Turkey Tracks

November block for my mother’s room at the care center is Turkey Tracks, the pieced version.  It is another easy block and I used some older Jinny Beyer prints and stripe for a fall-like color scheme.  I love mitering borders and it seemed the perfect thing to make this block a little more special.  Photos below show the progress for constructing the block.  It really helps to have a rectangular template.  I used Margaret Miller’s Angle Play templates.  Finished wall hanging is 26 inches square, just right for the bulletin board in her room.

Most often the turkey tracks block involves some curved piecing but this angular version is from the Ladies Art Company published in 1897.

turkey one turkey two turkey three turkey four turkey five

Improv Curved Piecing

This post is for those interested in the “Artistic Exploration” session in November. Photos show some examples of improvisational curved piecing. I will share how to do all of the examples but we will concentrate on two on November 7 at Arch Methodist Church from 1-4 (south edge of Hannibal across from the Fireworks store). There will be a $5 fee for those who come only for the 3 hour session. For those that wish to come and sew all day (8:30am-7pm) as part of the larger Quilting Party group there is a $30 fee which covers rolls, lunch and supper as well as use of the church. Reservation is necessary as the meals are catered.

The circles and dramatic curves will be demonstrated starting at 1:00 pm and the other two will be what we actually work on during the session. That way those who just wish to get some ideas can watch the first two then resume their sewing projects. and those who want some actually sewing experience and assistance can do so.

What do you need to bring?

To make two placemats (the low contrast pink with green leaves) you will need a half yard of two fabrics. You can make them as contrasting as you wish.

For the shaped leaves you will need at least three different fabrics (more is better) cut into twelve 9” x 12” rectangles. That will yield three 14” x 18” blocks that can be incorporated into a project. You should be able to get the three blocks and placemats made in the three hour time period (not quilted). If you wish to try the dramatic curves you may wish to split your time accordingly.

You will need a sharp rotary cutter, sewing machine with coordinating thread, regular presser foot will work fine, basic sewing supplies, extension cord. A 9 ½” square ruler will be handy. This is improv so it will be best to leave the quilt police at home but do bring your work from past sessions to share in show and tell.






Paintbox Spilled

On the design wall (no the other things that are in the process are not finished) right now is a group of blocks that remind of a spilled paintbox or the ones I had as a child where the colors all started running together in the tray.  The blocks were inspired by the process used in Karla Alexander’s book, ” Dynamic Quilts with Simple Curves”.  I made my curves a little deeper than she suggested and used 1/8 inch seams.  I am framing them with black and white swirled fabric alternately.  Border choices, if any, will come later.  Another work in  progress.

two improv pieced blocks stitched then framed with swirled neutral fabric from Northcott
two improv pieced blocks stitched then framed with swirled neutral fabric from Northcott

three color blocks

Old is New Again

herrschners adWho would guess that what was popular in needlework 90 years ago would be interesting today. Perhaps the slow stitch movement will revive the hand needlework of our ancestors as we slow our movements to contemplate the work of our (and their) hands.

I wanted to get my husband out of the house this weekend as he is getting so bored with limited activity after double knee surgery. We headed for an auction that was selling automobile and petroleum memorabilia. I was able to find some things that interested me, namely some old magazines that had been saved for their automobile ads. They also had lots of old needlework patterns and some interesting old recipes. Among my treasures was an ad from a 1925 Frederick Herrschner catalog, “New Designs in Novelty Sash Curtains for Spring”. Reinforced that quote “old is new again”. I had never heard of sash curtains with hand embroidery from a bygone era but was planning to take some of my hand dyed vintage linens to Texas for hanging at my windows in the sewing room. I have the linen napkins packed but will now rethink the vintage dresser scarves and , who knows, maybe they were intended for the window instead of the dresser anyway.