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Turkey Tracks: Fall Quilty 2017 Update

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Turkey Tracks:  September 6, 2017

Fall Quilty 2017 Update

It’s official.

Summer is over.

I confess I love the rotation of the seasons and am looking forward to fall.  Up here in Maine, the trees are beyond gorgeous when they turn, which they are just beginning to do now.

I always think I’ll get some final porch use in September–sitting in the sun and soaking up the last of the late summer sunshine, but the feel of fall is here.  The angle of the sun has changed and the back porch does not get sunshine like it used to.  Time to move some chairs to the upper front deck for that sunshine.  And time to let go of the flower container pots and to start cleaning up flower beds and to winterize.

This hanging pot has been so pretty all summer.  It hangs on the upper front porch, and I can see it from where I sit at the dining alcove table.  This picture is the one I will see in my mind in the dead of winter this year.

The humming birds are still here but will leave any minute now.  They, too, have loved this feeding location and move from the feeder to the actual flowers.  I have two feeders and LOTS of humming birds.  The other feeder is on the back porch, which means these little fast-flying birds are often just skimming any heads whose bodies are sitting on the porch.

Here is the second to last rosette of the Katja Marek millifiore quilt.  I have almost finished the LAST ROSETTE, which will attach to the right side of the one below.  They make up the lower right hand side of the quilt.  I started this project last fall, and it has been a joy.  Up to the point, that is, until I have to figure out how to quilt it.

I slowed down the other day to make this feed bag for a friend:

This time I got the whole thing right side up!

I have almost finished piecing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt “En Provence.”  I’ve had the units completed since last Christmas/New Year’s.  And the pieced blocks and sashes have been on my design wall almost all summer.  One more row of the big blocks and then on to the outer borders.

I find myself really drawn to the outer neutral borders with their hint of the pointy stars.  I find myself wondering what a quilt would look like with these stars (the red ones above) made scrappy and floated on neutrals.

OK, so I know I’m in a “neutral” fabric moment.  I worried about whether or not the stronger neutrals I used would be too much, but they are what are making the neutral areas of this quilt sing.  I really like how they are working in the quilt and will not be afraid to go to a mixing in of stronger neutrals next time.

This quilt, as all Bonnie Hunter quilts do, has a great “skeleton.”  The designs she makes are inventive and wonderful.  But I find that lately I am really drawn to less-busy quilts.  I think that is one reason why I have had such a hard time finishing this quilt.  It will be wonderful when it is done, but it has been a bear to sew.  Very labor intensive.  Very busy.  This year I am going to print out her clues and see the finished quilt before I charge in to making it.  Part of my issue is that I have several projects of my own I am so excited to start this fall.  They are trumping my doing another Bonnie mystery quilt I think.  And it is always ok to give yourself a break for a year.

We were challenged in our new Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild to experiment with making a minimalist little quilt–the second “how to” chapter from the MIGHTY LUCKY QUILTING CLUB 2016 WORKBOOK, “Minimalist Improvisation,” by Season Evans.  The plan of action in this chapter was very clear and very helpful.  Here’s what I devised:

I quilted with the walking foot–which was an experiment for me.  And I used a circle cutting tool that works like a protractor–cutting the fabric circle 1/4-inch wider than the freezer paper circle.  I ironed the paper onto the circle and turned in the edges with an iron.  I should have tried to cut the circle free hand of course–as everything else was cut free hand, per instructions.  I wanted to get a handle on sewing curves, so that added to some “play” time with this project.  So, I cut and sewed curves, experimented with the circle cutter, and quilted with the walking foot.  A good exercise, I think.

I spent a fair amount of time working on Vicki Fletcher’s traveling quilt, but those pictures will have to wait until after our next meeting.

 

Turkey Tracks: Quilts By Friends, July 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  August 16, 2017

Quilts By Friends, July 2017

Linda Satkowski is working on Katja Marek’s quilt-let project, from Marek’s web site and from the book THE NEW HEXAGON MILLIFIORE QUILT ALONG.”  She is using this gorgeous, coral color for her background.  I love it and asked her to roughly lay out her mostly finished blocks so we could see them at a recent Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild monthly sew-along meeting–Camden, Maine.

