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Turkey Tracks: “Sweet Thing” Quilt

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December 31, 2016

“Sweet Thing” Quilt

Here she is, this “Sweet Thing.”  I’m quite, and unexpectedly, besotted with this quilt.

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Megan Bruns picked out the red school houses border fabric one day when she went with me to Augusta to take No No Penny to the homeopathic vet there.  (Love that vet!)  And I chose to make the binding neutral.  I didn’t want anything fighting with the small red border.

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I used clam shell groovy boards for the quilting.  These groovy boards are hard to find now since long arms are using computer packages.  You cannot lay down a pattern like this by hand on a long-arm.

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Here’s a close-up of the front.

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She’s going to live in the living room for a bit.

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I used this kind of setting in an earlier quilt, “Happy Baby Quilt.”  You can search for it by that name with the search button on the right sidebar.  I saw this kind of four-patch setting used by designer Lissa Alexander in the America Patchwork and Quilting four-patch challenge, April 2015, Issue 133, “Rainbow Rows” quilt.  Here the colored squares are set into on-point rows.

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Readers may recall that two summers ago I spent the whole of the summer practically sewing light/dark 4-patches out of the 2-inch scrap box, which created 1600 4 patches.  I have made four quilts to date from those four-patches.  Again, you can search for these quilts on this blog if you want to see more information and pictures of each.

“Bee Beauty”:

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“Crayon Crumb Box”:

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“Winter Blue Jays”:

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There is a fifth quilt in the making–a leader/ender project.  And I still might have some four-patches left over!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

 

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December 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Two-Inch Bin is Empty!!!

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Turkey Tracks:  August 22, 2015

The Two-Inch Bin is Empty!!!

See?

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Can I tell you that there were 6720 squares in that bin.  And note that it’s a SMALLER bin (13 by 8 by 5 inches deep) than I usually use.

Who knew there would be THAT MANY squares in that bin???

Now I have what I think of as “assets”:  1680 finished four-patch blocks.

Note that I use Bonnie Hunter’s Stash Management system to manage my stash, and you can read all about that in any of her books and on her blog, quiltville.com.

One part of that system is to cut leftover fabric from making a quilt into useable sizes that work together mathmatically AND to do something with a bin when it gets full.

I have spent the summer sewing these squares into light/dark four-patch blocks.  And that effort started with the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine‘s challenge to work with four-patch blocks this year.

I was inspired, also, by Bonnie Hunter’s quilt block, as she is doing this APQM challenge.

So, at first I made Bonnie’s block.  (Bonnie’s background is aqua–which is so lively and pretty.)

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AND, Bonnie’s sashing is AWESOME!!  (I went ahead with my rich magentas BEFORE I saw what Bonnie opted to do.)

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I can’t wait to see what she does with the cornerstones, to see the finished quilt, AND to buy whatever book into which she puts this quilt.

(To follow her progress with this challenge, go to her web site, quiltville.com, click on the blog button, and search for the APQM challenge.

I put the final border on my quilt yesterday–after sewing the LAST FOUR-PATCH BLOCK–and am working on the backing now:

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And of course I will have to make Bonnie’s version since I love her strip-pieced sashing so much.  That will take 150 of my 4-patch blocks.  A drop in the bucket of my assets.

I have some of these already started–and the corners are from the 3 1/2 inch block bin–which has gone down considerably with the use of Bonnie’s block.

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I am very excited about doing a Jacob’s Ladder in blue/neutral.  I was able to carve out quite a few of those blocks:

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And could not resist putting two together to see the result:

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I have this great winter blue-jay fabric that I can use for a backing for a blue/neutral quilt.

AND, the mixed blocks would make up beautifully in a Jacob’s ladder with a constant setting for the half-square triangle blocks.

I also carved out some red and neutral blocks.

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What if I turn this block straight?  The lines would then be on the diagonal…

 

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This block came from Lissa Alexander, whose quilt was featured in the APQM article on the four-patch challenge.  I made a baby quilt recently using this block if you want to see a finished quilt:  Happy Baby Quilt.”

I have some green and neutral blocks–but not a whole lot.

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Could this green-based block fold into the red-based quilt???

And, somehow, I seem to have gotten started on Bonnie’s current block in the September/October 2015 issue of Quiltmaker magazine:  Criss Cross.

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They are fun, but I’ve had a little trouble translating directions to the Easy Angle Ruler AND with the given size for conventional cutting of a large square into four triangles.  I’m wondering if there is a mistake?

I’ve solved it for myself however.

So far, there are a minimum of five quilts out of these blocks…

 

Turkey Tracks: “Happy Baby Quilt”

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Turkey Tracks:  June 30, 2015

“Happy Baby Quilt”

What a good time I had making this baby quilt.

The design came from Lissa Alexander and her quilt was featured in the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine‘s four-patch challenge earlier this spring (April issue).

Lissa called her larger quilt “Rainbow Rows.”

You can follow how about a dozen nationally recognized quilters are using four patches if you go to the magazine’s web site for the list OR to Bonnie Hunter’s blog site (search for the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine‘s four-patch 2015 challenge.)

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I used Anne Bright’s 10″ “He Loves Me” pantograph with a cream-colored thread.  The quilting is lovely if I do say so myself!

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Lissa used different fabric borders around the edges–and I really liked showcasing some of the very modern “neutral fabrics on the market today.

You already know I am dotty over polka dot fabrics these days…

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The block is actually pretty simple–a nine patch featuring a light/dark four-patch and neutrals.  I am already thinking how this block would work with my stash strips–especially the 2 1/2 ones combined with neutrals.  These little squares are 1-inch from 1 1/2-inch strips.

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I fell in love with the little red lobster fabric.  If I see more, I will be buying it.  The bicycle comes from the backing for this year’s Bonnie Hunter Thanksgiving mystery quilt “Grand Illusion.”

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So, there you have it.

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Bonnie’s block for this challenge is so much fun.  Here’s my version.  I’m going to use a yummy purple sashing.

I was going to just sew the blocks plain and, maybe, quilt them in the more modern style.  But I found this yummy purple fabric and I think the cornerstones will carry the eye down the lines of dark squares.  Or at least I hope so.  The next row will tell.

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I bought this brown/green bee fabric some years ago for a backing at something like 40% off.  The binding will be the dark purple on the left.  The printed magenta will be the outer border; the tiny square an inner border, and the solid is my sashing.  It’s not really solid as it has a lot of texture in the print.

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Making these four-patches and setting them into a square is…addictive!

My 2-inch square AND 3 1/2-inch square bins are going down in size with this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm