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Turkey Tracks: A Quilty Visit

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Turkey Tracks:  February 25, 2020

A Quilty Visit

Megan Bruns dropped in for a fun visit yesterday.  She brought two projects to share with me.

Megan loves Anna Maria Horner fabrics and both of her projects involve those.  She is using her collection to make this version of Katja Marek’s “Quilt-lets” quilt.  You can search on the right sidebar for my version, finished a few years back.  But I love what Megan is making here.  The centers are Essex Linen and the sides/backs are Anna Maria Horner.  Each block stands alone.  Each block will get some kind of “quilting” before assembly, which is done by using a ladder stitch to sew the individual blocks together.  She is making a king size quilt.

We discussed several ideas for quilting. What kind of thread, what kind of intensity, what kind of pattern.  I am looking forward to seeing what she will do.  The linen is…sturdy…so dealing with quilting knots will be an issue.

 

 

More on her second, very interesting project, as that one develops more.

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February 25, 2020 at 9:23 am

Turkey Tracks: Amy Friend is Coming to Coastal Quilters

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Turkey Tracks:  February 22, 2020

Amy Friend is Coming to Coastal Quilters

We love quilt designer and teacher Amy Friend.

She has a new book out and is coming to Coastal Quilters for a workshop in mid March to teach us about projects in the book.  She was teaching this past week at the Modern Quilt Guild’s “Quilt Con,” where she debuted this new book.

I can’t wait to see it!

Beautiful Petal + Stem Aurifil Thread Collection

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February 22, 2020 at 7:54 am

February 15, 2020: Camden Public Library Quilt Show

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Turkey Tracks:  February 15, 2020

Camden Public Library Quilt Show

Coastal Quilters (Camden, Maine) president Tori Manzi got a call from the Camden Public Library asking if we could mount a quilt show in February since the “show” for that month had cancelled, leaving the library with no show to hang in their Picker Room.

Tori stepped up, with help from president of the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild (Camden, Maine) Lynn Vermeulen, and many quilters from both groups, many of whom belong to both groups.  Special thanks to Sarahann Smith, who has hung many shows and knows what to do.

I contributed my “Radiating Log Cabin” quilt from Season 1 of The Color Collective, hosted by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia.  Tara Faughnan designed the block and chose the color palette.  The rest was up to each individual quilter.

 

I could not get a picture of the whole room as about 6 people were setting up for an event.

I did try to take pictures of the two traveling quilts that we did in Mt. Battie Modern last year.

Here is Lynn Vermeulen’s:

I did the top/right border, the word “joy,” and the little churn dash blocks over the word joy.  I also sewed the bottom third of top together, connecting remaining blocks to the top 2/3, and that arrangement remained as I came near the end of the “traveling.”

Here is Becca Babb-Brott’s traveling quilt, though I could not get the bottom due to the tables being set up.  Becca’s “saying” was “The more I wonder, the more I love.”  I think that came from THE COLOR PURPLE novel.  Becca did the words—as we all did—so we “travelers” worked in lots of motifs, etc.  I did some stars, the fabrics under the first  “the,” some flying geese (on the left), and near the “I” at the bottom, the girl figure—which copied that motif from a quilt Becca made some years back.

Here is my traveling quilt, which I did not hang in this show, but which I love so much.

 

 

Turkey Tracks: My “Bee Inspired” Block for “Beaches” Prompt

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Turkey Tracks:  February 12, 2020

 

My “Bee Inspired” Block For “Beaches” Prompt

Our prompt for February was “Beaches.”

From our coast, we look out over the bay to islands in the distance.  Isle Au Haut, Blue Hill, and Mt. Desert often can be seen in the distance—and each has high elevations.  By water, one way to these outer islands or peninsulas is through the Fox Island “channel,” a journey I have made many times on the J&E Riggin windjammer.

You can see the rest of the blocks for JoAnn Moore’s “Beaches” prompt on our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page.  As always, the blocks for our prompts are awesomely creative.

 

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February 12, 2020 at 8:57 am

Turkey Tracks: “Rolling Stars” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  February 11, 2020

“Rolling Stars” Quilt

It’s done!

This quilt basically copies Tara Faughnan’s “Small World” design, which is the first project of Season 2 of The Color Collective, hosted by Amy Newbold’s Sewtopia.

I fell in love with this design the moment I saw it. AND, it’s made with the freezer paper method, which I really like to use.

To remind, each month Tara Faughnan gives us a new design AND a 12-piece Bella color palette from which to make the design.  I added the darker, fern green, as I had some on hand and felt the need of green.  Tara also suggests an additional 12 color Kona choices one could add, and the brighter red/orange was in that secondary set of colors.

I put a hanging sleeve on this quilt, as it really wants to hang.  But I don’t have another logical spot in my house at the moment, having already hung a few of these Color Collective projects.

I quilted on my domestic with a 1-inch straight line pattern.  I did not want to take anything away from the quilt pattern so kept it simple.

The backing is “Confetti” from the Ruby Star Society, and I liked the soft look of it for the backing.

These “stars” really do roll!

Thank you, The Color Collective.

I’m so happy you are planning on doing SEASON 3.

Turkey Tracks: Improv Inspiration

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Turkey Tracks:  February 6, 2020

Improv Inspiration

When I’m stressed, I feel soothed when I am doing something with my hands.

Here’s what happened while the Impeachment process raged:

These blocks were inspired by our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild’s challenge “Bee Inspired”—which itself was inspired by the quilters who make up the “Bee Sewcial” improv project.  (You can see their work on Instagram and the blocks for each completed prompt on Mt. Battie MQG projects on Facebook.)

My prompt turn will not come around until next November, but I had a workshop with Amy Friend on foundation piecing curves this fall.  And, I have two books which I love and used to play with making these blocks.  Nicholas Ball’s INSPIRING IMPROV and Sherri Lynn Wood’s IMPROV HANDBOOK FOR MODERN QUILTERS.  I have specified solids with clear colors—though some of the colors above are darker than I specified.

Yesterday I made myself take my sample blocks off the design wall.  But between now and November I can’t guarantee that I won’t return to this kind of play again.  It is kind of interesting that my prompt does come in November…

I have returned to putting binding on two finished quilts, setting up the Galactic and Gumdrops projects for The Color Collective online class I’m taking, and finishing up making blocks out of extra materials left over from other projects.  More on that later.

Here’s what’s on the design wall now:  Then Came June’s Checkered Garden Quilt made from leftover solids as a leader/ender project.

The blocks are 14 inches.  I don’t know.  I think this one needs to be 5 blocks by 6 blocks (70 by 84).  Right now it’s 56 by 56.  Thinking on this…   Hmmm.  4 by 5 would be 56 by 70.  That’s a good lap size too.  Will try that next.

And of course I’m still moving blocks around…