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Turkey Tracks: The Red and Green Quilt Is Taking Shape

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Turkey Tracks:  March 25, 2014

The Red and Green Quilt Is Taking Shape


Looky, looky:



I’m loving the interesting secondary patterns that are forming.

This quilt started as a “leader/ender” project–an idea pioneered by Bonnie Hunter as a method to work on two quilts at once.  Basically, when you get to a point while sewing where you might cut your thread, you feed a “leader/ender” block through the machine instead.  So, for some time I sewed together dark and light green half-square triangles cut from my 3 1/2-inch strips–until I had sooooo many of them.  Then I fed through four-patches of light and dark reds and greens from the two-inch strips. This quilt is being made entirely from my stash that I cut up this summer.

The block is a “Contrary Wife” block–and was inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s “Blue Ridge Beauty” quilt, which I made in green shades last year.  (It remains one of my very favorite quilts in the whole world.)  I think I had a lot of light/dark green half-square triangles started so just continued to make this quilt.  I’ve wanted to make a red/green quilt for some time.



You MUST have the light square in the upper left corner when you put this block together for the light and dark rows to line up within the lattice pattern.

I’ll do some borders, of course.  Probably a dark red thin border at first–and maybe a wider bright red border next.  Who knows?  The fabrics will come out of my stash.

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  1. love it Louisa

    sandy manzel albers

    March 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  2. Love it! I love the Leader Ender method!


    March 25, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  3. What a striking pattern! It looks just lovely!


    March 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm

  4. ooh i love this!! it’s yummy!!

    judith brill

    March 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

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