By Pam Snow
It’s hard to believe that my year as a member of Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is more than half over. I’ve enjoyed working with squad members and our leader, Diane, as I continue to deplete my stash of scrap. (Well at least I’ve “put a dent” in my stash!)
I had both 2.5″ strips and 10″ squares left over from a previous project.
After selecting my fabric, I decided to play around with the quilt pattern. This time I experimented with designs on a copy of the quilt layout using colored pencils. I have EQ7 quilt design software, but thought I’d give this method a try. Below is an example of my sketching.
I decided to follow the pattern for constructing Block Y, but I altered Block Z.
For Block Y, I cut 7 1/2″ squares from the 10″ batik.
B and C were cut from black and D and E from gray print. Both of these fabrics were in my stash. I recently seem to be using gray as a neutral in many of my quilts. I think all quilters go through phases and this seems to be my gray phase! Below is the block before stitching.
The new block Z is shown below.
Pieces B, C and H on the top of the block were replaced with a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle. B, C and G on the right side of the block were replaced with a 9 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle. You could achieve the same look by following the pattern and cutting pieces from black fabric.
The fabric left over from cutting the square for Block Y measured 2 1/2″. I decided to make the large square for Block Z from these “scraps.” I cut the leftover fabric into 2 1/2″ squares. I was able to cut seven small squares from the leftovers from each 10″ square.
These squares were sewn into a “scrappy” Nine Patch that measured 6 1/2″ to be used in the center of Block Z. I used some of the jellyrolls to make additional squares to complete all the 6 1/2″ squares. Block Z is shown below prior to stitching.
Below are four completed blocks.
After the blocks were made, each row was assembled according to the instructions in Quiltmaker.
Before I sewed the six rows together, the quilt began to speak to me. If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you know that my quilts often “speak” to me. I made one small change to the quilt top and it completely changed the look of the quilt. I added a gray rectangle to each row. This created a gray border on each side of the quilt. You will see this in the reveal photo.
I completed the quilt on my Avante. I selected an edge-to-edge design from Anne Bright Designs called Frozen Swirls. They reminded me of swirling wind.
Below is the completed quilt. You can see that the small change in the layout gave the quilt a more modern look. The resulting design reminds me of wind chimes and I named the quilt Summer Breeze. I also added a gray border to the top and bottom. Binding is made from the leftover jellyroll strips.
Here is Summer Breeze out by the pool.
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