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Turkey Tracks: April 3, 2017
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.
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!!)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
December 5, 2016
Penny Rogers Camm, Quilting, and SNOW DAY!
Penny, aka as Penny Person and/or Pretty Penny–as affectionately nicknamed by the Coastal Quilters, came last night. (We had to distinguished Pretty Penny from No No Penny, my rat terrier.)
Penny brought her almost finished FIRST quilt, which is almost ready for its binding–a task she is learning to do on this visit. I love the way her hand stitching with No. 8 pearl cotton is coming out on this quilt. As soon as she gets the border kind of “nailed down,” we’ll put on the binding–which is the red of the narrow border. She will do more quilting after the binding is on as she has to leave on Wednesday morning.
Outside it is SNOWING! Hard. And it’s sticking now. Here is the start of our first winter’s snow.
Penny finished all her blocks for Amy Friend’s ‘Tell Me A Story” quilt. (Amy’s blog is During Quiet Time.)
They are SPECTACULAR! And ready to sew together.
We had a yummy lunch: smashed avocado with fresh garlic, salt, and lime and a salad:
The turkeys came calling:
Penny is watching THE CROWN (excellent!) and sewing down the border. I am sewing a Farmer’s Wife block. Outside, the world is all white.
Turkey Tracks: November 7, 2016
On My Long Arm
Here’s what is on my long arm machine today:
The tumbler block was the Bonnie Hunter leader/ender challenge for 2016–a challenge that runs from July to July.
This year’s challenge is the Broken Dishes block.
You can see Bonnie’s tumbler quilt and what she is doing with the new challenge on her blog. Go to quiltville.com.
Bonnie’s tumbler is smaller, and I like it better in many ways. I had a 3 1/2-inch template, so I used it with my 3 1/2-inch pre-cut strips–except for the veggie/fruit fabrics, which I have collected for a while and wanted to use. This seemed a good project for them.
This quilt is on the long-arm lengthwise–which means fewer passes with the long arm and NOT having to fight backing seams with every pass.
I’m using a spring green thread, and that is nice.
Wait until you see the backing fabric!