Turkey Tracks: November 14, 2016
Quilt-let Quilt Done!
It’s “The Cat’s Meow!”
And, I LOVE it.
I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Would it be a wonderful wall hanging for my office?
Nope. Not with this gorgeous low-volume neutral backing.
How fun is this?
Friend Becca Babb-Brott (Etsy store Sew Me A Song) is going to make one now, and she came up with the idea of doing the pearl cotton as one goes along, but doing the hand quilting in individual blocks when the quilt is finished. Yes! That would solve the problem of trying to make nice quilting stitches on a small quilt that does not really fit into a hoop that isn’t too small to work with hand quilting. The stab quilting is very difficult as the layers shift so much as you sew.
I love every single block, but I wound up with TWO of the Cotton+Steel cats, so the quilt became “The Cat’s Meow!”
I decided to use half blocks to fill in the top and bottom edges–I just cut the batting in half and folded the quilt-let in half and sewed the edges together before decorating with pearl cotton.
This quilt is going to be a lap quilt in my living room. It is so soft and cuddly!
Quilts will tell you where they want to be if you listen to them while you work. It just comes to you along the way.
THANK YOU Katja Marek for a very fun project that let me enjoy many hours of fabric love, color love, pattern love, quilting love!!
Turkey Tracks: June 19, 2016
More Katja Marek Quiltlets
By the end of June, I should have completed 26 blocks to be “caught up.”
Here are blocks 19, 20, and 21.
Blocks 22 and 23 are organized.
I’m getting there!
Here’s what the quilt looks like now:
Block positions are apt to change as more blocks get completed. There are 52 blocks in all.
This project is from Katja Marek’s 2016 “quilt-along” project. The blocks are from her book THE NEW HEXAGON. Paper pieces can be found at paperpieces.com. Each “quilt-let” is a finished quilt. The quiltlets will be sewn together to make the quilt. I will use mine as a wall-hanging.
Turkey Tracks: April
April Quilty Update
And then there were TWO quiltlets:
They will go together like this:
A reminder: this project is from Katja Marek’s 2016 challenge: one quilt-let a week. There are 52 blocks–taken from her book, THE NEW HEXAGON. I figure those who started on time are into their 14th week!! I have a third block cut out and ready to be sewn. They are so fun to make.
I made seven of the flower blocks while in Charleston for the big hexie quilt, based on Edyta Sitar’s quilt on the cover of her HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.
These are all from my 2 1/2-inch scrap bin.
I finished the last of the blocks yesterday:
Now, on to the last of the neutrals…
I’m working on a quilt for granddaughter Mina. AND, I’ve finished seven of the eight FARMER’S WIFE blocks for this month–three more to go and pics will come when I’m finished.
Turkey Tracks: March 27, 2016
Katja Marek’s “Quilt-lets”
Here’s my first “Quilt-let.”
The idea is make these little beauties “on the go” and to sew them together into a completed quilt.
One uses Marek’s designs from her book THE NEW HEXAGON and buys the EPP pieces from paperpieces.com. You can buy a package of all 52 blocks in the 3-inch size or buy, in increments, the 4-inch block pieces during the year. Marek is doing the 4-inch size. I’m doing the 3-inch. You can also buy templates to cut the batting and backing in the right size.
You can also just make these blocks and hook them together with other pieces that geometrically work, like a triangle.
I’m thinking, though, that I might anchor that central block with one line of stitch-in-the-ditch sewing on the machine. I hate stitch-in-the-ditch sewing though… Maybe “peck and stab” by hand with a matching thread??? Maybe just in the middle???