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This Bag Project Caught My Eye

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Turkey Tracks: May 8, 2021

This Bag Project Caught My Eye

Aurifil’s blog, Auribuzz.com, posts a “Five For Friday” posting each week. This week this post features bags.

Wendy Chow’s (A Weekend Quilter) little gift/treat bag caught my eye—and her complete tutorial for it is on the blog post.

https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/c/article/quilted-treat-bags

And here is the whole Auribuzz post if you want to see the other featured bags.

https://auribuzz.com/2021/05/07/five-for-friday-bag-tutorials/

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May 8, 2021 at 7:47 am

Zipper Pouch From A Mini Quilt

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Turkey Tracks: May 7, 2021

Zipper Pouch From A Mini Quilt

How did it get to be Friday already?

It’s another beautiful day, so I’ll spend at least one hour weeding. Of course, when I get outside in the garden, I usually stay longer. It’s always, “just finish this bed,” or something like that. But the birds are singing, AC is delighted we are “working” at something, and the fresh air is so delightful.

Here’s a fun project—which comes via A Quilter’s Table blog.

https://mailchi.mp/aquilterstable/issue-101-more-from-a-quilters-table

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May 7, 2021 at 8:09 am

Bits and Pieces, May 6, 2021

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Turkey Tracks: May 6, 2021

Bits and Pieces, May 6, 2021

Well!

Somehow my post I thought I published May 1, didn’t get posted. In part because wordpress now puts all drafts in a separate place, not on my main listing of all my posts.

I can now say that along the way of all my clean-up/clean-out projects I pulled a muscle in my upper back that has been REALLY painful. AND, I used a water bottle for heat, wrapped it in a towel, and it felt so, so good. But it blistered my upper back. Who knew?

Today is the first day I haven’t been in a lot of pain, and that feels really great.

So, I mailed the big log cabin, “Peaceful,” and I’ll post final pics when it arrives at my niece’s home next Monday—hopefully, God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise.

BUT, I did get “Bokey” quilted on the longarm, and here it is, getting its binding installed:

I was going to quilt with an interesting geometric pantograph, but my longarm wouldn’t hold to the line and kept jumping off in really ugly ways, so I stopped, took out those stitches, went to the front of the machine and quilted freehand, which I actually like to do. This episode is one of the reasons I am trading this machine and getting a new one—which has a hopping foot that will move upwards when it encounters fabric thickness.

But, I really like how my quilting came out, so it’s all good:

You will see why I chose this warm gold colored thread when I show you the quilt with its backing.

Everything is so green and lush outside! The lettuce in my cold frame is ready to be eaten now:

The daffodils have just been beyond glorious this year. And this is the time of year when I vow to plant more, and I chuckle as I always wonder why I ordered more bulbs when fall and planting time rolls around. Down in the meadow, there are hundreds and hundreds of daffodils now. I planted them the first fall—in 2004–so it’s been 17 years as of June.

The raspberries I planted last spring are THRIVING. They have sent up shoots all over the place. And I’m spending time today getting the weeds out of the strawberries—to the left of the raspberries. They just run loose in that space, and last year I filled two gallon bags for the freezer.

And I’ve mowed twice.

I need to do massive weeding—but the black flies are in full force at the moment. So, I wait for a breeze rather than slavering myself with something natural (peppermint essential oil, for one thing) that will repel them.

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May 6, 2021 at 1:24 pm

Absent Without Leave

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Turkey Tracks: May 1, 2021

Absent Without Leave

Hello, hello All!

Clearly I have been absent without leave from this blog.

BUT, I have been SUPER BUSY for the past two weeks—and have accomplished so much.

When the wonderful folks who help me with big outside projects came Monday two weeks ago to take up the winter boardwalk and get out some deck furniture (just enough for me this summer so far) and do some other winter clean-up tasks, I discovered I had a mice infestation in the garage.

Oh. My. God!

There was mice crap everywhere—despite the fact that I trapped 30+ last fall out there. The instigator, I think, was a bag of unsecured grass seed that clearly drew them into the garage. So… It took a solid week, but I completely cleared out the garage, keeping only the things I’ve used in the past 8 years. Everything that needed to go, went: rehomed, recycled, or taken to the dump. (I have a few more big items that will be picked up very soon now.) It took 3 pick-up loads (a really nice friend helped); the minivan FULL loads to the dump; and loads of time cleaning, sorting, culling, and

Now my children will never have to deal with clearing out the garage down the road.

Along the way, my new car came. Those of you who read this blog might recall the Subaru “unintended acceleration” adventure I had last December where I got rid of that car. (The dealer promised to use it for parts.) Then I realized that the Toyota Sienna minivan was really too big for me and now 8.5 years old. To make a long story short, I sold it at CarMax in South Portland on Tuesday and am thrilled with what I got for it and what a nice experience selling to CarMax was. The combined total of $$$ from these two cars knocked off half of the price of the new car: a 2021 RAV4 Prime, which is a plug in hybrid. It is AWESOME, and the right size for me.

I can already see that I could go forever without using any gas given that I do mostly short trips. And yesterday I discovered that if I put the car in the hybrid mode, it recharges the battery itself—up to, I think, 80% on the electric battery. It plugs into a 110v outlet when I do want to fully recharge it. It gets 90mpg while working between the electric and gas modes and 40 miles on the electric motor.

Next I tackled two dry storage spaces on the third floor. All the Christmas stuff has been sorted and most of it rehomed—I only kept special items I thought some of the grandchildren might want some day. Everything kept has been labeled and boxed in plastic bins—not cardboard boxes. While dragging down the many boxes containing items to be rehomed from the third floor—at least one packed with CDs was really heavy—I clearly hurt a muscle in my upper back, so I’ve had to take it easy these past two days. Most of the pain is gone now, but it will take a few more days.

Somewhere in the past few days I mowed for the first time, traded my longarm for a new Innova, almost finished the binding on the log cabin for my niece, put the “Bokeh” quilt on the longarm, and went to bed early as my days were exhausting me.

I’ve never gone so long without sewing for at least several hours a day—and I’ve really missed my sewing projects.

But now I can begin again, knowing I’ve earned my sewing time and my blogging time.

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May 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm

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Ideas For Quilting Stitches

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Interesting Information: April 18, 2021

Ideas for Quilting Stitches

Cassandra Beaver of The (not so) Dramatic Life! blog is featured in this Aurifil blog post. Her subject is creating texture and drama in your quilt projects with your thread choices. Her blog link is below, along with the Aurifil blog article.

notsodramaticlife.com

https://auribuzz.com/2021/04/09/thread-matters-2021-creating-definition-in-quilting-stitches/

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April 18, 2021 at 8:35 am

“Bright Birches” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks: April 12, 2021

“Bright Birches” Quilt

This very-fun-to-make quilt was inspired by a larger block made by Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) “Trees” block. My blocks finish at 7 1/2 inches. (There is an earlier blog post here on how I made this block: https://louisaenright.com/?s=How+to+make+a+tree+block. )

The backing is “Art Theory Overall Day” by Allison Glass for Andover. It comes in “night” and “charcoal” as well.

I quilted with Signature 40-weight, “Rose,” with the “Check and Chase” pantograph by Lorien Quilting. Using a darker warm thread and the burgundy border “knocked back” the neon brightness of this quilt, and I am liking the finished product.

Here’s a nice close-up picture.

Hand Embroidery Information

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Interesting Information: April 7, 2021

Hand Embroidery Information

At some point in my sewing life, I found embroidery.

But what I found, or did, bears no resemblance to what people are doing now.

How fun is this Aurifil post! So enjoy the eye candy here.

And below find a link to a project Debbie of A Quilter’s Table blog is doing—varied projects designed by Rebecca Ringquist, among them alphabet “dropcloths.”

https://auribuzz.com/2021/04/02/five-for-friday-hand-embroidery/

https://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/

Rebecca Ringquist

And then there is Wild Boho:

https://wildboho.com/

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April 7, 2021 at 9:48 am

Bits and Pieces April 5, 2021

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Turkey Tracks: April 5, 2021

Bits and Pieces April 5, 2021

It’s Monday again!

And so the wheel of time turns, as it has a habit of doing.

I got the big long cabin, “Peaceful,” on the long arm. Naming credit goes to Linda McKinney, who told me on day when this quilt was still on the design wall that it made her feel peaceful. And, I’ve started quilting it. I’ll take it easy—a few passes each day. It is a big quilt.

There is so much promise when the design wall is empty.

I pulled out the gifted blocks made by those in the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild group who are participating in our “Bee Sewcial” challenge. My prompt was “Shapes,” and I specified solids and very clear, bright colors. I included a selection of example bright solid colors in my prompt information. Not all of the received blocks are on the board as I ran out of room. And the long arm head is blocking the bottom of the design wall so you can’t see those. To begin, I’ll start combining blocks into bigger blocks—so everything will shrink down somewhat. But aren’t these blocks beautiful! I am loving all the motion that so many of the blocks have—motion from shapes and from color choices.

How fun!

”Trees” now has a name: “Bright Birches.” It is so funny to me how a quilt will name itself at some point. This one didn’t like being called just “Trees.”. Sewing down the binding is coming along.

LOCAL PEEPS: I am replacing the 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan with a smaller car. I love the van. I especially love to drive it on the highway. It is so easy to steer and has a great turning radius. But it is too much car for me for everyday use. So, if you know someone who wants this pristine, one-owner, garaged, VERY low mileage (just under 34K) car at a very reasonable price, let me know. (I did my research and am selling it for $14.2K—which is lower than you’d buy it from a used car dealer, but a bit more than the dealership is offering for it. Dealers make their money on trade resells, not on the new cars.) It can go to a new home when the new car arrives some time this month—which I hope will not be delayed due to the recent Suez Canal blockage of 400+ ships.

The “boyfriend” is not for sale.

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April 5, 2021 at 2:13 pm

Cross Stitching: Another Fun Aurifil Blog Post

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Interesting Information: April 4, 2021

Cross Stitching: Another Fun Aurifil Blog Post

Way, way back in the day, when some of my cousins gathered at my Reynolds, Georgia, grandparents‘ home for summer visits, the girl cousins started cross-stitch projects from kits available locally in this small rural town.

Later, as a young married, and occupied with two small children, I returned to making some cross-stitch projects at night. These projects pre-dated getting a sewing machine and beginning to sew garments and, for one Christmas, what were probably my very first quilts. These “bedspreads” were just big squares that were layered and tied. I don’t even remember what I layered them with—but they were really heavy and warm and around and about both Falls Church, Virginia, houses we had for many years.

Cross Stitching, like the quilting I eventually discovered, has “taken off” in terms of complexity. And who knew that Aurifil makes a kind of twisted “floss” that is so pretty—much like the size 8 perle cotton I like.

So, if like me you were not aware of where cross stitching has gone, enjoy the eye candy on this recent Aurifil blog—which contains an interview with “Susan” that features both cross-stitching and some quilts.

There is also a link below the interview to information on the above-mentioned Aurifil “floss” threads—which are just pretty to see.

https://auribuzz.com/2021/04/02/little-quaker-abc/

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April 4, 2021 at 8:43 am

“Bright Trees” and Spring Wood Walks

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Turkey Tracks: April 3, 2021

“Bright Trees” and Spring Wood Walks

This neon-bright quilt is off the long arm and has its binding installed—and I now have some hand-sewing for night tv watching. I quilted with a medium dark rose color that helped “knock back” some of the neon brightness and chose a similar binding color, a solid that I had in my stash.

I love having this machine set up with a walking foot installed and where there is plenty of couch and an extra table to handle the weight of a quilt that is getting its binding installed or, even, being grid quilted in some way.

We have had some rainy days, sure, but spring is…springing forth. The woods are clear of snow and ice now, and AC and I have been out these past two weeks enjoying long rambles through the woods. The early spring air is so energizing.

AC has remembered that he loves water and what he calls “swimming.”

And I don’t know who enjoys these outings more: AC who is delirious to be outside in the woods or me watching AC being delirious.

The ground cover is “greening up,” and the early bulbs are “up,” but there are no leaves emerging from trees or plants yet. Soon. My cold frame, seeded last fall, has lettuce plants showing they are sprouting.

Water is pouring off the hills, and though I have shared this particular stream’s activity in most years, I will so so again, as it is both joyful and peaceful.

This particular stream has water most of the year, which probably means there are springs involved further up the mountain.

AC turned 3 in late March. He has settled a lot, but he will always have a lot of energy. If not for AC, I would not be getting the kind of extended exercise that clears my head, restores my soul, and just puts everything in my day into a really good perspective.

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April 3, 2021 at 8:36 am