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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: Quilting: Improv Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  April 3, 2017

Improv Quilts

I love this book!

This book is a slam dunk for the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild.

We are making “traveling” quilts now.  Each of us started a quilt in some way, then it “travels” to another Mt. Battie member for work.  Quilts change at the monthly meeting.  So I am working on another member’s now, and I’m having so much fun doing so.  Working on these quilts is pure play.

Here’s my own “start.”

Can’t wait to see what happens next to it at the end of April.

Alphabet help came from Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland’s OUT OF THE BOX WITH EASY BLOCKS.

I’ll go back in with pearl cotton to give the exclamation point it’s bottom circle, etc., when the quilt is layered and ready to quilt.

Interesting Information: Salt Wars

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Interesting Information:  March 23, 2017

Salt Wars

What to believe about salt?

I wrote at least one essay (see Mainely Tipping Points essays) on the salt wars.

We actually eat LESS salt now than people in the generations before canning and freezing.  And, most of us are less healthy today.

There are some people who have genuine salt intolerances, but my understanding is that they are somewhat rare.

Anyway, the potassium and salt ratio is important.  I eat a lot of salt, so if I get leg cramps, I take a potassium pill.  Salt washes potassium out of one’s system.

Salt is crucial for health in all kinds of ways–see the essay I wrote

And, here is a very recent piece you might want to read from Dr. Mercola:

Source: Why the War on Salt Is Dangerous

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March 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Crossed Kayaks” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  March 23, 2017

“Crossed Kayaks” quilt

This cutie baby quilt got mailed recently.

The 12 1/2 inch foundation pieced blocks are from a book by Lynn Goldsworthy, THE ULTIMATE QUILT BLOCK COLLECTION.  She actually called this version a “Bento Box” pattern, but I’ve seen in other places a similar pattern called “Crossed Kayaks.”  Likely that pattern did not have the colored square beneath the kayaks.

The fabrics are from a collection by Riley Blake called “Crayola.”  I pulled from my stash to add more solids.  I bought this collection in Coastal Quilters’ fund-raiser auction last November.  I’ve always LOVED crayons.  As a child, nothing much was more fun than getting a new box of crayons–each with their tips still pointy and new.  That was probably the first realization that I loved the whole range of colors.  This suite of fabrics also comes in girly pinks.

The secondary patterns are neat in this quilt.  The center makes an Octagon.

Here’s the back.  I stole from the backing fabric to get the front border, so pieced to fill in.  That’s always fun.

 

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March 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Turkey Tracks: Tula Pink’s 100 Blocks

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March 16, 2017

Tula Pink’s 100 Blocks

I have been totally enjoying making my March and April blocks, plus a few, for our year-long Tula Pink project.

I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics for the most part in my blocks.

Here are the ones I just finished:

These blocks are addictive.  They’re easy, and they’re all about the fabric.

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March 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Turkey Tracks: White As Snow

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Turkey Tracks:  March 16, 2017

White As Snow

To go with our blizzard snow of Tuesday/Wednesday.

Boy did that blizzard howl…

 

 

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March 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Turkey Tracks: Zipper Bag Nutty

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Turkey Tracks:  March 14, 2017

Zipper Bag Nutty

It all started with two of these little pouches, made by Coastal Quilter Margaret Elaine Jinno for our auction fundraiser last November.

Margaret Elaine used a clear vinyl front so one could see the inside.  The top has a zipper.  You can see one of the ones I purchased is stuffed full of EPP templates all ready to go.  The other one is too, but with a different EPP project.  How did she make these anyway?

Then Tori Manzi, also a Coastal Quilter, showed some of us the craft bag she made using pet screen, which is easily located at any large hardware store.  And, yes, it cuts and sews easily.  I did not get a picture of Tori’s bag, but then Becca Babb-Brott (Etsy Store Sew Me A Song) made one as well and it was so nice and roomy.  I had immediate bag envy.  I knew I had to make one of these bigger craft bags that stored EVERYTHING.  I didn’t get a picture of Becca’s bag either, but Becca sent me a tutorial on how to do it.  This tutorial uses clear vinyl, but you can easily substitute the pet screen.  It’s from So Sew Easy and is easy to follow:  “How to Make Clear Vinyl or Project Bags.”  Just google for it if this link does not come up

On the way to the So Sew Easy Tutorial, I saw a blog post on a “52 zippers project”–one a week for a year.  Hmmm.  Until I put the big zipper into my “Aeroplane Bag,” I had not put a zipper into anything for probably 32 years.  Maybe I better take a look?

Here’s the introduction

52 zippers project: All the zips! In 2017 I have a few lofty goals. One of the bigger ones is to undertake a project I’m calling “52 zippers”: this year, every week I will sew a new zipper pouch and post about it. I have kind of the perfect storm of reasons for doing this–I have too many zippers, too many cute fabrics that I’m not using because I don’t want to cut them up, lots of fabric embellishment ideas that I want to try out but not on a whole quilt, and of course a lack of organization. My other thought is that while I know many people have mastered zipper pouches, I think it is a common thing to fear the zipper. I’ve written up a set of basic lined zipper pouch instructions, which you can download for free! As the year goes on I will be adding more modifications and techniques to add to the simple zipper pouch. Look for more handouts to come! These handouts will be free for a limited time; at the end of the project I’ll be compiling all of the handouts into a comprehensive zipper pouch pattern.

Source: 52 zippers project – a little crispy

Before I knew it, I had these two pouches and had printed out instructions for how to install a “D” ring, a wrist band, and make a “dumpling bag.”  Pouches lend themselves to showcasing bigger pieces of fabric, like this fabric from Anna Maria Horner.

These bags are LINED, and doesn’t my zipper look nice?

At this point I was using zippers I already had in storage.

Ok, now I had more confidence, so I went back to the So Sew Easy tutorial.  I had a pale lavender zipper, and here is what emerged.  I love the look of the hanging outside zipper technique.

Oh, BLISS!

Then, this one happened with a white zipper I had on hand.  You can see it in relationship to the lavender bag in terms of size.

How fun is this!

More googling and I discovered that Sew Michelle sells COLORED pet screen in lots of colors.  So this package arrived the other day.

And Zip It (Etsy store) sells all things zipper, including fobs and what are, in bunches, really reasonable zippers in many sizes and colors.  So this package arrived, and I chose the colors of the zippers.

I have a real soft spot for these zipper fobs, but there are all different kinds at Zip It.

Also, it seems that there is a way with plastic zipper teeth to separate the two sides for easier sewing–which also means you can use the smaller pieces of a zipper you’ve cut off by adding a new pull–which, of course, Zip It has.  You could mix and match zipper pull colors with the zipper itself, like putting a blue pull on an orange zipper.

It’s clear my go-to present these days will be zippered bags of some sort.  They are just so much fun to make.

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March 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm