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Turkey Tracks: Becca-Babb Brott’s Latest Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  October 16, 2018

Becca Babb-Brott’s Latest Quilts

Becca’s “Long Time gone” quilt top, designed by Jen Kingwell, is done.  This quilt was a challenge in our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild.  Note that Becca used a variety of neutral strips to piece her blocks together.  She is not going to add a border.

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Becca took an improv piecing class with Denyce Schmidt this past summer at Alewives Quilt Shop in Damariscotta Mills, Maine.  The quilt top emerged the other day—all finished.  It’s colorful and fun, and Becca really enjoyed the process she learned.  Denyce Schmidt’s web site is as follows:  http://dsquilts.com/

I am really intrigued by quilts made with the gorgeous solids on the market these days.  There is one in my future for sure.

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Turkey Tracks: My “ `Long Time Gone’ Cotton+Steel” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 9, 2018

My “ `Long Time Gone’: Cotton+Steel” Quilt

It’s done!

And it’s another quilt that has surprised me in that I really like it.

Jen Kingwell designed this improv quilt, which uses traditional block forms but in an improv setting.

I quilted with a light grey thread and “McTavished” it.  I really love the texture formed with this dense quilting method.

The backing is also a Cotton+Steel fabric.  I wanted something where the quilting would not show all that much.  A colored fabric just wasn’t working for me.  The first fabric I chose was orange (one of the big butterfly prints), and I didn’t like how the grey thread was looking on the orange.  I bound with the same backing fabric.

Here are some random pics of blocks on the front:

I like how the black and neutral fabrics are working in this quilt, which is another reason that kind of backing was better for the quilt.

 

Slater helps with everything I do.  Everything.

 

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October 9, 2018 at 8:10 am

Turkey Tracks: “Long Time Gone” Challenge Quilts From September The Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

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Turkey Tracks:  October 3, 2018

“Long Time Gone” Challenge Quilts From

The Mount Battie Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

Mt. Battie Modern challenged members to make Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt, starting in January 2018.  We set up a schedule to make the separate blocks and allowed enough time to put the quilt top together.  At our September meeting, quilt tops started showing up.  Each is different, and each is wonderful.  The makers really had fun with how they chose fabric for the blocks, and many makers changed Kingwell’s scrappy block format to something else.

Here is Karen Martin’s quilt top.  She chose a srappy format.  And note that her border features Kaffe Fasset “coin” fabrics.

Tori Manzi chose to use Moda’s “Grunge” fabrics.  And you can see that she had a whole lot of fun with her pineapple blocks in particular.  She is going to add a border, and we talked about what she thought she would do next.

Lynn Vermeulen’s top pieces are done, and she is sewing together the sections now.  We were able to lay it out though.  Lynn chose to use solid fabrics, and look how sparkly her quilt is.  Right now, Lynn is saying she’s going borderless.

My top is now off the long-arm, and I’ve got one more side to bind.  So, look for pics to come soon.  I used all Cotton+Steel fabrics and changed the border treatment to a piano keys format.

I’ve included a selection of blocks from various quilts to show some of the variety in the quilts.  Tori gets th eprize for altering pineapple blocks.

 

 

 

 

Becca Babb Brott is putting her quilt together now.

Betsy Maislen has been volunteering on the J&E Riggin windjammer for the past month and is off to a river cruise in Europe.  Her blocks are mostly done, and she will finish when she gets home.

Linda Satkowski is also traveling, so we will see her top soon I’m sure.

 

 

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October 3, 2018 at 10:04 am

Turkey Tracks: “Long Time Gone” Top Done

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Turkey Tracks:  September 19, 2018

“LongTime Gone” Top Done

I wrote this post last week as well.  I’ve since finished quilting this quilt and am sewing on binding now.  Pics to follow in a few days.

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Yep!  It’s been done since early September.

But as I said, I’ve been really busy.

To remind:  this quilt is “Long Time Gone,” a Jen Kingwell pattern.  This quilt was a challenge issued by the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild, and we started making blocks in January.

I did not use Kingwell’s border treatment, opting instead for the piano keys border.

The quilt is 100% Cotton+Steel fabrics, and I like it a lot.

I’ll likely get it on the long arm any day now, especially as I finally settled on a backing.  I had a backing that didn’t work with a light grey thread, which I need for the front I think.  That’s how that goes.  The discarded backing will find a new place.  And I’ll show the one I chose when I’ve finished the quilt.

 

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October 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

Turkey Tracks: Creative Grids Ruler Pineapple Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  August 11, 2018

Creative Grids Ruler Pineapple Blocks

Heidi August taught me how to use the Creative Grids Ruler for Pineapple Blocks at our May 2018 retreat.  We are both working on Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt—as a Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild (Camden, Maine) challenge that will end in December 2018.  This quilt calls for SIXTEEN pineapple blocks.

