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Turkey Tracks: Happy New Year! Happy Quilting!

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Turkey Tracks:  January 16, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy Quilting!

Happy New Year!

This post is the first post of 2012.

The first two weeks of 2012 have been a period of intense creativity which has taken the form of quilting madness.  Thus, no computer work, no columns written, no blog posts, no fancy cooking.  Just quilting and maintenance tasks like laundry and feeding us and the animals.

I’ve noticed that I have a habit of reorganizing in the quilt room in January.  Two years ago I sorted books, moved the room around, and went through bins of supplies.  Last year I reorganized my stash–recoloring, refolding, pulling out small pieces, and so forth.  This year I went to scrappy heaven–after days of cutting up the unruly pile of fabrics that were not big enough to “file” in the stash.

Since I first started quilting in earnest in 1999, I have been cutting up leftover scraps into what I thought might be useable future pieces–starting with the biggest square I could get–6 inches.  The sizes went down from there to 2-inch squares, to 3 1/2 by 2-inch rectangles, to  1 1/2 inch strips.  I now have BAGS of cut scraps, and this year, I pulled them out and started piecing, sorting, and piecing some more.  I’ve completely finished and quilted two quilts, have 2 other tops ready for backings that I need to purchase since I don’t have anything quite right in the stash, have a quilt pieced on the design wall, and can see 3 or 4 quilts still in the scraps which have now been sorted by color.

Along the way I’ve realized that from now on I’ll probably just cut 5-inch squares, 3 1/2-inch squares, 2-inch squares,  2 by 3 1/2-inch rectangles, and the 1 1/2-inch strips.  The 3 1/2-inch squares, 2-inch squares, and the rectangles can be combined in all sorts of ways to make interesting blocks.

For instance, here’s a block made from this combo–set inside a striped fabric that helps control the wild blocks:

And I really love this one where the center is made with leftover 3 1/2-inch blocks from an earlier quilt:

I first chose a different surrounding stripe, but it didn’t play nicely with all the blocks.  But, not to worry, I’ve got LOTS of purple, blue, and green fabrics in my stash–so here’s another quilt from the scraps that will be really pretty.

I particularly loved this block and started seeing them all set on-point:

Here’s how this wild, colorful quilt is shaping up–the outer blocks will be trimmed just beyond their centers to square the whole thing up:

The rectangles alone can be used in all sorts of ways.  Here’s one example with blue rectangles and an alternating light and dark center/edge:

The center of this block can be either 2 rectangles or one 3 1/2-inch square.  The  pink and black blocks on the right are the Broken Dishes pattern made from 5-inch light and dark squares.  The 5-inch square finished to 4 inches trimmed.  (I always cut slightly larger for ANY half-square type block and trim to size since I have never in my life sewed perfectly enough to make the measurements come out correctly.)

One of the completed quilts is made from the BAGS of 2-inch squares.  I’ll show it and one made from 5-inch half-square triangle blocks separately in another post.  And another top is a La La Log Cabin version made from the 1 1/2-inch strips–also to be shown separately.  And there is a rather nice blue and white quilt made from leftover blue and white blocks from earlier projects–I have yet to take a picture of it.

And so, 2012 begins!!

Written by louisaenright

January 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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  1. Hi Luisa – great to see you been quilting up a storm – you go girl!!! I love how you’ve grounded the quilt with an uneven stripe – very clever!! I’ve been designed some quilty looking fabrics which has been great fun too.

    Happy New Year – let’s hope 2012 is good to us all – see you at the Coop some Tuesday.

    Cheers,
    Patricia

    Patricia Shea

    January 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  2. Ooops I’m sorry I missed the ‘o’ out of your name – I am writing regularly to a Luisa with no ‘o’ and was in that groove – my apologies!!!

    Patricia Shea

    January 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm


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