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Turkey Tracks: “Scrappy Scraps” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Scrappy Scraps Quilt

Here is the second quilt in the scrappy series I have been making for my downstairs tv/sitting room–all made from the 2 1/2-inch bin of strips.

This quilt is based on Bonnie Hunter’s method in her “Scrappy Trip Around the World,” a free pattern on her quiltville.com web site and blog.

I had so much fun making this quilt!  What a treat to experience!

Basically, one sews together six strips of fabric about 17 inches long, joins them into a tube, and then cuts them into 2 1/2-inch little tubes.  Where you open the first tube determines the order of the block that develops as you open tubes and sew together the new strips.  If you want a dark, definitive block to run up the middle (which really helps define the diamonds that form), you must include a dark strip in the mix of six AND begin opening the little tubes at that point, so that dark block is on the bottom.  Bonnie has great pics on her blog of these steps.

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Thanks to Megan Bruns and Matt who dropped in late yesterday with a warm latte and for a visit–for holding up the quilt.  Megan showed me several projects she was working on–and I’m now kicking myself that I did not take pictures.

I am now wondering what would happen if one made this quilt all in one color family–like blue, or red, or green…using dark and light strips…

Here’s where the quilt is going to live–to prevent the dogs from marring the couch AND for folks to use for warmth and comfort.

 

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Here’s a close-up:

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I got the backing on sale at Alewives quilt shop in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, and you can see that it works well in this room.

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Here are a few close-ups:

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I quilted with a spring green thread–which also worked well with the backing.  And, used the Acadia pantograph as I thought it’s swirls would work well with all these squares.

I actually think the 2 1/2-inch strips, which finish to 2-inch squares, work well in this quilt.  I think I’d prefer 2-inch strips for the log cabin though…

My eye just loves smaller bits of fabric I guess…

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  1. Spectacular! I can’t believe how prolific you are!! Jan

    quilterkelse

    January 31, 2015 at 6:34 pm

  2. I had to give the Bonnie Hunter Challenge a rest. I have all the parts made,but, the little pieces were getting to me along with this snow. I took out some knitting for a break, more soothing for now, I hope. I am all caught up just need to sew blocks & strips together then ad sewn borders and it will be ready to take someplace to get it machine quilted. Who is the best to take it to?
    I don’t know who does machine quilting for the public.

    Margaret-Elaine

    February 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm


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