Turkey Tracks: December 30, 2016
As many of you know, I started A LOT of projects over the course of last year–like agreeing to make 99 Farmer’s Wife blocks (Laurie Aaron Bird).
And, starting SEVERAL English Paper Piecing projects (Katja Marek).
And, making blocks for a future improv quilt with Coastal Quilters friends.
And, getting the right borders and backing for the big Hexie quilt–which needs a good name (Edyta Sitar)
And, planning and making TWO baby quilts.
And, working on another quilt made from the 1600 four-patches I sewed out of the 2″ square blocks two summers ago.
And, collecting the makings for a BIG travel bag.
And, starting the day after Thanksgiving, working on “clues” for Bonnie Hunter’s 2016 Mystery Quilt “En Provence.”
Trust me, the list is MUCH longer than just these items.
So…. It is fun to see many of these projects coming to fruition. At last. DONE!!!
Here’s what a pile of the 99 Farmer’s Wife blocks looks like:
Here are the last five blocks:
I’ve got the blocks up on the design wall–using a method thought up by Lynn Vermeulen, who separated her blocks into different color piles before laying them out. Great idea, Lynn.
I am letting the blocks bubble on the design wall before sewing them together, and already I’ve swapped blocks out quite a bit since I took this picture.
Can we talk about this project? If you are thinking about doing it and foundation piecing the blocks, be warned that you must be somewhat sadomasochistic to even think about it as this project does bring both pleasure and pain. I think that whoever did the foundation piecing plans didn’t really know that much about foundation piecing. Some of the more difficult blocks are needlessly difficult–and if some had been drawn as the hand-piecing instructions showed, they would have been much easier. Additionally, many times the seams did not but up, which made for a really bulky block. So, I found myself taking out the papers to flip over a seam if I could and/or cutting into a seam to make the top flip so seams would but up. I pressed open a lot of seams as well, which is not ideal in terms of quilt wear. I really hope that if Laurie Aaron Bird produces an updated book that she will have someone new look at the foundation piecing patterns.
Having said that warning, the blocks are lovely, and the quilt is exciting.
I’m up-to-date on the Bonnie Hunter clues and will be starting this week’s tomorrow. Here’s last week’s:
The 4-patch red/neutral quilt is finished now and bound. I’ll take pictures tomorrow and post them here. This quilt is “So Sweet.”
The second baby quilt is underway.
The big hexie quilt that I started Thanksgiving 2015 is ON THE LONGARM! This quilt is on the cover of Edyta Sitar’s HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.
Next up on the longarm, the Farmer’s Wife quilt.
I have two pieces of the Katja Marek THE NEW HEXAGON millifiore quilt completed–and am hyperventilating about whether it is working or not. The top block seems very…bold? But this quilt does have a place for bold, and it is too early to tell. These are rosettes 1 and 9, and I am working on 11, which will sit next to rosette 9 on the upper border. I wanted to use neutrals and fall/winter colors/themes. Time will tell.
This project will be a challenge for the Coastal Quilters for 2017.