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Turkey Tracks: Four More Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  March 27, 2016

Four More Farmer’s Wife Blocks

I’m learning so much with these foundation pieced blocks.

I’ve tended to pick fabrics I like together, but they do not always work well together with tiny pieces in this block.

The brown fabric should be much lighter in value.  Close up you can see they are bow-ties, but…

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I like the blue/yellow part of this block.  The green/pattern, not so much.  Would have been better with a light aqua.

I’ve decided I’ll redo the green side when I get home from Charleston.  It won’t take that long.  Maybe a reverse of the yellow and blue?

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Better.  But yellow is hard in quilting.  I should have reversed the yellow polka dot and the bright blue fabric.

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Better…  If this block is installed “on point,” the star works better.  But some blocks “hang” better flat.  Still not sure how to lay out this quilt.

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This has been a great learning project.

I’m not going to redo these blocks–there will be 99 of them in the end and these will just blend in.  I’ll take what I’ve learned and move forward.

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March 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

Turkey Tracks: Katja Marek’s “Quilt-lets”

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Turkey Tracks:  March 27, 2016

Katja Marek’s “Quilt-lets”

Here’s my first “Quilt-let.”

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The idea is make these little beauties “on the go” and to sew them together into a completed quilt.

One uses Marek’s designs from her book THE NEW HEXAGON and buys the EPP pieces from paperpieces.com.  You can buy a package of all 52 blocks in the 3-inch size or buy, in increments, the 4-inch block pieces during the year.  Marek is doing the 4-inch size.  I’m doing the 3-inch.  You can also buy templates to cut the batting and backing in the right size.

You can also just make these blocks and hook them together with other pieces that geometrically work, like a triangle.

I’m thinking, though, that I might anchor that central block with one line of stitch-in-the-ditch sewing on the machine.  I hate stitch-in-the-ditch sewing though…  Maybe “peck and stab” by hand with a matching thread???  Maybe just in the middle???

Turkey Tracks: My “Allietore” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2016

 

My “Allietore” Quilt

The Bonnie Hunter 2015 Mystery Quilt

Here’s my “Allietore.”

Bonnie Hunter, in my humble opinion, hit this one right out of the ball park.

The directions on her web site are down now, but she will be coming out with the pattern soon.

(For those of you who do not know, Bonnie Hunter does an end-of-year mystery quilt each year.  She releases the color way she is going to use in late October usually.  And the first “clue”–a unit in the quilt–is released on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  She gives us a new “clue” every Friday morning until the units are completed.  She then “reveals” the completed quilt sometime between Christmas and New Years.

This is my third Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, and I wish I had been on board for such quilts as “Roll, Roll Cotton Boll” and “Carolina Christmas.”  I’ve done “Celtic Solstice” and “Grand Illusion.”

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Bonnie was inspired by her trip to Italy for this quilt–and, indeed, gold, red, taupe, black, and grey are seen in buildings all over Italy.  I was watching the first episode of the documentary CHEF’S TABLE, which was set in Italy, and was amazed by all the gold buildings.

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I learned so much with this quilt.  The scalloped edge, of course.  I’ve never done that–and Bonnie made it so, so easy.  I’ll never be afraid of one again.

And look at the border construction with those large neutral rectangles, each with a grey square in the right side so that it helps make the triangle pattern.  (We laid those in and then trimmed them to the border.)

We could use the Companion Angle ruler to make the red/neutral/black units that surround the gold squares.  Easy Peasy with Bonnie’s instructions.  Ditto the neutral/red/grey units around the red squares.  I’ve already been playing with those units in other quilt blocks.

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Friend Becca Babb Brott (Etsy store, Sew Me A Song) helped me pick the light grey Carolyn Friedlander fabric for the back.  The pantograph is “Marmalade” by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth.  I love this pantograph!!!  Thanks, Bonnie for introducing this one to me.

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Many of the neutral fabrics are from a collection by Cotton & Steel fabric designers.

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What’s been really fun about this pattern is all the different colorways people have used to construct their quilt.  One of my favorites involved lime green, a green/blue teal, a darker teal, grey, and neutrals.  One of those may be in my future…   Right after “Carolina Christmas” and “Roll Roll Cotton Boll.”

THANK YOU BONNIE!!!

I can’t wait until Thanksgiving 2016.

Books: STATION ELEVEN

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Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  March 26, 2016

STATION ELEVEN

Emily St. John Mandel

I stayed up way too late last night reading STATION ELEVEN.

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I love it when I get hold of a book and can’t put it down and it’s late, late, later at night.

This one is a National Book Award Finalist.

 

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March 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Turkey Tracks: Honey and the Red Heart Pillow

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2016

Honey and the Red Heart Pillow

Meet Honey, the Michael Enright’s female Golden Doodle–a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle:

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At Christmas, Talula gave Michael this red heart pillow.

But Honey adopted it as her own.

She carries it everywhere with her.  If she forgets she’s left it in another room, she goes and gets it.

She has never shredded it, as she does her other soft toys.

Is it her baby?  Is it kind of like the way a Golden Retriever will carry a ball on a walk?

Who knows.

But it’s now Honey’s red heart pillow.

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March 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Turkey Tracks: Giovanna McCarthy’s Knitting

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2016

Giovanna McCarthy’s Knitting

I can knit.

But I have to follow a pattern.  I rarely try to “wing it.”

And some patterns make me break out in a cold sweat–mostly because if I make a mistake, I would not know how to fix it from within an intricate pattern.  (And I can fix dropped knits and purls, etc.)

But not Giovanna McCarthy.  She just gets better and better and takes on more and more intricate patterns.

Such as…this shawl.

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And look at his gorgeous shawl pin:

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Oh my goodness!!  Giovanna’s work just blows me away.

She is an inspiration!

 

 

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March 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Turkey Tracks: Hexie Project Update

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Turkey Tracks:  March 24, 2016

Hexie Project Update

Last night I sewed several big pieces on to the mother ship.

Here’s what the hexie project looks like now:

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The pattern is from Edyta Sitar’s HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.

Seems like I’m more than halfway done now.  I started this project back in mid-November 2015.

I’m going to float this main piece on wide borders and applique it down.  Then I’ll remove the paper pieces.

I am really liking this quilt, and I love the hand work at night.

The fabric is ALL from my 2 1/2-inch square scrap bin or from 2 1/2-inch strips.

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March 24, 2016 at 11:09 am