.

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Fabrics in order 1–9

Cut two 2″ wide strips from each fabric to start (if you have 9 fabrics with the same arrangement as mine, you’ll need five strips from fabric #’s 1 and 4, six from #’s 2 and 3 and four from #’s 5–9). Sew a fabric #1 and fabric #2 strip together. Cut this strip set in     3 1/2″ increments—you’ll get 12 from each strip set. Arrange the 12 sections on your design wall like this:

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1st row–fabric #’s 1 and 2

Repeat with a #2 and #3 strip and arrange them in the opposite direction. See how the first chevron with the stripes is formed?

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row 2–fabric #’s 2 and 3

Next is #3 and #4 and so on. When you get through #9 (or whatever your last fabric is), then start with #1 again. Keep going until your quilt is the size you want.

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row 3–fabric #’s 3 and 4


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More rows are added.

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All the sections laid out in rows.

Now it’s time to fill in the triangles on the top and bottom. The triangles start with a 5 1/4″ square that’s cut in half diagonally twice. You’ll need three 5 1/4″ squares (12 triangles) of fabric #1 for the top and 3 of fabric #4 for the bottom. Fill those in on your design wall after you cut them.

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Orange triangles on the top.

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Triangles filled in on the top and bottom.

Notice how the sides are jagged? That’s ok—they’ll be fixed later. Sew all of the sections/triangles together in diagonal rows.

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Sew the sections and triangles into diagonal rows.

And then sew the rows together.

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Closer view of the jagged sides.

Now it’s time to trim the sides. Line your ruler up with the inside points and trim. The finished top will look like this:

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Finished quilt top.

The quilt top measures approximately 50″ wide and 48″ tall. If you want yours longer, keep adding chevrons until it’s the length you want.

There are many different ways that you can quilt this chevron quilt. Quilt straight lines that follow the chevrons or a simple all-over design. Or you can refer to our regular issues and use one of the techniques that Leah Day is sharing in 2015.

For a fun colorful binding, cut 2 1/4″ wide strips from the leftover fabric. Cut them in half so they measure 2 1/4″ x 20″. Randomly sew these together to use as your binding.

This is a fun design to try in different fabrics—think Christmas, Halloween, batiks, etc. The main thing to keep in mind is to have contrast between your rows of chevrons. Enjoy!


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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Donna Hanna and Fragments

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 in order to inspire you to make scrappy quilts from the fabrics you already own.

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Today’s quilt is from Quiltmaker’s March/April issue, on newsstands now. You can also get it directly from us in print or digital format.

QMMP 150200 cover 5001 231x300 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Donna Hanna and FragmentsThis design by Janice Averill is called Fragments. It’s pre-cut friendly! If you like the original quilt shown below, we have convenient kits for the 88″ x 96″ double-size featuring Forest Frolic from Timeless Treasures.

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Fragments by Janice Averill. Fabric: Forest Frolic from Timeless Treasures. Batting: The Warm Company.

But if you’re thinking you want a different color scheme or a scrappy version, maybe the story of Donna Hanna will inspire you. Donna is the featured Scrap Squad member today. She’s from Bangor, Pennsylvania.

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Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania

You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.

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For my first Scrap Squad quilt I made a variation of Fragments. I used a combination of purple fabric and orange quilt fabric just because I love how they look together.

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These are some of the fabrics I wanted to use. I kept the values (lightness or darkness) pretty close in all of them. This is one of the secrets to making successful scrap quilts.

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I chose the yellow so that it would pop against the purples.

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I constructed only “section” blocks, which you’ll understand when you look at the pattern in Quiltmaker. I drafted the block in EQ7 quilt design software to figure out my layout.

I changed the construction of half of the blocks slightly to achieve a diagonal stripe down the quilt.

Here is an example of my blocks:

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Fragments quilt blocks

And here is how they look in the finished project:

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The blocks create diagonal strips of dark.

To complete the quilt I did a large loop-de-loop freehand quilting design in black.

I love piecing the backs of my quilts for added interest. I used the leftover scraps from the front and since the color combination was screaming Halloween to me, I added some Halloween prints to complete the look.

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The quilt back includes Halloween prints.

And here’s my finished Fragments quilt.

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Get the March/April ’15 issue of Quiltmaker

Get just the digital pattern for Fragments

Get a kit for the original quilt

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Fragments by Janice Averill. Fabric: Forest Frolic from Timeless Treasures. Batting: The Warm Company.

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Crafter Spotlight: Lavonna

If you aren’t aware, March in National Craft Month. In an effort to celebrate our loyal crafters, we are spotlighting a quilter each Thursday of March. Our first quilter is Lavonna. This is the story she shared with us:

“My favorite quilt of late was one I completed in July for my now 17- year-old son, Jonas. IMG 1967 768x1024 Crafter Spotlight: Lavonna

The quilt is an original design, started in 2001 from charm squares. The funny thing is that even though I started it when my son was 4 years old, I always pictured it would eventually be a quilt for him.
I have always loved being a creative person since I was a wee-little-kid. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 12 years old, and I have been hooked on fabric ever since. I began quilting many years ago – I can’t really remember when I really began.  I do know that my first projects were very sad indeed. I couldn’t even cut straight with scissors  in the years before rotary cutters and using rulers to get a straight cut.  I tried to challenge myself throughout the years to improve upon my quilting skills, and I am proud to say that all my hard work paid off. I had the privilege of being one of the nine quilters chosen for Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party in 2013. It was an incredible experience and such an honor to participate in.
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I had a very rough year in 2014 where my health went downhill and managing everyday life became very difficult. After going from doctor to doctor, trying to find solutions and healing, I finally found a Chiropractic Neurologist who knew what to do. We needed to re-connect new brain pathways so we could re-train my Nervous System to allow my body to function properly. Part of my healing process? Sewing and quilting. I know, how lucky could I be? The wonderful part of it all? It has worked. My health has improved thanks to the healing power of quilting, believe it or not.

Lavonna has a blog where she talks about her quilting. More photos of her quilt can be found there.
Do you have an awesome and inspiring quilt story to share with us? Email us at and you could be featured in our blog this month!
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Quilty Baskets Block of the Month

The Quiltmaker team is so excited to announce their new Block of the Month quilt. This quilt, appropriately named Quilty Baskets, is an online only, exclusive block of the month quilt. The materials for this quilted throw will begin to be mailed out in April.

                                                 What are the quilt specs?

QMK151 Quilty Baskets Block of the Month

  • A two-block quilt using basket blocks and string pieced quilt blocks
  • The finished size is 59.5″ x 79.5″
  • Skills needed: string piecing and good ole’ patchwork piecing

Why should you start another quilt project?

  • Block of the month quilts are convenient! The fabric is already picked out, the instructions are made. Everything is literally delivered to your doorstep every month.
  • You can work on small chunks at a time. Since each month’s delivery consists of a quilt pattern for a basket block and a string pieced block, you only have to work on two quilt blocks during the month. That’s manageable.
  • Block of the month quilts encourage you to keep going. Each month a new delivery will come. Mark that date on your calendar. Make that as a deadline to complete your two previous quilt blocks.

What’s special about this Block of the month?

  • We know no quilter is alike, and that is why we’ve created this quilted throw in three different color ways. Decide between blue, a red and brown combination or green. Match your decor, match your personality, match your hair!
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A basket block from the red & brown color way.

  • It’s from your trusted quilting source, Quiltmaker. We’ve made this quilt ourselves, and we must say, we approve! But we don’t want to stop there. We will be behind you 100% through the BOM. Ask us questions, share pictures and rejoice with other quilters as everyone’s block of the month comes together, one block at a time.
  • There’s more than piecing the quilt. You can learn to string piece. Your quilt guild will ohh and ahhh over your spectacular string piecing skills.

Grab one quilty friend; grab ten quilty friends, sign up for the Quilty Baskets BOM and wait patiently for April to arrive with your first fabric and pattern shipment.

My suggestion to take up the month of March? Get those UFO’s done! I know they’re piling up!

All my best,


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