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Turkey Tracks: Quilty Update March 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  March 8, 2018

Quilty Update march 2018

I am working on a Traveling Quilt right now.

And I’ve almost finished quilting the Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt blocks on the long arm.  By later today, maybe, I’ll make and attach the binding.  I’ll finish up the binding at night while watching tv.  This quilt is all Cotton+Steel fabric, which I continue to love.

(I am still watching PROJECT RUNWAY, regular and All Stars, but have almost caught up.  I find the creativity in these programs to be endlessly engaging.  AND, a friend suggested I take a look at SISTER WIVES (The Brown family) on The Learning Channel.  Oh my.  I am fascinated with this program.)

I spent some time trying out these large selvage blocks.  They are a riff on Amy Friend’s “Circuitry Quilt” in her INTENTIONAL PIECING.  Mine are larger and, for the most part, using busier neutral fabrics alongside.  The blocks are subtle.  I’ll mix in the purple blocks I’m working on now.  I think I’m looking at a warm and a cool quilt, but who knows.  Time and more blocks will tell.

“Valse Brilliant” is coming together.  The secondary patterns are emerging.  I’m working on the third row now.  And that upper right corner piece.

This block is a leader/ender project, with a center of “made” fabric from my bags of crumb fabrics–for the most part.  I now have 30 block centers of the 63 I will need.  making the centers is total play for me, and as such, very peaceful and soothing.

Betsy Maislen is working at her “Long Time Gone” blocks.  She’s now finished her set of churn dash blocks:

Look at those fun centers.  The churn dash block is my all-time favorite block.  Well, ok, alongside New York Beauty.  And any kind of square in a square. And…  Face it, I just love to piece blocks.  I am so looking forward to making these little guys.  They are…smallish.

Now I only have “On Ringo Lake” (Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 mystery quilt) to quilt on the long arm.  I have several leader/ender projects going, but I am beginning to see my way clear to start the neutral/vanilla quilt I want to make with my Cotton+Steel fabrics.  I despaired about getting the project pile down, but there is only a foundation pieced tree block I designed in Amy Friend’s workshop with Coastal Quilters left to do.  AND, LOL, a whole lot of knit fabrics to sew into delicious clothes.

And she persisted…

 

 

Turkey Tracks: The March 2018 Snow Storm

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Turkey Tracks:  March 9, 2018

The March 2018 Snow Storm

I took these pictures before the storm finished.  In the light of day this morning, it’s clear I got something close to two feet of snow.  It’s a wet, heavy snow, so packs down pretty fast.  My gauge has always been the top of the hot tub (which is now dead).

My cheerful and wonderful plow/shovel team (Tom Jackson’s crew) came twice-once during the storm, and once afterwards.  It’s good to get ahead of snow this heavy, and the crew makes sure my generator is clear.

Trees were really weighted down with this storm:

I love the peace and quiet of falling snow.  Here are two little videos that try to capture a little of how beautiful falling snow is:

 

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March 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Interesting Information: Bees Marching In

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Interesting Information:  March 9, 2018

Bees Marching In

DIL Tamara Kelly sent me this very interesting video the other day.

Tami is director of BEE CAUSE, an organization that is now national and that works to preserve bees.  It was started by the Savannah Bee Company.

This is the season of swarming bees in the south.  When this swarm was captured and rehomed, the rescuers placed the queen into the new hive box.

Watch what happens.

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March 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm