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Turkey Tracks: First Mowing and No No Penny’s Turtle

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Turkey Tracks:  May 19, 2017

First Mowing and No No Penny’s Turtle

I finally was able to mow the spring grass last Tuesday as it was dry enough.  It was slow going as my electric mower does not like long grass.  The back yard just off the rock wall still has standing water, but I went back with the weed whacker.

Now the white daffodils along the walk are blooming.  And you can see the garlic is well up.

No No Penny rolled in the newly cut grass until she was green all over.  Mercy!

A few days later I heard her barking and barking–the I’ve got something trapped bark.  I always fear an encounter with a porcupine so I checked.

A water turtle in the Bishop’s weed above the intermittent creek.  It has probably washed down in recent rain storms.   These guys can move pretty fast, so it will find its way to the wetland below the house and on into the big creek there.

If Penny leaves it alone.

These turtles have beautiful colors–bright reds and greens on the head, feet, and tail.

I put it back into the weeds three times and tried to distract Penny–who kept picking it up in her mouth and carrying it across the yard.

I finally gave up.  She is attracted by the movement and can’t get to the turtle itself.

She was still asking to go out to check on it hours and hours later.


PS:  It is Sunday already.  And I mowed today as we are getting rain tomorrow.  The black flies are still so bad.  Somehow they get inside your clothes.  Come on in, month of June!




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May 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ May Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  May 18, 2017

Coastal Quilters’ May Retreat…

…Mother’s Day weekend at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunkport, Maine.


Tori Manzi started this quilt at Pink Castle’s Glampstitchalot last year and worked on it at our last retreat.  She finished it at this retreat.  (Pink Castle has a great web site, sells fabric, and organizes the amazing Glampstitchalot each year, where high profile quilt teachers come and work with attendees.)  Each border of Tori’s quilt was designed and taught by a different teacher.  How fun is that!!

Here’s part of the group early evening Saturday night.  We came on Thursday night so by this picture we were all thoroughly punchy.

Margaret Elaine Jinno worked to put her Farmer’s Wife blocks together.   We are all going to show our quilts at our June meeting:

Deb Hazell was on the J&E Riggin’s “Slow Sewing at Sea” cruise with Rhea Butler of Alewives Quilt Shop last September.  Deb brought along Deb Torre (on the left) to our retreat.  We loved having them with us.

Deb Torre worked on Sarah Fielke’s “Down the Rabbit Hole.”  This kind of quilt lets a quilter learn a lot of new blocks and sewing methods.  Here’ the left side in process.  The blocks below are for a sampler Deb Hazell is making.

Here’s the right side in process, and the lower blocks are Deb Hazell’s sampler blocks.

By Sunday morning, Deb Torres had these blocks done.  I am tree quilt crazy at the moment, so loved these blocks–made from organic cotton:

New to our group also was Betsy Maislen, who started this amazing quilt behind Karen Martin.  Betsy had all the blocks done by the time Sunday rolled around.  We are looking forward to seeing the finished quilt top, borders and all.

Penny Rogers Camm returned to us for her second retreat and started her third quilt.  Look at her pretty fish blocks!  (There were requests for this Joan Ford pattern.  I made Joan’s version–you can see it here if you search for “fish quilts” and scroll down.)

Linda Satkowski and Karen Martin hard at work.

Penny and Vicki Fletcher at one of the cutting tables.

Lynn Vermeulen making a foundation piecing check.

Becca Babb-Brott and I brought our selvages.  Becca started this spider web quilt using a Bonnie Hunter pattern (free on her web site, quiltville.com).  Love the way the neutral circles are working in this quilt.

Jan Kelsey worked on a number of quilts which went up and down on the design walls.  I was sewing myself and missed getting pictures until I slowed down to get this Christmas funky log cabin.

Mac Saulnier worked on three baby quilts.  I love her colorful novelty fabrics.  The designated children will be so happy to get these cheerful quilts.

Tori Manzi worked on several projects as well.  Here are more.  This quilt came out of an online block exchange.  Check out Tori’s Instagram (Camden Maine Mom) to see more of her work.

And, blocks from a sampler challenge.

One of our quilters could not go with us, but she worked on this quilt while we were away:

I worked on this selvage project–a BIG star from Jen Baker, a free pattern which I loved at first sight.

I am going to put all the Tula Pink 100 city blocks in a separate post.

It was a good long weekend.  We are so glad we added the extra day.


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May 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

Turkey Tracks: “Maine Milky Way” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  May 16, 2017

“Maine Milky Way” Quilt

I made this handsome quilt for my grandson for his 12th birthday.  (The kiddos are all growing up way too fast.)

This is Bonnie Hunter’s Narragansett Blues, which can be found in MORE ADVENTURES IN LEADERS AND ENDERS.

Remember a few years back when I spent the summer emptying the 2-inch square bin by making 4-patch blocks?  This is the FIFTH quilt made from those blocks.  And I still have more.  The big rectangles come straight from the blue 3 1/2-inch strip bin and from the 3 1/2 block bin.  So this quilt has been made with no fabric purchases but the binding and backing.

I quilted with a marine blue Signature thread that blends right into the fabric–and used a pantograph called “Scrumptous” by Lorien Quilting.

Turkey Tracks: April’s Tula Pink Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  May 2, 2017

April’s Tula Pink Blocks

Here they are:  8 blocks (at least) from our Tula Pink’s 100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS.

These are such fun to make.  Several of our members couldn’t stop and have either finished all the blocks or are close to it.  Believe me, I really get that quilty fun.

I’m using almost all Cotton+Steel fabrics, and they are such a delight.

I do not have a clue how I will set these blocks.  But I look forward to turning that project over in my mind.

On to May…

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May 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Turkey Tracks: A Saturday Walk in Camden Town

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Turkey Tracks:  May 2, 2017

A Saturday Walk in Camden Town

Spring is here.

The woods are fringed with green.  The birds are singing their hearts out.  The big windjammers are being unwrapped in the harbor.


Here’s one of the schooners unwrapped, alongside one that isn’t unwrapped yet:

Our library grounds are beautiful, and today, an energetic croquet game is taking place in the amphitheater.

Since we’ve lived here, more of the stores or restaurants have created beautiful sitting areas overlooking the harbor–some of these jut out over the river.

And the river is full with spring rainwater:

I love this little row of houses that sit just above the library and that overlook the harbor.

And here’s a beautiful fruit tree alive with green spring leaves.

Penny and I walked just under two miles.  It was actually quite warm, despite the cloud layer.



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May 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Improv Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  April 28, 2017

Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Improv Quilts

Some of us started a “traveling” improv quilt that will “travel” to those of our members who want to “play” along–and the emphasis is on both “play” and taking time to learn something new.

We each created a theme, specified what we did and did not want in our quilts (colors, fabrics, etc.), and said whether or not we wanted blocks connected along the way.  Each project is contained in a box or bag and has a notebook that “travels” along where everyone who works on the quilt writes what and why they did what they did.  Each person also includes a label with their name, etc., that will go on the quilt’s back when it is finished.  Each person working on a quilt can do one or two “sides,” but not all four sides of a project.

We are forming a list of all the themes, but I do not have it yet, I will be a bit fuzzy on exact themes.

Last night we could see what the first person to get our quilts added.

Here’s what happened–the order below is just how the pictures uploaded into wordpress.

Nancy Wright started this quilt (Star theme) with the large star on the bottom right.  Tori Manzi found two “funky star” patterns to add.  The smaller one is a free pattern from Amy Friend on Craftsy.  The larger star is from Nido (a quilt shop in Burlington, VT).  I found the pattern on Nido’s web site; it’s part of a star quilt that people did monthly.  It’s free too.

My quilt (Love), with a very fun addition by Lynn Vermeulen.  The black really pops the colors, doesn’t it?

Joanne Moore (color/play) gave us two pieced pieces.  The one on the upper left and the one at the bottom of the flower, ending with the polka dot fabric.  Becca Babb-Brott added the flower (she wanted to play with making the curved pieces), the long strips on the left, and the stars and pinwheel strip at the bottom.

Vicki Fletcher (color, stars, play) gave us the star block on the right, and Joanne Moore added the colorful block on the left.

Becca Babb-Brott (the words are her theme) kept her blocks separate and asked that we work on any one piece however we want but not connect them.  Linda Satkowski made lots of blocks that Becca can add where she wants.  The block on the lower right has a “secret message”–in Morse Code.  These two have been discussing Morse Code quilts over the past year.

Megan Bruns (play?) gave us the block on the right, with its interesting fabric border.  Nancy Wright created the block on the left with the adorable fox.  She also included two more of these little animals in case anyone wants to use them.

Lynn Vermeulen started this quilt with the word “quilt.”  She wants a wall hanging size when the work is finished.  Margaret Elaine Jinno added the thread spools and the English Paper Piecing hexies–which is apropos because we have all gone quite mad with EPP projects.

Tori Manzi’s initial block is all about color, play, and her love of foundation piecing.  Tori loves Allison Glass’s bright sunprint fabrics, so Vicki Fletcher used some of those fabrics and added in a bright Kaffe Fasset red border that picks up a lot of the colors in Tori’s flying geese/Mariner’s Compass block.  She did not attach her block as she thought the next person might want to do so, depending on what is done next.

Linda Satkowski’s theme is “community.”  The three houses pictured below each have a special meaning for her as living in each marked a special time in her life.  Linda’s husband was in the Air Force, so they moved around just a bit.  I made the dividing line of black and white squares (like a floor in a house or a pathway) and I located my tree house outside the city that is pictured in the grey fabric in the middle.  The text print in the sky has works like “neighborhood.”  The tree houses are for people, not birds.  I foundation pieced them and faced them.  My present home is on a hill, so I often feel as if I am living among tree tops.  A tree can be home to many life forms that form a community.  And I treasure this time in my life when I live much more in nature but am close to town.  The tree needs some texture, and I found some variegated grey pearl cotton (size 8) that either Linda or I can use when the quilt is layered to provide tree texture.

We are missing Margaret Elaine Jinno’s quilt.  Megan Bruns is working on it, and I will post a picture of it early next week.

I am very excited about this project.  It’s one I’ve wanted to do for some time now.  And I think that everyone has outdone themselves with their work.  I can’t wait to see what happens next month!!


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April 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Turkey Tracks: Annie Rolfe Needle Case Project

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Turkey Tracks:  april 27, 2017

Annie Rolfe Needle Case Project

Friend Becca Babb-Brott recently took a trip–and she wanted a needle case that would fit inside the small, travel-sized bag she had just made to hold her current English Paper Piecing Project.

Since I am constantly juggling needles–and often have more than one loaded with different colored threads–I thought I’d make one too.

I used Annie Rolfe’s tutorial, which you can see below.

It’s simple:  a fun project with a fun and practical outcome–assuming you have the ingredients on hand.  Be sure to sew the snap on BEFORE putting in the insides–per instructions.  I used some temtex I had around instead of cardboard.  The cutting directions are on the right sidebar of the tutorial I think.  She tells you in the intro.

Here’s mine–from a beloved fabric.

The inside is already filled with needles and pins.

I want to make another one that will just hold two or three needles and fit into a small bag when I don’t need my bigger one.

The tutorial:

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April 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm