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Turkey Tracks: AC Slater LOVES No No Penny and Sewing Update

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Turkey Tracks:  January 15, 2019

 

AC Slater LOVES No No Penny and Sewing Update

A common sight these days:

Very tired dog after a really good dog park day with lots of flat out running.  I finished another selvage placemat.  These are made with the “quiet” selvage, not the side with words, etc.

 

The dog park runs are made possible right now with boots loaded with spikes—as it is a sea of ice.  The good part is that balls thrown with the long thrower travel a long, long way.

 

Progress on the circles made with the fabric Tara Faughnan, from THE COLOR COLLECTIVE, at Sewtopia, sent.  I’m liking the scrappy nature—am still moving around blocks like crazy though.

I’m quilting the Katja Marek EPP blocks on the domestic.  Pics on that in a bit.

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January 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

Turkey Tracks: My Traveling Quilt is DONE!

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Turkey Tracks:  January 14, 2019

My Traveling Quilt is DONE!

“Love You To The Moon and Back”

How pleasant it is to finish what has been a two-year project of the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild in Camden, Maine.

NINE women worked on this quilt.  I started it with the “Love You to the Moon and Back” block.  The quilt then “traveled” through the hands of eight other quilters, who added blocks and sewed blocks together when they could.   At the same time, I was making blocks and joining up sections when I could for each of the other eight quilters.

Here are the eight quilters who worked on my quilt:  Becca Babb-Brott, Lynn Vermeulen, Linda Satkowski, Tori Manzi, Megan Bruns, Margaret-Elaine Jinno, JoAnn Moore, and Nancy Wright.

I used Alison Glass’s new fabric line “Constellations” for the backing and binding.  And used my Bishop Fan groovy boards to quilt with a light grey thread.  Four of the quilters made labels for me, and I wrote the names of the others into the side of the lable.

I like how the bright gold frames this quilt.  (The bottom border is straight, there is just a funny camera angle here.)

So now Mt. Battie Modern has started it’s new BIG project, and ALL the members are joining in the fun.  I will describe this project in future posts, or you can go to our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page to take a look.

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January 14, 2019 at 8:39 am

Interesting Information: Brene Brown on Blame

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Turkey Tracks:  January 10, 2019

Brené Brown on Blame

Here’s a funny, but useful video.

 

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January 10, 2019 at 10:40 am

Turkey Tracks: YOU ARE LOVED

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Turkey Tracks:  January 9, 2019

YOU ARE LOVED

I love this blog:  Completely Cauchy.

Here is a recent quilt by Chawne Kimber.

https://cauchycomplete.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/sorta-mute-monday-the-one-with-slow-poetry/

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January 9, 2019 at 9:25 am

Turkey Tracks: The Color Collective: Circles!

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Turkey Tracks:  January 7, 2019

The Color Collective:  Circles!

I am taking a 6-month online “class” with Tara Faughnan, from Sewtopia.  The project is called “The Color Collective.”

This class is more “trouble” found by fellow quilters Becca Babb-Brott and Tori Manzi, who are also taking the class. We all signed up for 6 months and will decide on more or not at that time.

Tara Faughnan is known for her use of color—and solids.  Take a look at her quilt gallery—she is amazing:  https://www.tarafaughnan.com/home

And Sewtopia has its own web site and Instagram site:  Sewtopia.com, I think.

One gets a new block design and method each month and a selection of fabrics with which to make that project—all chosen by Tara Faughnan.  I signed up for getting half yards rather than fat quarters, and I’m already glad I did that as I have other solid-fabric projects in the works.

January’s block is these circles—and extensive instructions and on-line videos help one be successful.  While waiting for my fabrics to come, I practiced by making this little quilt out of my solid stash.  I am now totally obsessed with making these circles.  I particularly like the secondary pattern where the blocks come together.  I’ll bind in a soft grey, which I got Saturday in Belfast at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply.  I found the perfect color in Size 8 perle cotton to hand qulit a grid on the little quilt above—a soft, rose/almost salmon.  I am so happy they are carrying some of this lighter weight perle cotton.  And I’m marking lines with a Hera marker, which is working beautifully.  I just mark one line at a time.

Here are the fabrics Tara/Sewtopia chose and sent.  I’ve washed and ironed them, cut into them, and am now making circles with them.  Pics to follow in a bit.  I am champing at the bit to do more today, but also have the Traveling quilt on the long arm, so have to make myself spend time there as well.  There is a deadline for the Traveling quilt as Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild is going to show our Traveling quilts to Coastal Quilters in February.

But, aren’t these colors luscious!

Here is the block for January or February—I’m not sure which month since I just started—and the fabrics are in the mail now.  It’s foundation pieced.  Will I get obsessed with this one too?  Hard to tell yet, but at the very least I’ll make 4 and put them into my “parts department” bin.  (See earlier posts on the “parts department” project some of us started a few years back.)  Both Becca and Linda Satkowski are putting together their improv quilts from their “parts department” bins as I write.  In essence, we three made blocks enough to give the other two what we were making—and we had such fun just playing with blocks.  Making Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt helped us understand how to group blocks into an improv quilt of this kind.

 

PS:  The Traveling Quilt is OFF THE LONGARM.  Now to bind it.

Turkey Tracks: Christmas Puzzles

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Turkey Tracks:  January 6, 2019

Christmas Puzzles

My oldest and his family came to Maine for Christmas week.

We did a very low-key Christmas, which included books and chocolate for everyone.

There was a lot of this:

I love seeing my quilts used!

I had two long woods walks with my grandkiddos and AC Slater.  I did not take my phone camera on either, which now seems too bad.  But…  I often worry that we are living through technology and not just…living in the moment.  In any case, these Southern kiddos were fascintated with all things ice:  frozen streams, ponds, puddles, and so forth.  They climbed around my hills and built a fort in the woodsf as there are no ticks now.

We ate good food, played games, worked puzzles, did art projects, watched some movies together.  There was snow one morning before everything turned to rain.  Sking in December is always iffy in Maine.  And equiping everyone for one day is expensive.  So we made small excursions out for Zoot hot chocolate and coffees and to cruise the downtown shops.  The week flew by.

Here are the puzzles we did on this visit:

This last one was really hard actually.  But, we did it.  As is usual, there is a missing piece—lost along the way.  Maybe it will turn up…  We know AC “found” the missing piece from the middle puzzle because we found it all wet and limp and chewed up in his mouth.

This family is really busy when at home and in the school year.  Their lives are hectic and full of events.  So, having a week of down time is really good for them.  They went home ready to tackle the world again.  And I am glad that this place is doing what John and I wanted for them—providing a haven for a “time out” and for some inner and outer healing.

 

 

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January 6, 2019 at 9:25 am

Turkey Tracks: “Absolutely Colorful” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2019

“Absolutely Colorful” Quilt

Here is the second quilt gifted to two local sisters (7 and 9) this Christmas.  They are the great grandaughters of a dear friend, Linda McKinney.  AC Slater likes to pose on quilts.

The block is Bonnie Hunter’s “Garlic Knot.”  And the setting with the little crosses in the sashing is also Bonnie Hunter’s design.  Bonnie did a more elaborate piano keys border than I have here, but my center is busier I think.  The block formations would be more graphic is I had used plainer low-volume setting fabrics, but I like all the more complicated low volumes we have these days.

I used this backing once before in the darker grey with turquoise.  It’s Cotton+Steel.

How cute is this backing???

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January 5, 2019 at 10:12 am