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Poems: Haiku 4

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November 20, 2017

Haiku 4

 

November 20, 2017

4.

Sun sparkling harbor

Pen gathers up the dog scents

Walking brings us joy

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November 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

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Turkey Tracks: The Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts in November

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November 21, 2017

The Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts in November

We had POURING cold rain the night of our meeting last Thursday.  Some of those from away elected, wisely, to stay home.

For those who made it to the meeting, these traveling quilts continue to excite us!

On the right  is Vicki Fletcher’s addition to Lynn Vermeulen’s quilt.  The pinks and blues are playing nicely with existing bright colors.  And this addition is opening up room for the quilt to grow, as four or five members have yet to work on it.  Vicki stretched herself by making these curved blocks as she tried making blocks she had never made.

Tori Manzi made a Timna Tarr map of Linda Satkowski’s neighborhood.  (We attended Timna Tarr’s map  workshop at our last Coastal Quilters’ meeting.  See Timna’s map quilts in the gallery at timnatarr.com)

Here’s how the map fits into this quilt.

Here’s G. Bruns’ quilt.  This quilt is in pieces, so we spent some time trying to see where we might begin to connect the blocks.  Linda Satkowski connected the top right pieces by adding the red trees between them.  And she added the hexie flower and the bright green/blue blocks.  I have this quilt now, so who knows what will happen to it next.  My mind is turning over ideas as I work on other projects right now.

I did not get a good picture of Vicki’s quilt.  It’s getting large now.  Lynn Vermeulen added the stars over the forest and cabin

Aren’t these great stars!!!

Becca Babb-Brott added the “never stop looking up” to Nancy Wright’s “star” quilt.  And, the selvage star on the right.  Joann more added the “made fabric” star in blues–a la Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I hope some of you have iPads and will look at these stars close up.  I promise to get close ups next go round.  This quilt is certain to get more celestial blocks.

My quilt arrived at the Mt. Battie Sit and Sew the next day.  It was so fun to see it as I have not seen it for some time now.  Nancy Wright added the big moon, and G. Bruns added the big feather.

Love this feather and the way the Carolyn Friedlander background fabric works.  And the teacups that Margaret Elaine Jinno made for me–one each for my sons and daughter-in-laws.

Nancy used a collection of fabrics she had to make this moon–Blue Park designed by Karen Lewis Textiles.  I love the curved pieces in this circle.

JoAnn Moore made this star for someone’s quilt–and I have lost track of whose.  It will be put in the right box, and I’ll point it out next time we see the quilts.

JoAnn Moore worked on Margaret Elaine’s “village” quilt.  We placed some of the buildings around Vicki’s square for fun.  JoAnn finished the school’s and flagpole at the Sit and Sew on Friday.  You can see them below.

So, we are having fun.  And now we all have projects to work on for the next two months.  We will see the quilts again in January.

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November 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Turkey Tracks: Scratching a Log Cabin Itch

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November 2017

Scratching a Log Cabin Itch

This one began as a 10-inch (finished) leader/ender project, using 1 1/2-inch brights and neutrals from that strip bin.

Then, suddenly I had 16 of them.

I really wanted to see LOTS of the neutrals together, so the quilt got bigger in order to see this pattern in a symetrical way that pleases me.  It’s now 60 by 60.  So I did have to make more blocks as a dedicated quilt, not as a leader/ender.  And that was fun.  I only had to cut a few black/white neutrals to add to what I had in this strip bin.

It’s on the longarm now, and I’ll likely finish it today.

It is a joy to work on a quilt that is squared up properly–and that is what happens when one is anal about making sure every strip sewn on to a block is “true.”  If not, fix it at that spot.  It’s really easy to get “off” with log cabin blocks.  I keep a square ruler on my ironing board and measure as I iron each strip.  That practice saves me time in the long-run and a lot of anxiety as I quilt the quilt on the longarm, which is so not forgiving of our-of-true quilts.

More pics to follow when I finish it.

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November 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Turkey Tracks: Drying Mint

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November 20, 2017

Drying Mint

I’ve had my Reynolds, Georgia, grandmother’s mint in my garden for nearly 50 years now–through moves to three different houses.

I almost lost it a few years back here in Maine, but put it in three different places in my garden and when it began to come back, gifted it to a neighbor for extra safe keeping.  It is now close to running amok, as mint will do.  But I love to walk by it and pinch off a piece and crush it in my hands.  In places I ruthlessly mow it down and enjoy the heavenly mint smell wafting across the yard.

I particularly like throwing some leaves into a stir fry.  It just adds a very interesting layer of flavor.

So, this year I’ve tried drying it, stripping off the dried leaves, and stuffing them into glass jars.

High end mint teas are nothing more than dried mint leaves and sell for $6 or so a box of 20 packets!!!!

The mint I’ve dried is working find in stir fries–not like the fresh, but an interesting taste layer nevertheless.

To dry, just cut some stems and stick them into a kitchen glass for a few days.

I use parchment paper to capture the leaves as I strip them from the stalks with my fingers.

The jars are freebies after I’ve eaten the raw cream they contained.

And, voila!

Winter pleasures

(I also blogged here about preserving mint and basil in olive oil in the refrigerator–and have to dig out some of those leaves next stir fry to experiment.)

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November 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Poems: Haiku 3

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November 17, 2017

Haiku 3

November 17, 2017

Brisker river wind
Sweeps cobwebs from mind and heart
Long nights rest the soul

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November 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Change of Fabrics for Bonnie Hunter Mystery

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November 17, 2017

Change of Fabrics for Bonnie Hunter Mystery

As I posted earlier, I started with these fabrics—which replicate Bonnie Hunter’s color scheme.

They’re pretty.  No doubt.  (The deep dark is a midnight teal.)

 

But,, but—I have been thinking all winter that I want to work with lots of low-volume fabrics this winter.  And I have several projects picked out to start.  And I’ve been clearing the decks to get to them.

I had not intended to make this year’s mystery when it starts, but to print out the pattern for sure.  Bonnie’s mystery patterns are the best.   But a friend asked me to accompany her on this year’s mystery journey.  And several more have joined us.  This friend was over the other day with fabrics to audition.  Along the way, she looked at me and said, “You know, I really want to work with neutrals and not these colors we’ve picked out.”

Oh my!

”Me too,” I said, and I’m going to pull out a different combo from my stash and see what it looks like.”

”Let’s do it RIGHT NOW,” said my friend.  And off we went.

Here’s what we pulled:

 

Now I’m happy!

And, yes, these are colors I used in “Butterscotch Fall,” so clearly I have not scratched this itch enough yet.  I can’t wait to see how these colors come together.

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November 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Poems: Haiku 1

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November 16, 2017

 

Haiku 1

November 13, 2017

 

First snow fell last night

Ice crystals kissing the earth

Last leaves hold on tight

 

 

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November 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm

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