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Turkey Tracks: Quilting: Coastal Quilters 2016 Challenge

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Turkey Tracks:  October 30, 2015

Coastal Quilters of Camden, Maine

2016 Chapter Challenge

This challenge is about exploring opposite colors on the color wheel.

We also had to include white, black, and grey.

The piece had to contain 16 pieces and be 16 by 16 inches.

Here’s mine–and trust me, it will pale in comparison with the creativity that some of the other Coastal Quilter members will devise.

I am, though, interested at the moment in how geometric shapes work together.


Purple and yellow are my opposite colors.  The primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and their opposites (green, orange, purple, really a blue violet) create the biggest visual “pop”–and to me, the purple/yellow combo is the most startling.  Red/green and blue/orange seem much more mellow to me.

One of the fallen petals is black.

In order to keep to 16 pieces, I used the background piece and the arrangements of the hexagons to make the center star.

Then I used pearl cotton to “quilt” the piece–and had to search to find the violet/purple color.


I left gaps in the stitching ini places to accent the dominate shape.


The buttons were in my stash of buttons and matched perfectly.  Lucky find there.

Hexagons can be linked via diamonds–and three diamonds can work together to create the hexagon shape–which you can see when one diamond is removed from the hexagon.  That manipulation of color–as you can see in the top right with the grey area–can make the “tumbling block” that is so interesting in a quilt.  You would make a light “top” triangle, a medium triangle, and a dark triangle–and keep the color placement fixed.

The hexagon can also be fractured into parts using the kite-shape.  Remember this quilt?  My 100th, which I called “Centurion.”


See the block up close.  The outer ring of neutrals is also made from the kite shape.


I am, at the moment, working with some large hexies in purple with yellow diamond joins–not sure how this study will develop, but it will be the last of my color studies.

Here, again, is red and green:


This is the Lucy Boston “honey comb” hexie being paper pieced.


And, here’s blue and orange–made with large Octagons linked with squares:




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October 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Interesting Information: Greenland Is Melting Away – The New York Times

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Interesting Information:  October 30, 2015

Greenland is Melting Away

This video story came through the other day, and I have not seen anything quite like it.

I thought you might like to see a scientific expedition story “told” in a different way–by using drone footage, interesting shots, and so forth.  Just keep moving down through the text and pictures.

Source: Greenland Is Melting Away – The New York Times

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October 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Turkey Tracks: Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

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Turkey Tracks:  October 22, 2015

Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

It’s been busy, busy here.

Sister Susan came for a visit to see the fall leaves and me–the trees are still turning and are very late this year.  But many were beautiful while Sue was here.

While Sue was here, the old oven went out (the back door had to be removed and the old oven dismantled in the kitchen), and the new oven went in.

Sue brought good luck:  this stove event went flawlessly thanks to carpenter and friend Stephen Pennoyer (who came today to install the new stainless steel backsplash), the installation crew from Kelsey’s Appliance, and Linda McKinny, who cleaned where the old stove had been.  The new stove came in with a half-inch leeway!

We walked every day.  The girl dogs were in doggie heaven.

There was a cold snap one day, and we bundled up–which meant I could use the hand-knit fingerless mittens Stephen’s mother Mary Sue Bishop made for me.  (Mary is one of my oldest friends here in Camden.)


Don’t they go nicely with my new light LLBean coat and the winter hair band Bonnie Sinatro made for me last year.


Mary Sue Bishop takes orders for the gloves and uses all sorts of wonderful yarns.  And Bonnie is a fellow Bellevue High School (Offutt AFB) 1963 classmate and terrific email friend.

Here’s Sue at Camden Deli for a cup of coffee after our cold-snap walk:


And here’s our view of the Camden Harbor at dusk.  We’re at the point where the river comes under these buildings and spills in to the harbor.  The windjammers are getting their plastic winter cocoons these days, and the harbor is slowly emptying out.


Turkey Tracks: “Garden Tumble” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 23, 2015

“Garden Tumble” Quilt

I don’t know…

This quilt is either the ugliest quilt I’ve ever made OR the funkiest fun quilt.

Bonnie Hunter’s current leader/ender challenge is to make a quilt with the tumbler patch.  And there is something very sweet about traditional one-block scrappy quilts.

I had a 3 1/2 inch thick sturdy template bought years ago AND a lot of the veggie and fruit prints in my stash.  So here’s what evolved.


Someone on Bonnie’s FB site for her fans suggested making a darker “self” border by combining dark blocks.


