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Turkey Tracks: Portable Sewing Machine Table

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Turkey Tracks:  November 14, 2018

Portable Sewing Machine Table

I have watched how this SewEzi portable table works for friends for a few years now.

I do a lot of sewing outside the house.

This table has an insert and an undertable that makes your machine sit flat against the table’s surface.

It’s easy to fold up, is sturdy, has a heavy cover to protect it during transport, is light to lift, and I could go on.

I love it!

You order the right insert for your machine.

The price is reasonable, and the shipping was prompt.  Very little to put together when it arrived—just the right components for YOUR machine.

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November 14, 2018 at 9:58 am

Turkey Tracks: Slaty Magic

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Turkey Tracks:  November 13, 2018

Slaty Magic

AC Slater is probably the last puppy I will every own and train.  If there is another dog in my future, it won’t be a puppy because it would not be fair to the puppy with all his/her puppy energy.  But I’m so enjoying working with AC Slater, who is now 7 months old.  It’s been magic to be out in the woods with a joyful companion who wants to work with me in some way.  So I beg patience from my readers as I experience this doggie magic.

AC on paper is a terrier/hound mix.  He’s a mutt.  He may be the smartest dog I’ve ever had, and he’s as sweet as he can be.  But there’s plenty of fiesty in that body too—along with some retriever genes.  He discovered this past week that he loves water and wants so badly to retrieve something in the water.  By summer he’ll be swimming for tossed sticks I’m sure.  Right now the water is getting too cold, and he has not figured out yet that he can swim.  I come home with a wet dog after every walk, which is ok too.

He points.  He runs ahead to spots he’s found on our walks, points them, and waits in some sort of frozen position for Penny and me to catch up.  He will not move off the spot until I comment on it.

Here there is a hole in the ground on a downhill slope, so it slants down the hill.  Is it an animal den of some sort?  I don’t know.  AC thinks it is highly suspicious though.

Culverts are another attraction, and there are lots of them along our pathways.  Most are small, and I worry he’ll try to go inside and get trapped.  But, here’s one he’s learned he can travel through.  Needless to say, it’s a favorite spot, and he has to go back and forth numerous times before we move on.

I live in an ideal place for dogs.  There are so many pathways where we can let dogs who behave run off leash.  Yes, we pick up doggie waste—or many of us do.  But a young dog like AC can run out his kinks every day.  And owners can go into the woods and fields, can get close to nature, and do get in a good walk themselves.

A few weeks past I bought a year pass to the Maine state parks—and walked one of the paths with the doggies.  The woods were spectacularly orange and gold and red.  It was a treat!  This time of year and mid-week, few people are on many of the trails.  (I carry a phone, and the trails are wide and beautiful.)  So, Slaty runs free once we are away from the trail entrance.

Penny does not like AC’s puppy energy, but she loves to snuggle with him when he’s quieter.  He is a huge snuggler who wants to be plastered to or on other bodies.  I am on the left of them both in this picture.

Today we have heavy rain, so I don’t know if there will be a break for a walk.  I will miss it, and so will AC.  Penny will be quite happy to stay in her bed.

 

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November 13, 2018 at 10:24 am

Turkey Tracks: Rolling Your Seams

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2018

Rolling Your Paper-Pieced Seams

Here’s a new trick for me, courtesy of friend Tori Manzi:  use a brayer tool to roll your foundation/paper-pieced seams or short seams without having to iron them.  Here I’m putting together strips for Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braid quilt design.  I only need a short piece of the previous seam to lie flat.

I got my brayer on Amazon, and it was under $10.  It now lives in my travel pack of scissors, etc.

Thanks Tori!!

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November 1, 2018 at 10:17 am

Turkey Tracks: Blue Hubbards and Fall Food Bounty

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2018

Blue Hubbards and Fall Food Bounty

Fall and winter vegetables have been harvested now.

I grew these Blue Hubbards.  The big one on the right is the normal size.  The vines ran all over the place this year, but did not seem to be setting fruit until well into August.  I did not think I would get a single big Blue.  Imagine my surprise when I found these beauties hiding in the mass of vines.

Blue Hubbards are terrific keepers, and I love the flavor.  I will either roast them whole or will cut them into slices, cut off the really tough skin, and will roast the flesh pieces with a healthy fat, rosemary, and garlic.

 

Here’s what I came home with my last pick-up at my CSA, Hope’s Edge.  CSA means Community Shared Agriculture.  One pays a little in the late fall to reserve a place and provide seed money for the farmer.  The rest is paid in the spring—it amounts to about $20 a week and I get much more value than that as the season progresses.  Below is produce worth way more than $20.  These delicious vegetables will keep a long time when properly stored, and I will be fed by Hope’s Edge for many, many weeks to follow.

When I got more greens like kale or beet greens than I could eat in a week, I blanched them and froze the extra portions.  So, now I have some packages of greens ready to be defrosted and eaten this winter.

I started thinking about my own garden and what came out of it this year:  strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, haricot bush beans (filet beans), radishes, lots of gorgeous lettuce, herbs (parsley, rosemary, basil, French tarragon, mint, multiple thymes, multiple sages, chives, nasturtium flowers and leaves), garlic, zucchini, and the blue hubbards.

Despite the cool weather and the drought, it was a good growing year.

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November 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

Turkey Tracks: More Mt. Battie Tula Pink Quilts in Our October 2018 Meeting

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Turkey Tracks:  October 30, 2018

More Mt. Battie Tula Pink Quilts

In Our October 2018 Meeting

Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Quilt Blocks were a challenge started in, I think, 2016.  Quite a few Coastal Quilters and Mt. Battie Modern members made these blocks.  Here are a few more:

Linda Satkowski set her blocks in dark grey—in the city scape format and with color groups together.  I am a bit nutty over dark grey these days, so of course I love this quilt top!

 

Becca Babb-Brott’s top was finished in early spring, but she had a really busy summer, as did I.  So we finally slowed  down and got her quilt on the long arm a few weeks ago.

She chose to do a simple wavy line—not wanting to take away from the setting and blocks.  The wavy lines are like wind blowing against the buildings of the city scape format.

Tori Manzi opted to set her blocks without sashing and with color blocks.  Wow!  What a pretty quilt!

 

Tori used Carolyn Friedlander’s new text fabric that has big letters.  Boy do I like that fabric.

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October 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie October 2018 Show and Tell

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Turkey Tracks:  October 30, 2018

Mt. Battie October 2018 Show and Tell

Roxanne Wells visited our meeting and brought a quilt to show:  “Screech.”

Oh my.  How glorious is this quilt?  But Roxanne’s quilts always are…glorious works of art.  She used machine decorative stitches extensively in this one, which inspired us all.  Thanks, Roxanne, for sharing.

Becca Babb-Brott has finished this big hexie quilt for her daughter.  We are holding it sideways to keep it off the floor.  I like the puce green binding too.  This one will be snuggly for a long, long time, which is it’s purpose.

Becca quilted very loosely—going around the big blocks and putting two stripes down the center of each.  I should have taken a picture of the back, as the quilting pattern looks really nice there.

Linda Satkowski bright her hand-made hexie flower quilt top to share.  We saw it in progress some time back, but here it is all done.  We will look forward to seeing it totally completed.  What a fantastic quilt!

 

A number of Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks quilts also came to the meeting.  They are in a separate post.

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October 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

Turkey Tracks: Another Knit Top

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Turkey Tracks:  October 28, 2018

Another Knit Top

I am really loving the three knit tops I’ve made from Simplicity 8529.  I finished this last one the other day.  It and one other are Cortton+Steel knits.  The third is a fleece top, pictured below.

I like that there are side slits and that the back is longer than the front.  The collar has a self-facing.  It’s easy to put a  t-shirt underneath it for more warmth.

I cut out this navy one last summer, but only just slowed down to sew it.  I have three other garments cut out, but have gotten a bit side-tracked with quilty projects.

 

 

Here’s the fleece top.  I put it on two days ago and stil have not changed it out for some other clothing.  One reason is the totally yummy pants I got from LLBean.  They are so soft—a cotton/stretch mixture.  They are kind of like a sweatshirt fabric, but are plain on the inside.

 

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October 28, 2018 at 10:30 am