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Turkey Tracks: Zoe’s Lullaby Log Cabin

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Turkey Tracks:  December 2, 2017

Zoe’s Lullaby Log Cabin

This quilt started as a leader/ender ongoing project.  Before I knew it, I had 16 of these 10 1/2-inch blocks.  I was loving using bright strips from my 1 1/2-inch bin.  And I have a lovely collection of low-volume fabrics now.    I’ve wanted to make a log cabin for some time for some reason—and when I started, I loved playing around with the centers by making them different sizes and adding some cute animals.

I had in mind a special “little stranger” who was coming to join the human race some time in January or February.  Or so I thought.  This baby would be the first grandchild of my beloved friend Gina Caceci.  And the child of a young man I watched grow up down in Virginia.

Imagine my surprise when Gina mentioned that the baby was due in LATE NOVEMBER!!  Making this quilt went immediately into overdrive, but none of the joy of making it lessened.  And the baby arrived safe and sound last week.  Welcome Zoe!

This backing was chosen after I knew the sex of the baby.  I love it for a girl!

I quilted with yellow/green thread that matches the back really well.  The pantograph is “Acadia” by Patricia E. Ritter.  It’s a favorite of mine.

All the animals in the center do face the same way in terms of up and down—and that proved to be a bit tricky.

I would also say that I am very careful with log cabin blocks when I sew because it is so very easy to get “off” rather quickly.  I measure as I go along and if there is a problem, I can fix it right away.  I believe that with a block as big as 10 1/2-inches unfinished, it is very very easy to get “off.”  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it anyway.  AND, the quilt was true as a result, which made quilting if on the long arm really easy.

I LOVE this quilt!!!  It has great energy.

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November 30, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Turkey Tracks: “En Provence” Quilt Finished

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Turkey Tracks:  October 23, 2017

“En Provence” Quilt Finished

Bonnie Hunter’s 2016 mystery quilt.

This quilt is BIG.  And, very graphic.  Like all Bonnie Hunter quilts, the “bones” are really good, so that it is easy to substitute for color as long as one pays attention to VALUE (darks and lights).  I have never substituted from Bonnie’s color plan, but many do, and all these quilts come out really beautifully as long as value is kept constant.  I may start altering color plans.  You never can tell.

I had all the units for this quilt made by New Year’s 2016.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish it.  I had too many projects ongoing, for one thing.  And I am mostly caught up now.  More or less.  As “caught up” as I ever get.

I quilted with a lavender thread, which matched the backing, and it worked beautifully.  The pantograph is “Arcadia” from Urban Elements by Patricia E. Ritter.

I used a light cream binding–because what draws me most to this quilt is the neutral border with the beet-colored stars.  Would love to see a quilt made with just that combination.

The quilt is beautiful:  intricate and complex.  And, scrappy.

Thanks Bonnie Hunter.

The Bonnie Hunter 2017 mystery quilt color scheme will come out any day now.  Bonnie is in China, so probably when she gets home again.  And, after attending a family funeral.  Go gently, Bonnie!

 

Turkey Tracks: Two Quilts Mailed

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Turkey Tracks:  April 17, 2014

Two Quilts Mailed

 

Long years ago now I made a quilt for a family new baby boy–a quilt with a fish theme–that got lost in the mail.

Meanwhile, that baby now has a sister–and neither are babies any more.

So, this winter I set about making them each a long-overdue quilt–with a “fishy” theme.

These quilts are meant to be used, loved, washed, and used some more.

Here’s the boy’s quilt.  It’s called  “Seahorse Seas.”

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I quilted with Anne Bright’s “Ocean View” which has sea horses, shells, and sand dollars in the pattern.

See?

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Here’s a piece of the focus fabric:

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I mixed in some 9-patch blocks in coordinating fabrics:

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Here’s the front striped border and the binding out of the focus fabric:

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I like the backing rather a lot:

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The girl’s quilt is from a pattern by Joan Ford in her “Quilt Your Stash!”–a little magazine that I picked up in Portland some years ago.

Joan Ford stopped with the flying geese border–so I added the outer border, and I like it a lot.

This quilt is called “A…’s Pretty Fish”:

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The background is a deep navy blue.

Here’s more of that border–and the pantograph is “Circle of Life,” by Patricia E. Ritter–ordered from the Urban Elementz web site.

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Here are some fish:

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And, more fish:

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And another shot of that terrific flying fish border.  I think that border is what drew me to this quilt the most…

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The backing is a bright red floral…

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It’s always fun to mail off one quilt, let alone TWO!

 

Turkey Tracks: “Coastal Pleasures” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  March 27, 2013

“Coastal Pleasures” Quilt

There are many of my quilts in my oldest son’s home.

But, none were made especially for Mike.

Bryan, my younger son, has one–“The O’Bryan,” pictured elsewhere on this blog.

Both Tami and Corinne have one.

All the grandchildren have one.  The older four  have two as they got another when they graduated to big beds from cribs.

But, Mike had nary a one.

So, I made him “Coastal Pleasures” for his birthday this summer–made from my pre-cut blue squares and a lovely, swirling white on white fabric, “Ramblings” from P&B Textiles.  (Both of my sons and their families live two blocks from each other on Isle of Palms, SC, just north of Charleston, and both are two blocks from the beach.)

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Here is the backing:

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Here is the backing with the binding and a bit of the front:

Coastal Pleasures back and binding

Here is a close-up of the quilting–a pantograph called Threadz from Urban Elementz, by Patricia E. Ritter (copyright 2012).  I loved the swirling energy of this pattern; it felt like wind moving on water and was very fun to quilt.

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Here’s a wider view, but still close up.

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Here’s the binding from the front on a white spread:

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Here’s the quilt at the foot of Mike and Tami’s bed:

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The pattern idea, “Blue Lagoon,” was seen in JELLY ROLL QUILTS by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  I pretty much used the same colors they did—and found a similar quilting pattern.  However, this pattern is pretty basic and could lend itself to many variants.  I’m going to try more blue squares in a low-impact variant.  I found a big floral I’ll use as the white is used in this quilt.  I can hardly wait!!!