AND, friend Elizabeth (Betsy) Maislen, who is now RETIRED, is working on this quilt–which knocked my socks off.  Go Betsy!!

I will see Betsy soon as she will be in and out of my house (as will husband Bill) while she is on the windjammer J&E Riggin, out of Rockland, Maine.  Betsy volunteers and helps Annie Mahle cook.  The two together produce some awesome meals–all fresh, local produce, seafood, and meats.  This year, Betsy will be volunteering for roughly six weeks in September and October.

Turkey Tracks: “Uh, No! Just no!”

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Turkey Tracks:  August 14, 2017

Uh, NO! Just NO!

Here’s what happens when you return to a complicated piecing project after a month AND think you know just what to do!!!

The red blocks should be PURPLE.

What was I thinking???

I spent five hours at our monthly Coastal Quilters Sit and Sew sewing FOUR of these blocks all wrong.

Fortunately the blocks are on the OUTSIDE.

Still took me three or so hours to fix.

But, here’s the “YES!”

The red stars are formed by the sashing pieces.

To refresh:  I did all these units absolutely on time last fall, but…  Got sidetracked with putting them together.

I am ALMOST done now.

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August 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Turkey Tracks: Maine’s Pine Tree Quilt Guild Show

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Turkey Tracks:  August 14, 2017

Maine’s Pine Tree Quilt Guild Show

I was able to attend this show for a quick run-through one morning while my family visitors went off to Squirrel Island.

The show has recently changed its judging process and categories.

And, the show winner is now deemed “Best of Judged.”

There is now a non-judged hanging quilt category for “modern” quilts.

There were rows and rows of red and white quilts–to honor the show’s 40th anniversary.

And rows of gorgeous functional quilts that one wraps up in to feel the love.

I saw a LOT of Bonnie Hunter quilts in all kinds of colors, and each one was so lovely.  Some groups had obviously used Bonnie’s patterns to create challenges for each other.

I LOVED this selvage quilt.  Do you recognize the star pattern Vicki Fletcher used to start her “traveling” quilt–and which Linda Satkowski paper pieced in miniature for Vicki’s quilt–see earlier posts–but this one has an added small triangle at the center, which makes the on-point block in the middle of the star.  And look at the selvage borders.

Here’s one of the quilts in the modern grouping.

Another improv one I liked:

And, another.

I like the free-hand nature of the blocks in these quilts–and the improv nature of making and joining them.  I like the energy.  I like the grid quilting in many of these quilts.  And, often, the heavy use of solid fabrics.

I like to think of traditional quilting as being about a “community” of blocks that make secondary patterns with each other–producing all sorts of crossing paths and connections.  To me, modern quilting is about individuals–each free and stand-alone.  They can join to make a “community,” but not in the same way traditional quits do.  I love both.  And there is in the modern movement, something called traditional modern, or something like that, which blends the two.

Here’s the Coastal Quilters’ (Maine) Challenge quilt for 2017:  Dawn Chorus.

Sarah Ann Smith found this idea on Pinterest a few years ago and proposed it as a challenge for us.  It was created on Pinterest by Terry, Draw Me A Line.  The idea, and others like it, can be seen on Pinterest at this link:

If you belong to a group interested in this kind of project, and my link does not work, you can find it in the Pinterest Art section, under group projects.   I think it would lend itself to paints as well as fabric.  And to other animals besides birds.  There are other examples of this idea at the link.  Per Terry’s Draw Me A Line Pinterest instructions, Sarah painted the sky and tree-limb background on a large piece of heavy something and cut it into numbered squares, which members took away with them in May of 2015–with the assignment to reproduce the background and add a bird and leaves and bring back the square in May of 2016.  Sarah organized putting the completed squares back together, hanging the completed quilt on its black backing, and getting it to the show with all the attendant paperwork.  Thank you, Sarah, for a fun challenge.

Here is Sarah  with her “Best of Judged” winner at the show.

Congratulations, Sarah!

In the best of my memory, in the 13 years I’ve attended this show, this is the first art quilt to ever win it.

