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Turkey Tracks:  March 3, 2019

The Parts Department Quilts

Linda Satkowski has finished HER parts department quilt.

You may recall (see earlier posts) that these quilts began two summers ago when three of us (Linda, Becca Babb-Brott, and me) started just playing with blocks and making them for ourselves and each other—with the long-term goal of making improv quilts.  The original idea for creating a bin of “parts department” blocks that are made and can be used in quilts came from books by Freddly Moran and Gwen Marston, who encouraged constructing “funky” blocks as part of the mix.  Along the way we made Jen Kingwell’s improv quilt as part of a Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild challenge, and that helped us enormously in thinking how to piece together these “parts.”

Linda has partly hand quilted and partly machine quilted.

Becca finished her top first, and that lit the fuse.

Now the pressure is on for me.  I dragged out the parts department bin and cleared off my design wall.

Hmmm.  Doesn’t look too full.

Oh my!

And that’s not all of it.  There are piles on the cutting table sorted into “like” blocks, with space left for cutting needed fabric.

And blocks being combined in some, hopefully, intelligent and interesting way.

I actually really like this kind of play.  The block on the left is made from 8 blocks leftover from some quilt or other.  I cut them in half on the diagonal and recombined them into 4 blocks.  I could put them together in many ways, but I think this way is visually interesting.  Who knew?  And that’s the fun of play.

The pale green block in the middle on the right came from leftovers from a quilt.  I took the two blocks I had, took off the solid part of the half-square triangle and sewed the two pieced parts together.  And then sarted surrounding it with a set of pinwheel blocks.  Something will go on the left side, but I, right now, have no idea what.

Let the play begin!

Written by louisaenright

March 3, 2019 at 10:05 am

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