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Turkey Tracks: “Sails Up & Flys Flying” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  February 2, 2014

Sails Up and Flags Flying Quilt


This little beauty got mailed last Tuesday and is now in its new home–with a beautiful and healthy baby boy–Giovanna McCarthy’s first grandchild!



The parents wanted BRIGHT–and when I saw this bright boat sails fabric, I knew what I wanted to do with it.

And the parents didn’t want to know the sex, so I could not use pink in case the baby was a boy…

The neutral fabric with the flags begin to solidify the quilt in my mind.

Even though I grew up living land bound, we had sayings in the family about “flags flying”–to indicate excitement, anticipation, happiness…



Here’s a close-up of the blocks:



And, of the corner block–I like how this fabric is working in the quilt.





Here you can see the pantograph pattern and the yellow thread a bit better.


I was a bit stumped as to what color thread to use to quilt–and settled on this very nice yellow.  I might have been able to make pale blue work, but what if the baby were a girl??

The pantograph is Denise’s Spirals, and I ordered it from Urban Elementz, which has the most amazing selection of pantos.

(I love the binding on this quilt–it’s just perfect.)

I had originally thought to use this muted blue stripe as the binding, but it found its way to the quilt’s back instead–interspersed with the sails fabric as I didn’t have enough of the blue.  Again, the yellow thread is working just fine on the back of the quilt.



I think the backing works nicely with the front:




Finally, here’s where the quilt lived for the nights it took me to bind it.  You can see how BRIGHT it is in contrast to its surroundings.





I had so much fun making this quilt, and you can expect to see more versions of it as it really lends itself to fun interpretations.

Indeed, I have two versions in mind already…

And it’s a good thing as I have THREE family babies coming into this world soon.

The idea for this kind of setting came, for me, from Bonnie Hunter’s first book, LEADERS AND ENDERS, and the first quilt in the book:   “Sisters’ Nine Patch.”  This setting is traditional, but it’s always good to be reminded how something will look.  Bonnie used cheddar orange blocks with red and neutral nine patches.


Turkey Tracks: Bright Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 2, 2014

Bright Quilt

The snow is flying outside.

The predicted storm is coming on in.

It’s been bitterly cold for the past three days, and I have stayed home.

But I have been quite happy inside working on a VERY BRIGHT quilt for the past two days and listening to the last of Watership Down, which I downloaded from our library’s collection of audio books.

The setting inspiration of setting simple 9-patch blocks into a BRIGHT fabric:  Bonnie Hunter’s “Sisters Nine Patch” found in her Adventures with Leaders and Enders.



The middle rows are being sewn together at the sewing machine.

Here’s a close-up of one block, because I LOVE the neutral fabric I’m using and wanted you to see it.  Flags Flying…







Here’s the focus fabric and two other fabrics I will use.


Loved on sight these bright boat sails.

The bright cherry red will be a narrow border.  I will use the boat sails both as a front border and as backing.  The blue stripe will be the binding and will be cut on the bias.

I think this quilt will be called something like “Sails Up and Flags Flying.”

And now I’m going to eat some lunch and make some soup for dinner.  Then I can sew, sew, sew!


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January 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm