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Turkey Tracks: “Windows on the World” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  July 8, 2013

“Windows on the World” Quilt

We’ve had cool weather mostly up here in Maine this summer.  Yes, we’ve had a few really hot, humid, unpleasant days, but on balance, it’s been cool.  Of course we always say that we don’t get summer until July 4th up here, so maybe we’re right on schedule.

Anyway, I found myself pulling out this quilt at night.

 

Windows on the World

I was finishing it up when John and I made our first trip to Maine at just this time frame in 2003.  He loved this quilt, so I gave it to him.  He picked out the border fabrics.  We moved into our home here in June 2004, so this June marks the beginning of my tenth year here.  The time seems to have flown by so fast.

I won the little house blocks back in Falls Church, Virginia, in a “block-of-the-month” draw.  You made that month’s selected block, and your name went into the pot however many times the number of blocks you made.

Here are some close-ups of the blocks:

Windows on the World red block

And–you can see I made some of them “fuzzy” with embellishing some texture into the block’s flatness.  And, in places, hand quilted with embroidery thread with big stitches.

Windows on the World fuzzy blocki

And:

Windows on the World blocks

Here’s the backing and binding:

Windows on the World backing and binding

And here it is folded on the end of the bed.  It’s not a large quilt–more of a lap size–but it does cover one at night.

Windows on the World, folded

It’s holding up well…

The down side of a “block-of-the-month” program is that many people do not make their blocks with an accurate 1/4 seams–so the blocks can vary in size.  If you are “off” a sliver for each block, by the time you sew them together, you can be “off” rather a lot–and the quilt will never lie flat.   Using sashing strategies can let you sliver trim so all your blocks are the same size.  Trust me when I tell you that this lesson was a hard-learned one for me.  You can’t “iron out” the differences…

There is a more elaborate house quilt in my future–made with blueberry fabrics I have collected up here in Maine.

 

 

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July 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Turkey Tracks: What’s Happening To The Atlantic Puffin?

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Turkey Tracks:  July 8, 2013

What’s Happening To The Atlantic Puffin?

Aren’t they cute?

 

They’re dying.

A story in The Washington Post (1 July 2013, C10) shares that the remaining puffins in Maine, about 2000, are starving to death as the fish they eat are moving away from the warm temps now present off the coast of Maine.

I dropped off brother-in-law Greg Heath, his nephew Gregory Heath, and his granddaughter Fiona Whittle (and my grandniece) at the windjammer J&E Riggin yesterday for a four-day sail.  Captain Jon Finger said the temperature on the harbor entrance buoy was 72 degrees.  Can I just say that that is shocking.  The “normal” temp would be in the 50s range…  And up until a few days ago, we’ve had very cool weather up here in Mid-Coast Maine.

Puffins are not the only seabirds in danger.

Here are more images if you feel so inclined.

 

Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Atlantic_Puffin_Latrabjarg_Iceland_05c.jpg.

 

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July 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm