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Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: My Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

My Retreat

I prepped these 2 by 8-inch strips before the retreat:  all low volume Cotton+Steel in the warmer colors.

Here are two rows of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braids, from her book MODERN QUILT MAGIC.

I am really liking what is happening here.

I figured out how long I wanted the quilt and decided I’d done enough work on this project.

Next I put together about ten blocks with my Wild and Goosey quilt block (Bonnie Hunter)

I took papers out of the quadrants I had completed one night while listening to a book on tape in my room.  I have rather a lot of these done now and brought home more to do.

I made two pineapple blocks to learn how–with Heidi August as a teacher.

I learned how to use the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler–a block I use a lot and one we will do for Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.  I’ve always used the Tri Rec ruler and like it.  The Creative Grids Ruler leaves more space between the end of the star points and the edge of the block.  It is fun, but you can see that it does not make a perfect star.  One could probably figure out how to make that happen, but for the Kingwell project, I’m going to use the Trip Rec ruler.  However, I do like the funky nature of the stars in the blocks below.  They’ll go into my “parts department” bin for an improv quilt maybe in the fall.

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What I really wanted to do this retreat was to play with my scraps.  I brought them ALL with me, so I got them all out.  Along the way I culled out scraps that were too small or that no longer attracted me.

Here I started playing around with Maria Shell methods from her book IMPROV PATCHWORK–where she makes her own plaids and stripes.

 

Next I sewed a lot of 4 1/2 inch squares–for a quilt in progress.

Here’s that quilt-which is at home on my design wall:

I had some black and white strip sets, so I cut them up and made a checkerboard.  Maybe it will go into “Long Time Gone.”  Or, maybe into the “parts department” bin.

I had a lot of dark charcoal pieces left over from my “Big Star” quilt.  Which block do you like best, big or little?  I am drawn to little every time.

So…

I saw on Bonnie Hunter’s blog that she was making some light/dark squares with strips.  Boy are they versatile.  These are 4 1/2 inches.  (I use newsprint as a backing, cut to size.)

 

These are 3 inches–made because I had some leftover 3-inch paper strips while cutting.

At night I worked on 6-inch hexes, all Cotton+Steel and a solid or two, from Katja Marek’s THE NEW HEXAGON book.  I’ve almost worn this book out.  I’m going to make these blocks like the cover, where they are linked together with triangles, which can make stars on the outside of the blocs too.

I came home with so much energy.  Inspired by Betsy Maislen, I got my “On Ringo Lake” on the long arm.

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: Part 6

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat:  Part 6

Here is Jan Kelsey’s “post card” quilt, which she has worked on in previous retreats.  The post cards were written by her grandparents and handed down to her.

The quilting came out really pretty.  Stacy at Marge Hallowell’s Mainely Sewing, in Nobleboro, Maine, did the long arm quilting.

Jan pulled out this quilt last minute as I was leaving.  I absolutely love it.  I love blue and neutral quilts anyway, but a house quilt…oh my.  I love the half-square triangle corner stones too.  They give the quilt a lot of movement I think.

Mac (Nancy) Saulnier and Jan Kelsey went to college together and have remained friends since.  Mac comes to us from Massachusetts for our retreat.  She worked on a “trip” quilt made with bigger squares.  Her husband picked out these colors.  She got all the big sections done on this retreat.

This retreat was Jane Liebler’s first.  She is discovering that she is an “improv” quilter.  Look what she did in the space and time of our retreat.  Go Jane.

 

 

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May 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: Part 5

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat:  Part 5

Betsy Maislen

Betsy comes to our retreat from Vermont.

I showed her “Long Time Gone” blocks in Part 1.

She brought her Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake” quilt to share.  And we went to a local quilt store (Marden’s) and found a light coral backing for it.  Thank heavens Linda Satkowski was with us because it took an intervention to get us out of Mardens.  Betsy and I sewed our versions of this quilt together, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and ending before New Year’s Eve.  Only, it took both of us longer to get the top together.  This quilt is…difficult.

Betsy got this top together and her borders planned.  She wanted to use the dark blue batik for an inner border but didn’t have enough of it.  Guess what?  She found more of it in her local quilt store after 4 years.  It was meant to be…

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May 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 4

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 4

 

Jan Corson’s “Stained Glass” quilt, which is her own design.  It’s foundation pieced and came out of a workshop with Amy Friend on IMPROV PAPER PIECING, from that book.

Lynn Vermeulen worked on this top, but also on one of the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild’s traveling quilts, which will have another “reveal” next Thursday.  (We can’t wait.)  And she worked on her Long Time Gone blocks, where she is using solids.

Becca Babb-Brott got this big hexie top together.  She is going to hand quilt it with pearl cotton.

And she played with making some curves.  Wow.  I really like what she is doing here.  She is also working on another spider web/selvage quilt.

Here is Vicki’s newest project, being made for a young family member.  I love this block and its colors.  They shimmer in the light.

Vicki also got borders on her EPP hexie quilt.  How fun to see it finished.

Linda Satkowski and I are both working on Bonnie Hunter’s “Wild and Goosey” blocks.  Linda’s are on the left.  We were sharing a design wall for a bit when this picture was taken. You can see some of mine on the right.  I’ll post more info on what I did at the retreat in a separate post.

 

 

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May 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 3

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 3

Tori Manzi

Tori puts us all to shame.

She came prepared to put together FOUR quilt tops.

So, I think she won, don’t you?

Here’s Tula Pink–our Coastal Quilters challenge quilt last year–from 100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS book.  Tori is going to NOT use sashing and has arranged her blocks by color families.

Here’s her Summer Sampler 2017.  This quilt is all foundation pieced.  See Instagram #summersampler2017 for other examples of this quilt.

Tori’s second Summer Sampler.  I’m not sure of the year on this one.

Tori introduced the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild members to this bubble log cabin block.  Many of us, including me, have so enjoyed making it.

Here’s one of my favorite blocks:

 

 

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May 21, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 2

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 2

The Alewives Crew

Pat Tracey and Cheryl Reif were new to our retreat.  Pat brought her Katja Marek Millifiore to share.  Oh my.  It’s gorgeous!

 

Heidi August brought hr BIG square-in-a-square block quilt–with its centers filled with super fun motifs!  See below.

Here is Heidi with the “light to dark” quilt top.

Deb Hazel started with a quilt made with BIG hexes linked with triangles.  This is a big version of the kind of quilt on the cover of Katja Marek’s book THE NEW HEXAGON, but which is made with 6-inch hexes.  I’m doing that quilt now and really loving it.

Deb switched to this project after a bit:

 

Deb Torre (now known as “Farmer Deb” as she has purchased a farm and is stocking it with all sorts of wonderful animals) put this quilt top together.

 

And, then switched to hand work.

 

 

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May 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 1

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Turkey Tracks:  May 20, 2018

The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 1

Seventeen of us attended the Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mother’s Day Retreat.  Most of us arrived around noon on Thursday.  By Sunday late morning we were all gone–tired but having had a terrific time.  About half of the attendees were not Coastal Quilters, which is really fun because we all get to see all sorts of work being done by other quilters.  One person comes from Vermont, two from Massachusetts, and the rest are scattered up and down our Maine coast.  With each retreat, we are becoming better and better friends, and that is fun too.

I am going to break up this post into parts as I have so many pictures.

First, many of us are doing Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt as a challenge.  And many of us brought their blocks to date to share.

Here are Heidi August’s blocks.  Note the pineapple blocks below.  Heidi loves this block and has made many beautiful quilts with it.  She helped me learn how to use the Creative Grids pineapple ruler.  I loved it so much I came home and bought the big version too.  And in turn, my ruler was passed around so others could learn it while we had Heidi with us.

 

Here are Betsy Maislen’s blocks.  Note how she has formed the flying geese block on the middle left.  So clever!

 

Here is that block finished.  Who knew all these shapes were in that block?  Betsy also learned the pineapple ruler.

Karen Martin came on Friday and worked on these blocks AND learned the pineapple ruler.

Here are my samples–not Cotton+Steel which I am using in my “Long Time Gone” version.  These will go into my “parts department” box for a future improv quilt.

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May 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm