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Turkey Tracks:  July 21, 2018



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July 21, 2018 at 11:02 am

Turkey Tracks: “Cool” Selvage Quilt Finished

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Turkey Tracks:  July 20, 2018

“Cool” Selvage Quilt Finished

Summer is a busy, busy family and garden time for me.  So I have not posted to the blog as a result.

Still, I have had some time to sew.

I finished the selvage quilt I’ve worked on off and on for about a year.  I chose the “cool” colors–and love this quilt so much that I will make it again in the “warm” colored selvages I have collected.  I have LOTS of those now.  I might make it a bit bigger too since I like it so much.  Who knows.

I enlarged the block size from Amy Friend’s “Circuitry” quilt, found in her INTENT

IONAL PIECING.  And I used patterned fabrics around the selvage parts of the block rather than more subtle fabrics.

I quilted with a light grey t40-weight hread (Signature) and tried the McTavishing style of quilting.  I was really, really not sure I would like McTavishing as I spent four nights drawing on paper to try to get the scale bigger than one might do on a domestic machine.  I have to say that I really love the texture.  As I went along, I got more proficient AND I got braver about filling in open spaces.  I can’t wait to McTavish again.

I chose this Cotton+Steel fabric for the backing because I’ve always loved it and got a really good price for it on Amazon, via fabric.com.  This fabric is an older one, so I was lucky to find it.  And I figured any problems I created with the quilting would not show so much on the back.

My intent was to make this quilt a functional, washable quilt for, maybe my bedroom, where Penny tends to lick herself and leave spots.  But, for the moment, here it is:

You can see along the bottom where my McTavishing was more tentative, leaving lots of space.

Can’t wait to make “Warm.”

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July 20, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Turkey Tracks: On a Mission…

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Turkey Tracks:  July 20, 2018

On A Mission…

…to reduce the squirrel/chipmunk numbers at my house.

Every morning when I went down to my front porch, the critters had dug up the container pots.

Dirt everywhere.

Sunflower seeds coming up in pots.

I tried this trap first:

It sets by lifting the handle to lock it in place.

It worked twice.  Then would not trigger when an animal was walking all over the inside trip plate–a common complaint according to google.  Back it went–with my recommendation that the store send ALL of these back to Havahart.  DO NOT BUY THIS TRAP.

Different store, different traps next.  Two door traps that WORK.

One large, for the grey squirrels.  One small again for the red squirrels and chipmunks.

Count so far is 13 rehomed.  I have relocated 6 red squirrels (my goodness they are aggressive), 6 chipmunks, and ONE grey squirrel.  The latter ROCKED that cage I can tell you.  Furious rage and panic.

Yes I am taking them waaaaaayy away from my house before releasing them.  No, I am not letting them out near anyone’s house.

So many trips to make.  Things have slowed down today.  It’s been just over a week.  Will maybe pause to let things settle.  I seriously doubt that I have gotten them all.

One trick to share:  they do not like peppermint.  So after scrubbing everything on the porch (lots of urine) I put an inexpensive peppermint essential oil on all the porch railings, on the lid of the metal trash can that holds their food, and at the base of the screens.  I think that forced the grey squirrel to seek food in the trap, and I have not seen any other creature get on the rail, the screen, or the trashcan lid.

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July 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Turkey Tracks: Late June 2018 Update

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Turkey Tracks:  June 23, 2018

Late June 2018 Update

Summer is a busy time for me.

There are visitors, there are the gardens, there is abundant summer produce warm from the sunny garden, and there are beautiful days where one is meant to be OUTSIDE.  I revel in taking a break and eating lunch on my porch and reading in the sun for a bit.  Then, of course, I need to also make a coffee while I finish just a bit more of my book.  Life is meant to be enjoyed, and summer brings its own special pleasures.

I am so enjoying making and wearing this 100 ACTS OF SEWING, shirt No 1.  This is the second version–made with Carolyn Friedlander lawn.  It layers so beautifully over a tank top–or with a long-sleeve t-shirt.  The lawn needs an under layer unless, maybe you are young and have a cute bra.  I have also made a khaki double gauze version since I took this picture, but have not worn it yet.  I wanted it as a layer over my black stretch jeans.  My first top was a blue double-gauze, which you can see in an earlier post.

I could not resist seeing what my plans for my leader/ender Bonnie Hunter “Wild and Goosey” blocks are going to look like.

That arrangement just plain knocks my socks off!!  Love it.  So much more colorful than I would have thought.

I played around with Amy Friend’s “Circuitry” quilt (in her INTENTIONAL PIECING), wherein she uses selvages.  I made the blocks bigger and used patterned fabric to make the rectangle.  And, I kept to the cool colors:  blues and greens and some purples.

It’s on the long arm, waiting for me to figure out how on earth to quilt it.  I have been playing around with trying to do a bigger “McTavishing” quilting, but I can’t quite make it work in a way that I like.  I’ve gone through a whole pad of BIG drawing paper trying.  It might work out, but…  I am not sure.  It’s a very dense quilting style, and I’m not sure I want that kind of density in this already dense top, what with the selvages…  It definitely needs a curvy quilting style.  Or so I think.

