Turkey Tracks: June 23, 2018
Late June 2018 Update
Summer is a busy time for me.
There are visitors, there are the gardens, there is abundant summer produce warm from the sunny garden, and there are beautiful days where one is meant to be OUTSIDE. I revel in taking a break and eating lunch on my porch and reading in the sun for a bit. Then, of course, I need to also make a coffee while I finish just a bit more of my book. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and summer brings its own special pleasures.
I am so enjoying making and wearing this 100 ACTS OF SEWING, shirt No 1. This is the second version–made with Carolyn Friedlander lawn. It layers so beautifully over a tank top–or with a long-sleeve t-shirt. The lawn needs an under layer unless, maybe you are young and have a cute bra. I have also made a khaki double gauze version since I took this picture, but have not worn it yet. I wanted it as a layer over my black stretch jeans. My first top was a blue double-gauze, which you can see in an earlier post.
I could not resist seeing what my plans for my leader/ender Bonnie Hunter “Wild and Goosey” blocks are going to look like.
That arrangement just plain knocks my socks off!! Love it. So much more colorful than I would have thought.
I played around with Amy Friend’s “Circuitry” quilt (in her INTENTIONAL PIECING), wherein she uses selvages. I made the blocks bigger and used patterned fabric to make the rectangle. And, I kept to the cool colors: blues and greens and some purples.
It’s on the long arm, waiting for me to figure out how on earth to quilt it. I have been playing around with trying to do a bigger “McTavishing” quilting, but I can’t quite make it work in a way that I like. I’ve gone through a whole pad of BIG drawing paper trying. It might work out, but… I am not sure. It’s a very dense quilting style, and I’m not sure I want that kind of density in this already dense top, what with the selvages… It definitely needs a curvy quilting style. Or so I think.
Here’s a close-up. I like this quilt. When I was taking the backing papers out (Lord! That took some nights! I’ll never sew them quite that way again–with too close lines on the edges), I really liked having the quilt in my lap. Despite the business, it’s a subtle quilt in many ways.
I’ll likely make a “warm” version later in the year since I have all those selvages all sorted into colored piles.