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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