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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Megan Bruns’ “La Passacaglia” is DONE!

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Turkey Tracks:  May 27, 2019

Megan Bruns’ “La Passacaglia” is DONE!

I have watched Megan work on this quilt for three or four years now.  The construction time wound through the threads of her life.  Sometimes, when her life events got tough, the quilt got put aside.  But some times, the work on it offered solace and coping.

It was a complete delight for many of us at Coastal Quilters (Maine) when she brought the finished quilt to show us on the same May 2019 weekend she graduated from college.  In the past two years she has held down a full-time job, mostly a full-time college schedule, and the juggling of living alone with two beloved dogs to nurture.  Those of us who know her well knew that when this young woman finished the border and took the quilt to be quilted, she had gone around all the sharp edges life had thrown at her and was in the home stretch and moving full steam ahead.  What followed next was a significant job offer right here in Camden, so we will have her with us for at least another year.

There are earlier pictures of this quilt in progress on this blog, if you care to go back to them.  But to refresh, this is Willyyene Hammerstein’s “La Passacaglia” quilt from her book MILLIFIORI QUILTS.  Megan designed the large border treatment, and Alewives Quilt Shop quilted the top.

 

The quilt has wonderful, organic-inspired quilting.

I love the yellow border.

The back is a VELVETEEN!  I never would have thought to use velveteen.  It’s so soft and yummy…

 

GO MEGAN!!

And congratulations on graduating from college!!

 

Turkey Tracks: Noodlehead Market Bags

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Turkey Tracks:  May 26, 2019

Noodlehead Market Bags

I’ve been wanting to make Anna Graham’s Market Bag, from her book HANDMADE STYLE, for some time.

As noted in previous posts, The Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild has challenged members to make something in “handmade style” every other month, using Anna Graham’s book as a kickoff point.  In other months, I have made pillows, using blocks from “The Color Collective” online class with Tara Faughnan and supported by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia.  More on that pillow project later.

Here’s my first bag, which uses all Cotton+Steel fabrics.  This one is a gift.

The leather handles came from the Noodlehead store.  I cut the top binding on the bias and hand stitched it on the inside—as I’ve never been able to sew this kind of closing properly from the outside so that it catches all the inside fabric.  Just can’t do it.  I also hand sewed the edges of the pocket in the same manner.

And I lined the pocket and fused the outer fabric to Pellon’s SF 101.

Here’s the bag I made FOR ME, or “ownself,” as I like to say.  I used Essex Linen in pepper and Cotton+Steel fabrics in shades of teal/acid green.  And I put longer handles on this bag for shoulder carrying.  These handles were bought locally at Alewives Quilt Store some time ago when I first saw the Market Bag.

 

I am organizing making Graham’s Explorer purse for a real purse as this market bag is really meant to carry things loose.  As my purse possessions are not secured in pockets for the moment, I made a little lined phone case in the same way the interior pocket is constructed and by closing off the top side binding in the same way the bottom closes off.

I’m going to make the small Explorer Tote.

Explorer Tote PDF Pattern

Turkey Tracks: “XXOO” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  April 27, 2019

“XXOO” Quilt

I love this quilt.

The two blocks are from my online class with Tara Faughnan, hosted by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia, and made with solid Moda fabrics.  Each month Tara shares one of the blocks she has designed, teaches us with written materials and how-to videos, and chooses a color palate which Amy Newbold of Sewtopia, which hosts the class, sends to us.    These blocks—Color Pop and Color Cross—are from the first two months of the class.

I quilted with big stitches and used size 8 perle cotton.  The backing is one of the Japanese fabrics that Rebecca Babb-Brott carries in her Etsy store, Sew Me A Song.  I bought it for another quilt, but didn’t use it after all.  I Love how it works here.  I had a time choosing which color binding to use—I actually bought a warm navy and, then, a yellow, but finally settled on the “sage” color that is in the quilt.  It works with the front and the back, so I’m happy.

The circle block is 6 inches finished, and the cross block is 8 inches finished—so the math works to align them at 4 circles and 3 crosses.

I always try to take a picture which I can print out 4X6 size and which I can slip into a photo card.  I use these cards for pretty much all correspondence.

While I sew at night, next to me, someone keeps me company.

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Block Reveal: “Light and Dark”

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Turkey Tracks:  April 26, 2019

Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Build Block Reveal:

“Light and Dark”

Last night’s meeting was so much fun.

This month we revealed our blocks for Vicki Fletcher’s prompt:  “Light and Dark.”  Vicki homesteaded in Alaska for over 20 years, and the picture she gave us as one key to her prompt showed a dark tree against a sunrise/sunset bright background.  She did not limit our colors or the size of the blocks we made.

The blocks that came in knocked our socks off, plain and simple.  And we all look forward to seeing the quilt come together.  Here are the blocks, but unfortunately they would not all fit together on the design wall.  To see all the blocks individually, and if you have Facebook, go to our site:  Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild.

Despite the fact that Vicki has made recent quilts with lots of blues and greens, she loves the red family.  It was amazing to me how many of the blocks echoed the reds/pins.  And also how many blocks had yellow/gold.  It will be fun to track both of the families around the final block placement.  What rich and compelling colors showed up for this quilt.

Here’s the block I made for her—with bare trees

from Carolyn Friedlander’s “The Grove” pattern.

We are having so much fun with this project!

 

 

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April 26, 2019 at 8:46 am