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Turkey Tracks: Sewing Projects, November 2019

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Turkey Tracks:  November 7, 2019

Sewing Projects, November 2019

Winter is my intensive sewing time.

The bed is the bedroom next to my quilting room is my project staging area when the longarm holds a quilt.  On the bed there’s a finished quilt top and its backing and binding fabric all set to go when the longarm is empty again.  There are garments—saved to sew in winter.  And, all sorts of other projects, from an EPP project, to The Color Collective blocks, to my own inventions.

Here’s what my design wall looks like now.  The top blocks are meant to use up the solids acquired for The Color Collective projects.  The 14-inch block is from Then Came June’s Checkered Garden Quilt, and I’ve written posted about it before now.  It’s a leader/ender project from Bonnie Hunter’s method.  The big blocks below it are the 20-inch Radiating Log Cabin blocks from Tara Faughnan’s The Color Collective Season 1, hosted by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia.

To the right are various projects—to include just playing with shapes with ideas garnered from a workshop with Amy Friend (curved foundation piecing) and from Nicholas Ball’s new book INSPIRING IMPROV, which I high recommend.

I think there is a flying geese project in the making, done with 6” wide blocks and bright colors.  And the Jen Kingwell “Glitter” blocks are ongoing and will probably wind up in an improv quilt.

Below, hidden are the improv bird blocks I’m making off and on.

My quilting life is very rich I think.

I’ve moved blocks around and around below, but I think I like this arrangement, so will sew it together later today. L Then I have to decide if it is a 60-inch wall hanging or a lap quilt AND how on earth to quilt it.  Hand or machine, for starters.

The “shapes” blocks are fun.  I’m going to cut the teal blue/green block on the right in half and see what develops.  These blocks will go into my Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild “prompt” quilt where other members will make blocks for me as well.  But, my turn will not come up until NEXT November as there are many of us in this challenge.  So there is plenty of time to play with shapes and clear colors over the year.

My Cotton+Steel “Slopes” quilt from Amanda Jean Nyberg is on the long arm now.  I quilt until I get tired, then stop and play with other projects.  It all gets done.

The winterizing outside is DONE, so it’s time to move into my winter sewing in earnest.  And we may get SNOW tomorrow.

I love the change of seasons and enjoy each and every one.

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild October 2019 Stay Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  November 3, 2019

Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild October 2019 Stay Retreat

It was fun.

A Stay Retreat means those who can’t travel elsewhere for various reasons can quilt for two days at our local Lions Club alongside other Mt. Battie Modern QG or Coastal Quilters members.

A Retreat offers a time for intensive sewing where projects can be finished while sharing time and projects with other quilters.

I finished the top of this YEARS LONG project:  a quilt made from Bonnie Hunter’s Wild and Goosey quilt block—an intense foundation pieced block that is fun, but time consuming to make.  Look at all those tiny, tiny pieces

I like how the neutral border came out—a light grey binding will stop the eye and the light border holds the quilt middle nicely.  Thanks Betsy Maislen for this idea.  I like, too, the bits of color in the neutrals.

This block can look very, very different in other hands—like Linda Satkowski’s.  Her quilt with carefully chosen colors and a darker background is so handsome.  She has been my quilting companion during this long, long project—for both of us.  At this retreat she is sewing rows together—I think there will be 7 or 8 rows.

I have a very cool backing for this quilt—again thanks to Betsy Maislen who found it summer before last and brought me a fat quarter of it.

I have the Slopes quilt top on the longarm now—from Amanda Jean Nyberg’s NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND.  Mine is made from Cotton+Steel fabrics—the dark colors, not neutrals—collected over past years.

Turkey Tracks: Tori’s Prompt of “Words”

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Turkey Tracks:  October 27, 2019

Tori’s Promp of “Words” (Matter)

This post is overdue, as the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild members turned in their challenge blocks for Tori Manzi’s “prompt,” which was “Words” (that matter).  She asked us to also use fabric in our creations that spoke in some way to our word.

Here is my main block for Tori:

But I also made these letters for Tori, as I thought her name also matters—since she is an inspiring and exciting quilter.  I did not connect the letters as I don’t know if she will want to use them vertically or horizontally.  The fabrics are all Alison Glass, the compass collection, since Tori loves Alison Glass.  I had the colored fabrics and some of the neutral, but ordered a yard of the neutral as I can always use neutrals/low volume.

