Turkey Tracks: February 7, 2016
Subaru Storage Box Project
The storage box between the two front seats is where No No Penny likes to “ride.”
Both dogs toenails can and do pit the padded top of that box.
So, a few years back, I made a quilted top meant to fit over the top.
Only it never did very well…
And time and sun damage meant it was time to do something else.
One day, friend Mary Sue Bishop got into my car, took one look at the worn-out box protector, and said “I’m making you a new one.”
Here’s what she was seeing:
Here’s what she made:
The dogs weight and “digging in” with the motion of the car can make the protector slide a bit, but it isn’t going anywhere.
Mary used three strips of velcro to anchor the protector against the above force–and the really important one goes from front to back. (I had only used elastic side strips.)
She also put in a draw string ribbon, so as the fabric stretches with use, I can tighten it up.
It’s brilliant! It works! It matches the car! And I love it !
Thanks Mary Sue Bishop.
Turkey Tracks: February 6, 2016
Megan Bruns’ English Paper Piecing Projects
Some of us at Coastal Quilters (Maine) have gone quite mad over EPP.
But the projects are so intricate and gorgeous–way more involved than my simple hexie project.
Megan Bruns is an EPP “star” in our quilting group.
And an inspiration!
Just off the top of her head, she started making hexie placemats out of modern fabrics. As she has colorful fiesta ware, I asked her to take some pics for me for the blog.
Megan is now trying to decide how to back these little gems. Or whether to “float” them on a rectangle or larger hexie…
Time will tell…
BUT, Megan has also taken on the VERY challenging “Millefiori” quilts as shown in Willyne Hammerstein’s book Millefiori Quilts.
Here’s the start of her first “rosette”:
And the finished first rosette:
Note that the hanging “flags” on the outer ring disappear when those blocks are attached to others–they just go underneath the quilt.
These “rosettes” of various sizes attach to each other to make the “millefiore” look.
Note: We are using fiber glue pens with refills to put the fabric onto the EPP templates BUT we keep the glue away from the crease edge–as that makes it hard to get your needle through the fabric and the glue.
Another good source for millefiore projects is Katja Marek’s The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along.
The English Paper Piecing Company carries card stock templates, acrylic templates, and can facilitate delivering monthly block projects–such as this year’s project being designed by Katja Marek.
Marek has a nice web site if you want to take a look at completed projects, etc.
Turkey Tracks: February 6, 2016
February’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks
From earlier posts, you know that a group of us at Coastal Quilters (Maine) are spending this year making the 99 Farmer’s Wife blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird’s book, The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt.
We set of goal of making two blocks a week, or eight a month.
Since February is a short month… OK, since I am addicted now to making these blocks, here are my February blocks. Each block has a woman’s name, and I have only one more “b” name to go.
I am putting on the setting triangles as I go, and I am loving these bright modern fabrics. (Leftovers are going into a hexie project.) Each block, even the so-called “simple” ones, takes a fair amount of time to make.
Turkey Tracks: February 6, 2016
Quilting Update–February 2016
Yesterday was our first real “snow day” of winter.
I sewed all day–and the day just flew by.
Here’s what my design wall looks like now:
Yep. That’s SEVEN active projects, if you count “Allietore,” which is waiting on the long arm to be loaded and quilted.
Note how the hexie project has grown. (From Edyta Sitar’s HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.) I’m using my 2 1/2-inch scrap blocks to make this quilt. The top right side shows the top and right borders–with relation to the center blocks. I’m working on the top left part now.
The blue blocks are waiting for me to finish more of the large half-square triangles–they are going through the leader/ender process–I only need about 70 more of them. That’s a Jacob’s Ladder nine-patch block.
On the far right are more Farmer’s Wife blocks–see earlier posts–and I will do a separate entry on those blocks. They are so fun and pretty. And, addictive.
I will need to make more of the sashings (from my crumb bag) for the cheddar quilt. I have a lot, but not enough for 30 or so blocks. But I like how this quilt is going to look. Lively and full of energy.
These blocks are the start of a quilt using a collection of Kaffe Fasset prints that I got at the Norfolk Mancuso show some years back. There was a demo quilt using these fabrics and the pink polka dot fabrics in a snowball block. I fell in love with it. I’ve got some wild fabric out of that collection for the back and borders. AND, there are darker prints in this mix as well. Not all are ironed and cut yet. This quilt will be very feminine, but with some wild twists–and it’s for a granddaughter.
I’ve longed to try Bonnie Hunter’s Wild and Goosey block for some time. So, guess what else is coming out of my crumb bag? I couldn’t resist. I have two of these blocks finished after yesterday’s snow day.
I really like the black and white neutrals in the cross piece. Will likely stick to that idea. Probably this will be a quilt for my newest granddaughter–as it will match the bright nature of her sisters’ recently finished quilts for their new bedroom. (Pics on these quilts after they have been delivered.)
I still have over a thousand 4-patch blocks from last summer’s work, but I have ideas about those blocks…
Will the winter be long enough???
Turkey Tracks: January 20, 2016
Making Selvage Blocks
At our last Coastal Quilters’ meeting, member Linda Satkowski showed us how to make blocks using selvages.
Her method is SUPER!
She sews the strips straight down, leaving the edges.
The first thing I do with new fabric coming into the house is to wash it. I then fold it without ironing. When I go to use a piece, I tear off the selvage and iron it. Sometimes I cut it in to strips on the spot–between whatever writing is there. I also always tear off at least an inch of the colored fabric.
So, how to incorporate that fabric into the mix.
With Linda’s method, it’s simple. No more flip and sew and guessing how if I’ve caught the edge of the selvage, which is often on the under side of what I’m sewing.
Here’s my first block–sewn onto muslin for stability. It’s trimmed at 6 1/2 and will finish at 6 inches.
A few years back I made this quilt, “Ain’t This Fun?,” but also used strips of fabric that were too odd to cut into useable squares or strips. I “flipped and sewed.”
BUT, if one surrounds a plain strip of fabric with two selvage pieces, no flip and dew would be needed. Yes!!
Thanks so much Linda!
Books, Documentaries, Reviews: January 20, 2016
Wool, Shift, and Dust
I am so enjoying this trilogy: WOOL, SHIFT, and DUST–thanks to a recommendation by friend June Derr.
June didn’t tell me that there was a prequel, SHIFT, written after WOOL (how did they get into this mess?), and a sequel (DIRT) that ends the story.
So, I was delighted that I could keep on reading about this story.
Hugh Howey started by writing a short story–and it took off. Readers wrote him wanting more, wanting to engage about the characters and the situation. Eventually a publisher picked up what became a book, and it hit the NY Times bestseller list in short order. Ridley Scott has optioned the story for a movie, which I hope he makes. It would be so very visual.
Great characters, great story, good reads!