Believe it or not, we have come to the end of the Scrap Squad quilts. It’s been a real pleasure for the past five years. I’ll write a separate post to wrap things up, but today we have a beautiful quilt from Kathy Wagner for you.
You’ll hear from Kathy in her own words below.
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Our final Scrap Squad assignment was to make anything from Quiltmaker that caught our fancy. That’s a lot of leeway! Finally I decided on a quilt called Which Way to Go? by Nancy Allen from the Sept/Oct 2015 issue.
My first challenge was to pick some fabrics. I knew I was going to use up grey scraps, but could not settle on a background fabric. All the neutral choices were too light, so I had decided to use teal like the quilt in the magazine.
But it just didn’t make my grey fabrics happy. The fabrics sat for a long time until some quilting friends were over and convinced me to go with the unusual choice of red for the background. It was a total departure for me, but I was very happy with the contrast the red provided with the greys.
My second challenge was to cut the fabric using the proper instructions. At first I started cutting using the die cutting instructions, but as soon as I began I knew those measurements wouldn’t work. Duh! I was reading the wrong part!
Editor’s Note: If you’re an AccuQuilt user, we’ve written instructions especially for that! If you are not, there are instructions in our ordinary style as well.
The third challenge was to make an interesting backing. Since the theme of the quilt was making choices among all the shades of grey, I made one big arrow block for the backing.
The arrow is pointing UP of course, because we hope that people will make choices to UPlift us all!
It’s fun to make something a little different for the back of the quilt. It’s like an extra surprise when you turn the quilt over.
I quilted it on my regular sewing machine in horizontal lines, some with the walking foot and some with the free motion foot.
I am so sad that my year of participating on the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is over. It has been a fantastic experience, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about our editor Diane Harris.
See you all on the Quilty Pleasures blog!
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A digital pattern for this quilt, Which Way to Go?, is available at QuiltandSewShop.com for $7.99.
Please watch Quilty Pleasures for posts to wrap up the QM Scrap Squad in the days to come.