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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: 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

Turkey Tracks: Lending Some Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  August 4, 2019

Lending Some Quilts

Karen Martin and I loaned Fiddlehead Artisan Supply (Belfast, Maine) some quilts for their booth at the recent state quilt show (Pine Tree Quilt Guild).  That’s my Katja Marek Millifiori to the left of the Fiddlehead sign.  Below it is a Katja Marek 54-hexigon quilt—all based on Marek’s book THE NEW HEXAGON.  The blocks are all Cotton+Steel.

Karen’s wonderful Tula Pink (greys, blacks, whites, and yellow) is to the right of the Fiddlehead sign.  This quilt is from Tula Pink’s 100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS.

The quilt behind the service desk is my Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone method from her MODERN QUILT MAGIC book.  This quilt is all Cotton+Steel low volume fabrics.  I’m assuming that most of you know that C+S has moved to Moda, taking their designs with them, and are now known as Ruby Star Society.  Their first fabrics from Moda are shipping this month.

Here are close-ups of these quilts.

 

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Summer Quilting

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Turkey Tracks:  August 3, 2019

Summer Quilting

Of course I’m sewing.  Of course I am.

Look at this crazy design wall!

I’ve been playing with blocks for one thing.  I usually have time to make a block or two most days, except when family is visiting.

The Granny Square/Trip Around the World block at the top (posts about it earlier) from Then Came June is growing.  I think this one is going to be 4 by 4.  Maybe a bit bigger.  I’m using leftover solids for this block.  They make up pretty fast and easy.

The quilt in progress is more rows of Amanda Jean Nyber’s “Slopes” quilt using Cotton+Steel fabrics.  I had a dedicated sewing morning with the Mt. Battie Modern quilters about two weeks ago and got more of these blocks doine.

To the right:  Bonnie Hunter’s funky stars—the colored fabrics are Cotton+Steel.  There is a BH pattern for this funkiy block, but it’s also a block that has been around for ages.

The pineapple blocks are being made with the Creative Grids large ruler—they are 8 inches.  Right now they are Cotton+Steel, but that might not stay that way.  The bottom green one is WAY, WAY too busy.  But the center kind of shimmers, so I might leave it within a larger selection of these blocks.

The long skinny blocks are Jen Kingwell’s “Glitter” blocks.  I was thinking to hand piece them, but they are not that hard to sew…  So, as I finish one, I organize another.  And the trees (below) are her “The Avenue.”  This block is way bigger than I realized when I bought the templates.

 

The “bird” blocks are an improv project that I’m not sure I like all that much.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but sometimes life moves on and old projects fall away.  We’ll see.  I have been picking out fabrics for another block.  And one goal here is to use solids to surround the birds.

I had thought to use “the avenue” trees in the bird quilt, but the scale is wrong.  They are too large.  I was thinking that I would do sets of seasonal colors.  I have one more organized and will make it.  Then they are going into the “Parts Department” bin for an improv quilt to be made probably this winter.  I do like the way the neutrals around the trees are making interesting forms.  Maybe I will make some with other colors and mix them all up?

I’m quilting (big stitches with size 8 perle cotton) the “6-pointed star” quilt from Tara Faughnan and Amy Newbold’s The Color Collective project on Sewtopia.  (Season 2 is coming in October—and I’ve done other posts on this project which uses a TF-curated color palette in solids.)  I continue to be fascinated with how geometric shapes can play off of each other.  I am using all dark thread colors for this one as I don’t want the brighter/lighter threads to distract from the geometric shapes.

I finished the VERY FUN freezer paper technique Tara Faughnan calls “On Point.”  How cool is this?  The camera distorts, of course.

It’s pinned and ready to go for hand quilting.  I will use the brighter thread colors in this one.

These are leftover pieces sewn into a tumbling blocks form—from the 6-pointed star.  NO!  JUST NO!  It’s intriguing, but its going into the Parts Department bin—and maybe will be surrounded with neutrals down the line in the next improv quilt.  I want to circle back to the Lone Star and Radiating Log Cabin projects—you can see those in the pillows on the bed.

So, yes, I am sewing and creating.  Always!

 

 

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August 3, 2019 at 6:56 am

Turkey Tracks: AC Slater and His Girls

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Turkey Tracks:  August 3, 2019

AC Slater and His Girls

He adored them!

He pined when they left.

He still goes to their beds and hunts for them.

They each wanted a picture with him, so we did that one afternoon.

 

 

AND NOW, he has new grandchildren that are playing with him.  He’s ecstatic!  They have him SWIMMING like a mad foo.

 

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August 3, 2019 at 6:51 am

Turkey Tracks: Summer Family Visits

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Turkey Tracks:  July 28, 2019

Summer Family Visits

I see I have not posted here since late June.

I’ve been busy!  Summer brings lots of outdoor chores and lovely family visits.

Bryan, Corinne, and their three girlies were here for a glorious two-plus weeks.  I had such a good time with them.

The first stop is always the LLBean Boot.  This year is was getting painted, so no opportunity to get a picture of the girls up on the toe, flanked by parents.

This trip, the youngest was 4, and so the family could hike to all the high places all around us.  They went on a big hike about every other day—many of them 4+ miles up and down.

This little girl below will remember these days all her life.

As will these…

They traveled to see many of our local lighthouses—this one (Marshall Point down in Port Clyde) in pea soup fog.  They love to hear the lighthouse fog horns.

They bravely swam in the Duck Trap River estuary and at the Laite Beach off Camden harbor.

We made “Lazy Day” summer skirts—each helped and chose their ribbons for the bottom hem—a free pattern on the Oliver+S web site).

July 4th at the harbor.

Here’s my very favorite picture of this trip.  Well, maybe, as there are lots of favorite pictures.  But I do love this one as it kind of shows what kind of young women they will become.

My boyfriend, AC Slater, ADORED them.  So I will do a separate post on their pictures with him.

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July 28, 2019 at 9:28 am