Turkey Tracks: January 14, 2018
January Thaw 2018 and Update
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.”
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…