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Turkey Tracks: A Favorite Tool

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Turkey Tracks:  January 4, 2020

A Favorite Tool

I’ve used this tool for almost my whole quilting life—over 20 years now.

It holds 10 THREADED needles.

I started with one that held short hand-quilting needles.  But now it gets used for long, milliner size 11 needles that are set up for binding.  Friend Linda Satkowski gave me a second tool, so I’d have 20 threaded needles all ready to go for a binding session.  And a recent conversation with her surfaced the need for having one of these set up for EPP projects, for instance, so one would not have to remove thread from unused needles for a different project.

The tool has a clear plastic cover which, right now, it is sitting on.  It is from Clover (625 Dome Threaded Needle Case) and priced under $10.  Back in the day they were $5.  You insert a threaded needle, slide the thread just below the needle head into the slit on the side of the dome and twirl the dome around to wrap the thread around the inside of the dome.  I’ve never had one tangle, but I do have a friend who tangled one and had to take it apart and start over.

I bind quilts at night while watching tv.  And I put a pillow on my lap to bring the project higher up than my lap—which helps a lot with neck and hand strain.

And these days, I have a boyfriend who keeps my right leg warm!

If you hand sew a lot, I suggest you get two of these domes.

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January 4, 2020 at 9:41 am

Turkey Tracks: Done and Hung: Radiating Log Cabin

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Turkey Tracks:  January 1, 2020

Done and Hung:  Radiating Log Cabin

Happy New Year 2020 Everyone!

I finished this quilt last night and hung it this morning.  That’s always a production—to get the rod leveled properly—but all went smoothly today.

This block is the “Radiating Log Cabin” designed by Tara Faughnan for Season 1 of The Color Collective, hosted by Amy Newbold’s Sewtopia.  Tara curates a set of solid fabrics for each project; how one combines colors is up to each individual making the block.

I love this quilt!  The block is such a handsome block.

The camera is distorting the rod angle below.  I just checked.  Everything is level in the room.

I hand quilted with size 8 perle cotton—with colors matched to fabric.

The making of this quilt completes all the projects from The Color Collective Season 1.  I did a recent blog post on the six projects I made.

I have so, so enjoyed this journey and am enjoying season 2 and am already a month behind.  LOL.

Thanks you Tara and Amy!

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January 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Turkey Tracks: Lone Star 4-patch Done and Hung

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Turkey Tracks:  November 2, 2019

Lone Star 4-patch Done and Hung

And boy am I happy with this project, which TODAY replaced a quilt that had been hanging in the stair well for 15+ years.  The old quilt, light-faded and still lovely, is downstairs in the washing machine as I write this post.

A friend from Augusta who was visiting the dog park this morning came home with me and helped me hang this quilt, which involved stair-well drops and a tall ladder.  Thanks Kathryn!!  She made me feel very safe up on the ladder.

I quilted with size 8 perle cotton—and tried to match colors.  The background fabrics are from my stash, but the rest of the fabrics were curated by Tara Faughnan who taught this online class for Amy Newbold’s Sewtopia.  Season 2 of The Color Collective is under way now and promises to be as exciting as Season 1 was.

I used the green color (Kona Pickle) in all of the Lone Stars and bound the quilt with it, and it does seem to be working to unify the project.  Otherwise, I went down a Lone Star rabbit hole of wondering what would happen with light/dark backgrounds and how color and light/dark placement affected the Lone Star.

Now to finish up the Radiating Log Cabin project (probably today for the blocks!) from Season 1.

 

I am having so much fun!

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November 2, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Turkey Tracks: Joining a QAL

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Turkey Tracks:  October 22, 2019

Joining a QAL

Coastal Quilters President Tori Manzi encouraged members to join this year-long QuiltaLong—sponsored by Bernina—which is meant to teach some sewing skills.  Many of us are going to take part.

One could do the rainbow version, with fabrics Sugaridoo chose, as seen below.  One could buy Sugaridoo’s kit or just collect the listed Kona fabrics elsewhere.  One could also do a version with less fabrics that is not rainbow.  Or, one could put together whatever fabrics one wanted.  The goal is to learn some new techniques (or refresh old ones) by making a bar of the quilt each month for a year.

I chose the rainbow version, since I have not made a rainbow quilt.

 

 

 

 

Here is a link to this QAL:

Sugaridoo Bernina Quilt Along – Are you in?

 

 

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October 22, 2019 at 10:23 am

Turkey Tracks: Hmmmm???

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Turkey Tracks:  December 2, 2019

Hmmmm?

No blood.  Hope the turkey escaped.

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December 2, 2018 at 8:33 am

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Turkey Tracks: Marsha and Me

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Turkey Tracks:  October 25, 2018

Marsha and Me

Here’s a FIRST COUSIN I’ve never met until she visited in my area recently.  My goodness, what a loss I’ve had in not knowing her before now.  She visited Maine for a wedding and went out of her way to come and meet me—along with her husband, who was equally as charming as she is.

My dad had two brothers and a sister.  My Aunt Jean was the youngest sibling.  Marsha is her daughter.  Aunt Jean married an Air Force man, and the two families were together in Hawaii, during the Viet Nam war.  So, my sisters knew Aunt Jean’s children, but I had married just before my dad went to Viet Nam and my mother moved the family to Hawaii to be nearer to my dad.

Now, like many families today, Aunt Jean’s children are scattered across America.  Marsha and Tom live in Colorado. So I am grateful for that wedding and the chance to meet Marsha and Tom.  They liked Maine.  Perhaps they will come back some day…  They will always be welcome in my home here.

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October 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

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Turkey Tracks: Tuesday Food Gathering and Early Fall Update

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Turkey Tracks:  September 20, 2018

Tuesday Food Gathering and Early Fall Update

I wrote this post last week, but am just getting around to posting it today.

Tuesday is Hope’s Edge CSA pick-up day.

And this past Tuesday I picked up my year’s supply of local raw honey:  Sparky’s Honey.  The back of the car was filled with local goodies.  You can see a description of the kind of food I get from Hope’s Edge in an earlier post.

AC Slater continues to be a honey lamb.  Here he is on his “perch.”  The rock wall houses numerous chipmunks, and AC is “on the job” with regard to anything that moves or makes noise on my property.

 

I am loving how this strip by the path is looking–so cheerful with the zinnias that replaced earlier daffodils.  That Blue Hubbard squash vine has not produced a single fruit this year.  It’s been a kind of strange squash year in my area.

I like this zinnia variety.

I let the early pansies stay too long in the barrels–just could not part with them.  When I finally overprinted, the plants took off.  I am especially liking the purple salvia (?) and the small asters that are just starting to bloom.

 

I am breaking down spent pots and starting to put summer things away.  The hammock has been stored.  And the porch pillows.  I can’t let go of the hanging baskets or the wind chimes yet.  Soon enough…

Not much sewing happening what with AC Slater, but he is settling really well now, so I’ll have more time.  I am excited about winter sewing projects.

 

 

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October 3, 2018 at 9:25 am