The blocks that came in were AWESOME, and you can see them on the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page.  Do go over and take a look, as the creativity of our members’ work is worth the look.  The prompts we have finished are also on that page.  Some of the first prompts are about to come back, finished as quilts, and we are looking forward to seeing them.

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October 27, 2019 at 9:11 am

Turkey Tracks: They Came!

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Turkey Tracks:  October 26, 2019

They Came!

I am still pinching myself.

Becky Reavis Meyer and Marty Greenhow Hallgren came to visit me here in Maine in early October.

Here they are at Becky’s home in Colorado, the day before their flight to Maine.  Marty flew from Texas to join up with Becky before coming to Maine.

We are three military brats whose parents were station at Offutt AFB in Bellevue, Nebraska.  They graduated from Bellevue High School in 1962, and I graduated in 1963.  After graduation, we scattered across the country as we took up our lives.

Becky and I go back to 4th grade or so at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana.  My family went on to McDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, for a few years, and Becky’s family went, I think, on to Nebraska.

Marty came to Nebraska from Puerto Rico, where she was friends with Charles Derr, another AFB brat and dear friend of my family.  John and I met Charlie in the Washington, DC, area, and our two sons grew up with Charlie’s daughter Tara.

Here we three are at the Mt. Battie tower, up on Mt. Battie, a scenic overlook of our coast.

 

Here’s one part of the 360 degree view at the top of Mt. Battie:

Can I just say that we did not stop talking from Wednesday night to Sunday when they left.  And I have since thought of so many things I wish I had asked them.  But catching up on nearly 60 years of information is a daunting task.

I can say that both Marty and Becky are both great, have had rich lives, and have beautiful children and grandchildren.  We have all been lucky in a lot of ways.

Thanks so much for coming to see me, Marty and Becky!

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October 26, 2019 at 10:14 am

Turkey Tracks: “Lone Star Done and Hung”

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October 20, 2019

”Lone Star Done and Hung”

I wrote this post back on September 25th, when I finished the Lone Star that I thought worked best outside my quilt room.

Then I fell in love…

Here’s what I wrote in September:

“Yes!

This version works exactly as I wanted on the wall outside my quilt room.

That luscious background color is Kona’s “Nightfall.”  I’ve fallen in love with it.

I had to patch nail holes and do some touch up painting on this wall.  Didn’t it come out nicely?

 

HEre’s the view into my quilt room.

THEN, I finished quilting the patchwork version that I just thought would be fun.  And, I fell in love with it.

Here’s what exists now, in mid-October:

 

 

And here’s the quilt room now with the other Lone Star moved in and the little piece I did in a Timna Tarr workshop relocated—on the far left.

Now I’m happy!

And I’ve moved on to finish up working on the Radiating Log Cabin blocks I had wanted to make from Season 1 of the Color Collective—more on that to come.

AND, I’m itching to start Season 2.  Look at the quilt Tara Faughnan made from the first block of Season 2:

It’s another freezer paper method!  I loved learning that method in Season 1.

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October 20, 2019 at 9:59 am

Turkey Tracks: “On Point” Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks:  September 25, 2019

“On Point” Done and Hung

This quilt comes from the online class with Tara Faughnan I’ve been blogging about in recent months—The Color Collective, hosted by Sewtopia, and featuring the work of Tara Faughnan.  Each month Tara taught us a method and sent us a curated collection of Kona solid fabrics.  This quilt was made using the freezer paper method.  AND, I LOVE IT.

 

I quilted all those shapes with size 8 perle cotton—and the resulting texture is lovely.

SEASON 2 starts in October.  Yes, I’ve signed up.

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September 25, 2019 at 9:38 am

Turkey Tracks: Monarch Chrysalis Update

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Turkey Tracks:  September 9, 2019

Monarch Chrysalis Update

For the past few days, the green chrysalis darkened to black from green, and the orange wings began to show really clearly.

Sunday was cool and damp, off and on.  Would the butterfly emerge?

Here she/he is.  You can see the now-clear chrysalis behind him/her, still stuck to the amaryllis plant.  She/he hung out all day, just moving slowly and gathering strength.  She/he is gone his morning.

What an amazing, stunning process!

 

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September 9, 2019 at 9:36 am