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Turkey Tracks: Down a Lone Star Rabbit Hole

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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?

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September 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

Turkey Tracks: Monarchs

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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!

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September 7, 2019 at 9:49 am

Turkey Tracks: Honey Days

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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.

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September 3, 2019 at 10:51 am

Turkey Tracks: High Tide at Duck Trap River Estuary

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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.



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September 3, 2019 at 10:44 am

Turkey Tracks: Karen Martin’s “Can Can” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  August 26, 2019


Karen Martin’s “Can Can” Quilt


What else could one say about this amazing EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilt top?

The pattern is “Can Can” by Willyene Hammerstein.  It’s in one of her newer books, MILLIFIORI QUILTS 3.

Karen plans to put on a border to set off the center.  She’s thinking about what color now.  Options she discussed were black or the dark magenta.



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August 26, 2019 at 9:19 am

Turkey Tracks: A Lone Star Quilt?

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Turkey Tracks:  August 24, 2019

A Lone Star Quilt?

First, I finished AND HUNG the 6-pointed star project—designed by Tara Faughnan in the class I took last winter from Sewtopia, called The Color Collective.  I called it “Geometric Explosion” since you can see so many geometric forms in it as you look at it for any time and from different angles—from big hexies to tumbling blocks—in addition to the stars.

I quilted it with size 8 perle cotton and kept to the dark colors as I didn’t want the brights to disrupt the geometric “explosion.”

I hung it in my bedroom, replacing an older quilt that has been hanging for some time.  It’s good to refresh wall hangings (and pillows!) every so often.  It’s good to let an older quilt get a nice washing and to “rest” in peace for a while.

I finished and trimmed this big Lone Star block (30 inches unfinished) yesterday.

Oh my!

I have to make MORE of these.  I have to.

Maybe 4 of them, which would make about a 60 by 60 lap quilt.  And, possibly, one more that will hang on the wall at my quilt room door?  The older quilt there needs a rest as well.

I’ve always been terrified to try a Lone Star block.  No more.


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August 25, 2019 at 9:42 am

Turkey Tracks: They Love Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  August 24, 2019

They Love Maine

All the kiddos are back in school now—in both families.  But all of them had some really good time here in Maine.  And I had a really good time having them here.  Their visits replicate what I experienced as a child when visiting my grandparents in Reynolds, Georgia.  There was time, there, just “to be.”  There was time for reading, for watching a movie all together, and time for a nap.  And lots of time being able to spend time in nature.

Here are some pics of the older crew:

Barrett’s Cove, for a swim.


Picking lavender at a local farm.  My whole utility room smells of lavender as the strands dry.

They visited alpacas, up close.  I bought a sweater!


We played LOTS of a card game called “Hand and Foot.”  And drank lots of Irish black tea.

The morning they left—on their way back to their busy lives.

How did they get so big so fast?

Watching them grow up is such a pleasure.

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August 24, 2019 at 7:32 am