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Turkey Tracks: “Cool” Selvage Quilt Finished

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Turkey Tracks:  July 20, 2018

“Cool” Selvage Quilt Finished

Summer is a busy, busy family and garden time for me.  So I have not posted to the blog as a result.

Still, I have had some time to sew.

I finished the selvage quilt I’ve worked on off and on for about a year.  I chose the “cool” colors–and love this quilt so much that I will make it again in the “warm” colored selvages I have collected.  I have LOTS of those now.  I might make it a bit bigger too since I like it so much.  Who knows.

I enlarged the block size from Amy Friend’s “Circuitry” quilt, found in her INTENT

IONAL PIECING.  And I used patterned fabrics around the selvage parts of the block rather than more subtle fabrics.

I quilted with a light grey t40-weight hread (Signature) and tried the McTavishing style of quilting.  I was really, really not sure I would like McTavishing as I spent four nights drawing on paper to try to get the scale bigger than one might do on a domestic machine.  I have to say that I really love the texture.  As I went along, I got more proficient AND I got braver about filling in open spaces.  I can’t wait to McTavish again.

I chose this Cotton+Steel fabric for the backing because I’ve always loved it and got a really good price for it on Amazon, via fabric.com.  This fabric is an older one, so I was lucky to find it.  And I figured any problems I created with the quilting would not show so much on the back.

My intent was to make this quilt a functional, washable quilt for, maybe my bedroom, where Penny tends to lick herself and leave spots.  But, for the moment, here it is:

You can see along the bottom where my McTavishing was more tentative, leaving lots of space.

Can’t wait to make “Warm.”

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July 20, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Turkey Tracks: Late June 2018 Update

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Turkey Tracks:  June 23, 2018

Late June 2018 Update

Summer is a busy time for me.

There are visitors, there are the gardens, there is abundant summer produce warm from the sunny garden, and there are beautiful days where one is meant to be OUTSIDE.  I revel in taking a break and eating lunch on my porch and reading in the sun for a bit.  Then, of course, I need to also make a coffee while I finish just a bit more of my book.  Life is meant to be enjoyed, and summer brings its own special pleasures.

I am so enjoying making and wearing this 100 ACTS OF SEWING, shirt No 1.  This is the second version–made with Carolyn Friedlander lawn.  It layers so beautifully over a tank top–or with a long-sleeve t-shirt.  The lawn needs an under layer unless, maybe you are young and have a cute bra.  I have also made a khaki double gauze version since I took this picture, but have not worn it yet.  I wanted it as a layer over my black stretch jeans.  My first top was a blue double-gauze, which you can see in an earlier post.

I could not resist seeing what my plans for my leader/ender Bonnie Hunter “Wild and Goosey” blocks are going to look like.

That arrangement just plain knocks my socks off!!  Love it.  So much more colorful than I would have thought.

I played around with Amy Friend’s “Circuitry” quilt (in her INTENTIONAL PIECING), wherein she uses selvages.  I made the blocks bigger and used patterned fabric to make the rectangle.  And, I kept to the cool colors:  blues and greens and some purples.

It’s on the long arm, waiting for me to figure out how on earth to quilt it.  I have been playing around with trying to do a bigger “McTavishing” quilting, but I can’t quite make it work in a way that I like.  I’ve gone through a whole pad of BIG drawing paper trying.  It might work out, but…  I am not sure.  It’s a very dense quilting style, and I’m not sure I want that kind of density in this already dense top, what with the selvages…  It definitely needs a curvy quilting style.  Or so I think.

Here’s a close-up.  I like this quilt.  When I was taking the backing papers out (Lord!  That took some nights!  I’ll never sew them quite that way again–with too close lines on the edges), I really liked having the quilt in my lap.  Despite the business, it’s a subtle quilt in many ways.

I’ll likely make a “warm” version later in the year since I have all those selvages all sorted into colored piles.

 

Turkey Tracks: Friendship Samplers Quilt Show, Belfast, Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2013

Friendship Samplers Quilt Show

Belfast, Maine

 

Friendship Samplers is the Pine Tree Quilting Guild chapter located to Camden’s north, in Belfast, Maine.

(We are the Coastal Quilters here in Camden.)

The Friendship Samplers quilters are strong, competent, wonderful quilters.  There is just so much talent in that group.

They do a quilt show every other year, and this year was the year.

And this year, their show was as wonderful as ever.

I did not begin to take pictures of everything–or even of some of the most amazing quilts–and there were many.  I took pictures of work that stimulated my own creativity.  And do remember that the quilts I love best are scrappy quilts that are functional.

First, my most favorite quilt was my friend Joan Herrick’s “Logs and Ladders”–where she has combined a log cabin block with a Jacob’s Ladder block–and took advantage of their strong directional orientations.  There’s one of these in my future!

Frienship S's, J. Herrick Logs and Ladders

I was intrigued by the quilting in this quilt–and later realized it’s called “McTavishing,” after Karen McTavish, who invented it.  You can see how to do it on Leah Day’s web site, along with at least 400 other free-motion quilting designs she has put onto utube videos.

Friendship S's 3

Don’t you love this modern “take” on the log cabin block?

Friendship S's 2

I love the work of Alice Parsons.  And she had a hand in this quilt below:

It’s stitched with bright orange thread in squiggly lines up and down the quilt.  And look at the use of purple for the sashing.  That purple is making the yellow leap out of the quilt!

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Look at how the center square is varied–and the use of the adorable funky bird–and the use of rows of the squares…

Friendship S's 5

I want to make a quilt with birds at the center of some kind of block.  And I love what these quilters have done here.  It’s just so much fun!

Friendship S's 4

 

Here’s another creative idea for making use of a central square with something (birds!) fussy cut inside it.  Surround the square with flying geese and corner blocks:

Friendship S's 9

 

The flying geese and their backgrounds can vary in color choice.  What’s uniting the quilt here is the sashing/border fabric–in this case black and white and the use of the center square with a border around it.

 

Friendship S's 8

 

The Friendship Samplers always have a “quilt alley” where you buy chances (25 for $2!!!) and put your chances in the can/s of the quilt/s number you like.

All these quilts were to be “won” on Friday.  Another set went up on Saturday.

Friendship 18

I found many little quilts I liked on this wall.  But this one was my favorite:

Frienship S's 19

 

Here’s a close-up of the blocks:

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The Friendship Samplers always have goodies to eat–and they COVER FOOD TABLES WITH QUILTS–which fascinated Giovann McCarthy–on her first outing to a Frienship Samplers Quilt Show:

Friendship S's 10

I really loved some of these “table cloth” quilts.  I cringed at using a quilt for a table cloth, but their use does remind one that quilts are made to be used and loved:

Here’s a close-up of a table cloth quilt.  I’ve never found a squared square form that I didn’t like:

Friendship S's 13

Here’s a close-up:

Friendship S's 11

I was most intrigued with this pattern as well:

Friendship S's 12

 

Here below you can see the two blocks that make the pattern together:  4 half-square triangles with the colors to the inside making a square AND a sixteen patch with four red blocks making the center.  I’d cut the block to combine two of the white squares into a rectangle though

Friendship S's 15

This quilt was HAND STITCHED!!!

 

Friendship S's 14

Imagine it made in any number of colors–as long as you keep the light and dark values:  blue, yellow, orange, brown, etc.

SO, our group really enjoyed the Friendship Samplers Quilt Show 2013 and look forward to attending in 2015!

Thanks Friendship Samplers!

After the show we had lunch at Chase’s Daily–which specializes in local foods mostly from (in season) their farm.  And we visited Nancy’s Quilt Shop on Route 3 just outside Belfast to pick up more of a fabric that two of our quilters wanted to buy more of than Nancy had at the show.