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Turkey Tracks: Late June 2018 Update

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Turkey Tracks:  June 23, 2018

Late June 2018 Update

Summer is a busy time for me.

There are visitors, there are the gardens, there is abundant summer produce warm from the sunny garden, and there are beautiful days where one is meant to be OUTSIDE.  I revel in taking a break and eating lunch on my porch and reading in the sun for a bit.  Then, of course, I need to also make a coffee while I finish just a bit more of my book.  Life is meant to be enjoyed, and summer brings its own special pleasures.

I am so enjoying making and wearing this 100 ACTS OF SEWING, shirt No 1.  This is the second version–made with Carolyn Friedlander lawn.  It layers so beautifully over a tank top–or with a long-sleeve t-shirt.  The lawn needs an under layer unless, maybe you are young and have a cute bra.  I have also made a khaki double gauze version since I took this picture, but have not worn it yet.  I wanted it as a layer over my black stretch jeans.  My first top was a blue double-gauze, which you can see in an earlier post.

I could not resist seeing what my plans for my leader/ender Bonnie Hunter “Wild and Goosey” blocks are going to look like.

That arrangement just plain knocks my socks off!!  Love it.  So much more colorful than I would have thought.

I played around with Amy Friend’s “Circuitry” quilt (in her INTENTIONAL PIECING), wherein she uses selvages.  I made the blocks bigger and used patterned fabric to make the rectangle.  And, I kept to the cool colors:  blues and greens and some purples.

It’s on the long arm, waiting for me to figure out how on earth to quilt it.  I have been playing around with trying to do a bigger “McTavishing” quilting, but I can’t quite make it work in a way that I like.  I’ve gone through a whole pad of BIG drawing paper trying.  It might work out, but…  I am not sure.  It’s a very dense quilting style, and I’m not sure I want that kind of density in this already dense top, what with the selvages…  It definitely needs a curvy quilting style.  Or so I think.

Here’s a close-up.  I like this quilt.  When I was taking the backing papers out (Lord!  That took some nights!  I’ll never sew them quite that way again–with too close lines on the edges), I really liked having the quilt in my lap.  Despite the business, it’s a subtle quilt in many ways.

I’ll likely make a “warm” version later in the year since I have all those selvages all sorted into colored piles.

 

Turkey Tracks: Looks Looky: My Next EPP Project

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Turkey Tracks:  June 23, 2018

Looky Looky!:  My Next EPP Project

I’m planning ahead.  I have the body of my version of Willyene Hammerstein’s “Valse Brilliante” EPP quilt finished—with border and backing fabric picked out.  And I’m moving right along with my Katja Marek’s 52 THE NEW HEXAGON blocks.  I selected a fabric for the connecting triangles the other day.

So…

What’s next?

This quilt is…

I’ve always wanted to make a wedding ring quilt.  I have the templates for non EPP piecing–just the old traditional way to make this block.  Every now and then I get them out and think about how to start and wind up putting them away again.  Maybe this EPP project will get me going.  I hope so, anyway.  I did not buy the EPP templates for the inner circles, just for the rings.  There are 90+ template pieces for the inner circles, so I will make them myself as I go–if I need to do that.

 

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June 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern May 2018 Show and Tell

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Turkey Tracks:  May 28, 2017

Mt. Battie Modern May 2018 Show and Tell

Karen Martin’s Tula Pink 100 Modern quilt blocks quilt is back from the long-arm quilter, Joan Herrick.

So pretty!  Love this quilt, love Karen’s color choices and her sashing fabric choice.

Nancy Wright showed us a quilt also just back from a longarm quilter.  It is to be a graduation present for a family member.  Love her fabric choices.  Nancy has the most interesting “eye” with her projects.  I always love to see what she does.

Linda Satkowski showed us her finished top, EPP flower gardenin bright colors.  Oh my!  I’ve watched her work on individual blocks for some time now, but, the top is just “Wow!”

Becca Babb-Brott showed us her finished “Gee’s Bend” quilt—started in a workshop last summer with a Gee’s Bend quilter teaching at our local Fiber College.  Becca hand-quilted with pearl cotton—Gee’s Bend style.  I’m going next time Gee’s Bend comes back to teach!  Love this quilt.

 

So, we had A LOT to see at this meeting.  I am blown away by the creativity happening in this group.  We agreed on our projects for next year, and we are already excited about starting them—in January 2019.

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June 6, 2018 at 10:14 am

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts Come Out to Play

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Turkey Tracks:  June 6, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts Come Out To Play

May 2018

At our May meeting, we got to see our traveling quilts again.

Here is Lynn Vermeulen’s—with additions by Becca-Babb Brott.  Becca added the sewing scene above left—whose borders mirror the “maker” block done by Tori Manzi.  Becca also added the dresses, made Vicki Fletcher’s block of circles into a miniature “quilt,” and connected up all the blocks.  I have this quilt now.  What shall I do?  There is that hole on the left…

 

Here is JoAnn Moore’s quilt, with additoins by Vicki Fletcher and Margaret Elaine Jinno.  This quilt is so big now that I took two pics to get the whole of it.  Vicki did the interesting border on the bottom, and M-E did several of the flying geese borders such as you see on on the left.

 

 

Vicki also enclosed the block below made by Megan Bruns with a scrappy checkerboard.

Here is MY QUILT, with work added by Linda Satkowski—the green houses and trees below.  Look at the gorgeous piecing in the trees.  And she correctly knows I love trees and houses.

Here is Linda Satkowski’s quilt with additions by JoAnn Moore and Nancy Wright—on the left almost out of the frame but pictured below.   Again,  I had to take two pictures to get in the whole of this quilt.

 

JoAnn Moore added the flower block.  And Nancy Wright added the “Brimfield” (?) EPP block—which is a new EPP project.

 

Here is Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s quilt, which I worked on.  I connected it all up.  Lynn Vermeulen gave me NINE girl blocks—to represent the nine of us working on each quilt.  She drew this pattern herself, and each girl is unique and adorable.  I added the row houses on the right, the block below it with the cottage, and the flowers between the row of girls.  My “story” is that the girls are walking to the school.  Nancy Wright’s florist shop is below the girls, with the gorgeous basket she made.  I added “streets” to connect the blocks.  The center of this quilt is Vicki Fletcher’s village green.

 

 

 

 

Some of us played with Nancy Wright’s quilt blocks at our recent Coastal Quilters retreat at the Franciscan Guest House.  Lynn Vermeulen finished her addition of the “star fish” on the bottom.  We scatteredt he loose stars randomly.  But it gives you some idea of how it could be connected up.  Nancy will figure it out.

 

This project should be finished in May—to the point where each person takes back their quilt to join up blocks and to start the quilting process.

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June 6, 2018 at 10:04 am

Turkey Tracks: “Megunticook Marmalade” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  June 1, 2018

“Megunticook Marmalade” Quilt

Oops!  This post got published too early by mistake…

My apologies.

Here is my Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.”  I changed the colors and am calling it “Megunticook Marmalade” after our local lake and river.

I quilted with 12-inch “Simple Feathers” by Anne Bright–in a light grey Signature thread.  I love my backing–a Cotton+Steel fabric.

Here’s a corner.

And some shots of the quilt top.

 

 

This quilt is…beyond…intricate.  It’s one of the hardest quilts I’ve ever made, and it is my 142nd quilt.  I love tiny pieces and units, so that wasn’t it.  I was stressed by how many of the seams butted up to each other–and this quilt does have some “knots” at intersections, though I tried clipping into seams as much as possible.  It also took me forever to put the top together.  Many, many, many hours.  I am now seeing all sorts of secondary patterns, so I suppose it was worth all the work and stress.

Bonnie Hunter is an amazing designer.  For sure.

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June 1, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Turkey Tracks: Yummy!

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Turkey Tracks:  June 1, 2018

Yummy!

It is yummy to be on my porch in the Maine spring and summer.  I spend a lot of time out here in the summer.

All the container pots are planted now and are growing well.  That means DAILY WATERING.  But I don’t care.  The feeling of being on either porch–upper or lower–is about which life should be.  And I do like the summer work of porch, lawn, and gardens.  Doing this work makes me feel…connected, alive, energetic, satisfied.

I’m putting the binding on Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.”  I changed the colors so I’m calling it “Megunticook Marmelade.”  Pics and post to follow soon.  This quilt is kind of a “fit” with my “Butterscoth Fall” finished last winter.  I don’t think I’ve ever taken a quilt out on the porch while sewing binding.  Who knew it would be so peaceful?

And here is more yummy!!  A hammock where the hot tub used to be!!!  I put it TOGETHER MYSELF, which was no small feat given the angles that had to fit together.  I got into it to test it out and…did not want to get out.  Where was my book?  How about a nap???

Here’s the lower porch.  You can sit out here in the rain.  I only use the upper deck, seen above, in the winter when it is sunny and one can sit out there with a sweater despite pretty cold temps.  In the summer this porch is way, way too hot.

 

On the walkway.  Love it when this creeps blooms.

 

Summer is here!

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June 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

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.