Turkey Tracks: November 2, 2019
Lone Star 4-patch Done and Hung
And boy am I happy with this project, which TODAY replaced a quilt that had been hanging in the stair well for 15+ years. The old quilt, light-faded and still lovely, is downstairs in the washing machine as I write this post.
A friend from Augusta who was visiting the dog park this morning came home with me and helped me hang this quilt, which involved stair-well drops and a tall ladder. Thanks Kathryn!! She made me feel very safe up on the ladder.
I quilted with size 8 perle cotton—and tried to match colors. The background fabrics are from my stash, but the rest of the fabrics were curated by Tara Faughnan who taught this online class for Amy Newbold’s Sewtopia. Season 2 of The Color Collective is under way now and promises to be as exciting as Season 1 was.
I used the green color (Kona Pickle) in all of the Lone Stars and bound the quilt with it, and it does seem to be working to unify the project. Otherwise, I went down a Lone Star rabbit hole of wondering what would happen with light/dark backgrounds and how color and light/dark placement affected the Lone Star.
Now to finish up the Radiating Log Cabin project (probably today for the blocks!) from Season 1.
I am having so much fun!
Turkey Tracks: September 8, 2019
Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole
This large 4-patch (each block is 30 inches unfinished) contains all the fabric colors that Tara Faughnan curated and Amy Newbold of Sewtopia sent to us for this THE COLOR COLLECTIVE project. I added the navy, pink, and soft green backgrounds as they were what I had in my stash. I could not stop making these blocks because I wanted to see what would happen with color placement and how they all looked together. AND because they turned out NOT to be so hard (with Tara’s instructions and videos to guide).
This one is all layered and pinned now. I’ll hand stitch mostly with perle size 8 cotton, though I may do some grid sewing on the domestic. It’s going to hang in a stairwell, replacing a quilt that has been hanging for 15+ years.
In part I wanted to see different color combinations appeared on light or dark backgrounds—especially at the points. You can see on the upper right/pink background of the above 4-patch how light and dark fabrics at the points can have a kind of fireworks effect. The lower two quilts have a light point on dark background and a dark point on a light background.
The one below has colors from the collection—I added the yellow as I had it on hand—and is going in my bedroom as a wall hanging—to replace another small quilt that has been hanging for many years. I thought it would go on the wall outside my quilt room—to replace another quilt that has been hanging too long, but while I like the block, the colors don’t quite work in that space, given other nearby colors.
This scrappy one I made from leftover scraps—and it is modeled on a BIG one that Tara Faughnan made that is scrappy. Google “Tara Faughnan Quilts” to see it. I’m going to back it with the really dark fabric that came in the collection—a kind of luscious dark navy/purple that you see around the yellow star center above. I ordered more of that fabric, and it came yesterday and went right in to the washing machine. I like this one a lot. Not sure where it will go.
My favorite is on the 4-patch—the top one on the left with all the blues. I ordered more of those fabrics, except for the pickle color points as I already ordered more of the pickle color. The pickle is destined to be the binding for the 4-patch. I added in a chartreuse for the points and will back with the dark navy/purple.
This last one (?) is going to hang on the wall outside my quilt room. Guess what I’m doing today?
Turkey Tracks: August 24, 2019
A Lone Star Quilt?
First, I finished AND HUNG the 6-pointed star project—designed by Tara Faughnan in the class I took last winter from Sewtopia, called The Color Collective. I called it “Geometric Explosion” since you can see so many geometric forms in it as you look at it for any time and from different angles—from big hexies to tumbling blocks—in addition to the stars.
I quilted it with size 8 perle cotton and kept to the dark colors as I didn’t want the brights to disrupt the geometric “explosion.”
I hung it in my bedroom, replacing an older quilt that has been hanging for some time. It’s good to refresh wall hangings (and pillows!) every so often. It’s good to let an older quilt get a nice washing and to “rest” in peace for a while.
I finished and trimmed this big Lone Star block (30 inches unfinished) yesterday.
I have to make MORE of these. I have to.
Maybe 4 of them, which would make about a 60 by 60 lap quilt. And, possibly, one more that will hang on the wall at my quilt room door? The older quilt there needs a rest as well.
I’ve always been terrified to try a Lone Star block. No more.