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Turkey Tracks: “Earth” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  December 20, 2013

“Earth” Quilt

This picture is not the greatest picture I could have taken of this big, bold-hearted quilt.

It’s hard to get a good overall picture without two people to hold a big one like this aloft somewhere.

Earth 2

I hand-sewed about 2/3s of these blocks this past summer–which are known as Winding Ways or Wheel of Mystery blocks.  Then I discovered that they sew really well on the machine as well as the curves are not extreme.  It’s easy to cut four layers of fabric with the templates I have (you can order the set online–John Flynn makes one) and with a SMALLER rotary cutter–like the 45mm.

The dark/light blocks form big circles on the quilt–which I really love.  And I really love all the geometric shapes that show up as well.

Earth block

I put in bits of the blue you see–and those bits show up like little polka dots.  Or, pools of water scattered across the earth.  They sparkle across the quilt top’s surface.

It takes a “deep” stash–many fabrics collected for many years–to make a scrappy quilt like this one.

I pieced the backing–and like the way it came out:

Earth backing

I had the dark brown/teal print in the pile of fabric I used in this quilt.  And I cut 10 1/2-inch blocks from other pieces to make rows on the back–an idea which came from Bonnie Hunter’s books.  I also put in some random blocks left over from the front of the quilt.

I really like the border–which is vintage Bonnie Hunter:

Earth border with back

Here’s another view:

Earth border and binding

And I quilted overall with a feathery pantograph pattern I’ve used many times now:  “Simple Feathers” by Anne Bright.  (I love her patterns.)

There is a lot of work, love, healing, and emotion in this quilt–more than most I do.   Here’s the label.  (The saying came from Bonnie Hunter’s web site quiltville.com.)

Earth label

This quilt was delivered TODAY to Tara Derr Webb, whose age fits between my two sons.  I have known her and loved her and worried with her and rejoiced with her since she was eight or nine years old.  Today is the day that Tara is cooking out of “the Farmbar” for the first time in Charleston, SC, where she and her husband Leighton own and operate a developing farm.  Tara is also a photographer, and you can see her work and pictures of Deux Peuces Farm (two fleas) and the Spartan trailer that is “the farmbar” on her web site:  www.thefarmbar26.com.

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  1. this quilt is just spectacular!! you have outdone yourself!! i do believe its my favorite of all your quilts i’ve seen thus far– the colors, the very cool patterns that emerge, the darks and lights placed just right for best effect, the feeling of whole earth loved it gives me– wow!!!!

    judith brill

    December 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  2. Louisa,  That is a beautiful quilt!!!!  Thank you for sharing the pictures and the story…

    jrhokk@myfairpoint.net

    December 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  3. Wow!!! this quilt is so beautiful. Love the blue polka dots! I’d like to do a winding ways someday but the curves always get me thinking it might be difficult. I wonder how Bonnie would react to the word ‘vintage’? LOL!!! Love this quilt, great work!

    stitchinstein

    December 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

  4. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

    pjs homme

    January 1, 2014 at 1:42 am


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