Turkey Tracks: January 30, 2019
We had snow in the night and now…rain. It’s also very warm for Maine in late January.
Here are some pics on my current projects.
This EPP project is HARD! There is a real learning curve involved here, but I’m getting faster now. This is “36-Ring Circus,” designed by JoAnne Lewis and available at Paper Pieces. I did NOT buy the whole templates offered, just the ring kit, which includes the center “pointy” temlplate—shown in red on the first ring.
I am currently using Cotton+Steel fabrics for the centers and solids (pastels for the ring and darks for the ring centers and diamond shapes) for the rest.
Here’s the status of THE COLOR COLLECTIVES first project: circles. So far I’ve broken TWO of my machines with the invisible thread. Probably, I did not release the needle tension enough. I did release the foot pressure instead, which was clearly a mistake. I don’t think anybody but ME is having these issues. One machine is back—along with two spools of thread that the marvelous Marge Hallowell of Maine-ly Sewing donated to the cause and for me to experiment with and about which to get back to her. I would love to make this quilt a bit bigger, to a lap size, but I may also use the second months’s block—a foundation pieced cross—to create a border. I’m still movng around blocks on the design wall—which is kind of crazy as I need to fill in the holes first. I could, also, use a matching thread for the circles if I have matching thread. I do love these circles.
Recent intense weekend sewing produced this “Cool Sunday Morning Quilt” from SUNDAY MORNING QUILTS (Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison). It’s all in blue/green/grey Cotton+Steel low volume fabrics. And it’s meant to be a companion to the recently finished “warm” quilt below, also made from C+S warm low volume fabrics—using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone method.
Of course I also have three or four other projects developing or simmering, especially when I get to “playing” with some ideas and fabrics. More on those later.