Turkey in the Straw

I’ve been busily knitting and reading, but the knitting is repetitious, and I can’t copy a whole book review until I head out to the computer shop. So nothing has been post worthy of late.

But …

My quilt guild is holding a virtual retreat, so I switched to quilt projects. One is to finish the T-for-Terry quilt. Photo later. The other was to dig out a block from the dim past to be the center of a medallion quilt, another guild project. Of course it was at the bottom of the stack of fabric tubs—four down. It was packed away with coordinating fabrics. I must admit it was nice not to have to pack up projects and sewing equipment and clothes. But I will miss the good food.

24 x 24

The center 9-patch is called Turkey in the Straw (among other names). It is a reject from a planned “poultry “ quilt, a sampler in which every block would have poultry in some iteration’s name. That project stalled on two points. The colors didn’t please the intended recipient, so I shifted to a different project. And it turned out that the same block could have different poultry names. I began to think of colors to indicate whether chicken, turkey, duck, or goose. But that would involve making some blocks over. It was easier to start new projects than to make a decision. (If you want to see the blocks in waiting, they are here: http://knitnkwilt.com/Site/BQPoultry.html )

Meanwhile this block was rejected because the scale didn’t work with the others that were made. The photo of blocks shows it would have worked if I hadn’t added two rows of triangles, but no way was I going to waste all those one-inch HSTs.

Today is Scrap Happy day, and stretching a bit, I think an orphan block is close to a scrap. And some of the stash fabric is actually scraps.

Here is the link for you to browse scrappy projects, some of a stricter definition. https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/scraphappy-october-a-hexie-cushion/

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6 responses to “Turkey in the Straw

  1. I can see that if this quilt progresses, which I feel strongly it should – that’s a great block – we shall have to invent a semi-scrappy category! Say with 50% scrap…?

  2. That’s a splendid medallion center! Happy playing!

  3. This will make a great center! And how fortunate that you already have all the coordinating fabric! 🙂 You’ve inspired me to log in to the quilt retreat. Maybe I’ll get to see you!

  4. Susan Nixon

    I’m so glad you found a place for it in your quilting. This is really beautiful.

  5. Beautiful block, a perfect centrepiece for a quilt.

  6. I love the medallion center!

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