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Turkey Tracks: “Winter Blue Jays” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 3, 2016

“Winter Blue Jays” Quilt

My oldest grandchild turned THIRTEEN in late September.

How did that happen?

Of course I sent him a quilt for his quilt collection.

One of my childhood memories is playing in the sandy, rock-lined paths of my grandmother’s Reynolds, Georgia, garden when some baby Blue Jays fledged.  They were beyond adorable, and, of course, I tried to catch one.  The next thing I knew, Mama Blue Jay was flying around my head, pulling my hair, beating my head with her wings, and making a terrible racket.

Up here in Maine, I don’t see Blue Jays much in the summer.  But in winter, they arrive in flocks at my feeders, and they are so pretty.  They like a flat feeder, so I have one for them.

I bought the backing for Bowen’s quilt a few years back because I instantly fell in love with it


I put my childhood story on the label so Bowen would always see my deep attachment to the wonders of nature.


This quilt came out of the four-patch journey I went on two summers ago where I sewed all the two-inch blocks into light/dark four-patches.  I also used the 3 1/2-inch strips I had already cut and stored to make the light/dark half-square triangles–with the Easy Angle ruler.  ( I use Bonnie Hunter’s stash management system, as I’ve written about many times on this blog.)  The block in this quilt is the classic Jacob’s Ladder block–a 9 patch.  I had some light shirting fabric that I thought went really well with this quilt for the binding.

The quilt is a classic, like Bowen.


I used a soft blue thread and a gently curving feather pantograph.



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October 3, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Turkey Tracks: Jacob’s Ladder Quilt block

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July 13, 2016

Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Block

Finished the Jacob’s Ladder blue/neutral quilt top a while back.  Have not slowed down to QUILT IT though.

I am so, so, so enjoying this summer and have been outside a lot and just…busy.

These blocks use the four-patch blocks I made from the 2-inch square bin SUMMER BEFORE LAST!!


I’ve had this backing fabric for some years now–loved it on sight and bought it on sale.  It’s all ironed and ready to be sewn together.

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Now I just have to slow down and quilt this quilt.

Written by louisaenright

July 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm