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“Marrakesh” Quilt Top

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Turkey Tracks: November 30, 2020

“Marrakesh” Quilt Top

For the first project of Season 3 of the online class The Color Collective Tara Faughnan designed her “Marrakesh” block and curated a selection of 12 Kona cotton colors. (Amy Newbold of Sewtopia hosts this class. And congrats to Amy as she is now setting up an actual quilt store building in addition to her online business.)

Marrakesh is pieced and is all about manipulating color for different effect. (My top needs ironing, but I won’t do that until I get ready to layer it. And to protect the exposed seams from coming apart I staystitched the edges.) Precision is the name of the game here, and I learned some new piecing and trimming tricks. Tara’s method for trimming blocks with a 45-degree angle is really good and something I did not know.

I probably should have done more with the coloring page Tara included, so that’s a lesson learned. If I were doing a bigger top, I definitely would lay out the colors first. Other class members used different backgrounds as well—both light and dark. The greys are really nice, and one person used a rich red that is just yummy.

I have enough of the pale, pale orange to bind it—I have white, too, but am hesitant about using white for binding. The orange would have to be straight cut, and I prefer bias binding, so I’m still thinking about that issue. But I have not decided. This quilt, at 45 1/2 square, would make a nice baby quilt, or a table topper, or a wall hanging. I’ll put a sleeve on it probably. And I think I’ll quilt something a bit wider than up and down 1/4-inch matchstick lines. I have to do some measuring, and I’ll use a thread that kind of disappears. Perhaps a pale grey or a pale grey-blue. Or a mixture of those. Even a pale orange in places might be nice.

This one has been fun, and Project 2 drops tomorrow. The fabric for it has arrived, and it is lusciously delicious!

I was warned that the strawberry red—the middle one—ran, so I handwashed it. And, yes it did. A lot. So, I also hand washed the darker red, the orange, and the dark blue. The dark blue and orange were fine; the darker red ran a bit. I rinsed them all in a mild vinegar solution and rinsed again to be sure.

I’ve also read elsewhere that the Kona blacks are running, so I’ll be careful with those as well.

I don’t think we need to wash many quilting fabrics today, but I do as I react to the dyes. Plus, I don’t like to wash and dry a quilt I’ve just finished. I like them all crinkly and soft, yes, but for a time I like them not crinkly. There is no right or wrong here, but people do tend to fall into one camp or the other.

Today we are getting a big storm in the early afternoon that will go through until tomorrow. We need rain, but I could do without the wind. The ground is so soft in this warm weather we are having, and high wind will bring down trees. In any case, I am all ready to go for Project 2 tomorrow!

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November 30, 2020 at 9:32 am

Bits and Pieces in Late November 2020

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November 25, 2020

Bits and Pieces in Late November 2020

Winter is closing in now, and we are in the darkest time of the year.

But there are seasonal gifts to view, witness these beautiful red berries against the grey sky that I saw in my travels the other day. We’ve had some cold days, but I have not yet switched out my cotton socks for my warmer winter ones. That day is coming though.

I’ve spent some time playing with using up the scraps in my solid scrap bin. I had a lot of leftover bias strips sewn together and cut from projects like The Color Collective Lone Star quilt process and the Sugaridoo QAL rows (the pink strips). What if I used them on fun and funky “tree triangles” that so many people are making these days as they rise to quilter Nicholas Ball’s challenge.

I’m working away at the first project from Season 3 of the online class The Color Collective, hosted by Sewtopia, with designer/teacher Tara Faughnan. The first block is called “Marrakesh,” and it allows us to play with and manipulate color choices that can radically change how the block appears. There are also several construction methods that I have never made, and that’s always a fun learning curve.

I have 4 blocks done now—they will finish at 15 1/2 inches each.

I’ll make at least two more and may stop at creating a rectangle wall hanging. Who knows. In any case, I’m sure these blocks will get moved around more. If I make more, I’ll definitely stop at 3 by 3 blocks, which will be a bit larger than 45 inches square. Or a longer 2-block wide rectangle wall hanging. Time will tell…

I keep moving around these four blocks because I see something that just needs to be changed, but then I see something else. I definitely need more blocks.

Mid November Quilty Update

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Turkey Tracks: November 13, 2020

I have FOUR quilts to longarm now—each is all set up with all their parts organized, including their labels and bindings.

And while my quilt room is feeling MUCH less tangled with projects now, the bed in the adjacent bedroom is piled high with these projects.

First up to quilt will be the Wild Goose quilt, seen here on the design wall a while back:

Next will be the funky rail fence quilt designed by Sajata Shah and which can be seen in her book CULTURAL FUSION QUILTS.

The TWO Sugaridoo QAL quilt tops are finished as of yesterday. These two quilts have been a year-long journey. Here’s the rainbow solid one. You can see a piece of the backing fabric on the cutting board. I wanted something quiet, though I was tempted by the very bright choices others are making. I am going to bind in the darker grey accent fabric.

Here’s a close up pic of the LAST row, row 11.

Row 11 is so graphic. It was so fun to make. And in general, I have learned a lot during this project and have now 12 new patterns and several quilty methods new to me.

Here is the Cotton+Steel version:

And a close up of those bottom rows:

I have absolutely no idea how I should quilt these quilts. At 70 by 90, they are just way too big to be done on the domestic machine with a grid. And I don’t do intensive longarm quilting with rulers. I just don’t. And I don’t like intensive quilting on a functional quilt as it makes them too stiff. So I will do something overall—either freehand or with a pantograph.

I have TWO leader/ender projects on the design wall; each is endlessly fun and are using up the solid scraps. The tree block is inspired by a quilt by Crazy Mom Quilts, and the striped quilt is inspired by a quilt by Tara Faughnan.

AND, in the relatively clean quilt room, I will now wade into the first Color Collective project as the white background fabric I ordered arrived this week.

People taking the class are showing their completed blocks now in the online social media groups (FB and Instagram), and their different color choices are so fun and so inspiring to see.

The Paul Klee “Bee Inspired” Prompt

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Turkey Tracks: October 29, 2020

The Paul Klee “Bee Inspired” Prompt

The challenge “prompt” for this month’s block for the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild’s ongoing “Bee Inspired” challenge—based on the quilting group of modern quilters called “Bee Sewcial” (see #beesewcial on Instagram for their work)—was Paul Klee.

What a fun challenge—which prompted me and I’m sure other members to take an online research trip to see Klee’s paintings. Klee (1879-1940) was a Swiss-born German modern painter whose work took place in the early 1900s. He was deeply interested in color theory.

I chose Klee’s “Characters in Yellow” for my prompt.

But I didn’t want to make the block in yellow as yellow stands out in a quilt like a flashing neon sign. So I used reds.

Klee loved geometric shapes. And in this painting he used analogous colors. And he kept his shapes intact for the most part. No one knows who the “characters” he depicted were. And it does not matter. That’s the whole point really.

I used the method I learned in The Color Collective for this quilt:

Tara Faughnan created this method, and created the visual impression of the blocks floating over the darker background by slashing the geometric shapes and installing strips of the background color. Here, too, the color palette is analogous.

So the “Modern” experiments with shape and color continue… And now Klee’s painting looks…static, fixed…to my eyes anyway.

I love my quilty journey.

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October 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

Design Wall Quilty Projects October 2020

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Turkey Tracks: October 22, 2020

Design Wall Quilty Projects October 2020

The wild goose quilt is OFF the design wall and all is prepped to load it into the longarm. It is GORGEOUS, and it chewed up a lot of stash fabric.

So, here’s what’s on the design wall now:

On the left are “kind of” leader/ender blocks taking shape—and both projects are meant to use up some of the solids I have acquired. I say “kind of” leader/ender projects as I also like to take some time just to play with these two projects.

The tree blocks are inspired by a quilt made by Crazy Mom Quilts, and the stripes below are inspired by a quilt made by Tara Faughnan, and I can already see that I need to include a lot more light fabrics. The light colors are what will make this quilt sparkle. I’m just cutting from the scrap box right now, for the most part. I’ll dig into the solid stash for small pieces next. I am very drawn to both of these projects.

Here’s Tara Faughnan’s quilt that I so like, and I think she teaches this quilt in one of her online classes. I didn’t take it as I’ve signed up for The Color Collective, which starts again in November. Tara is a really good teacher, and her work is so inspiring.

The developing blocks on the right are from Sajata Shah’s book CULTURAL FUSION QUILTS, and I posted info on that book a few days ago. I had a suite of more traditional fabrics that I thought would work to try this block out, and I’ve already had to comb through my stash and buy a few green fabrics to expand the original fabrics—which are the florals and the reds. I seem to run through green fabrics really fast, and the ones I have now are too bright for this quilt.

I did reverse the lower right block and I like it better this way:

Making this block is so much fun!!! I don’t know if this quilt will scratch this itch I have or if I will want to make it again with more modern fabrics—as with all the Cotton+Steel/Ruby Star Society fabrics I’d like to whittle down now.

And then there is the Sugaridoo QAL project to finish. The last row is out now, so I’ll get to that project again soon. When the last row is made and attached, I’ll be finished with construction on the top. I have backings for the two versions I am making.

In going through my stash again, I reviewed the several fabric suites and the two kits I’ve put aside. Those must be included in the UFO category I think. I am determined to NOT be one of those quilters who dies and leaves this enormous bunch of fabric for someone else to have to manage. And I am determined to NOT start any new projects that require the purchase of a whole bunch of new fabrics. I am having fun and making headway with that goal.

It’s all good.

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October 22, 2020 at 9:37 am

“Little Circles” Quilt is Done

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Turkey Tracks: September 18, 2020

“Little Circles” Quilt is Done

The back story on this quilt is that when I did the very first Color Collective project, big circles were involved. When I cut the centers out on the back side, I had all these little circles. (There was also a trial small project from my own solid fabric first—and some of those circles are in this quilt.)

I couldn’t throw these little circles away. They sat in my “to do” pile for almost two years. This past summer I made templates for them that allowed me to make the circles uniform (that was Tara Faughnan’s method), and mounted them on the grey fabric, and the rest is history.

And I love this little quilt.

I quilted it on my domestic, and that was fun too. I love how the back came out.

Here’s the original quilt with the big circles—and I combined projects and 1 and 2 from The Color Collective in this quilt.

And here’s my little sample quilt before I cut into Tara Faughnan’s color palette for this project:

Can I just say that I made myself throw out the grey circles that arrived when I cut out the backs of the little circles I had mounted!!!

I was tempted though…

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September 18, 2020 at 9:23 am

“My ‘Give and Take’” Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks: September 9, 2020

“My `Give and Take’’’ Done and Hung

Oh boy!

Wow!

I made this quilt for this spot, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I hung it this morning.

To remind, Tara Faughnan created this improv “give and take” method for The Color Collective, season 2. And she curated the analogous fabrics for the online class.

But look where she has taken this method:

I don’t know. Tara has used a palette here that I personally love. And look how she is varying the background colors here. There may be more of this type of quilt in my life.

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September 9, 2020 at 9:37 am

The Color Collective Season 3

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Turkey Tracks: September 1, 2020

The Color Collective Season 3

It’s back!

It will start in October.

I signed up for the half-yard, 7 month version.

I have so enjoyed and benefitted from the two previous seasons and really am looking forward to Season 3.

(I don’t know if the copied post will be ok on the wordpress platform, but you can get the idea anyway and go to the Sewtopia website.)

We’re back with Tara for the Color Collective Season 3!Sewtopia Tara Faughnan are back for Season Three of the Color Collective Season! Join us on a colorful adventure that will expand your color palette and quilting skills. 
Every month you will receive a color bundle curated by Tara as well as a block pattern designed by Tara. In addition you will receive tips and tricks to make the block, access to a private Facebook Group where you can get advice and feedback from Tara, Sewtopia, and other members. Each month we will have and a monthly giveaway exclusive to the Color Collective membership. 
Sewtopia and Tara would like to welcome Latifah Saafir as a Special Guest to the Color Collective. Instead of a normal six month subscription, we are extending it one month, where Latifah will take over and curate a solid bundle and incorporate it in her own block pattern.
Returning club members will receive an exclusive discount. Please use the link below to sign up as they are not available to the public.Half Yard Subscription w/ Special GuestHalf Yard SubscriptionFat Quarter Subscription with Special GuestFat Quarter SubscriptionSpecial Guest – Latifah SaafirLatifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.
Latifah Saafir Studios is a quilt and sewing pattern and product company representing two brands, Latifah Saafir Studios and Quilt Cadets. Latifah Saafir Studios will feature a full range of patterns and products that will explore many innovative designs and techniques.
Quilt Cadets is a line that will teach the kids in your life to quilt through various sewing projects. These projects range from bags and softies to bags and of course ultimately quilts! The patterns are written in a simple yet clear manner so that kids ages 8 – 12 can easily work from the pattern with minimal help. The patterns include plenty of illustrations for the visual learner.Sewtopia8819 South Redwood Rd. #A3West Jordan, Utah 84088FOLLOW US ‌  ‌  ‌
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September 1, 2020 at 9:14 am

“My `On Point’” Quilt Top is Done

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Turkey Tracks: August 24, 2020

“My `On Point’” Quilt Top is Done

Messy photo, as there are two other projects on my design wall, but this last project from season 2 of The Color Collective is done. Denyse Schmidt, as a guest designer for a 7th month, designed this big, graphic block (20 inches) and curated the color palette.

At 60 by 60, it is a good lap quilt. This block is tricky to make. I found that the seams around the grey center needed to be VERY scant, for instance, to get the 20 1/2 inch trim right. I’m wondering if that grey square should be cut just a bit bigger??? Precision is everything on this big, graphic block. There are two colorways for the block. I emphasized the warm block. If one emphasized the cooler blue block, the quilt would have the blues as intersecting lines in the middle.

I’ll quilt this one on the longarm with something curvy and likely a dark grey thread, but who knows… And I need to organize a backing. I don’t have something in my stash that will work. The binding will be the dark brown as I did order more of it to get the 9 blocks. Thank heavens I ran out of fabric…or I’d be making at least one more row.

I would still like to make ME a “Stacks” as I gave the one I made as a wedding present. I think “Stacks” and “On Point” will appeal some day to my two grandsons as they are more masculine in nature. But who knows. I love them both myself.

Summer is winding down now up here in Maine. Temps are dropping into the 50s at night, which makes for great sleeping. The days are warm enough for shorts and so clear. And we did get some rain this past week, but not nearly enough. The growing season this summer for vegetables has been very, very slow. For instance, the glut of tomatoes has not yet arrived, even if the plants are inside hoop houses.

It is way past time to clean up the garden. The deadheading chore is badly needed to be executed. This summer just flew by…

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August 24, 2020 at 9:10 am

“My `Bedrock’” Quilt is Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks: August 13, 2020

“My `Bedrock’” Quilt is Done and Hung

I love this quilt!

The method comes from Tara Faughnan and is part of this past season’s (2) The Color Collective online class hosted by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia. Tara also selects the color palette and teaches the method in a video. She called her own quilt “Bedrock,” so this quilt below, which is my improv version of the block method, is “My `Bedrock.’ “ I think I did a good job of balancing color and taking the eye around the quilt.

It is quite safe to say I never would have made this quilt without this class. My improv skills are growing, as is my confidence with improv.

I am using up stash pieces big enough for backings. I’ve always liked this one.

I hung this quilt outside my quilt room. It does hang straight; the camera distorts a bit. I think the matchstick quilting in a very soft cream with darker overtones came out really well. It does not distract from the quilt itself at all.

My quilt room is at my back in this picture. The door to the right goes to a bedroom/office where (LOL) I’ve taken over the closet for quilting “stuff.” I also have a sewing table and my serger in this bedroom.

Here’s the cotton 12-weight thread I ordered from Sulky for under $2 each. I had the pale blue on hand. And I filled more color needs from my size 8 perle cotton stash. I want to keep the thread color to the blocks of color in this “Give and Take” quilt top.

I’ve started THE LAST project from season 2, so pics to follow soon. It’s a BIG and GRAPHIC BLOCK (20 inches finished), designed by Denyse Schmidt as guest for a month 7 project. Tara curated the color palette.

It is now Queen Anne’s Lace and Rudbeckia time of this summer. Both are so hardy and cheerful.

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August 13, 2020 at 1:18 pm