Turkey Tracks: Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

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

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.”