Turkey Tracks: July 13, 2013
Green Camden Hills Beauty: Thanks Bonnie Hunter
Look at this beauty!
I think it’s one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever made and its ALL from my green stash.
I saw Bonnie Hunter’s “Blue Ridge Beauty” in her ADVENTURES WITH LEADERS AND ENDERS and started piecing four-patch light and dark green patches as a “leader and ender” project fed into the machine when I needed to remove blocks from another project I was working on–that way, you never break your sewing thread and are working on two projects at once. (You can read more about this method on Bonnie’s web page, www.quiltville.com. You can get to her blog from the main site if you want to–and I have to say I love getting her posts.)
Of course, I had to piece some of the half-square triangles just to see how the block looked. And then I had to see how multiple blocks were going to look. Soon, I was piecing this quilt and NOT working on my original project. I became, quickly, obsessed with this quilt. And of course, I needed to sprinkle in some blocks that had green, yes, but also had some orange, some pink, and some blue. They effect is very pleasing, as if there are polka dots scattered across the top.
It’s a BIG quilt–easily king size–and I didn’t make it quite as long as Bonnie did. She took the pattern down one more row for the length. I could make the quilt this wide since son Bryan helped me put four more feet into my long-arm–so now I have the full 12 feet.
Here’s a close-up for you. I quilted it with “Deb’s Swirls” in the big version. (I smiled when I saw that Bonnie Hunter was also using this pantograph on her “Dancing Nines” project.) I’ve later also gotten the medium version for smaller quilts. It’s a very nice all-over swirling pattern. I used a dark teal thread, which is pleasing to the eye I think. We have such dark greens in our forests and on the hillsides in the spring–all mixed up with every shade of green imaginable.
Here’s a close-up of the border and a corner–that greenish stone-looking fabric has been hanging around my stash for years. It’s PERFECT in this spot–echoing all our granite and rocky ledges on the Camden Hills–which are very old mountains.
The back is all taken from my stash–which used up yards and yards of, again, green fabrics hanging around without a purpose. I mixed in some orphan blocks that were going nowhere–and it all works really well for a scrappy quilts. That saved me probably $80. Or, used $80 that I’d already spent–however you want to think about it. This backing works well for this scrappy quilt.
I pieced a line of the three-inch half-square triangle blocks to see what they might look like in a bar quilt. They’re nice–and I might have gone that direction a year ago. But after finding Bonnie Hunter’s work, I know there is a more complicated, complex way to use those blocks. I’m piecing more of them as a leader ender project now…
This project has been so much fun for me! And I really love this quilt.