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Turkey Tracks: Treasures From The Coastal Quilters and Georges Valley Quilters’ Auction

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Turkey Tracks:  November 14, 2016

Treasures From The Coastal Quilters’ and Georges Valley Quilters’ Auction

This auction is our fund raiser.  Together with the Georges Valley Quilters, we do it every other year.

Coastal Quilters uses these funds to make a donation to the fabulous and generous Lion’s Club for letting us meet there and for bringing in speakers who have a connection to Fiber Art.

As usual, I came home with some treasures.

I have coveted Becca Babb-Brott’s quilted bag for months now.  This pieced bag is her own design.  (She has the Etsy store, Sew Me A Song.)

I begged, and she promised to make one for the auction.  And when another quilter also yearned for this bag, Becca made a second one in about a week!!

When I won the bag, I sat right down and transferred items from my present (and getting shabby) purse to this one, my heart’s desire.

Here’s one side.  Look at those terrific handles made from marine rope.


Here’s the other side:


The inside is deep and has lots of pockets.


I’m all ready to go with my bag and my sewing machine.


I discovered this weekend that the bag likes to go grocery shopping too.


Margaret Elaine Jinno made us a whole stack of these see-through plastic, zipper bags.  They are PERFECT for carrying English Paper Piecing projects.  I got two of them.  AND I’ve got a new EPP project lined up–Katja Marek’s Millifiore Quilt.


Megan Bruns appliquéd English Paper Piecing pentagons on to gorgeous, heavy flour sack towels.  And, embroidered some of them as well.


Here’s 20 Riley Blake fat quarters–donated by a mystery person.



Yummo!  You’ll be seeing these in my quilts soon.

And here’s a wonderful purse from Rebecca Hokkanan, who loves COLOR like I do.  I bought it for a birthday present for a loved one.


There were so many lovely, clever handmade items at this year’s auction.  And I love having the work of other Fiber Arts people in my house.  All their good energy comes with their work.

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November 14, 2016 at 10:44 am

Turkey Tracks: February Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  February 6, 2016

February’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

From earlier posts, you know that a group of us at Coastal Quilters (Maine) are spending this year making the 99 Farmer’s Wife blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird’s book, The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt.

We set of goal of making two blocks a week, or eight a month.

Since February is a short month…  OK, since I am addicted now to making these blocks, here are my February blocks.  Each block has a woman’s name, and I have only one more “b” name to go.

I am putting on the setting triangles as I go, and I am loving these bright modern fabrics.  (Leftovers are going into a hexie project.)  Each block, even the so-called “simple” ones, takes a fair amount of time to make.


















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February 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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:

Sevedge quilt 2011

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.


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.


And another:


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



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.