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A Leader/Ender Takeover

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Turkey Tracks: September 4, 2020

A Leader/Ender Takeover

There is always some point where a leader/ender project gets big enough that it becomes a primary project.

Just to remind, Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville.com) pioneered the leader/ender method of sewing where one works on a primary quilt and rather than breaking thread, one feeds in a sewing task from another quilt.

One of my two leader/ender projects has reached that stage where it has engulfed my design wall. There is nothing to do now but finish it and sew the top together. And meanwhile, the “tree” blocks with solid backgrounds and scrappy tree trunks will become THE primary leader/ender project.

I’ve wanted to make a scrappy bigger block flying geese quilt for YEARS now. This goose block is 3 by 6 finished. Right now I’ve got 10 rows wide by 20 deep, which is about 60-inches square. But I’m thinking it may need to be just a bit bigger. Maybe 72 (12 rows) by 75 (25 rows deep). I’m trying to off-set the large blocks of color (like 4 of one type) so that it reads really scrappy. Thus, the single and double geese blocks that will help that effort.

And now I’m wondering about going EVEN bigger in the future. That would make a VERY graphic flying geese quilt.

I like the way Tara Faughnan, in the online class The Color Collective, played with her improv idea of a “goose” form in solids and with a bigger block for her “Stacks” quilt—which lops off the point of the triangle and which highlights the formation of the side triangles into a very visible element. (This pic is from my “Stacks” quilt.) As I recall, the block finishes at 9 inches wide.

I am reversing my rows of geese so the rows lie up and down. That forms a parallelogram form rather than a triangle, which would form if the geese all pointed the same way. Made in solids, the parallelogram slash could be quite interesting. And what if the slash was the same color here and there???

And so it goes…

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September 4, 2020 at 10:01 am

Sugaridoo QAL in August

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Turkey Tracks: September 3, 2020

Sugaridoo QAL in August

I am caught up with my two Sugaridoo rows.

That’s a good thing as the 11th row will be released very soon now as we are now into September. (How did that happen so fast?)

The August row is either a 4-inch circle or an improv blob like an ink blot. Both would be fun, but I chose the circle since I was still hunting for a method to make a good BIG circle without needed a template/ruler to make the background fabric for the circle. This reverse appliqué method WORKS. And I tried it for a 12-inch big circle and it went beautifully. THANK YOU SUGARIDOO, Irene.

Here’s my Cotton+Steel version. The mushrooms are so darn cute—and the color is a good match for the rainbow/solid “emerald” color Sugaridoo chose for this spot. (See below.)

There are two more finished rows waiting for the two missing mystery rows that will come next—one on either end of this big piece.

Here’s the rainbow version:

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September 3, 2020 at 8:35 am

Jan Corson’s Baby Quilt

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Turkey Tracks: September 2, 2020

Jan Corson’s Baby Quilt

Camden quilty friend Jan Corson recently finished this quilt—meant to welcome a pending grandchild.

I LOVE IT. I love her use of this triangle form, the deliciously rich colors, and the mix of black and white and grey fabrics. They eye just travels around and stops at the various geometric forms and the tiny bits of color it encounters.

And look at this adorable backing for an infant.

I think there is a triangle quilt in my future!

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September 2, 2020 at 10:41 am

The Color Collective Season 3

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Turkey Tracks: September 1, 2020

The Color Collective Season 3

It’s back!

It will start in October.

I signed up for the half-yard, 7 month version.

I have so enjoyed and benefitted from the two previous seasons and really am looking forward to Season 3.

(I don’t know if the copied post will be ok on the wordpress platform, but you can get the idea anyway and go to the Sewtopia website.)

We’re back with Tara for the Color Collective Season 3!Sewtopia Tara Faughnan are back for Season Three of the Color Collective Season! Join us on a colorful adventure that will expand your color palette and quilting skills. 
Every month you will receive a color bundle curated by Tara as well as a block pattern designed by Tara. In addition you will receive tips and tricks to make the block, access to a private Facebook Group where you can get advice and feedback from Tara, Sewtopia, and other members. Each month we will have and a monthly giveaway exclusive to the Color Collective membership. 
Sewtopia and Tara would like to welcome Latifah Saafir as a Special Guest to the Color Collective. Instead of a normal six month subscription, we are extending it one month, where Latifah will take over and curate a solid bundle and incorporate it in her own block pattern.
Returning club members will receive an exclusive discount. Please use the link below to sign up as they are not available to the public.Half Yard Subscription w/ Special GuestHalf Yard SubscriptionFat Quarter Subscription with Special GuestFat Quarter SubscriptionSpecial Guest – Latifah SaafirLatifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.
Latifah Saafir Studios is a quilt and sewing pattern and product company representing two brands, Latifah Saafir Studios and Quilt Cadets. Latifah Saafir Studios will feature a full range of patterns and products that will explore many innovative designs and techniques.
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September 1, 2020 at 9:14 am

“My `On Point’” Quilt Top is Done

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Turkey Tracks: August 24, 2020

“My `On Point’” Quilt Top is Done

Messy photo, as there are two other projects on my design wall, but this last project from season 2 of The Color Collective is done. Denyse Schmidt, as a guest designer for a 7th month, designed this big, graphic block (20 inches) and curated the color palette.

At 60 by 60, it is a good lap quilt. This block is tricky to make. I found that the seams around the grey center needed to be VERY scant, for instance, to get the 20 1/2 inch trim right. I’m wondering if that grey square should be cut just a bit bigger??? Precision is everything on this big, graphic block. There are two colorways for the block. I emphasized the warm block. If one emphasized the cooler blue block, the quilt would have the blues as intersecting lines in the middle.

I’ll quilt this one on the longarm with something curvy and likely a dark grey thread, but who knows… And I need to organize a backing. I don’t have something in my stash that will work. The binding will be the dark brown as I did order more of it to get the 9 blocks. Thank heavens I ran out of fabric…or I’d be making at least one more row.

I would still like to make ME a “Stacks” as I gave the one I made as a wedding present. I think “Stacks” and “On Point” will appeal some day to my two grandsons as they are more masculine in nature. But who knows. I love them both myself.

Summer is winding down now up here in Maine. Temps are dropping into the 50s at night, which makes for great sleeping. The days are warm enough for shorts and so clear. And we did get some rain this past week, but not nearly enough. The growing season this summer for vegetables has been very, very slow. For instance, the glut of tomatoes has not yet arrived, even if the plants are inside hoop houses.

It is way past time to clean up the garden. The deadheading chore is badly needed to be executed. This summer just flew by…

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August 24, 2020 at 9:10 am

Deer Love Hosta

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Turkey Tracks: August 16, 2020

Deer Love Hosta

Oh yes, deer do love hosta.

And I have a lot of hosta.

I knew they were snacking on the hosta in the bed where I had the overgrown river birches cut down. And topping off numerous other plants as they strolled by—like the flower part of the Borage. But I kept thinking I would spray all the hosta as soon as the next predicted rain had come and gone. Only, that rain has not happened.

When I put AC out for his morning run a few days ago, we both saw that a deer was standing in this garden bed, I presume eating more of the hosta.

AC put the deer up the side of the mountain in short order, and I got out the sprayer later that day. Leslie Smith swears by “orange” Listerine for deterring deer—used full strength. She also swore that it would not hurt the plants. I found the “original” Listerine at our local drug store—and it is “orange” colored, so I bought it.

Time will tell…

But I don’t see more deer damage since I sprayed. And, that was an easy task. My little $14 sprayer worked just fine. And the spray didn’t seem to hurt the plants.

Here’s the “deer” chasing dog yesterday:

He can go up the side of the hill back of me in about 3 seconds.

And he loves to swim even more this year, but still doesn’t like to get over his head.

We have had some blessedly cool weather these past two days. A late summer treat for sure. But no rain. And it is terribly dry.

The light is changing now. And the hummingbirds are feeding up in preparation for their upcoming flight south. I have to refill their feeders every day or so.

Repair and cleaning projects are making the house “sparkly.” One never finishes with a house, but the obvious projects will wind down this next week. It’s been really good to get this work done.

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August 16, 2020 at 9:12 am

“My `Bedrock’” Quilt is Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks: August 13, 2020

“My `Bedrock’” Quilt is Done and Hung

I love this quilt!

The method comes from Tara Faughnan and is part of this past season’s (2) The Color Collective online class hosted by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia. Tara also selects the color palette and teaches the method in a video. She called her own quilt “Bedrock,” so this quilt below, which is my improv version of the block method, is “My `Bedrock.’ “ I think I did a good job of balancing color and taking the eye around the quilt.

It is quite safe to say I never would have made this quilt without this class. My improv skills are growing, as is my confidence with improv.

I am using up stash pieces big enough for backings. I’ve always liked this one.

I hung this quilt outside my quilt room. It does hang straight; the camera distorts a bit. I think the matchstick quilting in a very soft cream with darker overtones came out really well. It does not distract from the quilt itself at all.

My quilt room is at my back in this picture. The door to the right goes to a bedroom/office where (LOL) I’ve taken over the closet for quilting “stuff.” I also have a sewing table and my serger in this bedroom.

Here’s the cotton 12-weight thread I ordered from Sulky for under $2 each. I had the pale blue on hand. And I filled more color needs from my size 8 perle cotton stash. I want to keep the thread color to the blocks of color in this “Give and Take” quilt top.

I’ve started THE LAST project from season 2, so pics to follow soon. It’s a BIG and GRAPHIC BLOCK (20 inches finished), designed by Denyse Schmidt as guest for a month 7 project. Tara curated the color palette.

It is now Queen Anne’s Lace and Rudbeckia time of this summer. Both are so hardy and cheerful.

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August 13, 2020 at 1:18 pm

Rainbows and “`My Give and Take’ ” Quilt Top

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Turkey Tracks: August 5, 2020

Rainbows and “My `Give and Take’ “ Quilt Top

The ”I” tropical storm—who thought up THIS name anyway—more or less missed us here on Mid-Coast Maine. We got some rain and some wind last night, but that’s it. This one headed inland north to the Montreal area, though I am hearing that southern Maine had more trouble with it. We’ll take whatever rain we can get here on the coast. And, thankfully, the storm created some COOL weather, for a bit of time, anyway.

Last week, friend Marsha Smith sent me this pic of a double rainbow, taken from her porch, which is on a hill that looks out over the town and the harbor. Wow.

So, here is my finished quilt top “My `Give and Take’ “—which is the 6th project from season 2 of The Color Collective. Tara Faughnan designed this improv quilt method and curated the analogous color palette to start us off.

I’m thinking hand quilting with 12-weight cotton thread in green shades that are in the quilt. Tara used a grid on her bigger quilt, and I think that works to NOT take away anything from the quilt top itself. It just needs something really plain. I’ll use that dark turquoise on the upper left to bind. I had to cut that binding straight grain rather than on the bias, but this quilt will be a wall hanging and is not large at all so a straight binding will be ok. (I think bias binding is easier to manage and wears better over time.) It finishes at 28 by 47. I planned that size to fit where I’d like to hang it.

Here’s where Tara went with this method:

How fun! I really enjoyed this one, but I’ve enjoyed all the projects from both seasons and will sign up again for season 3 this October.

To see more of Tara’s quilts, go to tarafaughnan.com. It’s worth the visit. And her ongoing work is on Instagram. She’s a good teacher, for sure.

Now, on to the LAST project, which looks…complicated. I’m sure more “stretching” of my abilities will be involved. Denyse Schmidt designed the block for project 7, but Tara chose the fabric palette and made a video showing how best to make the blocks.

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August 5, 2020 at 9:45 am

Gardens and Grid Sewing Quilt Tops

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Turkey Tracks: July 30, 2020

Gardens and Grid Sewing Quilt Tops

Friend Roxanne Wells sent this picture of her garden this week—with the day-lilies and phlox adding to the color.


Here’s my kitchen window today.

I finished sewing a grid on the little circle quilt with the domestic.

And now I’ve almost finished sewing matchstick gridding on to “My Bedrock.” Sewed late last night, actually. Will finish this one tonight, “god willing and the creek don’t rise.”

I’ll trim both of these smaller quilts at the same time. The binding fabric for “Little Circles” is in the mail, and I have the binding cut for “My Bedrock.” I have to organize a hanging sleeve and label for it. Then I’ll have some night-time hand sewing instead of the pesky EPP project that will probably take the rest of my natural life—or so it often feels like that to me.

It’s all good.

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July 30, 2020 at 9:09 am

I Love the Simple Folded Corner Ruler!

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Turkey Tracks: July 29, 2020

I Love the Simple Folded Corner Ruler!

I got this ruler when Bonnie Hunter recommended it during one of the annual mystery quilts I did with her. (They start the Friday after Thanksgiving, and all info is on her blog, Quiltville.com, including I’m sure more info on this ruler.) This ruler has now replaced SEVERAL other rulers I had been using a lot. Buying info is on the ruler picture below, but http://www.antlerquiltdesign.com will get you there too.

Let’s talk about flying geese blocks to show how this ruler works—and specifically a goose block which will measure 3 by 6 finished. First cut 3 1/2 inch strips. This ruler can “sliver trim” the end of the strip. And it can sliver trim other blocks to size as well.

To prepare the goose body, cut 6 1/2 inch pieces of fabric. I layer these and cut multiple pieces at once. If you fold your strips in half, lengthwise, the bottom piece will face printed side down and the top piece printed side up. You can clearly see the orientation lines at the top and bottom of the ruler.

Next, trim off one side of the goose body—where the half-square triangles will fit. These cut triangles are smaller and mine get thrown into a pile to be used for another project—maybe a quilt of half-square triangles where one side is a neutral??? See how the orientation lines fit on to the strip at exactly the 3 1/2 inch mark—along the edge to be cut and on the left side of the ruler to keep the cut perfectly straight. At this cut, you are cutting for the right angle for the join with the half-square triangle you want for your goose block.

Next, cut the other side of the goose body strip. Here, the orientation is along the cut side. This is one place on the the ruler you might want to use to sliver cut one side of either a half-square triangle OR a sewn block that you have folded in half to trim.

Here’s how you cut the side units that will join to the goose body—from your 3 1/2 inch strips. Again, if you fold your strip in half lengthwise and cut two or four pieces (or more) at once, they will be perfectly set up to piece to the goose body. (The bottom piece will face right side down.) Of course you would sliver trim the left edge first.

For the next cut, you will again use the diagonal marks to orient the ruler. And you will repeat these two cuts across the strip until you have the number of corners you want. You can use this corner of the ruler to sliver cut two sides of a half-square triangle OR a sewn block folded in half.

All the pieces will fit together perfectly when you sew them.

This project is a leader/ender project for me. And it’s growing pretty fast.

I’m using some of the pre-cut 3 1/2 inch strips in my Bonnie Hunter scrap user system AND cutting more colors as needed. This one is a great stash buster for sure. It will probably wind up being at least 10 rows wide and 20 rows long. At least…

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July 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm