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Turkey Tracks: Sewing Projects, November 2019

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Turkey Tracks:  November 7, 2019

Sewing Projects, November 2019

Winter is my intensive sewing time.

The bed is the bedroom next to my quilting room is my project staging area when the longarm holds a quilt.  On the bed there’s a finished quilt top and its backing and binding fabric all set to go when the longarm is empty again.  There are garments—saved to sew in winter.  And, all sorts of other projects, from an EPP project, to The Color Collective blocks, to my own inventions.

Here’s what my design wall looks like now.  The top blocks are meant to use up the solids acquired for The Color Collective projects.  The 14-inch block is from Then Came June’s Checkered Garden Quilt, and I’ve written posted about it before now.  It’s a leader/ender project from Bonnie Hunter’s method.  The big blocks below it are the 20-inch Radiating Log Cabin blocks from Tara Faughnan’s The Color Collective Season 1, hosted by Amy Newbold of Sewtopia.

To the right are various projects—to include just playing with shapes with ideas garnered from a workshop with Amy Friend (curved foundation piecing) and from Nicholas Ball’s new book INSPIRING IMPROV, which I high recommend.

I think there is a flying geese project in the making, done with 6” wide blocks and bright colors.  And the Jen Kingwell “Glitter” blocks are ongoing and will probably wind up in an improv quilt.

Below, hidden are the improv bird blocks I’m making off and on.

My quilting life is very rich I think.

I’ve moved blocks around and around below, but I think I like this arrangement, so will sew it together later today. L Then I have to decide if it is a 60-inch wall hanging or a lap quilt AND how on earth to quilt it.  Hand or machine, for starters.

The “shapes” blocks are fun.  I’m going to cut the teal blue/green block on the right in half and see what develops.  These blocks will go into my Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild “prompt” quilt where other members will make blocks for me as well.  But, my turn will not come up until NEXT November as there are many of us in this challenge.  So there is plenty of time to play with shapes and clear colors over the year.

My Cotton+Steel “Slopes” quilt from Amanda Jean Nyberg is on the long arm now.  I quilt until I get tired, then stop and play with other projects.  It all gets done.

The winterizing outside is DONE, so it’s time to move into my winter sewing in earnest.  And we may get SNOW tomorrow.

I love the change of seasons and enjoy each and every one.

Turkey Tracks: Lone Star 4-patch Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks:  November 2, 2019

Lone Star 4-patch Done and Hung

And boy am I happy with this project, which TODAY replaced a quilt that had been hanging in the stair well for 15+ years.  The old quilt, light-faded and still lovely, is downstairs in the washing machine as I write this post.

A friend from Augusta who was visiting the dog park this morning came home with me and helped me hang this quilt, which involved stair-well drops and a tall ladder.  Thanks Kathryn!!  She made me feel very safe up on the ladder.

I quilted with size 8 perle cotton—and tried to match colors.  The background fabrics are from my stash, but the rest of the fabrics were curated by Tara Faughnan who taught this online class for Amy Newbold’s Sewtopia.  Season 2 of The Color Collective is under way now and promises to be as exciting as Season 1 was.

I used the green color (Kona Pickle) in all of the Lone Stars and bound the quilt with it, and it does seem to be working to unify the project.  Otherwise, I went down a Lone Star rabbit hole of wondering what would happen with light/dark backgrounds and how color and light/dark placement affected the Lone Star.

Now to finish up the Radiating Log Cabin project (probably today for the blocks!) from Season 1.

 

I am having so much fun!

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November 2, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Lone Star Done and Hung”

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October 20, 2019

”Lone Star Done and Hung”

I wrote this post back on September 25th, when I finished the Lone Star that I thought worked best outside my quilt room.

Then I fell in love…

Here’s what I wrote in September:

“Yes!

This version works exactly as I wanted on the wall outside my quilt room.

That luscious background color is Kona’s “Nightfall.”  I’ve fallen in love with it.

I had to patch nail holes and do some touch up painting on this wall.  Didn’t it come out nicely?

 

HEre’s the view into my quilt room.

THEN, I finished quilting the patchwork version that I just thought would be fun.  And, I fell in love with it.

Here’s what exists now, in mid-October:

 

 

And here’s the quilt room now with the other Lone Star moved in and the little piece I did in a Timna Tarr workshop relocated—on the far left.

Now I’m happy!

And I’ve moved on to finish up working on the Radiating Log Cabin blocks I had wanted to make from Season 1 of the Color Collective—more on that to come.

AND, I’m itching to start Season 2.  Look at the quilt Tara Faughnan made from the first block of Season 2:

It’s another freezer paper method!  I loved learning that method in Season 1.

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October 20, 2019 at 9:59 am

Turkey Tracks: “On Point” Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks:  September 25, 2019

“On Point” Done and Hung

This quilt comes from the online class with Tara Faughnan I’ve been blogging about in recent months—The Color Collective, hosted by Sewtopia, and featuring the work of Tara Faughnan.  Each month Tara taught us a method and sent us a curated collection of Kona solid fabrics.  This quilt was made using the freezer paper method.  AND, I LOVE IT.

 

I quilted all those shapes with size 8 perle cotton—and the resulting texture is lovely.

SEASON 2 starts in October.  Yes, I’ve signed up.

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September 25, 2019 at 9:38 am

Turkey Tracks: Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

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Turkey Tracks:  September 8, 2019

Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

This large 4-patch (each block is 30 inches unfinished) contains all the fabric colors that Tara Faughnan curated and Amy Newbold of Sewtopia sent to us for this THE COLOR COLLECTIVE project.  I added the navy, pink, and soft green backgrounds as they were what I had in my stash.  I could not stop making these blocks because I wanted to see what would happen with color placement and how they all looked together.  AND because they turned out NOT to be so hard (with Tara’s instructions and videos to guide).

This one is all layered and pinned now.  I’ll hand stitch mostly with perle size 8 cotton, though I may do some grid sewing on the domestic.  It’s going to hang in a stairwell, replacing a quilt that has been hanging for 15+ years.

In part I wanted to see different color combinations appeared on light or dark backgrounds—especially at the points.  You can see on the upper right/pink background of the above 4-patch how light and dark fabrics at the points can have a kind of fireworks effect.  The lower two quilts have a light point on dark background and a dark point on a light background.

The one below has colors from the collection—I added the yellow as I had it on hand—and is going in my bedroom as a wall hanging—to replace another small quilt that has been hanging for many years.  I thought it would go on the wall outside my quilt room—to replace another quilt that has been hanging too long, but while I like the block, the colors don’t quite work in that space, given other nearby colors.

This scrappy one I made from leftover scraps—and it is modeled on a BIG one that Tara Faughnan made that is scrappy.  Google “Tara Faughnan Quilts” to see it.  I’m going to back it with the really dark fabric that came in the collection—a kind of luscious dark navy/purple that you see around the yellow star center above.  I ordered more of that fabric, and it came yesterday and went right in to the washing machine.  I like this one a lot.  Not sure where it will go.

My favorite is on the 4-patch—the top one on the left with all the blues.  I ordered more of those fabrics, except for the pickle color points as I already ordered more of the pickle color.  The pickle is destined to be the binding for the 4-patch.  I added in a chartreuse for the points and will back with the dark navy/purple.

This last one (?) is going to hang on the wall outside my quilt room.  Guess what I’m doing today?

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September 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

Turkey Tracks: A Lone Star Quilt?

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Turkey Tracks:  August 24, 2019

A Lone Star Quilt?

First, I finished AND HUNG the 6-pointed star project—designed by Tara Faughnan in the class I took last winter from Sewtopia, called The Color Collective.  I called it “Geometric Explosion” since you can see so many geometric forms in it as you look at it for any time and from different angles—from big hexies to tumbling blocks—in addition to the stars.

I quilted it with size 8 perle cotton and kept to the dark colors as I didn’t want the brights to disrupt the geometric “explosion.”

I hung it in my bedroom, replacing an older quilt that has been hanging for some time.  It’s good to refresh wall hangings (and pillows!) every so often.  It’s good to let an older quilt get a nice washing and to “rest” in peace for a while.

I finished and trimmed this big Lone Star block (30 inches unfinished) yesterday.

Oh my!

I have to make MORE of these.  I have to.

Maybe 4 of them, which would make about a 60 by 60 lap quilt.  And, possibly, one more that will hang on the wall at my quilt room door?  The older quilt there needs a rest as well.

I’ve always been terrified to try a Lone Star block.  No more.

 

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August 25, 2019 at 9:42 am

Turkey Tracks: The LAST Pillow

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Turkey Tracks:  May 29, 2019

The LAST Pillow

Maybe…

Here’s my trial block for the 5th Color Collective block by Tara Faughnan.

I LOVE this block, which one draws on freezer paper and then uses that method to sew the block.  It is different than foundation piecing, and I really like the method.  BUT, I am still grappling with getting the points to stop at the right place.  I am on my third drawn template now, but am understanding how to get the result I want.

I also discovered that I like the bright colors against a dark background, unlike the Lone Star version with the light grey background.

I used green in this last pillow so it would blend with the other pillows I’ve made.

Here is Tara’s quilt made from this block, though she also sent us other versions one might consider:

WOW!  Look at these wonderful blocks!  Each one represents a new method to learn.

The Color Collective (Amy Nebold/Sewtopia) will continue in the fall.  I will definitely sign up again.

And now there are 10 pillows, scattered around the house.  You have seen pics and posts about these pillows already.  All have been made with Anna Graham’s method with an invisible zipper closing and with lined and quilted fronts and backs—from Anna’s book HANDMADE STYLE.  Her shop is “Noodlehead.”

There is one more block in Season 1 of THE COLOR COLLECTIVE though…

I’m playing with it now…