My latest finish, “Splendor in the Scraps” is based on a pattern by Marcie Patch that first appeared in America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2014/15, a special newsstand-only publication of McCall’s Quilting, and now available for free download at http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Splendor-in-the-Scraps-FREE-Traditional-Scrappy-Lap-Quilt-Pattern .
There were only three basic patches to construct the quilt top: A square-in-a-square using various prints for the center square surrounded by orange, a square-in-a-square using a constant tan for the center surrounded by various light neutrals, and two reverse image flying geese units sew together forming a square. However, when sewn together according to the pattern instructions these diamonds and stars were created.
The backing was a toile print which I carefully fussy cut to match the pattern across the three strips of backing:
Detail of the charming toile print used for the backing :
Some final views of the finished quilt:
The original pattern called for four inch squares. I needed a slightly bigger version, so I made my patches five inches. Consequently, the finished quilt measured 95 inches by 105 inches. I used So Fine thread by Superior Threads in color Mushroom. The orange corners and the tan squares were both Grunge by Moda fabrics. The colored prints were scaps of “Silk Road” by Benartex left from a previous quilt. The batting was Hobbs 80/20. I quilted this quilt on my Innova long-arm quilting machine in a free motion “fern” motif.