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Elvira Quilt Done

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Turkey Tracks: September 23, 2020

Elvira Quilt Done

This quilt is a very different kind of quilt for me. But I have enjoyed the challenge of using these BIG blocks.

Gudrun Erla made this pattern available last winter for free some time as a way to join people together during the virus lockdowns. I liked the movement of the slashes that run through each block. I stood back and watched Bonnie Hunter take off with this project, then I dove into it.

I had fun just pulling these vivid pieces of fabric out of my stash and just letting everything roll along from row to row. Obviously, this quilt is a huge stash buster.

I pieced the backing, but it is mostly this purple fabric below. The rest of the backing is a coordinating magenta that you can see in the above picture in the second from the last row to the right. The big sun quilting doodling I did came from the backing fabric.

I really enjoyed this quilting. It was relaxing and fun—which is not usually the case for me as longarm quilting is my least favorite part of the quilting process.

I think this block would lend itself to coordinating fabrics—and I am especially thinking of baby quilt fabrics that I have in my stash. So don’t be surprised to see this block show up on this blog again.

There is a fat quarter version, and here is Gudrun’s web site and links to this pattern. She has a special ruler as well as instructions for not using the ruler—which I did.

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September 23, 2020 at 10:07 am

A Yummy Lunch and Progress on the Design Wall

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Turkey Tracks: September 19, 2020

A Yummy Lunch and Progress on the Design Wall

I’ve had a gastro thing from the histamine issue I have so I have been eating cooked food—rather than my beloved big salad—for lunch. And fruit is a no-no right now as well. (But all is so much better now as I write—stress causes this gastro reaction, as well as various triggers—and we are living in truly stressful times these days.)

***Stress made more so by the very sad death of RBG yesterday. I’m taking a deep breath and thinking of her as I write here.

The other day I had these fresh veggies on hand, so I popped them into a pan with heated duck fat and some dried herbs. And, salt. Good sea salt. Aren’t they pretty? A feast for the eyes already.

I had some cooked chicken drumsticks that reheated in the oven while I sautéed the veggies and cooked this fragrant basmanti rice.

Yes, I know it is very processed rice, but it cooks in 10 minutes, smells heavenly, tastes wonderfully, and I thought it might add some needed bulk to my system. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. I will confess I just bought this new package of it. Oh my…

Voila! A tasty and hearty lunch.

Lunch is my first meal of the day, so cooked or salad, it is a hearty meal for me. The fat in this meal holds me until dinner time, so there is no snacking through the day. Except for a coffee some time in the afternoon. When I really want a treat, AC and I go downtown to Zoot coffee where I get a not-too-sweet maple syrup latte with whip cream to go. AC loves the whip cream. Me, too. Napkins are involved in that endeavor.

And here’s the design wall. I’m looking forward to sewing these blocks into a top. It’s been a really fun project—a leader/ender that took over the design wall, so became a primary project. (Yesterday I started sewing the rows together—and—YEAH—they are matching up beautifully.)

I wanted to sprinkle in low-volume pieces through the top. I wanted to make blocks that “popped” with their combinations. And I wanted to use up 3 1/2 inch strips from my storage bins as well as making some sort of dent in my stash, especially by using up small pieces living there.

And look at this EPP project that now has two rows finished—out of six.

This project is the 36-Ring Circus EPP project—that is a riff on a classic wedding ring quilt.

This one has been VERY slow going for me as it is HARD. But, wow. Suddenly it is seeming like maybe it is worth doing. The centers are, so far, all Cotton+Steel/Ruby Star Society. The rings are pastels. And the rest are darker solids. There will be 6 rows finished.

So…

I will keep going this winter.

Right now I’m sewing down binding on a finished quilt that just came off the longarm—where I had a lot of fun doodling designs. And today I will put “On Point” from The Color Collective (Denyse Schmidt) on the longarm—God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise, as my dad used to say.

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September 19, 2020 at 9:22 am

“Little Circles” Quilt is Done

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Turkey Tracks: September 18, 2020

“Little Circles” Quilt is Done

The back story on this quilt is that when I did the very first Color Collective project, big circles were involved. When I cut the centers out on the back side, I had all these little circles. (There was also a trial small project from my own solid fabric first—and some of those circles are in this quilt.)

I couldn’t throw these little circles away. They sat in my “to do” pile for almost two years. This past summer I made templates for them that allowed me to make the circles uniform (that was Tara Faughnan’s method), and mounted them on the grey fabric, and the rest is history.

And I love this little quilt.

I quilted it on my domestic, and that was fun too. I love how the back came out.

Here’s the original quilt with the big circles—and I combined projects and 1 and 2 from The Color Collective in this quilt.

And here’s my little sample quilt before I cut into Tara Faughnan’s color palette for this project:

Can I just say that I made myself throw out the grey circles that arrived when I cut out the backs of the little circles I had mounted!!!

I was tempted though…

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September 18, 2020 at 9:23 am

Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s Rice Bags with Sashiko

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Turkey Tracks: September 12, 2020

Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s Rice Bags with Sashiko

Quilty friend here in Camden, Margaret-Elaine, has been making rice bags with Sashiko embellishment. (Using Sashiko is her “prompt” for our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild “Bee Inspired” challenge.)

I’ve always said that Margaret-Elaine is the best overall seamstress I know—but she is maybe tied with Sarahann Smith. (See the latter’s blog at http://sarahannsmith.com/.) Both of these two women sew a wide variety of projects—not just quilts.

Anyway, Margaret-Elaine sent me some pictures of a rice bag she had just made a few weeks back—and while dropping off something at her house, she showed me some panels she had made that were meant for the rice bags she was making.

Here’s the first bag she showed me—with chickens on one side. (She has chickens; I used to have chickens.)

Here are the panels she had completed, which she laid out on her front porch boards:

The snake on the bottom panel is there as this bag is meant for an Asian friend of hers who was born in the year of the snake.

Here are the three bags from these panels:

Many of us have been making rice bags, and we started with Kz Steven’s rice bag/komebukuro pattern. You can get it from her Etsy store—see kzstevens.com. The pattern discusses different size bags.

But Margaret-Elaine may now be using her own pattern.

These bags lend themselves to all kinds of embellishments, fabrics, patchwork, different types of ties, and so on. Creativity can run loose with these bags. You can see my bags from June 3, 2019, here: https://louisaenright.com/?s=Making+Komebukuro+Bags

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September 12, 2020 at 7:36 am

Roxanne Wells’ “Postcards from The Wormhole” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks: September 10, 2020

Roxanne Wells’ “Postcards from The Wormhole” Quilt

Here’s a treat for you today:

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What an amazing quilt. But Roxanne’s quilts ARE generally amazing.

Thanks for sharing, Roxanne. You hit this one out of the ball park.

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September 10, 2020 at 10:17 am

“My ‘Give and Take’” Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks: September 9, 2020

“My `Give and Take’’’ Done and Hung

Oh boy!

Wow!

I made this quilt for this spot, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I hung it this morning.

To remind, Tara Faughnan created this improv “give and take” method for The Color Collective, season 2. And she curated the analogous fabrics for the online class.

But look where she has taken this method:

I don’t know. Tara has used a palette here that I personally love. And look how she is varying the background colors here. There may be more of this type of quilt in my life.

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September 9, 2020 at 9:37 am

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

“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