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Turkey Tracks: This and That Update, January 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  January 23, 2018

This and That Update, January 2018

Today is one of those really sloppy, wet, dark days.  A mess.  But No No Penny and I took a walk in Belfast on the harbor path last weekend that was delightful.  Everyone was out walking, smiling, visiting, and generally enjoying the bit of thaw we were having.

Aha!  That’s my shadow on the bottom of the pic, taking the pic.

On that trip, I found the backing and binding I will use for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake. The grey is a Cotton+Steel fabric that I have been admiring from afar.  It’s perfect as a backing.  And I really like the gold fabric for the binding.

I helped Karen Martin organize a project for the Leos for mid February–making tied fleece blankets to give away.  We are at the Lions Club at the Mt. Battie monthly Sit and Sew.  Linda Satkowski and Jan Kelsey also helped a lot.  There was a lot of cutting to do.  The Leos are the youth organization sponsored by the Lions.  And did I tell you I joined the Lions this past fall?  I did, and I really am enjoying getting to know them.  I like the Lions focus on helping in the community and working with young people.

Here are some of the blankets, ready to go for the meeting:

I sewed my FIRST top ON THE SERGER.  Wow was that fun.  And with the third serger, I now have one that works beautifully.  I even used a double needle on the regular machine to go around the neckline–in over 20 years of sewing I’ve never used a double needle.

I made some mistakes.  Of course I did.  It’s a learning curve.  But the garment is wearable and a lovely color.  I will enjoy it.

Next time, I would not use a light thread for the upper/lower loopers.  They sometimes show through the pink.  I should have used dark grey I think.

And when I measured the raglan sleeves I forgot you need to measure from the NECK, not the shoulder.  No problem.  I just cut off the short cuffs and put on longer ones.  And I redid the sleeve pattern.

This pattern is too long for me in the hips.  It works ok, but I shortened it and will try again.  I already have a knit washed and dried and ready to go.  One with a pattern.  Not sure how that will work out.  Learning curve, learning curve.

I have a pile of clothes I’ve made now.  And some patterns I’ve made to fit me better.  On to the next…

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January 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Tea, the antidote to winter’s blues – By Tom Seymour

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Turkey Tracks:  January 23, 2018

Tea, TheAntidote to Winter’s Blues

Tom Seymour

This article appeared in our local paper, The Camden Herald.

I was so intrigued because I have wanted to make a tea with fir “leaves,” but have not slowed down to find out which ones to use and how.  I bought some tea bags some years back and loved the flavor of the fir tea.  But who knew it also had so many vitamins and other goodies.

I dry mint leaves from my garden every year and make tea with those.  Hmmmm. What about mixing them?  I have a white pine just steps from one of my doors.

 

via Tea, the antidote to winter’s blues – By Tom Seymour – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette – Camden Herald

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January 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Turkey Tracks: January Thaw 2018 and Update

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Turkey Tracks:  January 14, 2018

January Thaw 2018 and Update

Hi folks!

This post will be a mish-mash of updates.

First, we had a brief but very welcome thaw.  At one point over the past two days we had temps in the low 50s, with a lot of rain accompanying the warmer temps.  Most of the snow has melted away, so we are ready for more snow to make everything look clean and white again.  The temps have dipped again, so we are back to winter.

Penny dog began begging for a walk as soon as the rain stopped.  She would not leave me alone until I dragged on boots and got out our coats.  The walking produced a “walking haiku.”

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January 13, 2018

That dog loves her walks
A January thaw called
Her joy filled my heart

Coastal Quilters had their monthly Sit and Sew at the Lion’s Club on Wednesday.  Becca Babb-Brott brought her spider web quilt and worked on the binding.  The spider webs are made with selvages:

I love this quilt.  (Becca’s Etsy store “Sew Me A Song” carries some really interesting Japanese fabrics that are hard to get here in the USA.)

She quilted it with diagonal lines that vary in width.

I finished all the blocks for the “Big Star” quilt, started in an Amy Friend workshop last year about improv paper piecing, the subject of her new book:  IMPROV PAPER PIECING.  The fabrics are Cotton+Steel, except for the charcoal solid.  Who knew I could make my own design?  I didn’t, but I really like it–though I recognize that it did not create any new territory.  I am sewing it together now.

I am on my THIRD Brother inexpensive serger.  I’ve sent two back as they had serious problems.  I am going to try out the one that came this week later this afternoon.  There is not doubt that a working serger makes sewing clothes really fast–especially with knits.  If this one doesn’t work, I’m giving up and will look for a more expensive serger.

I bought this yummy cotton knit fabric to make a sweatshirt on the serger this week–in my Wednesday class with Cheryl Rodriguez, whose studio is located at Waterfall Arts in Belfast.  Cheryl is AWESOME, and has gotten me feeling competent on the serger.  Now if the new one works…

And I finished the corduroy skirt that will go with the fleece top I made earlier:

It’s Simplicity 2058, and it fits after some major measuring and altering of the pattern.  I am back hippy and low waisted in the back, so a skirt without a waist band works best for me.  Thanks Cheryl for helping me figure out how to sew for my body.

I like the flare that develops AFTER my hips are fitted–the flare makes a swirly fullness at the hem.

Friend Gus Bruns dropped by and brought me this cowl that she made for me.  I love it!  She didn’t know that I love snowdrops and that I have them planted all over the yard.  The white on the navy feels like the essence of spring, doesn’t it.  The knit came from Alewives Quilt Shop in Damariscotta, Maine, and it is a sweatshirt knit.  Well!  I’ll have to slow down and go down for a visit as I’m looking for a knit in which to to make the Simplicity skirt, now that I’ve got the pattern “just right.”  The cowl fits “just right” too, and I really like it.

I took this picture Friday at a friend’s because it shows the sailcloth bag the kiddos gave me this summer–bought from a local store that specializes in sailcloth products.  I wanted them to see it gets used all the time.  AND, this picture shows how a mudroom functions in Maine–I love to see all the winter clothes hanging.  that’s my black coat and turquoise scarf just above the bag.

Lunch is ready (a lamb stew) and “that dog” is begging for a walk.  We’ll probably do it, though it is colder.  The bracing air may help clear out my head and chest as I’m fighting a simmering cold.  I haven’t had one in some years now, so it probably is time for my body to cleanse itself immune wise.

Hugs to you all…

Turkey Tracks: First Corner of “On Ringo Lake”

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Turkey Tracks:  January 7, 2018

First Corner of “On Ringo Lake”

Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 Mystery Quilt Challenge

 

I like my colors.

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January 7, 2018 at 11:58 am

Turkey Tracks: January 5, 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018

I’m not sure how it got to be January 5, 2018, already!

Where does the time get to so fast?

We survived yesterday’s “Bomb Cyclone” up here in Mid-Coast Maine.  I’ve seen much worse in terms of blizzards.  Maine coastal areas flooded, however.  Just north of Camden, Lincolnville Beach flooded.  I’ve never seen that kind of winter flooding before this storm, and many old timers here are saying they have not either.  It is not an exaggeration to say that we are in unchartered territory in terms of big storms and rising waters.

I replenished bird food and Louisa food before the storm.  The bags are so boldly colorful.

After this storm, we have a fair amount of snow on the ground.  The winter sports folks are delighted.   Here’s my back deck, so you can see what’s accumulated now.

The turkeys stay with me all winter now, but these males stick very close.  They spent the storm under the big white pine and their backs were often were covered with snow.  Did it help insulate their bodies?

I’ve had a lot of intense sewing time in recent weeks, which I love.  The Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt “reveal” came just before New Year’s, along with all the finishing “clues.”  “On Ringo Lake” is an intense, very scrappy quilt.  I am enjoying seeing all the different color ways and different settings people have used in this quilt and look forward to seeing my own different colors playing together.  You can see the finished quilt on Bonnie’s web site:  quiltville.com.

I don’t know.  I think in recent years Bonnie Hunter’s designs have gotten more and more busy.  Or, modern quilts have changed my own tastes.  But I often feel that all the busyness in sashings, especially, is detracting from the clever, innovative blocks she designs.  I know that opinion is a very personal taste take on my part, but I think my own challenge with her work that I attempt will be to scale back some of the elements.  The eye, I think, needs resting places.  Too much is…too much…and robs the work of its specialness.  The cleverness is getting…lost.

Here is a picture of some of the small quilts in my sewing room–made over the past 13 or so years:

I cut out a fleece top yesterday.  I’m working up my courage to sew it mostly on the serger.  Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

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January 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie December 2017 Meeting

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern December 2017 Meeting

We had a very pleasant gathering a few days after Christmas.

We set the meeting calendar for next year, organized the “Long Time Gone” (Jen Kingwell) challenge for 2018, and celebrated completing our FIRST YEAR of membership in the Modern Quilt Guild.

Becca Babb-Brott brought her completed Tula Pink 100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS top.

Note that Becca staggered her setting rows on the bottom as well as the top.  And, that she made the sashing between rows different widths.

It will be fun to see this one quilted and finished.

Next month we see the Traveling Quilts again.

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January 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Monthly Challenge–December 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern Monthly Challenge–December 2017

We are showing our traveling quilts every other month, which gives us two months to work on them.  In the off months we are doing one of the Lucky Spool exercises from the MIGHTY LUCKY QUILTING CLUB 2016 workbook.  As always, members can participate or choose not to participate.  We are working our way though the workbook.

This challenge asks one to design a quilt from a photograph–but a modern quilt, not a literal landscape quilt.  One is to look for shapes and, perhaps, greyscale impact.

I took this picture of my Tula Pink blocks (100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS) at the last Coastal Quilters retreat in October 2017.  And I could not get the idea that formed in my head out of it with regard to this mini challenge/exercise.  It kept just hovering and hovering there.  (The Tula Pink challenge ends in December, and next year the challenge is Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.)  These blocks are on my design wall now, and have been moved around a lot.  I think I’m ready to sew now though, and I have sashing and backing organized.  I am using TP’s suggested “city scape” format.

So, I had a lot of fun the other day cutting tiny pieces and making a kind of greyscale version of the city scape idea.  It is a bit literal, yes.  But I loved playing with the greyscale.  I quilted just using the walking foot.  Here’s “Greyscale,” which will go into my collection of small quilts hanging in my quilt room.  I seem to be in a grey/neutral/black moment in my quilting.  It’s about 17 by 18–roughly.

I like it.  The squares are “shedding” a bit though.  I probably should have glued them more thoroughly before sewing???  On the other hand, they have texture…

It is what it is.