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Turkey Tracks: “Happy Baby Quilt”

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Turkey Tracks:  June 30, 2015

“Happy Baby Quilt”

What a good time I had making this baby quilt.

The design came from Lissa Alexander and her quilt was featured in the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine‘s four-patch challenge earlier this spring (April issue).

Lissa called her larger quilt “Rainbow Rows.”

You can follow how about a dozen nationally recognized quilters are using four patches if you go to the magazine’s web site for the list OR to Bonnie Hunter’s blog site (search for the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine‘s four-patch 2015 challenge.)

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I used Anne Bright’s 10″ “He Loves Me” pantograph with a cream-colored thread.  The quilting is lovely if I do say so myself!

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Lissa used different fabric borders around the edges–and I really liked showcasing some of the very modern “neutral fabrics on the market today.

You already know I am dotty over polka dot fabrics these days…

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The block is actually pretty simple–a nine patch featuring a light/dark four-patch and neutrals.  I am already thinking how this block would work with my stash strips–especially the 2 1/2 ones combined with neutrals.  These little squares are 1-inch from 1 1/2-inch strips.

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I fell in love with the little red lobster fabric.  If I see more, I will be buying it.  The bicycle comes from the backing for this year’s Bonnie Hunter Thanksgiving mystery quilt “Grand Illusion.”

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So, there you have it.

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Bonnie’s block for this challenge is so much fun.  Here’s my version.  I’m going to use a yummy purple sashing.

I was going to just sew the blocks plain and, maybe, quilt them in the more modern style.  But I found this yummy purple fabric and I think the cornerstones will carry the eye down the lines of dark squares.  Or at least I hope so.  The next row will tell.

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I bought this brown/green bee fabric some years ago for a backing at something like 40% off.  The binding will be the dark purple on the left.  The printed magenta will be the outer border; the tiny square an inner border, and the solid is my sashing.  It’s not really solid as it has a lot of texture in the print.

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Making these four-patches and setting them into a square is…addictive!

My 2-inch square AND 3 1/2-inch square bins are going down in size with this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by louisaenright

June 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

4 Responses

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  1. it’s fabulous!

    becca

    June 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

  2. Sweet and very clever!

    quilterkelse

    June 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

  3. Louisa, your quilts are just beautiful. I haven’t looked at
    your blog for awhile and I love what you have made and are making.
    Your right the quilting is beautiful on the “Happy Baby Quilt”

    Kerry

    July 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

  4. I definitely like the rainbow squares quilt. Your quilting design choice is so happy in it, too.

    Susan

    August 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm


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