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Turkey Tracks: Becca’s Kitty and Becca’s First Longarm Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  December 23, 2016

Becca’s Kitty and Becca’s First Longarm Quilt

Friend Becca has two half-grown black kittens that are hard to tell apart–brother and sister.

They are adorable.

They are coal black, but the female one has a white spot on her chest.  I may have finally learned to tell them apart.

I was over there the other day to admire Becca’s FIRST LONGARM QUILT all finished–she did it here on Lucy the Longarm, and it will be on a bed by now–and the female kitty begged and begged to come into Becca’s Etsy store, Sew Me A Song.  None of the family’s pets are allowed in the Etsy Store and especially not half-grown kittens.

Then we looked up to see this:

Here are some pics of Becca’s quilt–it’s her version of Bonnie Hunter’s “Scrappy Trip Around the World”–which is a free pattern on Bonnie’s web site Quiltville.com.  I LOVE Becca’s fabrics–so fresh and exciting and fun and so NOT like my older traditional ones…  I’m slowly switching over, and that is a totally wonderful journey.

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Becca used a navy and white strip to bind this quilt and quilted free hand with a medium grey thread.  To see more of this kind of binding take a look at Red Pepper Quilts blog.

Here you can see Becca’s backing fabric and how nicely the grey thread is playing on both sides of the quilt AND some of the really fun fabrics Becca uses.  She had fun with this quilt.  She wrote names into it, made hearts, made all kinds of squiggles, and just played.

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Here’s a pic of the “trip” pattern–which is really, really fun to make.  The blocks, when put together, start forming diamonds.

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Here’s my “trip” quilt from a few years back.  It’s the difference of night and day:

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I love mine–all made from 2 1/2-inch strip sets precut from other quilts and put into bins.  Each fabric reminds me of a quilt I made for someone.  And this quilt gets used every day.  BUT, I love Becca’s fabrics more.  Change is always good, and this change is providing me with loads of new joys–which include learning new things.

Turkey Tracks: Boot Wax and Coat Zippers

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Turkey Tracks:  December

Boot Wax and Coat Zippers

One day when Gina Caceci was here for Thanksgiving, we walked along the Rockland waterfront.  It was misty, though not too cold.  We both begin to zip up our coats.

I could not make my zipper work.

Gina could not make my zipper work.

At home, neither of us could make the zipper work.

On the way to take Gina to the Portland airport, we stopped by LLBean.

The return sales person made the zipper work in short order.  (Of course she did.)  But she gave me a new coat anyway.  And she suggested I get some boot wax and coat the zipper with it.  She had found that to be helpful with the big coat zippers.

So, I love my new coat.  It zips.  Which is important since we have had bitter cold.  (Bitter cold is cold in the single digits and below zero.  Cold in the 30s now feels like a summer breeze.)

And I just coated the zipper with the boot wax.

Then I coated my cherished boots with the beeswax.  (They were a gift from Sarah Rheault about 10 years ago since they did not fit her or her daughter.  They fit me wonderfully!!)

 

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Yes.  They look like new.

The instructions, which I read AFTER I waxed, said to heat the leather with a hair dryer first to warm the leather.  Well, that makes sense.  Next time…

Meanwhile, the wax is on the counter ready to coat all the other coat zippers as needed.

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December 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm