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Turkey Tracks: Karen Martin’s “Can Can” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  August 26, 2019


Karen Martin’s “Can Can” Quilt


What else could one say about this amazing EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilt top?

The pattern is “Can Can” by Willyene Hammerstein.  It’s in one of her newer books, MILLIFIORI QUILTS 3.

Karen plans to put on a border to set off the center.  She’s thinking about what color now.  Options she discussed were black or the dark magenta.



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August 26, 2019 at 9:19 am

Turkey Tracks: A Lone Star Quilt?

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Turkey Tracks:  August 24, 2019

A Lone Star Quilt?

First, I finished AND HUNG the 6-pointed star project—designed by Tara Faughnan in the class I took last winter from Sewtopia, called The Color Collective.  I called it “Geometric Explosion” since you can see so many geometric forms in it as you look at it for any time and from different angles—from big hexies to tumbling blocks—in addition to the stars.

I quilted it with size 8 perle cotton and kept to the dark colors as I didn’t want the brights to disrupt the geometric “explosion.”

I hung it in my bedroom, replacing an older quilt that has been hanging for some time.  It’s good to refresh wall hangings (and pillows!) every so often.  It’s good to let an older quilt get a nice washing and to “rest” in peace for a while.

I finished and trimmed this big Lone Star block (30 inches unfinished) yesterday.

Oh my!

I have to make MORE of these.  I have to.

Maybe 4 of them, which would make about a 60 by 60 lap quilt.  And, possibly, one more that will hang on the wall at my quilt room door?  The older quilt there needs a rest as well.

I’ve always been terrified to try a Lone Star block.  No more.


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August 25, 2019 at 9:42 am

Turkey Tracks: They Love Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  August 24, 2019

They Love Maine

All the kiddos are back in school now—in both families.  But all of them had some really good time here in Maine.  And I had a really good time having them here.  Their visits replicate what I experienced as a child when visiting my grandparents in Reynolds, Georgia.  There was time, there, just “to be.”  There was time for reading, for watching a movie all together, and time for a nap.  And lots of time being able to spend time in nature.

Here are some pics of the older crew:

Barrett’s Cove, for a swim.


Picking lavender at a local farm.  My whole utility room smells of lavender as the strands dry.

They visited alpacas, up close.  I bought a sweater!


We played LOTS of a card game called “Hand and Foot.”  And drank lots of Irish black tea.

The morning they left—on their way back to their busy lives.

How did they get so big so fast?

Watching them grow up is such a pleasure.

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August 24, 2019 at 7:32 am

Turkey Tracks: AC LOVES Water and to Swim

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Turkey Tracks:  August 2019

AC LOVES Water and to Swim

Who knew?

Apparently it is a Jack Russel terrier trait.

If there is a stick involved, AC is on board.



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August 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

Turkey Tracks: Summer Readers

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Turkey Tracks:  August 2019

Summer Readers

Summer vacation can provide time for lots of reading.  We are a reading family.  When we moved to Maine, I lost count of how many trips I made to the local library with my Jeep filled with books to donate.  We just could not move them all.

Mike takes advantage of some quiet time.

Above, he’s ripping through the new Tana French, which is a stand-alone novel, different from her earlier detective novels which are set in the Dublin, Ireland, area.  I read it and saved it for him.  I also finished French’s BROKEN HARBOR and am now reading her THE SECRET PLACE.

He also brought:

Tami was reading and really enjoying this one, which she highly recommends:

The girls:

And the fellows:  Kelly’s book provided some good conversations that involved many of us.  He started high school last week!

And we kept losing Bo to this one:

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August 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

Turkey Tracks: Painting/Art Central

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Turkey Tracks:  August 16, 2019

Painting/Art Central

They are gone now, but you might get a kick out of this art effort…

The girl kiddos love crafts/art/painting.  Talula set up an art station on the front porch—which stayed for some days.  First there was a painting, using John’s acrylic paints and his easel.  Next, collected rocks to paint and put all around my garden.

Lined up and ready to go.

The painters—just back from a swim at Duck Trap estuary.


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August 16, 2019 at 10:11 am

Turkey Tracks: Archery Practice

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Turkey Tracks:  August 14, 2019

Archery Practice

Mike, Tami, and the 4 kiddos just returned home Monday.

Boy do kiddos grow up fast!

I got good bows and arrows a number of years ago (and a target), and getting the equipment out and having a morning of practice has always been high on the boys’ agenda when visiting.

So, we had a delightful morning over at the baseball field early in their visit—before Mike had to return home.



The girls arrived and got a quick lessone from their big brothers.



While parents watched…

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August 14, 2019 at 8:48 am