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Turkey Tracks: Quilting Celtic Solstice and UNBROKEN

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Turkey Tracks:  July 26, 2014

Quilting “Celtic Solstice” and Unbroken

I spent most of Friday and Saturday quilting “Celtic Solstice.”

On Friday I had a perfect storm of problems with thread breaking and tired and discouraged, I walked away and wrote to the long-arm quilters on the Facebook site dedicated to quilters making this 2013 mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter.  (See earlier posts on this whole process.  Bonnie releases a mystery quilt design every year the day after Thanksgiving, and I’ve had such fun making this quilt that I suspect I’ll make this quilting with Bonnie every year.)

Anyway, the long-arm quilters came back with a host of suggestions–some I knew, some were new and very helpful.  And, on Saturday, with renewed energy, rested, and ready to go, I started again.  I did not have one bit of trouble and finished the quilt, trimmed it up, sewed on the binding, and cheered.

Here I am starting out–before the perfect storm.  I listen to music while quilting as I can’t always hear words over the noise of the long arm

Here are a few blocks quilted–with a medium green.  I didn’t want a thread color that took away from the quilt itself.


Above you can see the two blocks that make up the quilt.  Bonnie designed the one on the left, and it’s in a book of 100 blocks published, I think, by Quiltmaker magazine.


While piecing or cutting, I am now listening to Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.  It’s the story of an Olympic runner (1938 in Germany) who is a bombardier on a B24 (flying coffin) in the Pacific theater.  I’ve learned so much about this plane and about running in the 1930s in the opening chapters.  And about Pacific sharks and the men’s terror of being captured by the Japanese.  I’m pretty sure both of these “guns on the wall” are going to make their appearance shortly.

My father–Jammie Mendall Philpott– flew B17s over Germany and was a decorated pilot.  These men were so brave…  And, often, such sitting ducks against enemy fighter planes or ground fire.  The crew loss in the Pacific–just to accidents or plane failure, not the enemy–was a shock.  And unlike Europe, the vast stretches of open ocean and little tiny islands made finding a downed crew a miracle.

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  1. Celtic Solstice looks great! I did two mysteries with Bonnie, The Carolina Christmas and the Roll Roll Cotton Boll, both were a lot of fun but the RRCB is still a WIP…someday, someday! Thanks for sharing!


    January 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    • LOVE those two quilts: Carolina Christmas and Roll Roll Cotton Boll. Thinking of making the RRCB this year. But am very drawn to the Carolina Christmas quilt as well. Can’t wait for the new book to come out this spring. So many quilts….so little time…. Mercy!


      January 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  2. Louisa, this is probably a rather odd post on a quilting blog but I have been researching Army’s old basketball teams from WWII and came across references to your late father. If you could drop me a line, I certainly would appreciate it. I can be reached at jnoles@balch.com. Thanks! Jim

    Jim Noles

    March 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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