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Turkey Tracks: Sun, Sea, Sand Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  November 15, 2011

Sun, Sea, Sand Quilt

Well, here it is all finished–a La La Log Cabin method, as designed by Rhea Butler of Alewives Quilting in Damariscotta Mills, Maine.

Basically, you start with a funky center, build out, and trim up your blocks to a set size.  I trimmed these at 12 inches.

This kind of quilt is a fabulous way to knock back your stash–and I’m on a mission to do that these days.  For every quilt I plan and BUY, I’m trying to make–at least the tops–out of my stash–where many beautiful, beautiful fabrics reside.

This quilt is made entirely out of batiks.  I did buy the backing, which I loved at first sight.  But I got the fabric 20% off–thanks to a sale at Alewives!

Note, too, the light binding.  I almost always finish with a dark binding, but this quilt seemed to want to just keep going and not be bound by a dark line…   It’s certainly full of good, good energy, isn’t it?

Here’s a close up of the binding effect:

Here’s a close-up detail:

And, here’s what the long-arm looks like with a quilt loaded and being quilted:

One can quilt from the front of the machine–which one does if one is working with templates or one’s own designs.  If one is working from a paper pattern–called a pantograph–the quilting is done from the back of the machine.  One follows the pattern with a laser light beam.

I wanted a quilting pattern that was curvy, since there are so many straight lines in the quilt.

Lucy is a Handi-Quilter, Avante.  She has an 18-inch throat, which gives me lots of room for big patterns.  And, it means one doesn’t have to roll up the quilt so often.

I love this machine.  The learning curve has been awesome–and I’m only now feeling like I’m getting some bit of competency.  Working with a long-arm is very different from working with a domestic machine.  I still struggle with getting the tension to behave–but that’s a learning curve, too.  The bobbin adjustments are opposite a domestic machine, for one thing.  But, I learn nothing more than learning all about something new–so I’m quite happy.  And, of course, my ability to make LOTS of quilt tops–I LOVE TO PIECE–is getting fed every day.


Written by louisaenright

November 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

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  1. Hi – I love this quilt! And so do my parents. I would love to do it for them. I got in touch with Rhea, but she (so far) has not found any of these old patterns lying around. If she does she will send one to me – but I was wondering if you still have it around that you might be willing to copy/scan/whatever for me? (At this point, I think Rhea would be fine with that since the pattern is not available and she is trying to send me one anyway).

    LIsa-Jo van den Scott

    December 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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