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Turkey Tracks: Streak of Lightening Quilt

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February 20, 2015

Fun Fiber Projects in February

How’s that for alliteration?

And. oops, this one published before I wanted it to.  It was meant for tomorrow…

I finished Bonnie Hunter’s 2014  Mystery Quilt, “Grand Illusions,” and will show that on a separate blog post.  It’s a spectacular, exciting quilt and was so much fun to make.

Look at this big red border!  This scrappy streak of lightening quilt top is done.  It will go on the long arm later today.  Remember that this quilt top has come entirely out of my stash and from the leftovers of two other scrappy quilts that I am using in my downstairs tv/sitting room.

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I’m working on another hand-sewing quilt:  octagons.

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I am playing around with the opposites on the color wheel.  This one is blue and orange.  Remember the Lucy Boston quilt I did was two more opposites:  red and green.

Here it is again:

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Purple and yellow may be hexies…

Who knows?

This year, American Patchwork and Quilting magazine has issued a challenge to make quilts with 4-patch blocks.  Bonnie Hunter is one of the quilters–and you can go to the magazine’s web page and get the complete list.  The current magazine has all sorts of gorgeous pictures as part of this challenge.  Remember last year that their challenge involved low-contrast quilts–or, “tone it down” is how I remember them phrasing the challenge.

Anyway, Bonnie is doing something mysterious with this kind of block, put on-point, and which starts with 2-inch squares.  Here are two I have made, and I love them!

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Look at my 2-inch square box.  It definitely needs to be cleared out…

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So I will be making 4-patches of light and dark, regardless of what I do with them all.  Four-patches are endlessly useable.  So this will be a new leader/ender project.

I am also playing around with blocks for a low contrast quilt–in more of the Kaffe Fasset mold–color drenched, I hope.

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I didn’t want that central set of blocks to have any order to move your eye around…  Or to line it up–in the way alternating light/dark squares would do.

It’s a work in progress, and I am having fun playing.

You can see the backing for the streak of lightening quilt on the long arm…

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Sewing/Knitting Projects Update November 2014

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Turkey Tracks:  November 17, 2014

Sewing/Knitting Projects Update November 2014

Late October (that strange blizzard) and early November have brought a fair amount of inclement weather.  It is snowing off and on today, as a matter of fact.

So, I have been snuggling into a whole array of winter projects.

This big quilt is quilted, and the binding is on.  It is just waiting for me to sew down the binding.  It’s 97 inches square, so it will take some nights of hand sewing.

 

 

 

 

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BUT, I’ve been finishing knitting a white linen shawl at night.  There’s a tale here.  I started this shawl on the J&E Riggin in early September.  I had it completely finished but did not like the tension, so I took it apart and went down a needle size.  I’m much happier with it now, and it’s almost done.  Just a few more nights.

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After linen is knitted, one thoroughly wets it, dries it, and irons it.  In the process, the linen turns soft as butter and very shiny.

Our Coastal Quilters and Georges Valley auction took place last weekend–and look what I bid on and won:

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Gail Galloway Nicholson made this quilt, and Joan Herrick quilted it freehand on her long-arm.

Here’s a closeup:

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It gives me such pleasure to have the work of friends and family in my home.  Everytime I walk past one of these pieces I am reminded of the loved ones involved and of all the wonderful energy that they have put into their work.

You can see that this quilt is so, so happy to live on my coral chair!

I am in the process of making other quilts for this downstairs room.  I need quilts that can be loved, used, and washed–in place of the dog-blanket strategies that live in this sitting room/tv room/den space.  So, here’s a quilt top I’ve just finished that’s going to go on the back of the couch–where Rey Rey likes to hang out so she can see the back door comings and goings:

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Fun, huh?  It’s 85 inches square, and I think I’ll just bind it without adding any borders.  I’ll quilt it when I return from Charleston December 2nd.

Here’s the backing–which is especially nostalgic as grandson Kelly Enright picked it out with me this summer.  He’ll get such a kick out of seeing this quilt with it’s lively backing when he next comes to visit.

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This quilt is made with the 2 1/2-inch strips that I cut up from my stash two summers ago.  I had a HUGE bin filled to the top.  Look now:

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OK, I have a few of the darks and mediums out on the cutting board as I’m using them in another quilt top:

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It’s Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around the World version, and I’m having so much fun putting together various sets of 6 strips for each block (at 16 inches).  Here’s two of the blocks I made yesterday:

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I’ve seen so many variants of this quilt now, and I can’t wait to see how mine develops.  I’m sure the blocks will get moved over and over again until I’m happy with the results.

My leader/ender project now is a low-contrast quilt made with a focus fabric and 2 1/2-inch light and dark blue blocks.  I’m mixing the focus fabric into the four-patch/eight-patch blocks.

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Here’s what’s forming on the design wall–in a dark corner of the wall.  I’m playing with creating a center of 8 pieced blocks surrounding one of the focus fabric squares.  I don’t know how this will work out…   I’m just playing.  I may play with some single 4-patch blocks surrounded with sashings of the focus fabric as well.  Or, use another fabric that co-ordinates.  Who knows?  That’s what play is all about…

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I made a big soup yesterday so was able to quilt until I got hungry.  AND, I’ll freeze some of it to have on the night I return.  The meat is from the turkey I roasted earlier in the year–a turkey from last Thanksgiving that came from my neighbors:  Susan McBride and Chris Richmond of Golden Brook Farm.  Sometime last summer I defrosted the turkey, cut it up, and roasted it.  I froze one-half of the turkey breast and am just now using it.

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I used a chicken bone-broth base (of course), the turkey, and what I had on hand:  frozen tomatoes from the summer, onions, carrots, celery, fresh parsley, rutabaga, some brown rice, and the Indian spices (cumin, coriander, a bit of cinnamon, tumeric).  It’s super delicious!!

My fabrics for Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt 2014–Grand Illusion–are ironed and ready to go!  I’ll get the first clue the day after Thanksgiving, but will not be able to start it until I get home.  But, I’m ready!

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I leave for Charleston, SC, this Thursday, for the Thanksgiving holidays with my family, and, as always, posting to the blog with the ipad is always chancy–but I’ll take lots of pictures and will post when I get home if all else fails!

 

Blog Readers’ Quilts

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Blog Readers’ Quilts:  October 26, 2014

Linda Satkowski’s Selvedge Quilt

 

Linda Satkowski is, also, a fellow Coastal Quilter here in Maine.

Like me, she loves to piece.

When I posted recently about finishing my quilt using selvedge edges, she wrote me that she, too, had a selvedge quilt.

She sent me this picture:

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Oh my goodness!!  How cool is that!

So, of course I had to go see it (and her)!

Here are the pics I took of this amazing quilt–which is soft as butter, by the way, and has been washed too.  Here it is doubled on a couch–so it’s a great lap size.

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The blocks look to be about…???…7 inches?  Linda used a muslin backing–which has not made the quilt heavy at all.  Note that she has used some blank selvedges as well as those with writing or colored dots.

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And another:

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She used a bright blue for the backing and binding, which works well:

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Linda tears about 1/4 inch off the main selvedge.  (I’ve been tearing up to two inches in order to have at least 1 1/2-inches of fabric for strips if I don’t use the selvedge.

So, a project like this would really lend itself to Bonnie Hunter’s leader/ender projects–where you add to blocks while sewing on another project so you don’t have to cut thread.