Turkey Tracks: Quilting: Disappearing Nine Patch Method

Turkey Tracks:  February 7, 2016

Quilting:  Disappearing Nine Patch Method

I’ve been reading about this new “disappearing nine patch method.”

What is it?

Basically you take a nine patch and cut it in half twice and recombine the fourths.

It makes for some interesting combinations.

Here are some pictures to illustrate:  scroll down to find the method.

Source: The Last Quilt of 2015 | Inside Quilters Newsletter

Turkey Tracks: Subaru Storage Box Project

Turkey Tracks:  February 7, 2016

Subaru Storage Box Project

The storage box between the two front seats is where No No Penny likes to “ride.”

Both dogs toenails can and do pit the padded top of that box.

So, a few years back, I made a quilted top meant to fit over the top.

Only it never did very well…

And time and sun damage meant it was time to do something else.

One day, friend Mary Sue Bishop got into my car, took one look at the worn-out box protector, and said “I’m making you a new one.”


Here’s what she was seeing:

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Here’s what she made:


The dogs weight and “digging in” with the motion of the car can make the protector slide a bit, but it isn’t going anywhere.


Mary used three strips of velcro to anchor the protector against the above force–and the really important one goes from front to back.  (I had only used elastic side strips.)

She also put in a draw string ribbon, so as the fabric stretches with use, I can tighten it up.

It’s brilliant!  It works!  It matches the car!  And I love it !

Thanks Mary Sue Bishop.

Turkey Tracks: Megan Bruns’ English Paper Piecing Projects

Turkey Tracks:  February 6, 2016

Megan Bruns’ English Paper Piecing Projects

Some of us at Coastal Quilters (Maine) have gone quite mad over EPP.

But the projects are so intricate and gorgeous–way more involved than my simple hexie project.

Megan Bruns is an EPP “star” in our quilting group.

And an inspiration!

Just off the top of her head, she started making hexie placemats out of modern fabrics.  As she has colorful fiesta ware, I asked her to take some pics for me for the blog.

A placemat:


…in use:



Megan is now trying to decide how to back these little gems.  Or whether to “float” them on a rectangle or larger hexie…

Time will tell…

BUT, Megan has also taken on the VERY challenging “Millefiori” quilts as shown in Willyne Hammerstein’s book Millefiori Quilts.

Here’s the start of her first “rosette”:


Some progress:


And the finished first rosette:



Note that the hanging “flags” on the outer ring disappear when those blocks are attached to others–they just go underneath the quilt.

These “rosettes” of various sizes attach to each other to make the “millefiore” look.

Note:  We are using fiber glue pens with refills to put the fabric onto the EPP templates BUT we keep the glue away from the crease edge–as that makes it hard to get your needle through the fabric and the glue.


Another good source for millefiore projects is Katja Marek’s The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along.

The English Paper Piecing Company carries card stock templates, acrylic templates, and can facilitate delivering monthly block projects–such as this year’s project being designed by Katja Marek.

Marek has a nice web site if you want to take a look at completed projects, etc.