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Turkey Tracks: Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

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Turkey Tracks:  September 8, 2019

Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

This large 4-patch (each block is 30 inches unfinished) contains all the fabric colors that Tara Faughnan curated and Amy Newbold of Sewtopia sent to us for this THE COLOR COLLECTIVE project.  I added the navy, pink, and soft green backgrounds as they were what I had in my stash.  I could not stop making these blocks because I wanted to see what would happen with color placement and how they all looked together.  AND because they turned out NOT to be so hard (with Tara’s instructions and videos to guide).

This one is all layered and pinned now.  I’ll hand stitch mostly with perle size 8 cotton, though I may do some grid sewing on the domestic.  It’s going to hang in a stairwell, replacing a quilt that has been hanging for 15+ years.

In part I wanted to see different color combinations appeared on light or dark backgrounds—especially at the points.  You can see on the upper right/pink background of the above 4-patch how light and dark fabrics at the points can have a kind of fireworks effect.  The lower two quilts have a light point on dark background and a dark point on a light background.

The one below has colors from the collection—I added the yellow as I had it on hand—and is going in my bedroom as a wall hanging—to replace another small quilt that has been hanging for many years.  I thought it would go on the wall outside my quilt room—to replace another quilt that has been hanging too long, but while I like the block, the colors don’t quite work in that space, given other nearby colors.

This scrappy one I made from leftover scraps—and it is modeled on a BIG one that Tara Faughnan made that is scrappy.  Google “Tara Faughnan Quilts” to see it.  I’m going to back it with the really dark fabric that came in the collection—a kind of luscious dark navy/purple that you see around the yellow star center above.  I ordered more of that fabric, and it came yesterday and went right in to the washing machine.  I like this one a lot.  Not sure where it will go.

My favorite is on the 4-patch—the top one on the left with all the blues.  I ordered more of those fabrics, except for the pickle color points as I already ordered more of the pickle color.  The pickle is destined to be the binding for the 4-patch.  I added in a chartreuse for the points and will back with the dark navy/purple.

This last one (?) is going to hang on the wall outside my quilt room.  Guess what I’m doing today?

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September 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

Turkey Tracks: Karen Martin’s “Can Can” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  August 26, 2019

 

Karen Martin’s “Can Can” Quilt

Wow!

What else could one say about this amazing EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilt top?

The pattern is “Can Can” by Willyene Hammerstein.  It’s in one of her newer books, MILLIFIORI QUILTS 3.

Karen plans to put on a border to set off the center.  She’s thinking about what color now.  Options she discussed were black or the dark magenta.

 

 

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August 26, 2019 at 9:19 am

Turkey Tracks: Lending Some Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  August 4, 2019

Lending Some Quilts

Karen Martin and I loaned Fiddlehead Artisan Supply (Belfast, Maine) some quilts for their booth at the recent state quilt show (Pine Tree Quilt Guild).  That’s my Katja Marek Millifiori to the left of the Fiddlehead sign.  Below it is a Katja Marek 54-hexigon quilt—all based on Marek’s book THE NEW HEXAGON.  The blocks are all Cotton+Steel.

Karen’s wonderful Tula Pink (greys, blacks, whites, and yellow) is to the right of the Fiddlehead sign.  This quilt is from Tula Pink’s 100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS.

The quilt behind the service desk is my Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone method from her MODERN QUILT MAGIC book.  This quilt is all Cotton+Steel low volume fabrics.  I’m assuming that most of you know that C+S has moved to Moda, taking their designs with them, and are now known as Ruby Star Society.  Their first fabrics from Moda are shipping this month.

Here are close-ups of these quilts.

 

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Summer Quilting

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Turkey Tracks:  August 3, 2019

Summer Quilting

Of course I’m sewing.  Of course I am.

Look at this crazy design wall!

I’ve been playing with blocks for one thing.  I usually have time to make a block or two most days, except when family is visiting.

The Granny Square/Trip Around the World block at the top (posts about it earlier) from Then Came June is growing.  I think this one is going to be 4 by 4.  Maybe a bit bigger.  I’m using leftover solids for this block.  They make up pretty fast and easy.

The quilt in progress is more rows of Amanda Jean Nyber’s “Slopes” quilt using Cotton+Steel fabrics.  I had a dedicated sewing morning with the Mt. Battie Modern quilters about two weeks ago and got more of these blocks doine.

To the right:  Bonnie Hunter’s funky stars—the colored fabrics are Cotton+Steel.  There is a BH pattern for this funkiy block, but it’s also a block that has been around for ages.

The pineapple blocks are being made with the Creative Grids large ruler—they are 8 inches.  Right now they are Cotton+Steel, but that might not stay that way.  The bottom green one is WAY, WAY too busy.  But the center kind of shimmers, so I might leave it within a larger selection of these blocks.

The long skinny blocks are Jen Kingwell’s “Glitter” blocks.  I was thinking to hand piece them, but they are not that hard to sew…  So, as I finish one, I organize another.  And the trees (below) are her “The Avenue.”  This block is way bigger than I realized when I bought the templates.

 

The “bird” blocks are an improv project that I’m not sure I like all that much.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but sometimes life moves on and old projects fall away.  We’ll see.  I have been picking out fabrics for another block.  And one goal here is to use solids to surround the birds.

I had thought to use “the avenue” trees in the bird quilt, but the scale is wrong.  They are too large.  I was thinking that I would do sets of seasonal colors.  I have one more organized and will make it.  Then they are going into the “Parts Department” bin for an improv quilt to be made probably this winter.  I do like the way the neutrals around the trees are making interesting forms.  Maybe I will make some with other colors and mix them all up?

I’m quilting (big stitches with size 8 perle cotton) the “6-pointed star” quilt from Tara Faughnan and Amy Newbold’s The Color Collective project on Sewtopia.  (Season 2 is coming in October—and I’ve done other posts on this project which uses a TF-curated color palette in solids.)  I continue to be fascinated with how geometric shapes can play off of each other.  I am using all dark thread colors for this one as I don’t want the brighter/lighter threads to distract from the geometric shapes.

I finished the VERY FUN freezer paper technique Tara Faughnan calls “On Point.”  How cool is this?  The camera distorts, of course.

It’s pinned and ready to go for hand quilting.  I will use the brighter thread colors in this one.

These are leftover pieces sewn into a tumbling blocks form—from the 6-pointed star.  NO!  JUST NO!  It’s intriguing, but its going into the Parts Department bin—and maybe will be surrounded with neutrals down the line in the next improv quilt.  I want to circle back to the Lone Star and Radiating Log Cabin projects—you can see those in the pillows on the bed.

So, yes, I am sewing and creating.  Always!

 

 

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August 3, 2019 at 6:56 am

Turkey Tracks: Making Komebukuro Bags Is Fun and Addictive

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Turkey Tracks:  June 3, 2019

Making Komebukoro Bags is Fun and Addictive

These “rice bowl bags/pouches” by kzstevens are so much fun!

I’ve published other versions in earlier posts here.

Kzstevens’ pattern is on her Etsy store.  Just google her name on the Etsy web site and scroll for the “Modern Japanese Rice Pouch” pattern that sells for $6.

Here’s her description of the bag’s uses:

Komebukuro. A traditional pouch used in Japan to carry rice offerings to the temple during religious ceremonies or to hold gifts destined for a close friend or relative.  Komebukuro bags were hard sewn in a patchwork style and individually designed with a mix of whatever fabrics were on hand and closed with a cotton drawstring cord. It is reversible.

Here’s are first two bags, and my first is on the right:

Each side is a bit different as I did piece the top.  First, one constructs an improv top piece that is a large rectangle.  Then one can “decorate” that rectangle with decorative sewing, adding little patches, and so forth.  Then one joins the rectangle to the square bottom.  The lining is constructed in the same manner.  I ordered the leather ties from Amazon.

I used Essex linen (pepper color) in the bag and for the top tie slips and for the bottoms.

 

Here’s my lining, and note that the bag is completely reversible if desired.

Here’s the second bag, where I added the blue daisy square for decoration:

I’ve already ordered more leather ties, but will also look the next time I go to a quilt store for cotton twill kind of ties.  I don’t see why a long shoe lace wouldn’t work either.  And, what about some decorative beads on some bags???

 

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June 3, 2019 at 9:05 am

Turkey Tracks: The LAST Pillow

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Turkey Tracks:  May 29, 2019

The LAST Pillow

Maybe…

Here’s my trial block for the 5th Color Collective block by Tara Faughnan.

I LOVE this block, which one draws on freezer paper and then uses that method to sew the block.  It is different than foundation piecing, and I really like the method.  BUT, I am still grappling with getting the points to stop at the right place.  I am on my third drawn template now, but am understanding how to get the result I want.

I also discovered that I like the bright colors against a dark background, unlike the Lone Star version with the light grey background.

I used green in this last pillow so it would blend with the other pillows I’ve made.

Here is Tara’s quilt made from this block, though she also sent us other versions one might consider:

WOW!  Look at these wonderful blocks!  Each one represents a new method to learn.

The Color Collective (Amy Nebold/Sewtopia) will continue in the fall.  I will definitely sign up again.

And now there are 10 pillows, scattered around the house.  You have seen pics and posts about these pillows already.  All have been made with Anna Graham’s method with an invisible zipper closing and with lined and quilted fronts and backs—from Anna’s book HANDMADE STYLE.  Her shop is “Noodlehead.”

There is one more block in Season 1 of THE COLOR COLLECTIVE though…

I’m playing with it now…

Turkey Tracks: “Parts Department Party” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  May 28, 2019

“Parts Department Party” Quilt

It’s done!

And I really love it…

To refresh your memories, as I’ve been posting about this project for some time now, about four summers ago, Becca Babb-Brott, Linda Satkowski, and I decided to spend some of the summer “playing” with blocks and making enough to share with each other.  We all threw the blocks we made and that were given to us by each other into a bin we each called “the parts department”—following the work of Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston, who pioneered the idea of making fun blocks that would be ready to use when needed.

Both Becca and Linda put together their “improv” parts department quilts this year, so I knew the pressure was on.  It took me a long time to get this quilt together because I had lots and lots of “parts” that needed to be sewn into something useful—like the black/pink stars in the border (made from bonus triangles from a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt one year) or the broken dishes blocks in the border, or the flying geese formations, and so on.  And on, and on, and on…   I had a LOT of “parts”—too many to work all of them into this quilt, which is actually pretty large.  You know what that means…  There will be more play with fun blocks and another improv quilt down the road.

I really like the Carrie Bloomston “newsprint” 108-wide backing and the striped border—an idea I’ve seen used often on the Red Pepper Quilts blog.  And I quilted with Anne Bright’s Simple Feathers pantograph, which I like and use a lot.  I just wanted to lay down an overall curvy pattern.

Here are pics of parts of this quilt—which contains so many memories of parts of other quilts, of gift blocks from Becca and Linda, and of fabrics I’ve used and loved: