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Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Monthly Challenge–December 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern Monthly Challenge–December 2017

We are showing our traveling quilts every other month, which gives us two months to work on them.  In the off months we are doing one of the Lucky Spool exercises from the MIGHTY LUCKY QUILTING CLUB 2016 workbook.  As always, members can participate or choose not to participate.  We are working our way though the workbook.

This challenge asks one to design a quilt from a photograph–but a modern quilt, not a literal landscape quilt.  One is to look for shapes and, perhaps, greyscale impact.

I took this picture of my Tula Pink blocks (100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS) at the last Coastal Quilters retreat in October 2017.  And I could not get the idea that formed in my head out of it with regard to this mini challenge/exercise.  It kept just hovering and hovering there.  (The Tula Pink challenge ends in December, and next year the challenge is Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.)  These blocks are on my design wall now, and have been moved around a lot.  I think I’m ready to sew now though, and I have sashing and backing organized.  I am using TP’s suggested “city scape” format.

So, I had a lot of fun the other day cutting tiny pieces and making a kind of greyscale version of the city scape idea.  It is a bit literal, yes.  But I loved playing with the greyscale.  I quilted just using the walking foot.  Here’s “Greyscale,” which will go into my collection of small quilts hanging in my quilt room.  I seem to be in a grey/neutral/black moment in my quilting.  It’s about 17 by 18–roughly.

I like it.  The squares are “shedding” a bit though.  I probably should have glued them more thoroughly before sewing???  On the other hand, they have texture…

It is what it is.

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2017 October Retreat, Part 4

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Turkey Tracks:  October 24, 2017

The Coastal Quilters’ 2017 October Retreat, Part 4

Coming Home

This girl was waiting for me when I got home–reminding me that it’s nice to go away but even nicer to come home.

Betsy Maislen’s flowers were still beautiful.  Betsy stayed with me between voyages on the J&E Riggin, a windjammer out of Rockland, Maine.  Betsy volunteered for six weeks in September and October this fall.  She LOVES to cook with Annie Mahle and to be on the Riggin.  She also loves to get her clothes washed, to sleep in a real bed, and to be recharged and ready to go out again.

And she made and sent me one of the cards I was kitting up for our retreat group to make–as a little gift for those who came.  Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) designed this card project.  You can find directions in her WONDERFUL book NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND.  I did a recent blog entry on these cards.  Didn’t Betsy do a great job?  Don’t miss the little owl on the right.  I loved getting this card from Betsy.

Betsy was at our May 2017 retreat and is planning to be at the May 2018 retreat.  She retired this past June and is discovering that she loves to quilt.  Rhea Butler introduced her to the Lucy Boston paper piecing blocks on the Riggin this summer–during the Slow Sewing cruise–and Betsy fell in love with them.  She’s just finished her second one now.  Pretty, huh?

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NOW, here’s a challenge for those of you who choose to accept it.  Some of us are challenging the Coastal Quilters to make Jen Kingwell’s pattern “Long Time Gone,” starting in January.  This quilt is an improv form and uses a lot of different blocks, so it is a terrific learning project.  Besides it’s just fun.  Betsy is going to do it with us from Vermont!

I’ll post pics of your finished quilts here on the blog.

Let’s have some fun!

Here’s a version.  To see others, google “images” for the pattern.

 

Turkey Tracks: A Completed Quilt Project

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Turkey Tracks:  June 20, 2017

A Completed Quilt Project

Becca Babb Brott has worked for about two years on this HUGE Jen Kingwell quilt.  Becca combined THREE of Kingwell’s patterns into this king-size quilt–which she then quilted on my long arm.  One pattern is “Gypsy Wife,” but I don’t know the other two patterns.

There was drama with the long arm, of course.  I was using needles that were too light, and one broke, throwing off the machine’s timing.  It was way, way overdue for a check-up, so off it went to Sanborn Sewing Machine.  Those folks are beyond terrific.  The break occurred just before our Coastal Quilters’ retreat in Kennebunkport, so I was able to drop off the machine where the staff fixed it for me in a narrow window they had on Friday.

When you have to move a long-arm head, poles have to come down, which means a quilt has to be taken off said poles, etc.  When we got everything back, we were able to painlessly put everything back together, and off Becca went, sewing away.  Hmmm.  After a few tension adjustments however…

 

 

Here are some other pics, made when she showed it to Coastal Quilters’ members.

Turkey Tracks: Sewing Auto Pilot Fail

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Turkey Tracks:  June 5, 2017

Sewing Auto Pilot Fail

Somebody’s Sewing Auto Pilot failed yesterday.

Oh well.  This bag is meant for the kitchen to collect recyclables for the dump.

At least the “Made in America” is right-side up!

These “glitter” blocks designed by Jen Kingwell (Quilt Lovely) are really, really, really hard.  I can’t believe Kingwell made a whole quilt from them.

Maybe they get easier as one goes along…

Today is overcast and misty.  Outside, there is a wall of intense green, all mixed up with tendrils of fog.  It is so beautiful.

I planted five tomato plants yesterday, so they are loving this gentle welcoming to the garden.

The lettuce I seeded into the cold frame–into the top dressing of worm castings–is bearing now.  I picked these leaves for lunch.

I’m enjoying using the three selvage edge placemats I’ve knitted–I paired them with bright napkins that really pick out color in the placemats.  Funky and fun–and a boon to my sometimes thrifty soul.

I have a fourth one about half made.  I knit, using a garter stitch, on big needles.  14s I think.  About 32-34 stitches cast on.  It’s a soothing exercise for when I don’t want to concentrate much on anything.

 

Turkey Tracks: My Design Wall is Crazy

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Turkey Tracks:  June 10, 2016

My Design Wall is Crazy

…or I am…

My goodness!!

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Have you ever?

Mina’s quilt is on the long arm as well.

The top quilt is working as a leader/ender project using the red/neutral four-patch blocks from summer before last.

The left project is Amy Friend’s “Tell Me A Story” quilt.

The far right project blocks are the “quilt-lets.”  I’ve almost caught up now.

The middle are scrappy, funky blocks for the group of four making blocks for each others’ attempts at a Jen Kingwell kind of scrappy, modern, “evolving” quilt–see earlier posts on this project.  But, we are each making multiples of four to share with each other.

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The sacks pinned to the left side of the wall are filled with blocks in various stages for the group project–we’re going to give each other our blocks in late summer some time–and with parts of blocks for the “Wild and Goosey” foundation piecing project for my youngest granddaughter.  (That one will take some time to finish.)

What you can’t see is the bedroom bed on this floor covered with piles of fabrics, the hexie quilt waiting for its borders, the blue/neutral quilt waiting for two more rows, and supplies for the Farmer’s Wife and Katja Marek blocks.

Oh my goodness!!  It’s bedlam for sure.

But, I am having fun.

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June 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm

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