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Turkey Tracks:  October 15, 2013

Quilting Projects Update

I have really enjoyed making the Wheel of Mystery/Winding Ways blocks–many of which I did by hand.  Here’s a picture to remind you what these blocks look like:

Wheels of Mystery 2

The line-up of lights and darks makes the “wheels of mystery.”

Anyway, after sewing while watching all of the tv series “Suits” and “Falling Skies,” I started making some blocks by machine to speed up the process.  And, then, started wanting to get the top finished.  (There is a quilt to make for granddaughter AIley’s third birthday in late November.)

When I get focused on finishing a top–it gets finished.  All the blocks are done–so I will start sewing rows together–which will require patience as there are lots of joins that need to be perfect.

i’m going to do two borders that will finish at 3 inches–and come out to a border of 6-inch nine patches in the fabrics of the quilt–with the dark fabrics predominant.  I hope the math works.  It does on paper.  These blocks are kind of stretchy and wonky–what with all the bias edges.  It could be a disaster.  It could be ok.  Time will tell.  It will be what it will be.

Anyway–handsewing blocks is a big thing in quilting now.  “Hexies” are all the rage.  And other shapes are showing up.  Micky Dupre and Bonnie Hunter have a new book out that mixes hand-sewn blocks with machine patchwork.  I can’t wait to see it.

I love hand-sewing.  For the moment I’ve given up on knitting and am hand sewing some clam shell blocks.  I walk around with the ingredients in a bag in my purse–such as at the airport last week to pick up sister Susan. Here are some of these blocks sitting on my knees:

Clam shells

Here area  few sewn together against the blue arm of the chair in the airport waiting room:

Clam Shells 2

Here’s what the top looks like as of today:

Clam Shells 3

It has not been ironed–but it’s going to lay down nicely.  I’m not sure it’s wide enough.  I’ll trim up and put on multiple borders and will hand quilt the clam shells at the very least.

This fabric came from a collection Susan Barry, who died of cancer a few years back now but who is still remembered, put together.  It came to me in a nice plastic box–all matched up and ready to go.  I wanted to do something with it to remember her by.  The clam shell block seemed to be perfect for these fabrics–which are sweet and soft.

Can I tell you that clam shells are hard to sew?  There is a lot of fabric that has to be eased into a small curve.  Heres’ a TINY clam shell block done by a dear friend who is leery of internet so she will remain nameless.  It’s not a great picture.  I’ll try to retake it.


Each of these tiny clam shells is perfect.  The quilt is called “Shore Dinner” as I recall.

I can tell you that I have grave reservations about my clam shells being this perfect.  BUT, I am enjoying making them.

Written by louisaenright

October 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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