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Turkey Tracks: “Parts Department Party” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  May 28, 2019

“Parts Department Party” Quilt

It’s done!

And I really love it…

To refresh your memories, as I’ve been posting about this project for some time now, about four summers ago, Becca Babb-Brott, Linda Satkowski, and I decided to spend some of the summer “playing” with blocks and making enough to share with each other.  We all threw the blocks we made and that were given to us by each other into a bin we each called “the parts department”—following the work of Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston, who pioneered the idea of making fun blocks that would be ready to use when needed.

Both Becca and Linda put together their “improv” parts department quilts this year, so I knew the pressure was on.  It took me a long time to get this quilt together because I had lots and lots of “parts” that needed to be sewn into something useful—like the black/pink stars in the border (made from bonus triangles from a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt one year) or the broken dishes blocks in the border, or the flying geese formations, and so on.  And on, and on, and on…   I had a LOT of “parts”—too many to work all of them into this quilt, which is actually pretty large.  You know what that means…  There will be more play with fun blocks and another improv quilt down the road.

I really like the Carrie Bloomston “newsprint” 108-wide backing and the striped border—an idea I’ve seen used often on the Red Pepper Quilts blog.  And I quilted with Anne Bright’s Simple Feathers pantograph, which I like and use a lot.  I just wanted to lay down an overall curvy pattern.

Here are pics of parts of this quilt—which contains so many memories of parts of other quilts, of gift blocks from Becca and Linda, and of fabrics I’ve used and loved:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Basket Blocks for the Parts Department

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Turkey Tracks:  August 18, 2016

Basket Blocks For The Parts Department

I’ve always wanted to make some basket blocks.

The first one I tried will finish out at 5 1/2 inches.  I cobbled together a pattern from several sources.

Remember I am making multiples of four so my fellow members in the “parts department” group will each get one and I will have one.  And remember that the idea of creating a “parts department” comes from Gwen Marston and Freddie Moran–and they have several books illustrating and giving ideas.  One is COLLABORATIVE QUILTING.

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The 1/4-inch seam on the basket bottoms was “iffy.”  I realized I had to sew higher up with a larger triangle and then trim to fix that.  That seam needs to come right at the basket point.  But I ran out of this cream fabric, so…

If I find more of it in my travels, I’ll fix the bottom of the affected blocks.

Here’s why it is a good idea to trial out a few blocks so you see what the issues are.

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Next I moved on to a 3 1/2 inch block from Bonnie Hunter.  She did a WHOLE QUILT of these babies, “Lucy’s Baskets,” in a leader/ender project in MORE ADVENTURES WITH LEADERS AND ENDERS.  I am in AWE as the handles are HAND SEWN.

The mustard fabric is one of the Japanese fabrics I am growing to love.

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The blue and yellow fabrics are Japanese.

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Fellow J&E Riggin passenger Jean West gave me the green fabric–which she got at Fiddlehead’s in Belfast when we stopped there.

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The white fabric on the handle was embossed and proved to be a bit thick for these handles.  Another lesson learned.

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The green fabric is Japanese.

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Perhaps we’ll wind up using these tiny baskets in a foursome.  Look at the secondary pattern in the middle.

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Or, not.  They can be combined with fabric blocks as well, so that each one shines on its own.  It might be nice to put a surrounding frame on each one too.

 

Turkey Tracks: Funky Pumpkins In The “Parts Department”

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Turkey Tracks:  June 1, 2016

Funky Pumpkins In the “Parts Department”

Several friends and I have undertaken this summer to make “parts department” blocks, the idea taken from Gwen Marston and Freddie Moran in their book COLLABORATIVE QUILTING –and to see if these blocks can be developed into a quilt for each of us.  I, of course, will also look to my Bonnie Hunter stash management system to see what I can use to make blocks.

This is an improvisational version of a round robin project in ways.

And this kind of improvisational quilt is coming out of the “modern” quilt movement.

Here’s one example in process, made by Becca Babb-Brott from a pattern (“Gypsy Wife”) by designer Jen Kingwell.

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Another would be to start with a medallion and build rows around it.

Or, to make a “row” quilt.

Who knows what will happen…

We specified low-volume fabrics and “brights” and “make at least multiples of four,” and left it at that.

The three others are working on funky house blocks, tree blocks, log cabins, star blocks and the like.

What would I do?

Well, this picture came across the screen of blocks Bonnie Hunter found forgotten in one of her quilt boxes.

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Hmmmm, I thought.

I pulled out orange strips from the 1 1/2-inch bin, and then I thought maybe I’d try to draw a foundation piece pattern–after looking at foundation-

pieced pumpkin patterns in EQ7.

That was fun, and as you can tell from the next picture, the pattern evolved as I learned how what I had drawn might actually look when executed.

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I didn’t want to get too far from “funky” or too large, but I do like the rounded pumpkin top and the whimsical bottom strip and the placement of the pumpkin within the light fabrics rather than letting it run to the edge.  This block is 8 1/2 inches so will finish at 8.  That’s large for our project, but it can take a few large blocks I think.  And, we don’t have to use everything we get from each other.

These blocks will go into the “parts department” pile to be shared, and I have new-found respect for foundation-pieced designers.

Here are some ideas made from fabrics I pulled from my “stash bins” of cut-up squares and rectangles.  These blocks are meant to be “filler” blocks.

Pinwheels, made by cutting 2 1/2-inch squares diagonally, resewing them, and sliver trimming them to 2 inches:

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Flying Geese made from 2 by 3 1/2 rectangles and 2-inch squares.  The little bitty 2-inch blocks are sewn from the trimmed triangles and sliver trimmed.  These tiny blocks could be surrounded by another layer of strips to make a slightly larger square.  Probably colored strips…

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This block is made from a 3 1/2-inch square by sewing 2 1/2 inch squares to the corners  (opposite corners first) and trimming out the excess–which also make small triangles.  Hmmm.  This small pinwheel could take some low-volume strips to enlarge the square and highlight the center too…

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The project is affording me a bit of play each day, a bit of rummaging through stash bins first.

We’ll see what happens…

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June 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm