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Turkey Tracks: Treasures From The Coastal Quilters and Georges Valley Quilters’ Auction

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Turkey Tracks:  November 14, 2016

Treasures From The Coastal Quilters’ and Georges Valley Quilters’ Auction

This auction is our fund raiser.  Together with the Georges Valley Quilters, we do it every other year.

Coastal Quilters uses these funds to make a donation to the fabulous and generous Lion’s Club for letting us meet there and for bringing in speakers who have a connection to Fiber Art.

As usual, I came home with some treasures.

I have coveted Becca Babb-Brott’s quilted bag for months now.  This pieced bag is her own design.  (She has the Etsy store, Sew Me A Song.)

I begged, and she promised to make one for the auction.  And when another quilter also yearned for this bag, Becca made a second one in about a week!!

When I won the bag, I sat right down and transferred items from my present (and getting shabby) purse to this one, my heart’s desire.

Here’s one side.  Look at those terrific handles made from marine rope.

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Here’s the other side:

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The inside is deep and has lots of pockets.

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I’m all ready to go with my bag and my sewing machine.

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I discovered this weekend that the bag likes to go grocery shopping too.

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Margaret Elaine Jinno made us a whole stack of these see-through plastic, zipper bags.  They are PERFECT for carrying English Paper Piecing projects.  I got two of them.  AND I’ve got a new EPP project lined up–Katja Marek’s Millifiore Quilt.

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Megan Bruns appliquéd English Paper Piecing pentagons on to gorgeous, heavy flour sack towels.  And, embroidered some of them as well.

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Here’s 20 Riley Blake fat quarters–donated by a mystery person.

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Yummo!  You’ll be seeing these in my quilts soon.

And here’s a wonderful purse from Rebecca Hokkanan, who loves COLOR like I do.  I bought it for a birthday present for a loved one.

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There were so many lovely, clever handmade items at this year’s auction.  And I love having the work of other Fiber Arts people in my house.  All their good energy comes with their work.

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November 14, 2016 at 10:44 am

Turkey Tracks: Quilt-let Quilt Done!

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Turkey Tracks:  November 14, 2016

Quilt-let Quilt Done!

It’s “The Cat’s Meow!”

And, I LOVE it.

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I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it.  Would it be a wonderful wall hanging for my office?

Nope.  Not with this gorgeous low-volume neutral backing.

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How fun is this?

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Friend Becca Babb-Brott (Etsy store Sew Me A Song) is going to make one now, and she came up with the idea of doing the pearl cotton as one goes along, but doing the hand quilting in individual blocks when the quilt is finished.  Yes!  That would solve the problem of trying to make nice quilting stitches on a small quilt that does not really fit into a hoop that isn’t too small to work with hand quilting.  The stab quilting is very difficult as the layers shift so much as you sew.

I love every single block, but I wound up with TWO of the Cotton+Steel cats, so the quilt became “The Cat’s Meow!”

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I decided to use half blocks to fill in the top and bottom edges–I just cut the batting in half and folded the quilt-let in half and sewed the edges together before decorating with pearl cotton.

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This quilt is going to be a lap quilt in my living room.  It is so soft and cuddly!

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Yummo!!

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Quilts will tell you where they want to be if you listen to them while you work.  It just comes to you along the way.

THANK YOU Katja Marek for a very fun project that let me enjoy many hours of fabric love, color love, pattern love, quilting love!!