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Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Show and Tell, November 2018, Part 2

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Turkey Tracks:  November 17, 2018

Turkey Tracks:  Mt. Battie Modern Show and Tell, November 2018, Part 2

Tori Manzi took an improv class with Kristy Daum last summer, and this quilt top is the result.  Rules included choosing a color family (blue here) with light and dark representations AND a “pop” color (bright pink) AND using solids with a specified minimum number of printed fabrics.  (Daum’s web site is stlouisfolkvictorian.com)

Tori has agreed to lead us in an improv workshop one day soon to try out this process, which she says is very interesting and freeing.

During the summer three years ago Becca Babb-Brott, Linda Satkowski, and myself decided to create “parts department” blocks for a future improv quilt.  We each made blocks and make enough of each block type for each other.  (The “parts department” idea comes from improv books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston, and I’m pretty sure I blogged about making some of the blocks that summer.)

Becca raided her parts department box recently and put this quilt together.  Linda and I had so much fun seeing the blocks we made in this quilt.  We three agreed that we learned a lot about how to make this kind of quilt from doing Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt this past year.  And LInda and I agreed that we really wanted to get into our own parts department boxes this winter.

AND, this kind of project could make a viable project down the road for Mt. Battie Modern.

Anne Bargetz made this jacket in our recent “Stay Retreat.”  It’s the “Women’s Kimnono Sleeve Jacket” from shopwiksten.com.

Anne used a Cotton+Steel print for the outer jacket.  She says it is warm and toasty and that she is using it a lot.  Several members said that they wanted to make the jacket as well.

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November 17, 2018 at 10:41 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: 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: