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Turkey Tracks: “Whirlygig” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  August 12, 2018

“Whirlygig” Quilt

It’s always fun to bring a year’s project to a close.

Here is “Whirlygig,” a version of Willyene Hammerstein’s “Valse Brilliante” English Paper Piecing quilt, from her book MILLIFIORE QUILTS.

My “rules” were brights and text in every block.  I used text fabrics to square off the quilt and chose an Essex linen blend for the wide charcoal border.

The backing is an Art Gallery fabric involving printed cuneiforms.

This quilt is lively and fun—a good lap size.

I should also say that several friends are also making this quilt and have found templates that allow them to hand stitch without the English Paper pieces, all the glue involved, and so on.  When they finish I will post pictures.  Their blocks are beautilful.

Additionally, several of us have followed Bonnie Hunter’s recommendation to use Signature thread 60 weight cotton for hand piecing.  We think this American-made thread is perfect for hand piecing as it has very, very few tangles and does not create much extra weight to projects—in terms of the seam folds.  It practically disappears with EPP piecing.  We’ve bought it from both Amazon and Red Rock Threads.

Turkey Tracks: April 2018 Quilty Update

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Turkey Tracks:  May 2, 2018

April 2018 Quilty Update

“Winter:  Dawn Trees” is now sewn together and is being quilted–with a grid pattern on my domestic Janome 8900.  This quilt is my design, inspired by Amy Friend’s workshop and book, IMPROV PAPER PIECING.  I drew the three different blocks on EQ7 (now EQ8) and had that system print out the patterns.  I started with ALL tree blocks lined up in a traditional pattern of rows and rows–until after the workshop.  Then I put them into a more “modern” arrangement.  I really like the quilt and will post pics when it is totally finished, which won’t be long now.

Thanks Amy!!

Here is an EQ8 picture of what the quilt would have looked like if I had not added the fractured dawn light block and just lined up the trees.  Pretty, but not as interesting I think.

The main part of top of “Valse Brilliant” is done.  I’m now picking out the English Paper Piecing papers–at night while watching tv.  It’s a slow process, of course.  VB, as those of us doing it in Coastal Quilters Maine call it, comes from Willyene Hammerstein’s book MILLIFIORE QUILTS.  (I did not do WH’s border treatment.)  My “rules”–setting rules comes from workshops with Timna Tarr–were simple:  brights and text in every block.

I’m going to put some wide charcoal Essex Linen (blend) borders.  Right now, this quilt is not big enough, really, to be lap size.  The border fabric is washed, but NOT ironed yet.

Here are my monthly blocks for our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild challenge to make Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.  It’s an improv type quilt.  I am using all Cotton+Steel.  Roxanne Wells gave me the idea of using the more formal quarter log cabin style to get stripes, and I like how that came out.  The courthouse step blocks started out being blue, green, and pink/red done in ombre, light to dark.  Then I decided I liked them mixed up better, so put all the darks together, all the mediums, and all the lights.

Here are my May blocks.  Yes!!  I am ahead now and have all of May to catch up with other projects.

Here’s what all my blocks look like now.  I’m really liking how they are going together.

And here is a reminder of what Long Time Gone looks like:

Turkey Tracks: Quilty Update March 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  March 8, 2018

Quilty Update march 2018

I am working on a Traveling Quilt right now.

And I’ve almost finished quilting the Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt blocks on the long arm.  By later today, maybe, I’ll make and attach the binding.  I’ll finish up the binding at night while watching tv.  This quilt is all Cotton+Steel fabric, which I continue to love.

(I am still watching PROJECT RUNWAY, regular and All Stars, but have almost caught up.  I find the creativity in these programs to be endlessly engaging.  AND, a friend suggested I take a look at SISTER WIVES (The Brown family) on The Learning Channel.  Oh my.  I am fascinated with this program.)

I spent some time trying out these large selvage blocks.  They are a riff on Amy Friend’s “Circuitry Quilt” in her INTENTIONAL PIECING.  Mine are larger and, for the most part, using busier neutral fabrics alongside.  The blocks are subtle.  I’ll mix in the purple blocks I’m working on now.  I think I’m looking at a warm and a cool quilt, but who knows.  Time and more blocks will tell.

“Valse Brilliant” is coming together.  The secondary patterns are emerging.  I’m working on the third row now.  And that upper right corner piece.

This block is a leader/ender project, with a center of “made” fabric from my bags of crumb fabrics–for the most part.  I now have 30 block centers of the 63 I will need.  making the centers is total play for me, and as such, very peaceful and soothing.

Betsy Maislen is working at her “Long Time Gone” blocks.  She’s now finished her set of churn dash blocks:

Look at those fun centers.  The churn dash block is my all-time favorite block.  Well, ok, alongside New York Beauty.  And any kind of square in a square. And…  Face it, I just love to piece blocks.  I am so looking forward to making these little guys.  They are…smallish.

Now I only have “On Ringo Lake” (Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 mystery quilt) to quilt on the long arm.  I have several leader/ender projects going, but I am beginning to see my way clear to start the neutral/vanilla quilt I want to make with my Cotton+Steel fabrics.  I despaired about getting the project pile down, but there is only a foundation pieced tree block I designed in Amy Friend’s workshop with Coastal Quilters left to do.  AND, LOL, a whole lot of knit fabrics to sew into delicious clothes.

And she persisted…

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Treasures

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Turkey Tracks:  February 28, 2018

Treasures

Margaret Elaine Jinno recently gave me this adorable little chicken.

I’ve put it near my hand so you can see the scale.

It’s weighted with what feels like sand, but I don’t think I want to pierce its tiny body duly with a lot of pins.  I attached it to another treasure:  the pin cushion Linda Satkowski gave me some years ago now at a Coastal Quilters (Maine) retreat.

This little hen watches tv with me at night.  And, she’s good company too.

She sits next to other treasures I have on the little table next to my sofa.

There is the Longaberger basket Jill Bruns gave me.  Jill sent Coastal Quilters members, via her quilting daughter Gus Bruns, all of her Longaberger basket collection.  There were enough baskets for each of us to chose one.  I keep mine close and can feel Jill’s energy nearby.  My little basket holds the odds and ends that I use almost every night–you can see my needle book–made from a pattern Becca Babb-Brott found.  And, the top of my fabric glue pen I use for English Paper piecing (EPP).  You can see the little zippered pouch Becca made for me.  And the tin of thread wax (Unicorn Thread Gloss handmade by Robot Mom Sews) gifted to me by Gus Bruns.  The thimble came from a collection left by Gina Caceci’s mother.

So you can see I watch tv at night and sew with a community of friends and the magnifying head piece I also treasure.  I use the latter when I need a much more close up view.

Speaking of sewing at night, my current EPP project is moving right along:  the “Valse Brilliant” quilt by Willyene Hammerstein, found in her book MILLIFIORE QUILTS.  I used brights and text for each of the 99 blocks I made (11 rows of 9 blocks):

I have pieces to finish the edges, and I’m thinking I will use text neutrals for the edges.  I think neutrals will let the blocks stand out–moreso than a color.

 

 

 

 

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February 28, 2018 at 11:44 am

Turkey Tracks: Valse Brilliante Project

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Turkey Tracks:  November 9, 2017

Valse Brillante Quilt Project

The block pile for the English Paper Piecing “Valse Brilliant” is growing.  This quilt is from Willyene Hammerstein’s book MILLEFIORE QUILTS.  And this work was one of the many Coastal Quilters (Maine) challenges proposed and started last winter.

There are close to 40 now.  I need just under 100 blocks I think.

My rules are brights and text fabrics, every block must have both.  Two forms of blocks emerge, one with darker color on the wide pieces and one with darker color on the narrow pieces.  When I glued block pieces, I often made both versions from the two chosen fabrics.  You can see both versions below:

 

I had fun with this block, which uses one of the Cotton+Steel whimsical fabrics with a desert motif and one of the C+S basic fabrics:

I have also used a lot of the “pearl bracelet” fabrics, both large and mini, from Lizzy House from Andover because they have such clear, bright colors.

I found an old computer laptop lap support tucked away in John’s technical supplies.  It works perfectly as a platform for English Paper Piecing blocks.

It is thicker on one side, and I put that side next to my body so my hands and arms have support.  This laptop platform saves a lot of wear and tear on arm, wrist, and neck muscles.  When I am putting on binding, I use a fat couch pillow for support.  Otherwise, I am always bending my neck over too far.

My as yet unnamed millefiori quilt (Katja Marek) is done but for one side of binding.  Pics to follow soon.  It may be my most favorite quilt ever.