“Offcut Circles” Quilt

Turkey Tracks: August 29, 2021

“Offcut Circles” Quilt

I finished the scrappy wall hanging I have been making from the “offcut” quarter circles left over from the last project of this year’s The Color Collective season. The 7th and final month’s project this year was designed by Latifah Saafir. I loved her block (Tenderoni) and also loved her color palette.

I hung “Offcut Circles” at the entrance to my quilt room, opposite from its parent, the Tenderoni block wall hanging I’m called “Fractures.”

The small quarter circles in “Offcut Circles” comes from the way the small circles are cut and discarded from the Tenderoni block—replaced by a larger quarter circle that makes the math in the Tenderoni block work.

For both quilts, I quilted a grid with Sulky 12-weight cotton thread in many different colors related to the palette. You can buy this thread on small spools that cost under $2 a spool. They have plenty of thread on the spool for most projects where one wants lots of different colors. I get them from Red Rock Threads and order online.

I used the rusty dark brick color for the binding. The backing is just made from whatever I had in my stash that would fit. This time a warm paisley.

I made the circles using the template method Tara Faughnan taught us in our very first The Color Collective project in Season 1 and appliquéd them to the backing square. You know, in thinking about what I did, I don’t think I trimmed out the back of the background block after sewing down the circles. ???? I must have been resisting creating MORE CIRCLES that I would find hard to throw away.

Here’s the very first circle quilt from the very first project in season 1 of The Color Collective. I combined blocks from the first and second months.

Here’s a link to the original post about XOXO.

Here’s a link to the quilts I made from the first season of The Color Collective:


Late August 2021

Turkey Tracks: August 26, 2021

Late August 2021

The rainy days have finally stopped, and the very long lawn grass dried out enough for me to mow on Tuesday.

It was rough going as my little electric mulching mower was not happy with the long and damp grass, but we persevered, and the job is done.

There is so much moisture in the system though, from all the rain, so the hotter days (mostly 80s) are creating a lot of humidity. Fortunately, the nights are cool. I’ve been running the dehumidifier downstairs for many weeks now, and that has helped a lot.

It’s been a busy week, but today and Friday are “open,” so AC and I will get out into the yard for much-need shrub pruning and weeding of one bed maybe. Other than the suddenly overgrown shrubs (they liked all the rain), the weeding is not out of control. The deer are though. They love my hostas.

Debbie Jeske, A Quilter’s Table blog, has been posting the sampler blocks she’s making. They are all done now but for the big center block that will come along now with this project.

I really like her blocks and her color choices. Take a look?


I really like all of Debbie’s work, actually. She is an inspiration.

And here is where I am with Tara Faughnan’s Wedding Ring pattern. This quilt is so much fun! And it is not hard. I will want to make it again with a different color palette.

The top two rows are done, and I’m working on the rings for the third-row centers. I think all the centers are now placed where they will stay now. This quilt is chewing up solid fabric scraps in the most pleasant way.

Enjoy this back end of summer before we head into fall. The seasonal wheel is turning here—the light has already changed a lot.

It’s Water

Turkey Tracks: August 19, 2021

It’s Water

And look at how clear and clean it is:

What a relief!

And here’s the rest of the Haskell’s crew who installed the new pump yesterday:

There was more drama, but more of the “usual suspect” variety.

Last night’s shower felt REALLY good.

We are getting “Fred” today—so I’m looking forward to a rainy day of sewing.

Here’s where the Tara Faughnan wedding ring pattern is now:

I’m still moving around color, but, hopefully, will sew the second row today. I just need a few more of the circles completed. I never how how they will look until I put them in place.

Water Drama

Turkey Tracks: August 18, 2021

Water Drama

Water drama occured here yesterday.  

I realized earlier in the summer that the well pump has been in place for around 20 years. A call to Haskell’s water revealed that an average life span is about 10 years.

I decided not to push this pump further and have a failure in the winter—especially as the well is NOT in a flat location that is easy to access.

Yesterday, Haskell’s came to take out the old well pump, but two men couldn’t get it out.  That well is somewhere around 300 feet deep!!!  The hose and electrical cord are, obviously, that long—and something was stuck so the hose just stretched when pulled rather than pulling the pump up. The issue was to get the HOSE OUT more than the pump. They couldn’t install a new system (pump, hose, electrical cord) that would put the new pump deep enough if the old hose was still in the well channel. If they could get enough hose out, they could cut it and just let the old pump drop into the well pipe so that it would just fall to the bottom of the well. But, the pump was simply not moving upwards.

Two more men came, and four men couldn’t budge the pump either.

So, Haskell’s called a very nice man (“CT”) who came with big equipment that could go up the steep bank and try to pull out the pump. He got here late afternoon—with Steven, one of Haskell’s two owners.  It took some time, and the hose broke once, but they finally pulled out the pump. I felt such relief when it came up.

Here’s the big equipment arriving on a flat bed trailer and preparing to go up the steep hill to the well head.

Here’s the equipment balanced on the hill after freeing the pump.

And here’s the equipment on the way DOWN the hill—so you can see how steep it is. You can see clearly that having the pump fail in winter with deep snow or ice on the ground would be a real problem.

And here’s what that stalwart pump looked like.

I am so grateful for the Haskell’s men and the very competent “CT” who came on such short notice to help solve this problem.

I decided to just start over with new hose, electric cord, etc.  It does not make sense to me to take a risk with equipment that is somewhere around 20 years old.  Especially with a well that deep, with our winter climate, and with the location of the well.

Obviously, I have no water in the house now. I filled containers from the house pipes when it became clear I would have no water for some time—but didn’t get much as I had been flushing toilets. It is a total reflex action to just reach back and flush a toilet. The Haskell’s men told me to empty the pipes from the downstairs tub, which makes sense given gravity.

So, I made a quick trip yesterday to Hannaford’s to get portable water—about 9 gallons, 5 gallons of which was in two big containers and all had to be lugged into the house from the garage.  All the toilets can’t flush unless one adds needed water.  And water has to be heated for dishes.  Last night I just got those rinsed as well as I could and put them in the dishwasher and kept dinner to a bare minimum in terms of pots and pans.  

I have a whole new respect for those people in Africa who have to walk miles to water and haul it back.  It’s HEAVY.

Haskell’s has promised to come today to put in the new pump.  This morning they will have to organize the new pipe/electric cord, I think.  And they have other scheduled jobs. But rain is coming for two days after today, so I’m still crossing my fingers for a resolution and getting water back TODAY. 

I won’t be taking water for granted from here on out.

It’s a gift.

Mid-August 2021

Turkey Tracks: August 14, 2021

Mid-August 2021

Hello, hello!

After 9 days of his visit here, I took this guy back to the Portland airport for his journey home:

I started missing him before he even left!

He is heading into his 18th birthday and his senior year in high school, which includes all the stressful college applications and worry about “what next.”

It was delicious to have 9 days to one-on-one time with him as I had not seen him (or any of the other family members in Charleston, SC, for two years).

While he worked on summer school assignments, due very soon now, I did get in some sewing. And what a fun, fun project this wedding ring quilt by Tara Faughnan is!

I am sewing together the the last block on the right in the upper row later today and will join it to the others. Each is 20 inches finished—so the quilt will eventually be 80 by 80 inches. Of course I am moving around colors—nothing is set in stone until I actually sew it, and the color ideas have already changed from this picture.

The garden is at that late August messy stage. EVERYTHING needs mowing or dead heading. But it is so hot and so humid that one gets drenched with sweat in short order outside. I did mow yesterday, but that was enough for one day.

Some of the trees are starting their fall colors. And the hummingbirds will be leaving very soon now. And the light has already changed rather a lot as the seasonal wheel starts to turn.

A Summer Gift

Turkey Tracks: August 7, 2021

A Summer Gift

This guy made a last minute trip up to see me:

He is 18 next month, a rising high school senior, and my oldest grandchild.

I am so touched that he wanted to come and spend NINE days with his grandmother.

I have not seen my family for two years now, and this grandson is now taller than anyone in his family.

Plus, he is a sweet as a summer day is long.

The Aurifil blog posted an interview with Edyta Sitar, whose work I’ve always admired. I met her when I made my solitary trip to the Houston Quilt Show years ago. She was so gracious and lovely, and I so enjoyed meeting her.

I’ve been really tempted by her house quilt—and there is a scrappy version in this post. Her original one was in the blue fabrics she so loves.


Funky Wedding Ring Quilt Top

Turkey Tracks: August 2, 2021

Funky Wedding Ring Quilt Top

What a fun scrappy quilt!

It is so lively and so full of good energy. And I have not named it yet.

This is just a quick and dirty picture—and the quilt is hanging over another quilt in progress, so things look lumpy.

A reminder that this block comes from Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston and is in their book FREDDY AND GWEN COLLABORATE AGAIN: FRIENDS. I mixed printed and solid scraps in the blocks and am happy with how that evolved.

And here is what is going on BEHIND this quilt:

This quilt is designer Tara Faughnan’s “Wedding Ring” quilt.

It is so fun to make!

I have a busy day but can’t wait to spend some time today making more of the scrappy rings.