Sarah has an awesome blog, teaches at the big show in Houston, has a special exhibit for emerging artists there this year, and has published several books.  Her quilts have been displayed world-wide.

 

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August 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts in July 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  August 12, 2017

Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts in July 2017

Our “traveling” quilts are getting bigger.  AND MORE EXCITING!

Here’s what I did to Joanne Moore’s quilt,  I connected one of her original blocks, the big square on the bottom to the right of the lower stars.  I thought it had the same organic feel of the curved block to the left of it. I added the colorful vertical strips to set off this next section, a la Jen Kingwell.  And, added blocks of “made” fabric, as I know Joanne is “making” fabric too.  Then I added the long sweeping “stem” filled with text-fabric leaves–from a fabric collection on Becca Babb-Brott’s Etsy Store, Sew Me A Song.  We were challenged to make and use bias tape, using a guide from the Lucky Spool Media workbook:  MIGHTY LUCKY Quilting Club 2016 Workbook, chapter one by Krista Fleckenstein, “Quilts from Your Sketchbook:  Shapes and Curves Using Bias Tape.”

Becca Babb Brott did not want her quilt blocks connected.  Lynn Vermeulen added to it by making the AWESOME birds and butterfly blocks.  I can’t wait to see how this quilt turns out.  It’s got some really interesting blocks going on–and more to come.

Becca’s theme words are “The More I Wonder, the More I love.”

Vicki Fletcher added this adorable dog block to Megan’s quilt.  She added the hexie flowers as Megan does a LOT of EPP work, including finishing Willyne Hammerstein’s “La Passacaglia” quilt.  Look at the Cotton+ Steel fabrics and the selvage dog collar.  Megan LOVES her two dogs.  The coral background adds some zip to the other blocks as well.  I love this block addition.

Here’s another shot of  how the blocks in this quilt are shaping up.

Tori Manzi worked on Margaret Elaine Jinno’s quilt–adding the funky, fun, clever “village” components below.  M-E’s theme is “village”–as in, I think, it takes one to…

Love the stained glass church windows:

I am apparently tree crazy at the moment, so, yes, I love these trees.  The funky houses are spectacular!

 

Becca made this amazing line of color paint tubes–carefully geared to the Allison Glass fabrics Tori used in her flying geese circle.  And, I think, the line of on-point squares.  She tried to link the blocks but felt something was missing, so left them alone.

Nancy Wright added the colorful sewing machine and awesome dressmaker fabric to Lynn’s quilt.  Lynn is now saying she does not mind if this quilt becomes larger than a small wall-hanging.  Megan added the embroidered red heart on the left.  Quilters use embellishment and red work frequently.

Becca made this astonishing foundation pieced lighthouse for Linda Satkowski’s quilt.  (She did double duty this month as Margaret Elaine had an operation on her hand, which is much better but not able to sew yet.)

This block is a terrific addition to this quilt.  Terrific.

Linda worked on Vicki’s quilt, adding the smaller stars on the bottom and the selvage tulip with it’s bias strip stem and leaves.  Isn’t that a clever use of selvages?  And the bias tape project here answers Becca’s challenge to us.  The small foundation pieced stars replicate the bigger star with which Vicki started this quilt.  Clever, innovative, adorable ideas here.

I am working on this quilt now–and I’m having so much fun coming up with ideas for this quilt.

We are skipping August as everyone is so busy in this late summer time.  We will again bring the quilts to our September meeting.

I can’t wait.

Turkey Tracks: How to Fold a Quilt to Minimize Creases – Quilting Digest

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Turkey Tracks:  August 12, 2017

HOW TO FOLD A QUILT TO MINIMIZE CREASES

Hopefully you also know NOT to put cotton quilts into any kind of wooden chest as a chemical reaction occurs between the wood and the cotton, especially with dyes in the cotton.  Or, on any kind of UNTREATED (as in varnish or paint) wood, like an unpainted ladder.

And, not to put a quilt into a plastic box for storage.

Fold quilts, as below, put into a clean pillow case, and store on shelves, like closet shelves.  Quilts need to breath.

Source: How to Fold a Quilt to Minimize Creases – Quilting Digest

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August 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

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