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 quilt is a scrappy version of Sea Glass from Quiltmaker’s May/June issue. It was designed by Scott Murkin and made in fabrics from Quilting Treasures.
Kathy Wagner is from Cambridge, Ontario, and she represents the many Canadian readers we have. We’re happy to have you all!
You’ll hear from Kathy in her own words below.
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I am delighted to show you my second scrap squad quilt called Sea Glass.
My daughter is a diver, so I immediately wanted to try this quilt pattern. These are the watery fabrics from my stash that I started out with. Some pieces are fat quarters, and some are smaller bits left over from other projects.
The block construction for this pattern uses a “strip insertion” technique that was fun to sew. I did not precut my strips to insert as the instructions recommended, but I strip pieced them instead. It was fast and worked great. The only problem was when I sewed them too close together and couldn’t separate them without nipping into the block.
I decided to add in some photo transfers of my daughter diving. I made the blocks using the same technique as all the other blocks. I had to add some scraps to make the block become the 4.5″ size. I used the pieces trimmed from the sides of the photo to add to the top or bottom as needed.
I also decided to add in a paper pieced stingray block. These are my daughter’s favourite underwater creatures and I found a paper pieced pattern by Quilt Art Designs. It was a challenge to sew, but it looked great in the quilt.
The other change I made from the pattern instructions was putting the blocks on point. As soon as I tried that, the quilt came alive! I put the lighter blocks at the top and the darker blocks at the bottom to make it look the same as the ocean does when you’re diving.
These are the 50-weight threads I used for the machine quilting. Because many of the fabrics including the backing are batiks (which have a high thread count) I needed to use a size 100 topstitch needle to prevent skipped stitches. I quilted horizontal wavy lines across the quilt using these blue threads and sometimes added a sand-coloured thread.
In the larger blue sections I quilted some swirly waves and even tried some “whale tale” designs just for fun. Sometimes they turned out fairly well, and sometimes not! But the quilt is busy enough to hide all those “unique” quilting designs.
The binding is also scrappy and uses up some of the leftover scraps. Why buy new fabric for the binding when you can use up scraps?!?
The best part of this quilt is that my daughter loves it!