One needs the SMALL ruler for this project.  But I loved the ruler and the block so much that I bought the large one as well.  There is a quilt lurking in that large ruler.  Certainly there are blocks for the “parts department” that is getting big enough to try to put together a “improv” quilt.

Here are my finished blocks—with their cute fussy cut centers.

 

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: My Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

My Retreat

I prepped these 2 by 8-inch strips before the retreat:  all low volume Cotton+Steel in the warmer colors.

Here are two rows of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braids, from her book MODERN QUILT MAGIC.

I am really liking what is happening here.

I figured out how long I wanted the quilt and decided I’d done enough work on this project.

Next I put together about ten blocks with my Wild and Goosey quilt block (Bonnie Hunter)

I took papers out of the quadrants I had completed one night while listening to a book on tape in my room.  I have rather a lot of these done now and brought home more to do.

I made two pineapple blocks to learn how–with Heidi August as a teacher.

I learned how to use the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler–a block I use a lot and one we will do for Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.  I’ve always used the Tri Rec ruler and like it.  The Creative Grids Ruler leaves more space between the end of the star points and the edge of the block.  It is fun, but you can see that it does not make a perfect star.  One could probably figure out how to make that happen, but for the Kingwell project, I’m going to use the Trip Rec ruler.  However, I do like the funky nature of the stars in the blocks below.  They’ll go into my “parts department” bin for an improv quilt maybe in the fall.

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What I really wanted to do this retreat was to play with my scraps.  I brought them ALL with me, so I got them all out.  Along the way I culled out scraps that were too small or that no longer attracted me.

Here I started playing around with Maria Shell methods from her book IMPROV PATCHWORK–where she makes her own plaids and stripes.

 

Next I sewed a lot of 4 1/2 inch squares–for a quilt in progress.

Here’s that quilt-which is at home on my design wall:

I had some black and white strip sets, so I cut them up and made a checkerboard.  Maybe it will go into “Long Time Gone.”  Or, maybe into the “parts department” bin.

I had a lot of dark charcoal pieces left over from my “Big Star” quilt.  Which block do you like best, big or little?  I am drawn to little every time.

So…

I saw on Bonnie Hunter’s blog that she was making some light/dark squares with strips.  Boy are they versatile.  These are 4 1/2 inches.  (I use newsprint as a backing, cut to size.)

 

These are 3 inches–made because I had some leftover 3-inch paper strips while cutting.

At night I worked on 6-inch hexes, all Cotton+Steel and a solid or two, from Katja Marek’s THE NEW HEXAGON book.  I’ve almost worn this book out.  I’m going to make these blocks like the cover, where they are linked together with triangles, which can make stars on the outside of the blocs too.

I came home with so much energy.  Inspired by Betsy Maislen, I got my “On Ringo Lake” on the long arm.

Turkey Tracks: April 2018 Quilty Update

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Turkey Tracks:  May 2, 2018

April 2018 Quilty Update

“Winter:  Dawn Trees” is now sewn together and is being quilted–with a grid pattern on my domestic Janome 8900.  This quilt is my design, inspired by Amy Friend’s workshop and book, IMPROV PAPER PIECING.  I drew the three different blocks on EQ7 (now EQ8) and had that system print out the patterns.  I started with ALL tree blocks lined up in a traditional pattern of rows and rows–until after the workshop.  Then I put them into a more “modern” arrangement.  I really like the quilt and will post pics when it is totally finished, which won’t be long now.

Thanks Amy!!

Here is an EQ8 picture of what the quilt would have looked like if I had not added the fractured dawn light block and just lined up the trees.  Pretty, but not as interesting I think.

The main part of top of “Valse Brilliant” is done.  I’m now picking out the English Paper Piecing papers–at night while watching tv.  It’s a slow process, of course.  VB, as those of us doing it in Coastal Quilters Maine call it, comes from Willyene Hammerstein’s book MILLIFIORE QUILTS.  (I did not do WH’s border treatment.)  My “rules”–setting rules comes from workshops with Timna Tarr–were simple:  brights and text in every block.

I’m going to put some wide charcoal Essex Linen (blend) borders.  Right now, this quilt is not big enough, really, to be lap size.  The border fabric is washed, but NOT ironed yet.

Here are my monthly blocks for our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild challenge to make Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.  It’s an improv type quilt.  I am using all Cotton+Steel.  Roxanne Wells gave me the idea of using the more formal quarter log cabin style to get stripes, and I like how that came out.  The courthouse step blocks started out being blue, green, and pink/red done in ombre, light to dark.  Then I decided I liked them mixed up better, so put all the darks together, all the mediums, and all the lights.

Here are my May blocks.  Yes!!  I am ahead now and have all of May to catch up with other projects.

Here’s what all my blocks look like now.  I’m really liking how they are going together.

And here is a reminder of what Long Time Gone looks like: