Turkey Tracks: The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 1

Turkey Tracks:  May 20, 2018

The Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 1

Seventeen of us attended the Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mother’s Day Retreat.  Most of us arrived around noon on Thursday.  By Sunday late morning we were all gone–tired but having had a terrific time.  About half of the attendees were not Coastal Quilters, which is really fun because we all get to see all sorts of work being done by other quilters.  One person comes from Vermont, two from Massachusetts, and the rest are scattered up and down our Maine coast.  With each retreat, we are becoming better and better friends, and that is fun too.

I am going to break up this post into parts as I have so many pictures.

First, many of us are doing Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt as a challenge.  And many of us brought their blocks to date to share.

Here are Heidi August’s blocks.  Note the pineapple blocks below.  Heidi loves this block and has made many beautiful quilts with it.  She helped me learn how to use the Creative Grids pineapple ruler.  I loved it so much I came home and bought the big version too.  And in turn, my ruler was passed around so others could learn it while we had Heidi with us.


Here are Betsy Maislen’s blocks.  Note how she has formed the flying geese block on the middle left.  So clever!


Here is that block finished.  Who knew all these shapes were in that block?  Betsy also learned the pineapple ruler.

Karen Martin came on Friday and worked on these blocks AND learned the pineapple ruler.

Here are my samples–not Cotton+Steel which I am using in my “Long Time Gone” version.  These will go into my “parts department” box for a future improv quilt.

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