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Turkey Tracks:  November 3, 2013


Sewing Update


The Wheels of Mystery/Winding Ways quilt top is finished.  (This light/dark block is known by both names.)

I have Bonnie Hunter to thank for the border treatment, and I think it works really well.


wheels of mystery top

I am working on piecing the back now–which is taking 9 yards of fabric right out of my stash.  YEAH!!  This quilt is finishing up at just under 90 by 90 inches.

I have yet to find a binding I like…

Here’s a close-up of the blocks:

wheels of mystery close-up

I hand pieced more than half of these blocks–and really enjoyed the hand sewing.  Indeed, I’m off on a whole new hand-sewing project list–which I’ll talk about in another post.  But these blocks sew well on the machine too.

This kind of quilt is drawn from what can only be called “deep stash”–Bonnie Hunter’s term–as there are so very many wonderful fabrics in the quilt–fabrics that have been collected for over 10 years.

The other hand-quilting project is this little clam shell quilt–made from fabrics inherited from a local quilter here who died tragically of cancer, Susan Barry.

I have two clam shell templates–this one (4 inches) and, yikes!, a smaller one.  I could not find much online on how best to sew a clam shell block.  There is a lot of excess fabric in the curve that has to be eased into its complimentary arc.  It isn’t easy.  Many on-line suggestions involve appliqueing the blocks, but I didn’t want to do that.  Clipping the curve is absolutely necessary.  Deeply clipping.  And lots of pinning and lots of easing in by hand.  One could, I suppose, sewing a basting line to ease in the material, but I did not.

This week I got the clam shells trimmed up and the borders on.  These pictures do not do this little quilt justice.  It’s pale and sweet, and just isn’t showing up well at all.

Here it is on the design wall, where it is absolutely dying with the white border on the white wall:

Clam shell top

Here’s a close-up of the blocks:


Clam shell top close-up

Here’s a close-up of the border fabrics.  I wanted something darker to set off the clam shells’ paleness.  And the little rose fabric came in the fabric mixture.  I had thought it would be the backing.  But it isn’t.  I used, instead, a white rose with green accents fabric–which I did not take a picture of here.


Clam shell border on top

I am going to hand quilt it.  I layered it together late one night–too late–I should have stopped.  And used a too-thick batting I had on hand.  I am so spoiled with Lucy the Longarm.  I have not layered and pinned a quilt in a long time.  It’s so tedious.  Anyway, I took it all apart and put in a thinner batting–and it’s hand-quilting so nicely now.

Clam Shell Hand Quilting

Enjoying my quiet nights of hand quilting and watching tv shows…

Have seen all of HOMELAND, Season 2; all of FALLING SKIES; all of SUITS; all of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK; DAMAGES, season 5; all of Kenneth Branaugh’s WALLANDER; and am up-to-date with THE GOOD WIFE and REVENGE.  Last night I watched a very young Reese Witherspoon in THE MAN IN THE MOON, which is a real tearjerker.  Now moving on to new episodes of NIKITA, but it’s starting to play out now as a series.  Am waiting for GAME OF THRONES, season 3; NEWSROOM, season 2; CALL THE MIDWIVES, season 3?; and, of course, DOWNTON ABBEY.



Written by louisaenright

November 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

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