Here’s a close-up.  I like this quilt.  When I was taking the backing papers out (Lord!  That took some nights!  I’ll never sew them quite that way again–with too close lines on the edges), I really liked having the quilt in my lap.  Despite the business, it’s a subtle quilt in many ways.

I’ll likely make a “warm” version later in the year since I have all those selvages all sorted into colored piles.


Turkey Tracks: Looks Looky: My Next EPP Project

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Turkey Tracks:  June 23, 2018

Looky Looky!:  My Next EPP Project

I’m planning ahead.  I have the body of my version of Willyene Hammerstein’s “Valse Brilliante” EPP quilt finished—with border and backing fabric picked out.  And I’m moving right along with my Katja Marek’s 52 THE NEW HEXAGON blocks.  I selected a fabric for the connecting triangles the other day.


What’s next?

This quilt is…

I’ve always wanted to make a wedding ring quilt.  I have the templates for non EPP piecing–just the old traditional way to make this block.  Every now and then I get them out and think about how to start and wind up putting them away again.  Maybe this EPP project will get me going.  I hope so, anyway.  I did not buy the EPP templates for the inner circles, just for the rings.  There are 90+ template pieces for the inner circles, so I will make them myself as I go–if I need to do that.


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June 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern May 2018 Show and Tell

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Turkey Tracks:  May 28, 2017

Mt. Battie Modern May 2018 Show and Tell

Karen Martin’s Tula Pink 100 Modern quilt blocks quilt is back from the long-arm quilter, Joan Herrick.

So pretty!  Love this quilt, love Karen’s color choices and her sashing fabric choice.

Nancy Wright showed us a quilt also just back from a longarm quilter.  It is to be a graduation present for a family member.  Love her fabric choices.  Nancy has the most interesting “eye” with her projects.  I always love to see what she does.

Linda Satkowski showed us her finished top, EPP flower gardenin bright colors.  Oh my!  I’ve watched her work on individual blocks for some time now, but, the top is just “Wow!”

Becca Babb-Brott showed us her finished “Gee’s Bend” quilt—started in a workshop last summer with a Gee’s Bend quilter teaching at our local Fiber College.  Becca hand-quilted with pearl cotton—Gee’s Bend style.  I’m going next time Gee’s Bend comes back to teach!  Love this quilt.


So, we had A LOT to see at this meeting.  I am blown away by the creativity happening in this group.  We agreed on our projects for next year, and we are already excited about starting them—in January 2019.

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June 6, 2018 at 10:14 am

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts Come Out to Play

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Turkey Tracks:  June 6, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts Come Out To Play

May 2018

At our May meeting, we got to see our traveling quilts again.

Here is Lynn Vermeulen’s—with additions by Becca-Babb Brott.  Becca added the sewing scene above left—whose borders mirror the “maker” block done by Tori Manzi.  Becca also added the dresses, made Vicki Fletcher’s block of circles into a miniature “quilt,” and connected up all the blocks.  I have this quilt now.  What shall I do?  There is that hole on the left…


Here is JoAnn Moore’s quilt, with additoins by Vicki Fletcher and Margaret Elaine Jinno.  This quilt is so big now that I took two pics to get the whole of it.  Vicki did the interesting border on the bottom, and M-E did several of the flying geese borders such as you see on on the left.



Vicki also enclosed the block below made by Megan Bruns with a scrappy checkerboard.

Here is MY QUILT, with work added by Linda Satkowski—the green houses and trees below.  Look at the gorgeous piecing in the trees.  And she correctly knows I love trees and houses.

Here is Linda Satkowski’s quilt with additions by JoAnn Moore and Nancy Wright—on the left almost out of the frame but pictured below.   Again,  I had to take two pictures to get in the whole of this quilt.


JoAnn Moore added the flower block.  And Nancy Wright added the “Brimfield” (?) EPP block—which is a new EPP project.


Here is Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s quilt, which I worked on.  I connected it all up.  Lynn Vermeulen gave me NINE girl blocks—to represent the nine of us working on each quilt.  She drew this pattern herself, and each girl is unique and adorable.  I added the row houses on the right, the block below it with the cottage, and the flowers between the row of girls.  My “story” is that the girls are walking to the school.  Nancy Wright’s florist shop is below the girls, with the gorgeous basket she made.  I added “streets” to connect the blocks.  The center of this quilt is Vicki Fletcher’s village green.





Some of us played with Nancy Wright’s quilt blocks at our recent Coastal Quilters retreat at the Franciscan Guest House.  Lynn Vermeulen finished her addition of the “star fish” on the bottom.  We scatteredt he loose stars randomly.  But it gives you some idea of how it could be connected up.  Nancy will figure it out.


This project should be finished in May—to the point where each person takes back their quilt to join up blocks and to start the quilting process.

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June 6, 2018 at 10:04 am