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Turkey Tracks: Pillows, Pillows, Pillows!

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Turkey Tracks:  March 30, 2019

Pillows, Pillows, Pillows!

Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild has TWO challenges going this year that rotate every other month:  our “Bee Inspired,” where we make blocks for a member that illustrate her creative prompt (mine is “shapes” and asks for bright, solid colors) and making something using Anna Graham’s HANDMADE STYLE book for inspiration.  Anna Graham (Noodlehead patterns and web site) has all kinds of projects in her book, like quilts, clothing, bags and clutches of all sorts, and, yes, pillows.

I needed some pillows for my living room as my couch and chairs are deep.  I started with twolong narrow pillow with the flying teal geese and followed with an EXPLOSION of pillows that perked up both the living room and the downstairs room that gets heavy use as that is where the tv lives.

There are 2 of the flying geese pillows (see earlier blog post), 3 of the pillow on the left (Sarah Watt’s canvas Tokyo Train Ride Cotton+Steel fabric, which I fell in love with at first sight and have hoarded for a few years now), 1 of the Radiating Log Cabin (3rd block from Tara Faughnan in The Color Collective class I’m taking from Sewtopia), and 1 each of the two pillows on the right from a fun Japanese fabric (Tréfle, KOKKA CO, Ltd).  I will make two more, one will be my trail of the 4th Color Collective block, a Lone Star block.  (I’ve always been terrified of Lone Stars.)  And one from the insert of an existing pillow that is worn out that will likely go into the downstairs bedroom.

The big pillows are 20 inches, the smaller Japanese one is about 18 inches.  All are lined with muslin and batting and quilted on both sides (except for the flying geese pillows, which are lined, but not quilted).  All have invisible zipper closures on the bottom.

These three pillows just  “sparkle up” the downstairs, which was looking quite shabby.

The Radiating Log Cabin wants to live here.

But the choice of the center color makes more sense next to this pillow:

Oh well, that’s why one does trial blocks.

Very sparkly pillows upstairs in the living room.

Fun!

I’m working hard on the “parts department” blocks that are on my design wall.  That is coming slowly, slowly, but it is coming.  Meanwhile there are other smaller projects as well, like trying the Lone Star block.  It’s all creative, fun, and life-giving.

Turkey Tracks: Anna Graham’s Noodlehead Pillows

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Turkey Tracks:  February 4, 2019

Anna Graham’s Noodlehead Pillows

Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild has two new ongoing projects:  “Bee Inspired” and “Noodlehead,” inspired by Anna Graham’s projects, some of which can be seen in her book HANDMADE STYLE.  More on “Bee Inspired” in future posts.  At our January meeting, some of us shared our Noodlehead projects.  We don’t demand that projects by totally Anna Graham’s, but, rather, be handmade.  In February, we will bring our first “Bee Inspired” blocks for the quilter chosen for this first month.  She will walk away with the block makings for a quilt.  You can see info on that project on our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page, which is now public.

I really needed some low-back pillows in my two deep living room chairs, so I used Graham’s book measurements and invisible zipper closure to make long, narrow pillows.  I didn’t quilt the fronts as the fabric didn’t really want to be quilted.  I made my own strip of flying geese.  Graham’s instructions included muslin linings for both front and back of the pillows—and the zipper means the casings can be taken off and washed easily if need be.

It is a lovely pattern, and I have ordered a set of 4 square pillow forms to replace tired pillows on the downstairs couch.

 

I put the geese trips on opposite sides of the pillows.

And here is Graham’s book, which is full of “handmade style.”

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February 4, 2019 at 10:46 am

Turkey Tracks: Friends’ Projects

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2019

Friends’ Projects

Becca has finished her traveling quilt top:  “The More I wonder, the More I love,” from as I recall Becca saying, THE COLOR PURPLE.  WOW!  Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild is going to show our Traveling Quilts to Coastal Quilters in February.  The Traveling Quilts were a two-year project where eight women worked on each quilt, and each finished quilt is amazing and wonderful.  Our next group project is “Bee Inspired” and EVERYONE in the group is participating.  You can read about that project on the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page.  The first blocks will be coming in at the Mt. Battie February meeting.

Becca, here, is backed by her developing selvage spider web quilt and is quilting her “Long Time Gone” quilt—a Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild project last year—designed by Jen Kingwell.

Lynn Vermeulen is making this strip-pieced quilt from solids, from a Timna Tarr quilt with which she fell in love.  If you have not looked at Timna’s gallery online, it’s a treat.  I love her use of saturated COLOR.

Karen Martin is workin gon the rail fence riff in batiks.  Yummy.

Karen gave me this gorgeous little pouch, and Lynn game me a glass she ETCHED (oh my) with Sip and Sew.

Tori Manzi, as always, has so many inspiring projects.  The top right is a Modern Quilt Guild mini-quilt swap, which will be finished and sent off soon.  The recipient wanted hand-dyed pink fabrics.  The foundation-pieced color-wheel circles are going to be so interesting.  And the pear block is as well.

This quilt is a gift for someone who is fond of the tv show “The Who.”  (I think I have that right.)  There is no end to Tori’s creativity.

Such fun projects!

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January 31, 2019 at 8:19 am

Turkey Tracks: Linda Satkowski’s Recent Quilt Tops

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Turkey Tracks:  January 18, 2019

Linda Satkowski’s Recent Quilt Tops

Well!!  Here is the SECOND improv quilt made from our “parts department” bin.  The pressure is on ME now as I have not even started mine.

To recap, Linda, Becca-Babb Brott, and I spent time two summers ago making blocks for each other, which we put into our “parts department” bins for a future improv quilt.  You can see Becca’s in an earlier post here.

Isn’t this a fun quilt?  Linda did a great job of putting these blocks together.  I am doubly daunted now.

Here’s LInda’s finished “Long Time Gone” quilt top, Jen KIngwell, designer.  Love her colors.  This quilt was a challenge for Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild last year.  You can see updates on what we are doing now on our Facebook page.

 

Here is Linda’s finished Traveling Quilt top.  Wow!!  As with mine, nine women have blocks in Linda’s quilt.  Her theme was “houses.”

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January 18, 2019 at 9:08 am

Turkey Tracks: My Traveling Quilt is DONE!

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Turkey Tracks:  January 14, 2019

My Traveling Quilt is DONE!

“Love You To The Moon and Back”

How pleasant it is to finish what has been a two-year project of the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild in Camden, Maine.

NINE women worked on this quilt.  I started it with the “Love You to the Moon and Back” block.  The quilt then “traveled” through the hands of eight other quilters, who added blocks and sewed blocks together when they could.   At the same time, I was making blocks and joining up sections when I could for each of the other eight quilters.

Here are the eight quilters who worked on my quilt:  Becca Babb-Brott, Lynn Vermeulen, Linda Satkowski, Tori Manzi, Megan Bruns, Margaret-Elaine Jinno, JoAnn Moore, and Nancy Wright.

I used Lizzy House’s new fabric line “Constellations” (Andover) for the backing and binding.  And used my Bishop Fan groovy boards to quilt with a light grey thread.  Four of the quilters made labels for me, and I wrote the names of the others into the side of the lable.

I like how the bright gold frames this quilt.  (The bottom border is straight, there is just a funny camera angle here.)

So now Mt. Battie Modern has started it’s new BIG project, and ALL the members are joining in the fun.  I will describe this project in future posts, or you can go to our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Facebook page to take a look.

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January 14, 2019 at 8:39 am

Turkey Tracks: Becca-Babb Brott’s Latest Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  October 16, 2018

Becca Babb-Brott’s Latest Quilts

Becca’s “Long Time gone” quilt top, designed by Jen Kingwell, is done.  This quilt was a challenge in our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild.  Note that Becca used a variety of neutral strips to piece her blocks together.  She is not going to add a border.

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Becca took an improv piecing class with Denyce Schmidt this past summer at Alewives Quilt Shop in Damariscotta Mills, Maine.  The quilt top emerged the other day—all finished.  It’s colorful and fun, and Becca really enjoyed the process she learned.  Denyce Schmidt’s web site is as follows:  http://dsquilts.com/

I am really intrigued by quilts made with the gorgeous solids on the market these days.  There is one in my future for sure.

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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