Turkey Tracks: “Allietore,” Bonnie Hunter’s 2015 Mystery Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  January 6, 2016


So, since I returned from Charleston after a splendid Thanksgiving with my children, I have been working each week on Bonnie Hunter’s “clues” for her 2015 Mystery Quilt, “Allietore.”

Just before New Year’s Day, I caught up with all the “clues.”

Could a quilt come from this pile of “clues”?


Some of the individual units were really interesting to make–and we used Bonnie’s two favorite rulers a lot in this quilt:  Easy Angle Ruler and Companion Angle Ruler.

See those little red clips holding together the blocks on the right?  I LOVE those clips and am finding all sorts of uses for them.

Here are pics of the individual units so far:







Bonnie “revealed” “Allietore” New Year’s Day!

What a gift!

Here’s her computer picture, likely done on EQ7.


Here’s her own quilt in fabric–note that she has scalloped the edges:


And here are the two blocks:

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These are the COOLEST blocks.  Thank you Bonnie!!!  There are, really, just four main colors–red, gold, black, and grey–so these blocks are going to be gorgeous in loads of colorways.  It has been so fun to see all the differing colors people are using on Bonnie’s Facebook quilt studio.

I still have to cut the red and gold block centers AND some red fabric for the corner and inner border treatments, but…

Unfortunately, I can’t get to this quilt until I get the second of the two granddaughters’ quilts off the design wall.

All in good time…but I got some fabric today for the gold inner border and the black outer border.  They are currently in the washing machine.

That’s progress of a sort.

YOU can print out her patterns from her blog–go to quiltville.com and click on the blog button–for a bit more time.  Then she will sell this pattern.

Bonnie meticulously explains each and every step for making one of her mystery quilts.

Turkey Tracks: Mount View Chamber Singers 2015-2016

Turkey Tracks:  January 6, 2015

Mount View Chamber Singers 2015-2016

One of my most favorite events of this past holiday season was attending an event on December 20th at The United Christian Church in Lincolnville, Maine–with my friend Rose Lowell and her friend and neighbor Dee.

My goodness, after an extraordinary peaceful hour passed in the candlelit church among the Mount View Chamber Singers, I left with renewed faith and belief in the young people of our nation.

The church is old–built in 1821.  Inside were “old timey” church boxes–where one opened a gate to enter a pew.

As we got settled, dusk fell–which it does about 3:30 in the afternoon in December in Maine.

A hush fell over us all as the young people entered the church, each carrying two lit candles in jars, and spread themselves in a circle around the church–stopping at the music stands put up for each person down the side aisles and across the front and back of the church.

After each song, the singers rotated one stand to the right–so the audience kept hearing different voices among the total voices.

The young people–high school age I’m thinking–were dressed as if going to a party.  The boys wore black tuxedos, and the girls wore stylish black dresses, heels, and stockings.  They looked smashing in the flickering candlelight!

AND, the music was very challenging–all sung with no accompanying instruments.  This music was from the middle ages for the most part.  There were songs like “Hodie, Christus Natus Est,” a plain chant.

How many teenagers do you know who would spend the amount of time these young people have on this kind of an effort?

They gave about 30 performances all over Maine, beginning November 28th.

Here they are–these lovely young people from the Thorndike, Maine, area–which is very rural in nature:


Thank you all for an oasis of quiet, peace, music, candlelight, and renewed faith in people and the future of the earth.

This event may have been the best gift of the season.