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Turkey Tracks: This and That Update, January 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  January 23, 2018

This and That Update, January 2018

Today is one of those really sloppy, wet, dark days.  A mess.  But No No Penny and I took a walk in Belfast on the harbor path last weekend that was delightful.  Everyone was out walking, smiling, visiting, and generally enjoying the bit of thaw we were having.

Aha!  That’s my shadow on the bottom of the pic, taking the pic.

On that trip, I found the backing and binding I will use for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake. The grey is a Cotton+Steel fabric that I have been admiring from afar.  It’s perfect as a backing.  And I really like the gold fabric for the binding.

I helped Karen Martin organize a project for the Leos for mid February–making tied fleece blankets to give away.  We are at the Lions Club at the Mt. Battie monthly Sit and Sew.  Linda Satkowski and Jan Kelsey also helped a lot.  There was a lot of cutting to do.  The Leos are the youth organization sponsored by the Lions.  And did I tell you I joined the Lions this past fall?  I did, and I really am enjoying getting to know them.  I like the Lions focus on helping in the community and working with young people.

Here are some of the blankets, ready to go for the meeting:

I sewed my FIRST top ON THE SERGER.  Wow was that fun.  And with the third serger, I now have one that works beautifully.  I even used a double needle on the regular machine to go around the neckline–in over 20 years of sewing I’ve never used a double needle.

I made some mistakes.  Of course I did.  It’s a learning curve.  But the garment is wearable and a lovely color.  I will enjoy it.

Next time, I would not use a light thread for the upper/lower loopers.  They sometimes show through the pink.  I should have used dark grey I think.

And when I measured the raglan sleeves I forgot you need to measure from the NECK, not the shoulder.  No problem.  I just cut off the short cuffs and put on longer ones.  And I redid the sleeve pattern.

This pattern is too long for me in the hips.  It works ok, but I shortened it and will try again.  I already have a knit washed and dried and ready to go.  One with a pattern.  Not sure how that will work out.  Learning curve, learning curve.

I have a pile of clothes I’ve made now.  And some patterns I’ve made to fit me better.  On to the next…

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January 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Monthly Challenge–December 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern Monthly Challenge–December 2017

We are showing our traveling quilts every other month, which gives us two months to work on them.  In the off months we are doing one of the Lucky Spool exercises from the MIGHTY LUCKY QUILTING CLUB 2016 workbook.  As always, members can participate or choose not to participate.  We are working our way though the workbook.

This challenge asks one to design a quilt from a photograph–but a modern quilt, not a literal landscape quilt.  One is to look for shapes and, perhaps, greyscale impact.

I took this picture of my Tula Pink blocks (100 MODERN QUILT BLOCKS) at the last Coastal Quilters retreat in October 2017.  And I could not get the idea that formed in my head out of it with regard to this mini challenge/exercise.  It kept just hovering and hovering there.  (The Tula Pink challenge ends in December, and next year the challenge is Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.)  These blocks are on my design wall now, and have been moved around a lot.  I think I’m ready to sew now though, and I have sashing and backing organized.  I am using TP’s suggested “city scape” format.

So, I had a lot of fun the other day cutting tiny pieces and making a kind of greyscale version of the city scape idea.  It is a bit literal, yes.  But I loved playing with the greyscale.  I quilted just using the walking foot.  Here’s “Greyscale,” which will go into my collection of small quilts hanging in my quilt room.  I seem to be in a grey/neutral/black moment in my quilting.  It’s about 17 by 18–roughly.

I like it.  The squares are “shedding” a bit though.  I probably should have glued them more thoroughly before sewing???  On the other hand, they have texture…

It is what it is.

 

 

Poems: Haiku 3

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November 17, 2017

Haiku 3

November 17, 2017

Brisker river wind
Sweeps cobwebs from mind and heart
Long nights rest the soul

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November 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

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November 9, 2017

Mercola Post:  Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

This Dr. Mercola post about diet sodas came though on my email feed the other day.

Here’s a synopsis taken from the blog post:

Story at-a-glance

  • By lowering appetite suppressant chemicals and encouraging sugar cravings, artificial sweeteners raise your odds of weight gain. They also promote insulin resistance and related health problems, just like sugar
  • Two years ago, a consumer group asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other companies for false advertising
  • Class-action lawsuits have now been filed against Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc., charging them with false advertising for the deceptive use of the word “diet”
  • By using the word “diet” in their brands and advertising, a reasonable consumer would think the drinks are a diet or weight loss aid — a notion refuted by scientific evidence
  • Each of the three lawsuits cover a class of consumers living in New York, who between October 16, 2011, and present day purchased Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Dr Pepper brand diet beverages.  

Here’s the link.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/31/soda-makers-false-advertising.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20171031Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM164232&et_rid=103497905

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November 9, 2017 at 11:10 am

Turkey Tracks: The INDOOR Belfast Farmers’ Market

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October 31, 2017

The INDOOR Belfast Farmers’ Market

Oh my goodness!

I was totally blown away by how many vendors are at this market.

Run folks!  Don’t walk to visit.

And it’s going to go all year around.

As I entered from the back side:

Rows and rows of vendors:

And a nice area where one could eat the delicious foods they had just purchased.

At some point, when I recovered from being totally overwhelmed, I pulled out my camera:

These earrings are WOVEN:

There were booths carrying every food imaginable:  meats, cheeses, vegetables, pastas, baked goods, canned foods, ready-to-eat foods.  There were all sorts of fiber crafts.  And wonderfully smelly things involving herbs and plants and spices and…you name it.

One of my favorite booths was manned by Jet Vaillancourt of ECO TOTES.  Yes is from a farm in Swanville, Maine, and she is a woman after my own heart because SHE IS RECYCLING.

Here’s what I first saw:

She was making a bowl out of plastic bags.

Then I looked closer:

Totes, like I’ve been making:

But she’s gone much farther:

Wallets:

Open wallet:

Little zippered bags:

We had a nice conversation about ZipIT, an easy store that sells gorgeous zippers, zipper heads, zipper fobs at reasonable prices.

On our way out, the man who put this all together had a nice conversation and a nice “good-bye” for us:

Yes, many of the vendors were dressed in Halloween gear.

What a fun visit.

 

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October 31, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2017 October Retreat, Part 4

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Turkey Tracks:  October 24, 2017

The Coastal Quilters’ 2017 October Retreat, Part 4

Coming Home

This girl was waiting for me when I got home–reminding me that it’s nice to go away but even nicer to come home.

Betsy Maislen’s flowers were still beautiful.  Betsy stayed with me between voyages on the J&E Riggin, a windjammer out of Rockland, Maine.  Betsy volunteered for six weeks in September and October this fall.  She LOVES to cook with Annie Mahle and to be on the Riggin.  She also loves to get her clothes washed, to sleep in a real bed, and to be recharged and ready to go out again.

And she made and sent me one of the cards I was kitting up for our retreat group to make–as a little gift for those who came.  Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) designed this card project.  You can find directions in her WONDERFUL book NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND.  I did a recent blog entry on these cards.  Didn’t Betsy do a great job?  Don’t miss the little owl on the right.  I loved getting this card from Betsy.

Betsy was at our May 2017 retreat and is planning to be at the May 2018 retreat.  She retired this past June and is discovering that she loves to quilt.  Rhea Butler introduced her to the Lucy Boston paper piecing blocks on the Riggin this summer–during the Slow Sewing cruise–and Betsy fell in love with them.  She’s just finished her second one now.  Pretty, huh?

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NOW, here’s a challenge for those of you who choose to accept it.  Some of us are challenging the Coastal Quilters to make Jen Kingwell’s pattern “Long Time Gone,” starting in January.  This quilt is an improv form and uses a lot of different blocks, so it is a terrific learning project.  Besides it’s just fun.  Betsy is going to do it with us from Vermont!

I’ll post pics of your finished quilts here on the blog.

Let’s have some fun!

Here’s a version.  To see others, google “images” for the pattern.

 

Turkey Tracks: Old Raspberry Canes Project

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Turkey Tracks:  August 16, 2017

Old Raspberry Canes Project

This treat is now a thing of the past.  Frozen berries are never as sweet as the ones just off the canes.

I have been hard at work in the garden over the past few weeks.  Here I’m cleaning out the old raspberry canes–the ones that fruited.  Seven wheelbarrows full.  The area in front of the wheelbarrow has two raspberry problems:  two much shade and purple raspberries turning all the raspberries purple.  I pulled them out.

Now I need some plants to line this border.  Small shrubs?  Colorful perennials?  The two blue hydrangeas are not doing a thing this year.  That happens.  It has been a very cool, dry summer.

The full moon arrived last week.  It was so bright that when I turned out my reading light, I got out of bed and went downstairs to see what outside light I had left on by mistake in the yard.  I could have read a book with no trouble outside.

I seem to have a purple loosestrife infestation in the rocks next to the driveway.  It is terribly invasive and has clearly been there more than one year, hiding behind the trees and shrubs that come up in those shale rocks.  I got out what I could, but climbing up on that shale is not in the cards for me.  Oh my.  Not sure what to do about this problem.  The plants are wound around the rocks and are now full of seeds.  I was not looking for it up there anyway, as the area is so dry, and this plant likes wetlands.  I always look for it in the tiny meadow in front of my house as it can be wet.  My neighbors are going to kill me.

I have trimmed out what small trees and shrubs I could reach–the grandsons helped one day as well–but will have to call for help on the upper reaches.  If these trees are not cut back when young, they will grow and fall over the driveway in winter storms and be much harder to cut when larger.  Karma yoga with this project.

I have so enjoyed this summer.  Lovely family visits.  Cool weather.  Glorious strawberries and raspberries.  Beautiful flowers in the garden.  And Blue Hubbard squash vines that have gone quite beserk!  It’s the Little Shop of Horrors plant of my garden.  And it’s loaded with squash.  I hope they have time to mature.  Perhaps, as September is now the new August.  Blue Hubbards are HUGE.  And a lovely dusty blue.  They are great keepers and delicious!

We’ve had a lot of fog just along the coast this summer.  I went into town yesterday, and it was socked in.  Here’s what a pea soup fog looks like–from Laite Beach in Camden, Maine.  That harbor is full of boats, but they have…disappeared.

I actually love these fogs.

No rain.  Maybe Friday.

 

 

 

 

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August 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm

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