Turkey Tracks: “On Point” Done and Hung

Turkey Tracks:  September 25, 2019

“On Point” Done and Hung

“Fall:  Sawtooth”

This quilt comes from the online class with Tara Faughnan I’ve been blogging about in recent months—The Color Collective, hosted by Sewtopia, and featuring the work of Tara Faughnan.  Each month Tara taught us a method and sent us a curated collection of Kona solid fabrics.  This quilt was made using the freezer paper method.  AND, I LOVE IT.  I named mine “Fall:  Sawtooth.”


I quilted all those shapes with size 8 perle cotton—and the resulting texture is lovely.

SEASON 2 starts in October.  Yes, I’ve signed up.

Turkey Tracks: Monarch Chrysalis Update

Turkey Tracks:  September 9, 2019

Monarch Chrysalis Update

For the past few days, the green chrysalis darkened to black from green, and the orange wings began to show really clearly.

Sunday was cool and damp, off and on.  Would the butterfly emerge?

Here she/he is.  You can see the now-clear chrysalis behind him/her, still stuck to the amaryllis plant.  She/he hung out all day, just moving slowly and gathering strength.  She/he is gone his morning.

What an amazing, stunning process!


Turkey Tracks: Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

Turkey Tracks:  September 8, 2019

Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

This large 4-patch (each block is 30 inches unfinished) contains all the fabric colors that Tara Faughnan curated and Amy Newbold of Sewtopia sent to us for this THE COLOR COLLECTIVE project.  I added the navy, pink, and soft green backgrounds as they were what I had in my stash.  I could not stop making these blocks because I wanted to see what would happen with color placement and how they all looked together.  AND because they turned out NOT to be so hard (with Tara’s instructions and videos to guide).

This one is all layered and pinned now.  I’ll hand stitch mostly with perle size 8 cotton, though I may do some grid sewing on the domestic.  It’s going to hang in a stairwell, replacing a quilt that has been hanging for 15+ years.

In part I wanted to see different color combinations appeared on light or dark backgrounds—especially at the points.  You can see on the upper right/pink background of the above 4-patch how light and dark fabrics at the points can have a kind of fireworks effect.  The lower two quilts have a light point on dark background and a dark point on a light background.

The one below has colors from the collection—I added the yellow as I had it on hand—and is going in my bedroom as a wall hanging—to replace another small quilt that has been hanging for many years.  I thought it would go on the wall outside my quilt room—to replace another quilt that has been hanging too long, but while I like the block, the colors don’t quite work in that space, given other nearby colors.

This scrappy one I made from leftover scraps—and it is modeled on a BIG one that Tara Faughnan made that is scrappy.  Google “Tara Faughnan Quilts” to see it.  I’m going to back it with the really dark fabric that came in the collection—a kind of luscious dark navy/purple that you see around the yellow star center above.  I ordered more of that fabric, and it came yesterday and went right in to the washing machine.  I like this one a lot.  Not sure where it will go.

My favorite is on the 4-patch—the top one on the left with all the blues.  I ordered more of those fabrics, except for the pickle color points as I already ordered more of the pickle color.  The pickle is destined to be the binding for the 4-patch.  I added in a chartreuse for the points and will back with the dark navy/purple.

This last one (?) is going to hang on the wall outside my quilt room.  Guess what I’m doing today?

Turkey Tracks: Monarchs

Turkey Tracks:  September 7, 2019



Look what friend Betsy Maislen found in the amaryllis leaves on the porch—just before she left to go on the windjammer J&E Riggin for the week—where she and co-Captain Annie Mahle enjoy cooking together:

You can see the butterfly wings in the casing now.  And isn’t the gold trim…amazing?

There have been more than a few Monarchs in the yard in the past two weeks, which is encouraging.  From the Maine fall flyway, these butterflies will fly all the way to Mexico without stopping to create more generations.  They will lay their eggs in Mexico, and next year, those babies will migrate—in generations—back to Maine.  Mother Nature is…AWESOME.

AC has been hunting tiny frogs and the fall crickets (which are singing now) in the grass.  If it moves, he’s all over it.  I rescued this Monarch from him the other day.  Maybe newly hatched?

I scooped her with a flat hand from the bottom, so just her feet touched and put her into the cleome bush that has been wildly growing all summer with all the rain we’ve had.


Here’s what the chrysalis looks like this morning:

This butterfly is almost ready to fly!

Turkey Tracks: Honey Days

Turkey Tracks:  September 3, 2019

Honey Days

Collecting a year’s supply of local, raw honey happens in late summer/early fall.

Down this road lies the honey shed:

I leave my 12 bottles by the mailbox, and David Smith of Sparky’s honey picks them up when he comes home.

About a week later, he calls, and I come home with these…

…beautiful, local honey!!

The only white sugar I’ve purchased for many years now is for the hummingbird feeders.  And, perhaps, for grandchildren who want to bake something yummy for dessert.

Turkey Tracks: High Tide at Duck Trap River Estuary

Turkey Tracks:  August 2019

High Tide at Duck Trap River

These views are from the back side of the bar—at full high tide.  It’s a bit warmer as it is also sheltered from the prevailing bay breeze.  But, it’s…cold water.  They are hearty souls for sure!

Look at that wonderful old bridge in the background.

AC waded but said no to swimming.  The drop off was a bit scary for him.  But he LOVES to swim.