I like the darkish red binding…

And, here’s the backing:


Here’s a close-up of some blocks:




I quilted with a light fern green thread that’s nice on the back–using Debra D. Geissler’s 11-inch pantograph, “Deb’s Swirls.”

I think “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” with this quilt.  It is funky and fun and just “is what it is.”


Turkey Tracks: Fall Bounty

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Turkey Tracks:  October 12, 2015

Fall Bounty

The nights have cooled, and the trees are starting to turn.  Finally.

Hope’s Edge CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farm has two more weeks to go.

I will miss going out there weekly so much.

The winter squashes are all coming in now–and they are so bright and pretty:


The long orange one in the back is a pie pumpkin.  I’m going to roast/carmelize it and use it in a salad recipe from Jennifer McGruther’s book The Nourished Kitchen.  (Search on this blog for more info.)  The recipe pairs the sweet pumpkin with bitter greens, nuts, and balsamic vinegar, among other ingredients–as well as I remember.

The funny looking veggie to its left is a rutabega.  I cook it like a potato.  Rutabegas are great cubed in soups and stews.  The flesh is buttery yellow and mashes well.

The oblong squash to the left is a spaghetti squash-one of my very favorites.  I cut them in half, seed them, and roast them (cut sides down on a greased piece of parchment paper).  Once done, run a fork through the flesh and it breaks into strands.  I heavily butter and add salt and pepper.  Scoop out the stands and put on your plate.  This one reheats well too.

The striped squashes are delicatas.  They are so sweet that you don’t need anything in them but a bit of butter.  I bought some one fall in Charleston, SC, and they were bitter and bad.  This squash may need more of a New England climate to develop its sweetness????

The tan squash is a butternut.  Mild and delicious.  You can eat the skin on both delicatas and butternuts.  I’m going to put it cubed into a stew with black beans, hamburger, and Indian seasonings–in the crock pot.

How did that banana get into this picture?  Mercy!

The orange squash in the middle is a “Sunshine” and has a heavier, sweeter flesh.  I’m going to cube it and roast it with garlic, rosemary, small potatoes, red onions, and chunked green tomatoes.  It’s a dish to which I look forward every fall.  I’ll make it while sister Susan is here next week.

That’s likely the last large tomato to come out of the garden.  I”ll get some Sun Gold cherry tomatoes though.

The garlic crop is great this year.  I’m loving all the fresh garlic in the kitchen.

I’m missing a Blue Hubbard squash, which is a great keeper.  I’ll pick one up though.

That’s the last bit of annual flowers I’ll cut from the garden behind the squashes.

I cut these Panculata Hydrangeas this morning for the dining room.  Hope they dry nicely.


It’s a BANNER year for apples in Maine this year.  Every tree is loaded down–even old trees that have had significant storm damage:

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Local folks are making apple sauce, apple butter, drying apple slices, and making lots of apple pies.

The girly dogs and I have been walking every day in this glorious fall weather.  Sunday afternoon I drove by a friends Harry and Marsha Smith’s house to see their gorgeous fall yard.


What a treat this view was!

Turkey Tracks: October 2016 Quilting Update

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Turkey Tracks:  October 6, 2015

October 2015 Quilting Update

I seem to be working on about 7 quilts–three using the 4-patch blocks I spent the summer making.

The tumbler quilt is off Lucy the longarm and is ready to be bound.

The Coastal Quilter’s 2016 challenge quilt is ready to be bound.  That’s a little guy–16 inches square, with 16 pieces, and using one set of opposites on the color wheel.

The two quilts that are emerging fast though are these bright and happy darlings–both using Bonnie Hunter blocks from Quiltmaker magazine:  Criss Cross and Carolina Crossing.


Carolina Chain:  I saw this quilt completed on the Bonnie Hunter FB site in regular, not bright, scraps, and I loved it on sight.  I’ll make this one twin size.  Love the bright happy colors.


Criss Cross.  I think I want to make this a medallion quilt with these blocks as the center.  I’m going to go to a border of white fabric with tiny dark blue stars next and then build out from there.  Not sure which block I’ll use next.  If it gets too wide, I’ll just extend on the ends???



I think these two quilts want to be companion quilts, and I know two little girls who are getting a new, shared bedroom in the near future.  One of them does not have a “big girl” bed quilt from me.


Turkey Tracks: “Bee Beauty” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 6, 2015

“Bee Beauty” Quilt

I finished the “Bee Beauty” Quilt.

I have so loved working on it.

You may recall that I spent the summer making light/dark 4-patch blocks out of my 2-inch square scrap bin.  Here’s one use of those four patches.  There were about 6000 squares in that bin, and I wound up with about 1600 4-patch blocks.

You may also recall that this block is a Bonnie Hunter block–as she designed a quilt using this block for the American Patchwork and Quilting 2015 scrappy challenge–using 4-patch blocks.  (Bonnie’s web site is at quiltville.com.)

This pic of the quilt is not great, but I have fallen in love with it and will save it for a grandchild.


Here is a block.  I quilted with limey green thread with the “Lovely” pantograph by Denise Schillenger.


The backing fabric I’ve had for a long time, and I’m pleased with how it worked with the front of this quilt.  I chose the dark purples and limey greens from the backing fabric:


The backing has a strip of this block to make up for not having enough of the backing fabric.


Here’s a corner so you can see the binding and border fabrics:


It’s just such a fun, lively quilt:


I like it so much I’m going to make it with a cheddar background:


I can see red sashing, I think.  Mercy!!


Turkey Tracks: Play Day in Damariscotta: Aboca Beads

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Turkey Tracks:  October 6, 2015

Play Day in Damariscotta:  Aboca Beads

Last Thursday a friend and I enjoyed a play day in Damariscotta.

We had lunch, made some jewelry at Aboca Beads, got a coffee and some new books at the book store, visited a women’s clothing store, and wound up by going by Alewives Quilting Shop in Damariscotta Mills.  It was such a fun day.

Aboca Beads is such a fun store.  Whenever I have time, I love to go in and make some earrings.  Owner Patricia Palmer is always so helpful and fun.

Here’s Patricia, who cheerfully makes my combinations into fun earrings:


This trip, I made two pairs of earrings for a fraction of what I would have spent if I had bought them.


Here’s a view of one part of the store:


These tins are full of such interesting stones, beads, crystals, metal pieces, etc.  I think I am at least part hunterer/gatherer as I really love gathering up bits of things–nuts, berries, garden veggies, stones/shells, etc.


Look at these gorgeous crystals:


There are always assortments of stones and other materials with which to make pendents:


And of course, dozens of ways to make necklaces.

My friend made an adorable little ladybug necklace for her granddaughter, that when finished will just fit around her tiny neck without much overhang to catch in her hands or other activities:



Look at the pearl necklaces below my earrings:


And look how pretty Patricia packages what her customers have made:




What a fun day we had!

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October 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Turkey Tracks: Sailing and Quilting

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Turkey Tracks:  October 5, 2015

Sailing and Quilting

I LOVED my September sailing on the J&E Riggin this year.

September is sailing supreme in Maine.  The wind was so good on our first day that we sailed all the way to Blue Hill Harbor–after leaving Rockland Harbor mid-morning.  Word was that we were going 10 knots for part of the sail.  We were skimming across the water like a giant bird sailing across the sky.

I signed up for next September.  Of course I did.

Rhea Butler of Alewives Quilting will be on board and will teach interested passengers English paper piecing, using Lucy Boston’s honeycomb template.  (I’ve written about Lucy Boston and her work on this blog if you want to know more.)

Rhea’s use of fabric is stunning, interesting, and fun.  Here are some samples of her and other staff members Lucy Boston blocks.  You can see they really enjoyed “fussy cutting” contemporary fabric patterns–as did Lucy Boston, but Boston did not have access to today’s amazing colors and patterns.


These blocks can be combined with other templates to make a whole quilt or floated on background fabric and appliqued–either singly or together.

One can also make plainer blocks–as I did as I wanted to contrast red and green in this block:


I used the templates (as did Lucy Boston) to make a background.

But I am so looking forward to making blocks like Rhea and the Alewives staff do–and I want to applique them to background fabric in some way.

Plain or exotic, quilting or not, Jon Finger and Annie Mahle will be sailing the J&E Riggin with me on board September 21-24, 2016, boarding September 20th.

Come join us?

Turkey Tracks: Talula’s Beans

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Turkey Tracks:  October 5, 2015

Talula’s Beans

Hi everyone!

I hope all of you have been as busy and happy as I have been this summer and fall.

I do apologize for not posting on the blog a bit more, but life got in the way.

And now I am almost done with winterizing outside, but I can’t quite break down the front flower pots yet.  They are still so beautiful.

When granddaughter Talula was here in early August, she planted this row of beans for me:  haricot vertes.


Look what I picked last week:


These little guys are so delicious and freeze well.  I picked another batch almost as large Sunday.

This bush bean will bloom and make beans until the frost stops them.

Thanks, Talula!

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October 5, 2015 at 4:01 pm