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Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: My Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

My Retreat

I prepped these 2 by 8-inch strips before the retreat:  all low volume Cotton+Steel in the warmer colors.

Here are two rows of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braids, from her book MODERN QUILT MAGIC.

I am really liking what is happening here.

I figured out how long I wanted the quilt and decided I’d done enough work on this project.

Next I put together about ten blocks with my Wild and Goosey quilt block (Bonnie Hunter)

I took papers out of the quadrants I had completed one night while listening to a book on tape in my room.  I have rather a lot of these done now and brought home more to do.

I made two pineapple blocks to learn how–with Heidi August as a teacher.

I learned how to use the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler–a block I use a lot and one we will do for Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.  I’ve always used the Tri Rec ruler and like it.  The Creative Grids Ruler leaves more space between the end of the star points and the edge of the block.  It is fun, but you can see that it does not make a perfect star.  One could probably figure out how to make that happen, but for the Kingwell project, I’m going to use the Trip Rec ruler.  However, I do like the funky nature of the stars in the blocks below.  They’ll go into my “parts department” bin for an improv quilt maybe in the fall.

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What I really wanted to do this retreat was to play with my scraps.  I brought them ALL with me, so I got them all out.  Along the way I culled out scraps that were too small or that no longer attracted me.

Here I started playing around with Maria Shell methods from her book IMPROV PATCHWORK–where she makes her own plaids and stripes.

 

Next I sewed a lot of 4 1/2 inch squares–for a quilt in progress.

Here’s that quilt-which is at home on my design wall:

I had some black and white strip sets, so I cut them up and made a checkerboard.  Maybe it will go into “Long Time Gone.”  Or, maybe into the “parts department” bin.

I had a lot of dark charcoal pieces left over from my “Big Star” quilt.  Which block do you like best, big or little?  I am drawn to little every time.

So…

I saw on Bonnie Hunter’s blog that she was making some light/dark squares with strips.  Boy are they versatile.  These are 4 1/2 inches.  (I use newsprint as a backing, cut to size.)

 

These are 3 inches–made because I had some leftover 3-inch paper strips while cutting.

At night I worked on 6-inch hexes, all Cotton+Steel and a solid or two, from Katja Marek’s THE NEW HEXAGON book.  I’ve almost worn this book out.  I’m going to make these blocks like the cover, where they are linked together with triangles, which can make stars on the outside of the blocs too.

I came home with so much energy.  Inspired by Betsy Maislen, I got my “On Ringo Lake” on the long arm.

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 2

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat, Part 2

The Alewives Crew

Pat Tracey and Cheryl Reif were new to our retreat.  Pat brought her Katja Marek Millifiore to share.  Oh my.  It’s gorgeous!

 

Heidi August brought hr BIG square-in-a-square block quilt–with its centers filled with super fun motifs!  See below.

Here is Heidi with the “light to dark” quilt top.

Deb Hazel started with a quilt made with BIG hexes linked with triangles.  This is a big version of the kind of quilt on the cover of Katja Marek’s book THE NEW HEXAGON, but which is made with 6-inch hexes.  I’m doing that quilt now and really loving it.

Deb switched to this project after a bit:

 

Deb Torre (now known as “Farmer Deb” as she has purchased a farm and is stocking it with all sorts of wonderful animals) put this quilt top together.

 

And, then switched to hand work.

 

 

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May 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Hummingbirds are Coming!

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Turkey Tracks:  May 2, 2018

The Hummingbirds Are Coming!

A few early ones have been sighted up here in MidCoast Maine.

I’m ready:

Well, almost ready.  The feeders are filled and hung (one part white sugar to four parts water–no red dye please) outside.  I’m going for a hanging plant for the upstairs deck that will hang next to the feeder there.  I don’t know.  I think the little birds just feel safer early on eating next to a plant.  Plus, the flowers also draw them in.

We are having really warm weather today (80’s!!!),  and my sheets are hanging on the line.  Were hanging.  They dried in about an hour.  Cool temps will return in a few days, and I love the cool of our springs.  The gardens do too.

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May 2, 2018 at 12:42 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Judy Sala’s Log Cabin Challenge

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Turkey Tracks:  April 20, 2018

Judy Sala’s Log Cabin Challenge

Judy Sala showed Coastal Quilters the challenge she just completed for Clamshell Quilters (Newcastle, Maine).  The challenge was to make a quilt with embedded, hidden log cabins.  Judy says there are eight such log cabins in this quilt.  Can you find them all???

 

Go Judy!!

 

 

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April 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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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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