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Turkey Tracks: Two Quilts Mailed

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Turkey Tracks:  April 17, 2014

Two Quilts Mailed

 

Long years ago now I made a quilt for a family new baby boy–a quilt with a fish theme–that got lost in the mail.

Meanwhile, that baby now has a sister–and neither are babies any more.

So, this winter I set about making them each a long-overdue quilt–with a “fishy” theme.

These quilts are meant to be used, loved, washed, and used some more.

Here’s the boy’s quilt.  It’s called  “Seahorse Seas.”

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I quilted with Anne Bright’s “Ocean View” which has sea horses, shells, and sand dollars in the pattern.

See?

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Here’s a piece of the focus fabric:

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I mixed in some 9-patch blocks in coordinating fabrics:

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Here’s the front striped border and the binding out of the focus fabric:

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I like the backing rather a lot:

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The girl’s quilt is from a pattern by Joan Ford in her “Quilt Your Stash!”–a little magazine that I picked up in Portland some years ago.

Joan Ford stopped with the flying geese border–so I added the outer border, and I like it a lot.

This quilt is called “A…’s Pretty Fish”:

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The background is a deep navy blue.

Here’s more of that border–and the pantograph is “Circle of Life,” by Patricia E. Ritter–ordered from the Urban Elementz web site.

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Here are some fish:

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And, more fish:

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And another shot of that terrific flying fish border.  I think that border is what drew me to this quilt the most…

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The backing is a bright red floral…

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It’s always fun to mail off one quilt, let alone TWO!

 

Quilting Information: The Four Seasons Banners From Italy

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Quilting Information:  April 17, 2014

THE FOUR SEASONS BANNERS FROM ITALY

An Exhibition Sponsored by Aurifil Thread, Milan, Italy

The recent Machine Quilters Expo (MQX) show in Manchester, New Hampshire, exhibited 70 quilted banners made by the Casa Patchwork & Quilting group that represented the four seasons.  The banners spread out over 40 feet of exhibit space. Each member was  given a palette to create their own banner–which is why the banners  “hang together” so nicely.

Here is a video that sweeps through the banners so you can see their impact:

Here are some close-ups of “winter.”

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“Spring”:

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“Summer”:

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“Summer” close up:

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“Fall”:

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And “Fall” close up:

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Aren’t they wonderful?

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April 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm