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Turkey Tracks: May 2018 Quilting Retreat Group Project

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Turkey Tracks:  May 20, 2018

May 2018 Quilting Retreat Group Project

This is the project I took for everyone at our recent Coastal Quilter’s Mother’s Day weekend retreat.

Each person got one of the flour sack towels and 21 hexes with which to play.

The flour sacks can be ordered from Amazon.  I paid about $18 for a set of 12.  Amazon has some sort of algorithm that will up the price on you if you order once or look more than once, so be aware…

I had fun using some different paper piecing shapes–the pentagons, for instance.

 

The towels are large and very white and very soft.  It’s fun to decorate them.  I used a fine thread so the back remained pretty clean.  You can bury knots of pearl cotton or embroidery thread under the hexes if you don’t want knots to show on the underside of the towel.

They are fun to use in the kitchen and the bathroom I think and would make great gifts.

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May 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Hot Tub is Going

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Turkey Tracks:  May 20, 2018

The Hot Tub is…Gone

 

I gave it to a young family.  The father came with an uncle and a brother a few Saturday’s ago.  It took longer to prep it to move than any of us thought.  And it turned out to be way, way too heavy for three big men to move, especially with a fairly steep hill to negotiate.  I never knew the bottom underside was so thoroughly closed off.  Probably wise given that the underneath would be toasty warm in the winter.

What is puzzling all of us is that when the hot tub came, it only took three men to bring it up the really steep hill.  Now it is super heavy.  Is there water inside in the pumping system?  Is the motor really that heavy?  Questions…

I loved this hot tub for many years and used it a lot.  The stars at night in the clear cold of winter are amazing from the inside of a hot tub.  I’ve been out there many times in bitter cold, with frozen hair, but warm and happy as could be.  You can see the whole of the Milky Way in Maine in the winter.

But, I am not using it.  Somehow, I don’t need it anymore.  And taking care of it in the winter is not what I want to be doing.  It’s time for it to go to someone who will use it and love it.

Thanks to Tom Jackson and his crew and a very big tractor with a crane and bucket, the hot tub is now…gone.  And thanks to Eric Chontos (MidCoast Power Washing and Carpentry) for hauling it off.

 

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May 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Turkey Tracks: An Amazing Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  May 20, 2018

An Amazing Quilt

I am behind on posts.  This picture came from our Coastal Quilters’ meeting in early May.  Spring is so busy for me.  And, I just returned from a wonderful quilty retreat.  More on that later.

But feast your eyes on this gorgeous quilt top.  The maker, a new member for Coastal Quilters, said there is one more border to do before this top is done.  I can’t wait to see it finished.

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May 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Turkey Tracks: New Grill!

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Turkey Tracks:  May 20, 2018

New Grill!

My old one was 5 years old and beyond my ability to clean up I think.  Not because I’m lazy but because I can’t do the chemicals that would clean up rust due to my histamine intolerance.  I can’t get the grill down to the garage on my own, so it is under cover, but outside.  I have to rethink this issue.

I got the same model, but it has some improvements.  It still has the fuel gauge I love. I also love the heat gauge, so I know when I should start cooking.  One shelf is fixed and serves as a kind of handle to push the BIG WHEELS around.  The weight of five feet of snow smashed the older tiny wheels down until they really did not want to turn.

And the RED makes me smile whenever I see it.  I keep it inside a cover when it is not in use.

I love flank steak.  It may be my most favorite form of steak.  It has so much flavor.  And on a hot grill, cooks super fast.  But first, the veggies:  here’s a pan full, including sugar peas that are just coming into our markets now.   My oven gas burners are really HOT (14,000 BTUs), so I can sear a pan full of veggies in no time.  When they start to sweat, I turn the heat down.  I use duck fat or coconut oil for the fat as it will stand up to this kind of high heat.

Here are the finished veggies:

My first steak on this new grill:

Slice flank steak across the grain.  Look at all the extra meat I will have–some to freeze for my quilty trip and some for leftovers.

Here’s my Friday night dinner:

And here’s a leftover meal.  I only had these thin rice noodles.  They just soak in hot water for ten minutes.  The veggies reheat in a glass bowl in the oven in under 20 minutes.  (I gave away my microwave some 15 years ago.)  I like this kind of dinner when I’m sewing.  Easy to reheat, lovely to eat.

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May 20, 2018 at 3:05 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Me-Made-May

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Turkey Tracks:  May 9, 2018

Me-Made-May

I am well on my way with garment making this year.

I probably can’t wear something I’ve made every day for the whole month of May yet, but I am not far off.  I can probably do it if I wear things multiple times.  I LOVE sewing clothing.

Looky, looky at new additions to my wardrobe:

Grainline Studio:  The Morris Blazer:  The coral knit is not very stretchy.  I’m still figuring out where I fit between a 12 and a 14, especially with tops.  And I’ve learned I do better with a 12 in a top if the knit is stretchy.  This garment fits, but only just.  So I wanted a sleeveless layering piece to go with.  I will make this adorable jacket again for the fall in a 14.

Grainline Studio:  Willow Tank top.  Pattern also extends to a dress.  I used double gauze and LOVE this top.  Will wear both pieces with either a jean or natural skirt.  Or, stretch jeans.  AND, I will be making this one again and again for this summer.  Overlaying it with a garment shirt would also be lovely.

100 Acts of Sewing Dress No. 3:

This is my second dress from this pattern.  This pattern is very…big.  Cheryl Rodriguez (my sewing teacher) and Becca Babb-Brott (see her Etsy store Sew Me A Song) have helped me to tighten it in the right places and to redraw the neckline and shorten the sleeves.  I just finished this one last night.  Our Maine spring runs cool to warm, so I can wear various types of white t-shirts beneath it.  Or throw on a pair of leggings.  The fabric is Essex Linen.

Here is a close-up of this gorgeous steel grey and cobalt blue fabric:

And you can see how pretty white sets off the fabric.  I will get a lot of summer wear out of this one for sure.  So pretty too with my Ka Ora silver bracelets–see earlier post.

I am cutting out accumulated fabrics now and will have a sewing marathon when I get home from my quilty retreat to the Franciscan Guest House for Mother’s Day weekend.

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Who Ordered All Those Bulbs Anyway?

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Turkey Tracks:  May 9, 2018

Who Ordered All Those Bulbs Anyway?

Every fall, I am done with the summer and ready to move into our fall/winter seasons.  Or I’m almost done cleaning up and winterizing and am ready to start intense sewing again.

Of course, that is also when the fall bulbs arrive in the mail.  You know, the ones I ordered way last spring.

I am, inevitably, disgruntled at the need to plant them.

BUT, here’s why one might order all those bulbs in the spring…

The daffs really love my little meadow down front.  They are spreading so nicely.

The daffs below were planted last fall and have not had time to bulk up yet.

The front yard is now full of the Siberian blue scilla that are spreading.  And we (my friend David Hannan) planted (not pictured here) bulbs in front (shown above) and on the far side and in the back last year.  In a year or two they will be thicker.  Also, deer don’t like daffodils.  They adore tulips.

It’s time to go find the Fedco bulb catalog…

 

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May 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Winter: Dawn Trees” quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  May 8, 2018

“Winter:  Dawn Trees” Quilt

This quilt is my own design, and I really love the way it came out.  I am a bit fixated on winter trees anyway, and, also, on the amazing Maine winter dawn light that coats the earth with a marmalade color that I love.  Winter in Maine is, actually, very colorful.  I chose the purple of the trees based on the purple shadows that appear over the snow in winter.

The quilt started in a workshop with Amy Friend (blog:  during quiet time) that used her newly issued book IMPROV PAPER PIECING.  I drew the three blocks on what was then EQ7.  I have since upgraded to EQ8.  (The other quilt that came out of that workshop was a big star made with Cotton+Steel fabrics–see below and see an earlier blog post).

Right now the quilt is hanging in my quilt room–which is a bit messy as I’m packing for a weekend quilty retreat.

Sarah Fielke’s “The Seasons” in the book she co-authored with  Kathy Doughty:  MATERIAL OBSESSION 2.

I also have a bare trees pattern designed by Carolyn Friedlander which I may start next winter.  I love the pattern.

Here’s the Cotton+Steel Big Star Quilt:

Amy is a marvelous teacher, and the way she teaches her students how to design their own patterns is…wonderful.  And surprisingly easy.