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Turkey Tracks: The Two-Inch Bin is Empty!!!

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Turkey Tracks:  August 22, 2015

The Two-Inch Bin is Empty!!!

See?

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Can I tell you that there were 6720 squares in that bin.  And note that it’s a SMALLER bin (13 by 8 by 5 inches deep) than I usually use.

Who knew there would be THAT MANY squares in that bin???

Now I have what I think of as “assets”:  1680 finished four-patch blocks.

Note that I use Bonnie Hunter’s Stash Management system to manage my stash, and you can read all about that in any of her books and on her blog, quiltville.com.

One part of that system is to cut leftover fabric from making a quilt into useable sizes that work together mathmatically AND to do something with a bin when it gets full.

I have spent the summer sewing these squares into light/dark four-patch blocks.  And that effort started with the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine‘s challenge to work with four-patch blocks this year.

I was inspired, also, by Bonnie Hunter’s quilt block, as she is doing this APQM challenge.

So, at first I made Bonnie’s block.  (Bonnie’s background is aqua–which is so lively and pretty.)

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AND, Bonnie’s sashing is AWESOME!!  (I went ahead with my rich magentas BEFORE I saw what Bonnie opted to do.)

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I can’t wait to see what she does with the cornerstones, to see the finished quilt, AND to buy whatever book into which she puts this quilt.

(To follow her progress with this challenge, go to her web site, quiltville.com, click on the blog button, and search for the APQM challenge.

I put the final border on my quilt yesterday–after sewing the LAST FOUR-PATCH BLOCK–and am working on the backing now:

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And of course I will have to make Bonnie’s version since I love her strip-pieced sashing so much.  That will take 150 of my 4-patch blocks.  A drop in the bucket of my assets.

I have some of these already started–and the corners are from the 3 1/2 inch block bin–which has gone down considerably with the use of Bonnie’s block.

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I am very excited about doing a Jacob’s Ladder in blue/neutral.  I was able to carve out quite a few of those blocks:

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And could not resist putting two together to see the result:

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I have this great winter blue-jay fabric that I can use for a backing for a blue/neutral quilt.

AND, the mixed blocks would make up beautifully in a Jacob’s ladder with a constant setting for the half-square triangle blocks.

I also carved out some red and neutral blocks.

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What if I turn this block straight?  The lines would then be on the diagonal…

 

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This block came from Lissa Alexander, whose quilt was featured in the APQM article on the four-patch challenge.  I made a baby quilt recently using this block if you want to see a finished quilt:  Happy Baby Quilt.”

I have some green and neutral blocks–but not a whole lot.

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Could this green-based block fold into the red-based quilt???

And, somehow, I seem to have gotten started on Bonnie’s current block in the September/October 2015 issue of Quiltmaker magazine:  Criss Cross.

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They are fun, but I’ve had a little trouble translating directions to the Easy Angle Ruler AND with the given size for conventional cutting of a large square into four triangles.  I’m wondering if there is a mistake?

I’ve solved it for myself however.

So far, there are a minimum of five quilts out of these blocks…

 

Turkey Tracks: Summer Flowers

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Turkey Tracks:  August 22, 2015

Summer Flowers

For those of you who have read this blog for more than a year, you know already that I belong to a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) farm and that part of that farm is the most gorgeous planting of LONG rows of flowers that members are free to cut when they come to pick up their food.  The variety of available flowers is a feast for the eyes and nose.

Here’s my bouquet from yesterday:

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Here are two bouquets from my own garden:

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The Annabelle hydrangeas are fabulous this year.

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I thought I was planting BIG zinnas.  I wanted big ones because they remind me of my Grandfather Pop Bryan (Reynolds, Georgia), my mother’s father, who was a country doctor–starting out back in horse and buggy days.  As a child, I remember his coming in from the farm (he was retired then) with baskets of garden produce and flowers.  The flowers were glads and big zinnas.  Grandmother put them all over the house.  Sometimes, Pop took flowers to people in town whom he thought would like such a gift.

And, here’s a bouquet from Bonnie Sinatro, one of my high school classmates from Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Nebraska–outside of Offutt Air Force Base–class of 1963.  She sent me this picture yesterday.

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My generation seems to share a love of gardening.  I think we were more attached to nature than today’s folk, most of whom live in cities.

 

 

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August 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm