Turkey Tracks: Birthday Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  July 16, 2010

Birthday Quilt

I love my birthday.  It’s March 17th, and I look forward to it every year. 

This year, the grandchildren sent me a special present:  a paper quilt.

I loved it on sight.

And, I propped it on the wall in our craft/laundry room area, but didn’t get it hung until just before they came.

Here’s what it looks like:



You can see their names at the top.  I love the colors.  And, I think it’s the coolest quilt ever.

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters 2010 Challenge Quilt

June 9, 2010

Coastal Quilters 2010 Challenge Quilt

I finished the Coastal Quilter’s 2010 challenge.  Here is the challenge fabric:

We were to create a 9 by 12 quilt using this fabric in some way.  The orientation was landscape, so the 12″ side would be on top.  We chose this size in case anyone wanted to donate their quilt to Ami Simms Alzeimer’s Quilt Project.   You can see these quilts at http://www.alzquilts.org.    Ami, whose mother died of Alzeimers, has raised almost half a million dollars that she donates directly to research by selling these donated quilts in on-line auctions and at major quilt shows.

Here’s my challenge quilt:

From the beginning, I saw a rooster tail in the fabric.  John printed a picture of Napolean for me in black and white on 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper.  I cut out the shapes, fused them to fabric, recreated the rooster, and quilted it.  As various people came and went and commented, the piece evolved.   Linda McKinney said I needed a white line of stitching between the sky and the land.  Prudy Netzorg said I needed a moon.  (I later changed the moon thread to white.)  The buttons came from buttons collected by my Great Aunt Margaret Phillips, who lived through the depression in Reynolds, Georgia.  She taught in the primary grades in the Reynolds school and walked everywhere as she had no car.  I inherited her button jar sometime over the years, and I use those buttons all the time.  I have added to it, and friend Gina Caceci added her mother’s buttons to it when she passed away.     

All our challenge quilts will hang together at the Pine Tree Quilt Guild show in late July.  I’ll take pictures so you can see what other people did with this fabric.  Each and every quilt is amazingly creative, as you’ll eventually see.

Turkey Tracks: Two Quilts

May 17, 2010

Two Quilts

John and I both volunteer at The Community School in Camden, Maine.  The C-School is a private alternative high school. 

This year, I worked with two students, both girls.  I have accompanied them through many academic endeavors, watched them grow and grow up, and celebrated with them their awesome success.  Both will graduate May 28th. 

Along the way, the three of us decided they would, or could, make quilts.  Ok.  I decided, and they went along with me.  They are both cool that way.  And, I was honored that they trusted me saying they could make a quilt, especially since neither of them had ever sewn, used a rotary cutter (VERY sharp, can cut off fingers), done fabric math, and so on.

Well!  After 5 months of working almost every Friday afternoon, their quilts are done.  And, on the spur of a moment, I took them to our April quilt meeting.  One of our quilters works for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.  Later, she got in touch with me and suggested the girls and the C-School hang the quilts in the annual student show beginning May 1.

We finished their bindings, I put on hanging sleeves, John and I worked out hanging rods, and both of us worked on signage.  John did most of the signage and all of the hanging. 

Here are the quilts:


 I am so proud of both girls.  I wish for them all the best in this world.   I will miss them so much.  But, I know that they will always have these quilts and that the quilts will remind them what they can accomplish in life.   


Turkey Tracks: Kathy Daniels Comes to Coastal Quilters

May 17, 2010

Kathy Daniels Comes to Coastal Quilters

Mercy!  Where does time fly to?

Our April 10 meeting of Coastal Quilters featured Kathy Daniels, who is an amazing quilter.  Best of all, she may be moving to Camden in the near future.  Kathy did a trunk show for us which included her quilt journey.  She started with traditional quilts, but quickly moved into art quilts.

I loved most of her quilts.  They are so inventive.  But here is one I particularly liked.

Kathy is on the left and Sarah Ann Smith, a nationally known quilter, is on the right.  Kathy and Sarah are friends and members in Frayed Edges, their art quilt group. 

Kathy’s blog is  http://studiointhewoods.blogspot.com/.  Take a look.  It’s really fun.  And, colorful.  Lots going on here.

Sarah’s blog is http://sarahannsmith.com.   Visit it to see her beautiful quilts.  Her galley is on the right of her opening page.  Also, she just published her first book:  Thread Work Unraveled.  AND, it has been given a second printing.  GO SARAH!  Be sure to visit her blog.  If you’re a quilter, you can learn a lot.  If you’re not, you’ll still be intrigued.

So, here’s another of Kathy’s quilts that I liked a lot.  It’s a tribute to a beloved dog who died.


Finally, here’s another one I liked.

 Kathy!  Thanks so much for coming to Coastal Quilters!

Turkey Tracks: Jeanne Marie Robinson

Turkey Tracks:  May 6, 2010

Jeanne Marie Robinson

Rest in Peace

A friend and I drove to a gallery in Topsham last week to pay homage to a selection of Jeanne Marie Robinson’s quilts.  Jeanne Marie, who died very recently of cancer, was an amazing quilter.  She created whole worlds out of cloth.  She loved applique, but she combined applique with traditional piecing and with art quilt techniques.  She had a unique vision that will be sorely missed by anyone who has ever seen one of her quilts.  

Here are two quilts that hung in this memorial show:


Jeanne Marie was also very generous with her work.  For the past three or four years she donated one of her pieces for the Coastal Quilters yearly auction fundraiser.  Of course, her donations always brought in the most money for any one single item.

In her youth, she was a nationally known ballet artist.  It was only in her later years that she turned her talents toward fiber art.  Boy are we who could see her ongoing work glad that she did!