Turkey Tracks: September 19, 2017
And Then There Were Two: Quilty Update
I haven’t been able to work on this project–which came out of an Amy Friend workshop earlier in the year–because I was trying to catch up on other started projects. I’m kind of driven that way, actually, and I allowed myself to start too many projects–which made me cross. Amy showed us how to design our own blocks, and this is mine. I am so happy to have had time to make another block last week. They are 16 inches and foundation pieced, so each one takes a bit of time. I am using all Cotton+Steel fabrics on the charcoal solid background. You can start to see the funky shape a bit now. I am loving these blocks!
By the way, Amy has her first designed fabrics out now. You might want to go to her blog (During Quiet Time) to see the fabrics, which she designed to be used in foundation pieced projects as that is her first love AND to see what she is making with these fabrics.
I have Bonnie Hunter’s 2016 Mystery Quilt, En Provence, on the long arm, but have been distracted with–among other projects–picking some clothing patterns, making my “cutting out” patterns, buying some fabric, and–oh my goodness–making the first one, a tunic in linen. More pictures coming on these projects soon. Meanwhile, En Provence, has at least two runs done and the binding made. I’m using a pale lavender thread which is awesome with this quilt and its backing.
I FINISHED MY KATJA MAREK MILLEFIORE QUILT. It’s been a year long project to paper piece it, and I LOVE how it came out. More pictures coming when it is quilted and bound. It will go on the long arm next, and I finally figured out how I want to quilt it.
Now I am doing Willyne Hammerstein’s paper pieced quilt called “Valse Brillante,” from her book MILLEFIORI QUILTS. And then there were…SEVEN blocks. These guys are a bit more tedious to make, but aren’t they fun? I am liking this project.
My rules are text, brights, and some solid fabrics. We learned about making “rules” to follow from Timna Tarr when she came to Coastal Quilters (Maine) last year for a workshop. When I glue blocks, I make two of each block with the brights and text fabrics reversed: one small, one large of each.
Friend Becca Babb-Brott lucked into taking a two-day Gee Bend quilters class at Maine’s recent Fiber College. Of my friends, Becca is the one who loves improv quilting the most I think. So this class was right up her funway path. Here’s what she has done so far. Note the use of solids. These pieces will be connected, and they are actually wider than they appear here now. Note the jean pocket on the lower piece. She plans to add another pocket. Using old denim is something the Gee Bend quilters do/did a lot. They used what they had. The Gee Bend quilters advocate working out the width of your piece and them building more to the top and bottom. It will be interesting to see where this one goes.
Gee Bend comes back every other year, and we are already plotting going when they return.
If you don’t know the Gee Bend history, take a minute to google them. Their quilts are unique and are both old and modern and not quite describable. They defy “rules.”