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Turkey Tracks: Snow Beauty

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Turkey Tracks:  February 24, 2019

Snow Beauty

I took this video one day last week.  I thought to try to share the beauty I was seeing on the blog.  There is something about softly falling snow that is so…calming.

 

 

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February 24, 2019 at 8:59 am

Turkey Tracks: The “36-Ring Circus” EPP Project

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Turkey Tracks:  February 24, 2019

The “36-Ring Circus” EPP Project

…is taking shape.

There are six rows, six rings to a row.  I’m working on the last ring of row one now.

This project is the hardest I’ve done as sewing the rings to the center block is challenging.  There is a learning curve here, but I am getting faster now, which is also probably driven by seeing enough of it now to think I like it.

So far, the centers are Cotton+Steel, but I’m not sure I’ll keep to those fabrics.  The outer rings are pastels, and the inner connecting pieces are solid darks.  The quilt is designed by Joanne Lewis, and the pattern is at Paper Pieces.  I did NOT buy all the templates for the centers, just the ones for the center points and the rings.  It’s easy enough to just trace what I need for the centers from the paper templates and add an eyeballed seam allowance.

 

A few years back I discovered that this old lap top “table” platform works great for EPP projects.  With pins and clips, I can keep everything together, from my thimble, my thread, to my scissors.  PLUS, the high width of one side is perfect in terms of getting the project up high enough from my lap so that I am not hunching over and making my neck sore.  I usually sew this project at night in front of the tv, so I prop the top edge against a tv table edge, and that makes the height-from-lap distance really perfect.

 

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February 24, 2019 at 8:48 am

Turkey Tracks: A Modern Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  February 12, 2019

A Modern Quilt

Rebecca Hokkanen is one of our snow birds who winters in Florida.  She sent me this picture of a modern quilt, and I thought you all might like to see it as well.

Rebecca wrote “I attended an “Airing of the Quilts” in Venice. The quilts were all designed by members of the local modern quilt group.  This one brought you to my mind because of the use of the muted colors ( low value/low volume?).”

It’s a pretty quilt, don’t you think?  Cutting blocks with “sticks” is showing up more and more these days in modern quilts.

Thanks, Rebecca!

 

 

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February 12, 2019 at 9:49 am

Turkey Tracks: “Star Bright” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  February 10, 2019

Star Bright Quilt

I love this lap-size quilt!

The blocks are all Katja Marek’s from THE NEW HEXAGON and all made with Cotton+Steel fabrics.

The border and text print “stars” around the blocks are not C+S, but everything else is.

For some reason I bought TWO of the 52-block packages from Paper Pieces, so I did feel compelled to make this set.  I am so happy I did.

I added my own templates to “square off” the quilt top, rather than floating the blocks on a border.  I also wanted the print-text fabric “stars” to be present at the top and bottom of the quilt.

I used the same “mouse” print for the back, only in a dusty salmon, as I used in the squaring off around the quilt top.

I quilted the “diamonds” that are present on the front of the quilt on my domestic sewing machine, using a walking foot.  And added some stabilizing cross lines.  But I put the quilt on the long arm to make the quilt package.  That works really well I’m finding.  It is much easier to pin with no issues on the long arm.  I like the quilting in the border as well. It’s all very geometric, like the hexies and star points.

Well!!  How cute is this?

 

I have SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN, and I want each of them to have a hand-piecedquilt from me.  I have six done now, and am working on the 7th—a wedding ring riff called “36-Ring Circus.”  I just completed the fourth “ring” last night.    It will have 6 by 6 rows/rings.

This one is hard I think.  One needs to use a flat-back stitch with the curves…  But I’m getting faster now.  And I’ve glued a lot of the templates.

 

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February 10, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Turkey Tracks: Anna Graham’s Noodlehead Pillows

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Turkey Tracks:  February 4, 2019

Anna Graham’s Noodlehead Pillows

Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild has two new ongoing projects:  “Bee Inspired” and “Noodlehead,” inspired by Anna Graham’s projects, some of which can be seen in her book HANDMADE STYLE.  More on “Bee Inspired” in future posts.  At our January meeting, some of us shared our Noodlehead projects.  We don’t demand that projects by totally Anna Graham’s, but, rather, be handmade.  In February, we will bring our first “Bee Inspired” blocks for the quilter chosen for this first month.  She will walk away with the block makings for a quilt.  You can see info on that project on our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page, which is now public.

I really needed some low-back pillows in my two deep living room chairs, so I used Graham’s book measurements and invisible zipper closure to make long, narrow pillows.  I didn’t quilt the fronts as the fabric didn’t really want to be quilted.  I made my own strip of flying geese.  Graham’s instructions included muslin linings for both front and back of the pillows—and the zipper means the casings can be taken off and washed easily if need be.

It is a lovely pattern, and I have ordered a set of 4 square pillow forms to replace tired pillows on the downstairs couch.

 

I put the geese trips on opposite sides of the pillows.

And here is Graham’s book, which is full of “handmade style.”

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February 4, 2019 at 10:46 am

Turkey Tracks: Friends’ Projects

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2019

Friends’ Projects

Becca has finished her traveling quilt top:  “The More I wonder, the More I love,” from as I recall Becca saying, THE COLOR PURPLE.  WOW!  Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild is going to show our Traveling Quilts to Coastal Quilters in February.  The Traveling Quilts were a two-year project where eight women worked on each quilt, and each finished quilt is amazing and wonderful.  Our next group project is “Bee Inspired” and EVERYONE in the group is participating.  You can read about that project on the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page.  The first blocks will be coming in at the Mt. Battie February meeting.

Becca, here, is backed by her developing selvage spider web quilt and is quilting her “Long Time Gone” quilt—a Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild project last year—designed by Jen Kingwell.

Lynn Vermeulen is making this strip-pieced quilt from solids, from a Timna Tarr quilt with which she fell in love.  If you have not looked at Timna’s gallery online, it’s a treat.  I love her use of saturated COLOR.

Karen Martin is workin gon the rail fence riff in batiks.  Yummy.

Karen gave me this gorgeous little pouch, and Lynn game me a glass she ETCHED (oh my) with Sip and Sew.

Tori Manzi, as always, has so many inspiring projects.  The top right is a Modern Quilt Guild mini-quilt swap, which will be finished and sent off soon.  The recipient wanted hand-dyed pink fabrics.  The foundation-pieced color-wheel circles are going to be so interesting.  And the pear block is as well.

This quilt is a gift for someone who is fond of the tv show “The Who.”  (I think I have that right.)  There is no end to Tori’s creativity.

Such fun projects!

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January 31, 2019 at 8:19 am

Turkey Tracks: Recent Projects

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Turkey Tracks:  January 30, 2019

Recent Projects

Good morning!

We had snow in the night and now…rain.  It’s also very warm for Maine in late January.

Here are some pics on my current projects.

This EPP project is HARD!  There is a real learning curve involved here, but I’m getting faster now.  This is “36-Ring Circus,” designed by JoAnne Lewis and available at Paper Pieces.  I did NOT buy the whole templates offered, just the ring kit, which includes the center “pointy” temlplate—shown in red on the first ring.

I am currently using Cotton+Steel fabrics for the centers and solids (pastels for the ring and darks for the ring centers and diamond shapes) for the rest.

 

Here’s the status of THE COLOR COLLECTIVES first project:  circles.  So far I’ve broken TWO of my machines with the invisible thread.  Probably, I did not release the needle tension enough.  I did release the foot pressure instead, which was clearly a mistake.  I don’t think anybody but ME is having these issues.  One machine is back—along with two spools of thread that the marvelous Marge Hallowell of Maine-ly Sewing donated to the cause and for me to experiment with and about which to get back to her.  I would love to make this quilt a bit bigger, to a lap size, but I may also use the second months’s block—a foundation pieced cross—to create a border.  I’m still movng around blocks on the design wall—which is kind of crazy as I need to fill in the holes first.  I could, also, use a matching thread for the circles if I have matching thread.  I do love these circles.

Recent intense weekend sewing produced this “Cool Sunday Morning Quilt” from SUNDAY MORNING QUILTS (Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison).  It’s all in blue/green/grey Cotton+Steel low volume fabrics.  And it’s meant to be a companion to the recently finished “warm” quilt below, also made from C+S warm low volume fabrics—using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone method.

 

Of course I also have three or four other projects developing or simmering, especially when I get to “playing” with some ideas and fabrics.  More on those later.