Turkey Tracks: Mina’s Quilt: “Sugar and Spice”

Turkey Tracks:  June 28, 2016

Mina’s Quilt:  “Sugar and Spice”

I mailed granddaughter Mina’s “big girl” quilt to her last week.

The fabrics are an older collection of Kaffe Fasset prints that I bought some years back at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Norfolk/Hampton, Virginia.  The block is a “snowball” block.

The tiny triangles in the border mostly come from the corners of the snowball blocks.  But, of course, I had to make more.  I used my trusty Easy Angle ruler to make fairly quick work of that task.  And, I credit Bonnie Hunter’s teaching about the Easy Angle ruler for my constant use of it.  My half-square triangles come out perfectly with this ruler as long as my stitching line is a scant 1/4 inch.  Somewhere on one of Bonnie’s quilt I saw this use of triple, small, half-square triangle blocks used in a border.


I used a cream and pink polka dot on the corners.



Here’s a cornerstone “broken dishes” block to link the borders.  I had the orchid-colored fabric for the binding in my stash.  It was perfect for both sides of this quilt.


This “suite” of fabrics came with a wild border print that could be fussy cut into borders.


And a wild fabric that was perfect for the backing.  These “wild” fabrics drove the name “Sugar and Spice,” which is true, too, for this granddaughter.


I used an Signature’s Victorian Rose thread.  The pantograph is 10″ Double Dutch, from Anne Bright and as are many of Anne Bright’s pantographs, detailed and complicated, but lovely.


Quilt No. 128

Blog Readers’ Quilts and Quilting Information: The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Norfolk, Virginia

Blog Readers’ Quilts and Quilting Information:  March 18, 2014

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Norfolk, Virginia

I had a terrific time attending The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Norfolk, Virginia–for me, February 29th and March 1st and 2nd–each time with different people.  I have not been to a big regional quilt show without grandchildren in tow for some years now–and it is a real pleasure to attend a quilt show that is outside of the region where you live.  The vendors are different, the emphasis on quilts is different, and so forth.  This Mid-Atlantic show is run by the Mancuso brothers and leans towards art quilts–though this year (it’s 25th) there was a lovely exhibition of log-cabin quilts–each with a different setting.


I will confess that the quilts I like best are not often the BIG WINNERS.  I am a scrappy quilter.

For instance, I saw many novel use of the current quilt rage:  hexies.

Look at how the use of connecting squares makes these hexies so much more interesting than if they were jammed up together:


And how about using hexies to form a bar in a bar quilt?  (Sorry about the slight blurring, but you’ll get the method.)



Here’s a quilt I didn’t see until the last day I went–it was hanging on the end of a wall, and I just lost it in the blur of vendors beyond it.  How you see quilts really varies from which direction you approach them.


Here’s the whole quilt:


The chickens were amazing:


Contrast the above quilts with one of the big winners of this show:


Exquisite quilting, novel use of color–especially that bright yellow.  Here’s a close-up of the quilting:


It seems to me that this type of medallion quilt which is quilted to death is meant to win in a show.  The quilt itself does not draw me at all.

The BIG WINNER (Best of Show) was a larger version of the above–amazing workmanship, lots of beading as well, but I didn’t even take a picture of it.

Here’s another big winner:


Clever, whimsical, etc.  But is it any better than this quilt?


Or, this one?


Here’s a close-up of the amazing thread work:


This funny little quilt really drew me in:


Here’s a close-up of the block:


I love floral art quilts.  Here’s a really nice one:

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And this quilt was really interesting–I took this picture for you Sarah Ann Smith because, like your quilting, the quilting seems to be working WITH the quilt rather than just filling spaces with novel designs:


I love the New York Beauty block–and there were some very pretty New York Beauty quilts at the show.  Here’s one:


What piqued my interest was that the block quadrants vary considerably within each circle.  I hadn’t really seen this kind of variation before this quilt.


And I love buttons.  Look at this very fun quilt–much of which was appliquéd–and the use of buttons:

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This quilt won “best use of color”–and was painted, then quilted.  It glowed.

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Birds were a fairly big theme at both the quilt show and the vendors.  This quilt–and my big picture did not come out–was made of individual birds that were each made of many, many different fabrics that were accurate to the specific bird.  Here’s one of about a dozen birds:


And here’s another bird quilt I liked a lot:


Quilts featuring forests and trees always draw me in.  This quilt was no exception, and the thread work of the needles was beautiful.

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I almost missed this quilt, too.  I didn’t really “see” it until the third day:

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The water colors in this quilt were lovely.  This is a close-up–not quite the whole quilt:


And what’s not to like about THIS quilt, which I will leave you with:


Turkey Tracks: Traveling South

Turkey Tracks:  February 26, 2014

Traveling South

I have traveled today and will travel tomorrow, so the past few days have been busy with getting ready to leave a house that is knee-deep in snow; six chickens, one of which has been in my kitchen for almost two months; two dogs; and a friend and house sitter who is recovering from a broken wrist from a fall on treacherous ice.

I am in Portland in the trusty Comfort Inn, which will keep my car until I fly home. Portland is about two hours south from Camden.

I had hoped to drive straight to the airport Thursday morning for an 11:30 flight, but the POLAR VORTEX and a bit of light snow might mean treacherous ice at 6:30 or so Thursday morning. Anything could delay me–even someone else having an accident. So, most everyone I know travels to Portland the day before flying when the weather and roads are so uncertain. The motel’s fee for keeping my car and the overnight stay is pretty much a wash with paying for parking at the airport.

Where am I going?

Destination: Norfolk, VA


The driver is that I meet with a group of quilters that I have been sewing with during this week for about 18 years now–minus the last few when John was too sick to leave with all the above responsibilities. (John did the taxes, the money management, and all sorts of repair and mowing jobs, and I have acquired a whole new understanding of how hard just the taxes are after these past two tax endeavors. I cooked, shopped, gardened, took care of animals, and pretty much organized all the social tasks.)

Rosie Pilkerton is a wizard with time shares, and she gets us a beautiful apartment every year. We sew, laugh, eat, walk, shop, and visit the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Norfolk (a beautiful show).

Everyone does exactly what she wants to do for a whole week–no pressure, no responsibilities, no worries. It’s all a gift. It’s therapy of the finest kind.

The other (big) draw to Norfolk is that I have a sister and a brother there–and I will see them and their children.

I have the ipad with me, and it does not always like to upload pictures onto the blog, but I will put some up. If not, when I get home.

All serious subject matter has been left behind for the week!