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Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ May Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  May 18, 2017

Coastal Quilters’ May Retreat…

…Mother’s Day weekend at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, Maine.

We had SUCH A GOOD TIME!!

Tori Manzi started this quilt at Pink Castle’s Glampstitchalot last year and worked on it at our last retreat.  She finished it at this retreat.  (Pink Castle has a great web site, sells fabric, and organizes the amazing Glampstitchalot each year, where high profile quilt teachers come and work with attendees.)  Each border of Tori’s quilt was designed and taught by a different teacher.  How fun is that!!

Here’s part of the group early evening Saturday night.  We came on Thursday night so by this picture we were all thoroughly punchy.

Margaret Elaine Jinno worked to put her Farmer’s Wife blocks together.   We are all going to show our quilts at our June meeting:

Deb Hazell was on the J&E Riggin’s “Slow Sewing at Sea” cruise with Rhea Butler of Alewives Quilt Shop last September.  Deb brought along Deb Torre (on the left) to our retreat.  We loved having them with us.

Deb Torre worked on Sarah Fielke’s “Down the Rabbit Hole.”  This kind of quilt lets a quilter learn a lot of new blocks and sewing methods.  Here’ the left side in process.  The blocks below are for a sampler Deb Hazell is making.

Here’s the right side in process, and the lower blocks are Deb Hazell’s sampler blocks.

By Sunday morning, Deb Torres had these blocks done.  I am tree quilt crazy at the moment, so loved these blocks–made from organic cotton:

New to our group also was Betsy Maislen, who started this amazing quilt behind Karen Martin.  Betsy had all the blocks done by the time Sunday rolled around.  We are looking forward to seeing the finished quilt top, borders and all.

Penny Rogers Camm returned to us for her second retreat and started her third quilt.  Look at her pretty fish blocks!  (There were requests for this Joan Ford pattern.  I made Joan’s version–you can see it here if you search for “fish quilts” and scroll down.)

Linda Satkowski and Karen Martin hard at work.

Penny and Vicki Fletcher at one of the cutting tables.

Lynn Vermeulen making a foundation piecing check.

Becca Babb-Brott and I brought our selvages.  Becca started this spider web quilt using a Bonnie Hunter pattern (free on her web site, quiltville.com).  Love the way the neutral circles are working in this quilt.

Jan Kelsey worked on a number of quilts which went up and down on the design walls.  I was sewing myself and missed getting pictures until I slowed down to get this Christmas funky log cabin.

Mac Saulnier worked on three baby quilts.  I love her colorful novelty fabrics.  The designated children will be so happy to get these cheerful quilts.

Tori Manzi worked on several projects as well.  Here are more.  This quilt came out of an online block exchange.  Check out Tori’s Instagram (Camden Maine Mom) to see more of her work.

And, blocks from a sampler challenge.

One of our quilters could not go with us, but she worked on this quilt while we were away:

I worked on this selvage project–a BIG star from Jen Baker, a free pattern which I loved at first sight.

I am going to put all the Tula Pink 100 city blocks in a separate post.

It was a good long weekend.  We are so glad we added the extra day.

 

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May 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

Turkey Tracks: The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt is FINISHED

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Turkey Tracks:  March 14, 2017

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt is FINISHED

This project–99 foundation pieced blocks–many of them VERY DIFFICULT and time consuming–took a year to make.  A group of us at Coastal Quilter’s (Maine) took on this project in January 2016.  We decided on 9 blocks a month, and if it weren’t for the encouragement and stimulation of these other quilters, I don’t think I would have ever finished this project.  All of us have completed all 99 blocks, two of us have totally finished, two of us have quilts at longarm quilters, one “very busy” of us with a larger family has all her blocks finished, and one of us elected from the beginning to make a smaller quilt and is finished with her blocks.  I call that a roaring success.

Each of us used different fabrics and different backgrounds, and all of the quilts are GORGEOUS! We will bring them all together at a Coastal Quilter’s meeting when everyone is done, so I will get pictures to share of the others then.

Here’s mine–and I’ve even washed it.  This is a BIG QUILT.

Because I used this zig-zag setting, I could either “halve” four of five of the blocks or chose a different setting.  No way was I cutting any of these blood-sweat-and tears blocks in half!!!  And I thought this setting made the quilt too long and narrow.  So I added two rows on either side and floated the extra blocks.  I did have one extra block, to make 100, and it went into the body of the quilt.  I love this setting.  I had visions of quilting down the length of the zig-zags from the front of the long arm, but that would have meant quilting each of the blocks individually, and that would have been way too time consuming for me.  And would have probably involved a lot of thread changes.  I decided it was way too involved for me, so I used one of my favorite pantographs, “Simple Feathers” by Anne Bright.

Right now, it’s living on the living room couch where it totally perks up the room.

I chose this bird fabric for my backing and used a darker (than the front) teal blue/green solid for the binding.

I quilted with a thread that matched the teal/green surrounding fabric that just disappeared into the quilt.  I didn’t want anything to take away from the blocks themselves.  I washed it, which I almost never do until needed–I wash all my fabric before quilting with them as the chemicals in the fabric bother me–so it is all crinkly and cuddly.

Here’s a pic of a few of the blocks.

 

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March 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Farmer’s Wife Projects Are Coming Together

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December 15, 2016

The Farmer’s Wife Projects Are Coming Together

Lynn Vermeulen showed us her Farmer’s Wife blocks at a recent “Sit and Sew” meeting of the Coastal Quilters (Maine).

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Lynn’s blocks are all batiks.  She has set them on-point, but not off-set on point, so a square is formed.  She has used two subtle batiks (pale yellow and pale green) to form these squares, which, in turn, are forming the delicate stripes.  Go Lynn!

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Remember I posted these pics at our recent retreat of Becca Babb-Brott randomly putting up her finished blocks to see what she has.  Becca is laying the blocks out “on point,” but off-setting them, which will make a zig-zag pattern down the quilt.  Since this trial, Becca has decided to lay out the blocks flat so that a square separates them.

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My blocks are still in a notebook–which is protecting their bias edges.  But, the day to finish them and to put them on my design wall is coming soon!  My blocks are just “scrappy,” with an eclectic mix of fabrics.

Margaret Elaine Jinno’s blocks are wonderful!  She is close to finishing as well.  She is using all “water” colors, to honor that we live on the coast.

Linda Satkowski is “on time” as well.  And, yes, her blocks are terrific.  Linda’s blocks, like mine, are scrappy.  She is using a patterned setting fabric.  Can’t wait to see how she sets them.

Paul Blanchard is making a smaller quilt with her blocks.  It is somewhat daunting to make all 99 blocks.  I’ve seen one or two of Paula’s blocks and look forward to seeing more.

What is so fascinating is how very different everyone’s blocks are; yet, all the blocks are so, so pretty.

Can’t wait to see the quilts.

Written by louisaenright

December 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

Turkey Tracks: September Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  October 1, 2016

September Farmer’s Wife Blocks

 

There are actually a few extra blocks here as I wanted to finish all the “M” blocks.  AND I can see the end of the project, so I printed out all the remaining paper foundation piecing patterns.

 

No. 65 Mother:

Orange fabric is Japanese; others are Cotton + Steel.  I love the mix of these fabrics.

Friend Becca Babb-Brott carries the Japanese fabrics in her Etsy store, Sew Me A Song.  She puts together reasonably priced “bundles” of fabrics in all sizes, so you can experiment with these new designs without breaking the bank.

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No. 66:  Mrs. Anderson

Yellow daisies are Japanese; not sure about the squares.

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No 67:  Mrs. Brown

Mustard cherries are Japanese.

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No. 68 Mrs. Fay:

Red is Japanese; neutral is Cotton + Steel.

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No 69:  Mrs. KellerThis one was SUPER HARD.

All fabrics are Japanese.

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No. 70 Mrs. Lloyd

Fabrics are Cotton + Steel.

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No 71:  Mrs. Morgan

Aqua fabric is Japanese; rest are Cotton + Steel.

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No 72:  Mrs. Smith

Orange fabric is Japanese; other fabric is Cotton + Steel.

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No 73:  Mrs. Taft

The mustard fabric is from a new Cotton + Steel collection inspired by designers trip to Portugal.  The neutral is from Cotton + Steel.

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No. 74:  Mrs. Thomas

The cats are Cotton + Steel.  The purple reads “solid” and comes in a variety of yummy colors–Hoodie Crescent for Stof Fabrics

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On to No. 75–TWENTY FOUR blocks to go and three months to do them.

What a fun trip this has been.  I alway, always finish projects, but I’m not sure I would have finished this one if I had not been working with a group.

Turkey Tracks: August Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:

August Farmer’s Wife Blocks

There are 99 blocks in this project.  A group of Coastal Quilters of Maine are doing eight a month.  These blocks were designed by Laurie Aaron Bird in her THE FARMER’S WIFE 1930s SAMPLER QUILT project.  We are foundation piecing these intricate blocks and are mostly on track.  I’ve got posts for all that I have done is you want to see them.

No. 57, Margaret:  The cat fabric and the non-polka dot fabric are Cotton + Steel.

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No. 58, Martha:  The bright green fabric is Japanese.

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No 59, Mary:  The green fabric is a new Cotton + Steel fabric from the Portugal collection.  Just bought some of it in the mustard color.

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No 60, Mary Gray:  These fabrics are all Japanese.

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No 61, May:  The blue and cream fabrics are Japanese.  The pink is Cotton + Steel.  This block was challenging.

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No. 62, Milly:  The blue and cream/figured fabrics are Japanese.  This block works better “on point.”  And I think the white is not working so well.  It’s hard to tell sometimes.

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No. 63, Mollie:  All Japanese Fabrics.  This one was…HARD!

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No 64, Monette:  The orange fabric is Japanese, the others Cotton + Steel.  I like the way these fabrics work together.  Dear God, do you see all those TINY squares???

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As Lynn Vermeulen said a while back, “the M’s go on forever”!!!  I just printed out the last 10 of them–my goal for September.

No 75 is “Nan,” and I will have TWENTY TWO blocks to go.

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August 28, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Turkey Tracks: July’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  July 18, 2016

July’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

I’m AHEAD this month!

And it’s a good thing because I’m going on the windjammer J&E Riggin in a few days now for SIX DAYS.  This trip is always a highlight of my summers in Maine.

So, here are July’s EIGHT blocks, and I’ve finished 46 now.

Katherine, made in honor of the cute t-shirt Megan Bruns made:

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Lady:

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Lily:

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Lola:

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Lucy:

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Magnolia:

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Malvina

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Marcella, who is a wild woman:

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July 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Turkey Tracks: June Farmer’s Wife Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  June 29, 2016

June Farmer’s Wife Blocks

I finished June’s 8 blocks just under the wire.

I’ve already printed out patterns for July’s 8 blocks.

 

Blocks 40 to 48:

Grandmother:

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Granny:

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Heather:

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Hope:

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Iris:

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Jenny:

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Jewel:

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Joy:

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Judy:

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June 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm