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Turkey Tracks: A No Math Way to Add a Corner Triangles to a Quilt Block – YouTube

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July 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

Turkey Tracks: Play: Making Little Quilt Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  July 18, 2017

Play:  Making Little Quilt Blocks

I seem to be “playing” with making 3 1/2-inch quilt blocks.

I am in the process of sewing the next 10 Tula Pink 100 modern quilt blocks–which are all about the fabric.  Some of these involve triangles–which have “bonus” triangle possibilities, so this happened.

Here’s a fun one.

This one, too.

Here’s the collection so far.  The mini 9-patch is from NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND, Amanda Jean Nyberg, of Crazy Mom Quilts blog/instagram.  It is actually 4 inches finished.  These are FUN to make.

These will likely wind up in the Parts Department quilt, but who knows.  That box of blocks is getting full.  As soon as I finish a few other projects, I’ll open it.  And, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of Works In Progress.

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July 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

Turkey Tracks: Summer Joys

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Turkey Tracks:  July 15, 2017

 

Summer Joys

For me, one of the big joys of summer are my flowers.  My whole yard smells so sweet.

A favorite spot in deep summer.

So like New England:  shingles, white trim, and flowers.

Back deck:

 

 

I’ve never planted single heliotropes in container pots before this summer.  The whole deck smells like vanilla.

Lynn Vermeulen gifted me with these yellow daisys a few years ago.

Drought damage in this tree from last summer.  Not sure what to do with it.

The flower beds are all doing well.  I mulched this year–heavily–so the beds all look pretty tidy.

 

 

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July 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

Turkey Tracks: “Big Star” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  July 15, 2017

“Big Star” Quilt

I’ve wanted to make Jen Baker’s “Grand Vintage Star Quilt” (free on her blog) for some time.

Why not make it with selvages?

Well, for one thing, the blocks shrink up a bit when sewn with selvages.  I lost a few star points in that process.  But, I also learned A LOT.  Next time I’d cut my background (the charcoal) a bit bigger, and I’d draw a line for the first strip that is the true center of my finished block–never mind the extra bit on the edges.  Then I’d trim where needed, but keep my center line on target.  I think that might work.

I had a lot of fun quilting this quilt.  I did the selvage bits on the long arm.  I had to rock back and forth a bit as my long arm has an 18-inch throat and the selvage hals-square triangles are longer than that.  Rocking worked fine.  Then I pin basted the quilt as I unrolled it, which works well to keep everything straight for sewing on the domestic.  My Janome 8900 has a stitch that will lock at the start and at the end automatically and does not leave a big knot–IF YOU BRING UP YOUR BACK THREAD FIRST as you would with free motion quilting.  You can trim those threads from the front and the end of the line from the back.  So, I sewed each line separately, which meant I did NOT have to keep turning the quilt.

Nice, yes?

This middle part, as you can see above, was STRETCHY.  But it all came out nicely in the end.

The back has a lot of texture as well:

Thank you Jen Baker.

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July 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

Turkey Tracks: 52 Zippers Project by “A Little Crispy”

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Turkey Tracks:  July 11, 2017

52 Zipper Project by “A Little Crispy”

Take a look?

I like so many of these bags/pouches.  I especially like the selvage project.  Week 20 I think.

Source: 52 zippers project – a little crispy

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July 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Turkey Tracks: Another Bag

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Turkey Tracks:  July 11, 2017

Another Bag!

I have a “thread catcher” bag with a pin cushion in my travel kit.

BUT, the bag constantly falls off the edge of the table as the pin cushion weight just isn’t heavy enough.  Plus, it’s SMALL.

Several of my friends have made this kind of “thread catcher” bag, and one helped me find a free pattern by Marni Weaver.  The pin cushion was inspired by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts.  She is currently making a pin cushion every day this month

I used Cotton+Steel fabrics.  And I stuffed the pin cushion with dried rose petals!!! as that was all I had at the moment.  (The lavender would be way too smelly I think.)

I LIKE IT!

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July 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Turkey Tracks: Summer Sewing

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Turkey Tracks:  July 10, 2017

Summer Sewing

Hmmmm…

This kind of thing happens when I lose my sewing focus and spend hours outside.

I start to sew but find myself reorganizing sewing supplies and fabrics.

Yes, I really use all these colors…

They are the result of 20+ years of quilting.

Done–the spools were a snarly mess.

I spent one summer totally redoing my stash–cutting up lots of it into Bonnie Hunter’s stash system of strips and cut squares and rectangles.  I have not looked back from that effort.

And I spent another summer making 4-patch squares in an effort to empty the 2-inch square bin which was overflowing.  I finished with 1,600!!! 4-patches and still have some left after making FIVE quilts to use them up.

What will this summer bring?  Am I finished after organizing the thread spools?  Can I get back to actually sewing something now?

I did finish Big Star Quilt.  Pics to come.

 

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July 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm