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Turkey Tracks: The Tula Pink city Sampler: 100 Modern City Block Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  May 18, 2017

The Tula Pink City Sampler: 100 Modern City Block Quilts

The Coastal Quilters’ and friends May 2017 retreat is in the previous blog entry.

Many members of both Coastal Quilters and Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild are making Tula Pink’s City Sampler:  100 Modern City Blocks.

Many people brought their blocks to the retreat.

Pictures were sometimes challenging as the light out in a hallway lined with design boards was “iffy” light, especially at dusk.  I probably brightened this picture too much.

Karen Martin has FINISHED all her blocks.  We spent some time arranging them–and now she will decide how to set them.  I love the limited palette Karen used.

Tori Manzi:

Another limited palette from Lynn Vermeulen–who also worked on and finished challenging black and white/bright color foundation paper pieced blocks:

Becca Babb Brott:

Linda Satkowski:

 

With this last picture, I am realizing I did not get pictures of Nancy Wright’s or Vicki Fletcher’s work.  I get pretty focused during a retreat, so missed getting up and taking pictures.  Sometimes though, people take down their work and start on other projects, so the opportunity to take a picture is lost.

I did not bring my Tula blocks to this retreat and need to do my May blocks.  I am also realizing I need to put them up on the design wall to see how they are playing together.

Next retreat:  October 2017.

 

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May 18, 2017 at 11:15 am

Turkey Tracks: Sunday Spring Sunshiny Walk

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Turkey Tracks:  April 23, 2017

Sunday Spring Sunshiny Walk

I shared another Sunday walk as we coastal Mainers got a hint of spring.

Now, spring is here, in all its unfolding glory.  The grass has greened up and soon will need to be mowed.  Spring bulbs and forsythia are blooming.  Flowering trees are starting.  The woods are tinged red as the red maples bloom.  This week, the forest will begin to take on that special “spring” green that emerging leaves create.  We have shed heavy coats for the most part, though it is spring in Maine, and we do get temps that run up and down the scale of cool to warm.

No No Penny and I spent a head-clearing, liberating hour, plus, in one of our favorite places, savoring all the spring signs.  Pen and I both love the freedom she has on this property.  She loves to feel like she is “working” with me on “something,” so she hunts the woods alongside me and listens for any directions or praise she might get from me.

Here’s the spring version of a late winter shot I posted earlier this year.

Red maples blooming against a spring blue sky:

Water, from recent rains and snow melt, is pouring off the high places.  Temporary creeks are everywhere.

The small retention pond is full.  The white dot on the far side is No No Penny.

Here comes the Happy Dog, who thought I called her.

Here’s a temporary creek:

And here’s a more permanent creek:

As we came along one of the other ponds, a pair of geese objected strongly.  Geese can be formidable foes, actually.  The male followed us around the entire pond, warning us all the way along.  There is either a nest in process, or soon will be.

We visited the horses, who come out of the barn to see us.

The one on the right is very tall.  And, friendly.

From this point, we head back up the hill, retracing our way back to the car.

Now, there is a tired dog and a woman who is deeply happy for the past hour.

At home, the windchimes sing a welcome.

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April 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm

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Turkey Tracks: New Bookcase

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Turkey Tracks:  April 3, 2017

New Bookcase

I had an old bookcase in the office/bedroom that literally fell apart a few weeks back.

I heard a crash and when I investigated, found two shelves had collapsed.  This bookcase was one of those cheap things that has paper insides.  It just could not stand up to the summer humidity on this floor and the weight of my quilt books.

I called friend Stephen Pennoyer, master carpenter.  He has helped me so, so, so many times with a property/household problem.

He came immediately on a Thursday, took measurements, and returned on Monday with a SOLID WOOD PAINTED BOOKCASE.

BOY AM I LUCKY!!!

I culled old quilt books in the process and recycled some old magazines in the process.

The best of all possible worlds.

Stephen swears this bookcase will not fall apart.  He guaranteed it for life too.

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April 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

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Turkey Tracks: Boot Wax and Coat Zippers

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Turkey Tracks:  December

Boot Wax and Coat Zippers

One day when Gina Caceci was here for Thanksgiving, we walked along the Rockland waterfront.  It was misty, though not too cold.  We both begin to zip up our coats.

I could not make my zipper work.

Gina could not make my zipper work.

At home, neither of us could make the zipper work.

On the way to take Gina to the Portland airport, we stopped by LLBean.

The return sales person made the zipper work in short order.  (Of course she did.)  But she gave me a new coat anyway.  And she suggested I get some boot wax and coat the zipper with it.  She had found that to be helpful with the big coat zippers.

So, I love my new coat.  It zips.  Which is important since we have had bitter cold.  (Bitter cold is cold in the single digits and below zero.  Cold in the 30s now feels like a summer breeze.)

And I just coated the zipper with the boot wax.

Then I coated my cherished boots with the beeswax.  (They were a gift from Sarah Rheault about 10 years ago since they did not fit her or her daughter.  They fit me wonderfully!!)

 

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Yes.  They look like new.

The instructions, which I read AFTER I waxed, said to heat the leather with a hair dryer first to warm the leather.  Well, that makes sense.  Next time…

Meanwhile, the wax is on the counter ready to coat all the other coat zippers as needed.

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December 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Turkey Tracks: Jeff’s Fan Birds

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December 21, 2016

Jeff’s Fan Birds

When Gina Caceci visited at Thanksgiving, she brought me a special gift…

…one of Jeff Jacobs hand-carved fan birds–made from ONE PIECE of wood.

A hummingbird…

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Enclosed in the box was this piece about hummingbirds, which Gina knows I love.

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy, and celebration.  The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning, and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

My earliest memory of seeing the magic of this tiny bird flying was in my Georgia grandmother’s garden (Louise Phillips Bryan of Reynolds, Georgia).  She had planted Four O’Clock bushes out near the driveway, and the hummingbirds loved them.  A child could see them there frequently, especially in the heat of summer in the late afternoon.

Here’s my hummingbird flying:

And here is a video showing how Jeff Jacobs makes these birds out of ONE PIECE of wood.

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Thank you Gina for this thoughtful gift.  I think of you everytime I view this tiny bird.

(I bought the wrought iron stand vis Amazon, and it’s perfect for the bird.)

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December 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Earth’s Bounty” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  December 17, 2016

“Earth’s Bounty” Quilt

This picture is not the best I’ve ever taken, but this was a very fun quilt to make.

The tumbler block was Bonnie Hunter’s 2015-2016 leader/ender challenge.  She starts these challenges in July.  You can see information on her current challenge at quiltville.com.  It’s a broken dishes block.

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I made another tumbler quilt in September 2015 using these fabrics.  That quilt was more organized in a number of ways, but I like this quilt better as it is just more scrappy.

I quilted with a lime green thread, using the pantograph “Sumptuous” by Hermione Agee.

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Love, love, love the green tomato backing.  When I saw this fabric, I knew immediately that it wanted to go on the back of this quilt.

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Here’s the earlier quilt “Garden Tumble.”  If you use the search tab on the right sidebar, you can see more pics of this quilt.

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December 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Farmer’s Wife Projects Are Coming Together

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December 15, 2016

The Farmer’s Wife Projects Are Coming Together

Lynn Vermeulen showed us her Farmer’s Wife blocks at a recent “Sit and Sew” meeting of the Coastal Quilters (Maine).

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Lynn’s blocks are all batiks.  She has set them on-point, but not off-set on point, so a square is formed.  She has used two subtle batiks (pale yellow and pale green) to form these squares, which, in turn, are forming the delicate stripes.  Go Lynn!

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Remember I posted these pics at our recent retreat of Becca Babb-Brott randomly putting up her finished blocks to see what she has.  Becca is laying the blocks out “on point,” but off-setting them, which will make a zig-zag pattern down the quilt.  Since this trial, Becca has decided to lay out the blocks flat so that a square separates them.

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My blocks are still in a notebook–which is protecting their bias edges.  But, the day to finish them and to put them on my design wall is coming soon!  My blocks are just “scrappy,” with an eclectic mix of fabrics.

Margaret Elaine Jinno’s blocks are wonderful!  She is close to finishing as well.  She is using all “water” colors, to honor that we live on the coast.

Linda Satkowski is “on time” as well.  And, yes, her blocks are terrific.  Linda’s blocks, like mine, are scrappy.  She is using a patterned setting fabric.  Can’t wait to see how she sets them.

Paul Blanchard is making a smaller quilt with her blocks.  It is somewhat daunting to make all 99 blocks.  I’ve seen one or two of Paula’s blocks and look forward to seeing more.

What is so fascinating is how very different everyone’s blocks are; yet, all the blocks are so, so pretty.

Can’t wait to see the quilts.

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December 15, 2016 at 10:50 am