Turkey Tracks: Christmas Puzzles

Turkey Tracks:  January 6, 2019

Christmas Puzzles

My oldest and his family came to Maine for Christmas week.

We did a very low-key Christmas, which included books and chocolate for everyone.

There was a lot of this:

I love seeing my quilts used!

I had two long woods walks with my grandkiddos and AC Slater.  I did not take my phone camera on either, which now seems too bad.  But…  I often worry that we are living through technology and not just…living in the moment.  In any case, these Southern kiddos were fascintated with all things ice:  frozen streams, ponds, puddles, and so forth.  They climbed around my hills and built a fort in the woodsf as there are no ticks now.

We ate good food, played games, worked puzzles, did art projects, watched some movies together.  There was snow one morning before everything turned to rain.  Sking in December is always iffy in Maine.  And equiping everyone for one day is expensive.  So we made small excursions out for Zoot hot chocolate and coffees and to cruise the downtown shops.  The week flew by.

Here are the puzzles we did on this visit:

This last one was really hard actually.  But, we did it.  As is usual, there is a missing piece—lost along the way.  Maybe it will turn up…  We know AC “found” the missing piece from the middle puzzle because we found it all wet and limp and chewed up in his mouth.

This family is really busy when at home and in the school year.  Their lives are hectic and full of events.  So, having a week of down time is really good for them.  They went home ready to tackle the world again.  And I am glad that this place is doing what John and I wanted for them—providing a haven for a “time out” and for some inner and outer healing.



Turkey Tracks: “Absolutely Colorful” Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2019

“Absolutely Colorful” Quilt

Here is the second quilt gifted to two local sisters (7 and 9) this Christmas.  They are the great grandaughters of a dear friend, Linda McKinney.  AC Slater likes to pose on quilts.

The block is Bonnie Hunter’s “Garlic Knot.”  And the setting with the little crosses in the sashing is also Bonnie Hunter’s design.  Bonnie did a more elaborate piano keys border than I have here, but my center is busier I think.  The block formations would be more graphic is I had used plainer low-volume setting fabrics, but I like all the more complicated low volumes we have these days.

I used this backing once before in the darker grey with turquoise.  It’s Cotton+Steel.

How cute is this backing???

Turkey Tracks: “Serendipity: Scrappy Surprise” Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2019

Serendipity:  Scrappy Surprise Quilt

I had such fun making this quilt.  It was gifted to one of two sisters here in Camden, Maine.  The other sister’s quilt follows in a separate post.

Both Bonnie Hunter and Victoria Findlay Wolfe “play” with “making” fabric.  The center of this block is made from my crumb scraps—sewn on to 4 1/2-inch newsprint weight paper.  I worked in faces, animals, and fun images when I could.  These block centers were a leader/ender project for a long time.

I learned to make the other square from one of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts.  Celtic Soltice, maybe.  One uses the Companion Angle Ruler, but positions the top above the strip of fabric to get the wider cut of the square.   The small triangles were cut with the Easy Angle ruler.  (Bonnie Hunter has a combo ruler that combines the functions of these two rulers.) The rest of the block is my design.  And I particularly like the formation of the 9-patch between the block corners and the sashing.

Fellow Camden quilter Becca Babb-Brott (Etsy store Sew Me A Song) helped me pick out the sashing fabric—and this fabric, which I’ve had for 3 or more years now—was probably my first walk into “modern” fabrics and brighter colors.

I adore this backing.  It’s got a black cat, fanciful houses, but also chickens and hedgehogs and so forth.  It’s perfect for this quilt.