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Turkey Tracks: Quilts By Friends: Linda Satkowski’s “Quilt-lets” and More

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Turkey Tracks:  February 5, 2018

Quilts By Friends:  Linda Satkowski’s “Quilt-lets” and More

Linda hs been making these coral “quilt-lets” (Katja Marek design) for some time.  They are really starting to come together now.

She is also working on Bonnie Hunter’s “wild and goosey” block and is way further along than I am. She gives me renewed interest in returning to this pattern.  I like the way she using consistent color in each block.  Mine are scrappy, and I have not worked on them since last May.



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February 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Turkey Tracks: My “On Ringo Lake” Quilt Top

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Turkey Tracks:  February 5, 2018

“On Ringo Lake” Quilt Top Done

Finished the top.  “On Ringo Lake” is Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 Mystery Quilt.  She releases the first clue the Friday after Thanksgiving.  The digital pattern is now available on her website, quiltville.com

I changes colors from Bonnie’s aqua, coral, dark brown, and neutrals to my grey, gold, black, and neutrals.

The secondary patterns are awesome.

I would rate this quilt as difficult.  And I’m an accomplished seamstress.  Bonnie’s directions are really good, and she shows you multiple ways to do the units.  I like to do her quilts because I always learn a lot.  This time was no exception.  I love the new “corner” ruler she introduced.  It sits on my cutting table all the time now.

Not sure how I’ll quilt it.  To remind, here is my Cotton+Steel backing and the gold binding I found:

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February 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Big Star: Cotton+Steel” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  February 8, 2018


“Big Star:  Cotton+Steel” Quilt

It’s finished!

I designed the big funky star in an Amy Friend workshop last spring–using her improv paper piecing design process.  The book is IMPROV PAPER PIECING.  I used all Cotton+Steel for the big stars.  And I manipulated color in the center of the stars to get the internal star shape at the center.  The block is 16 inches with four quadrants of 8 inches that come together.

There are lots of “big star” forms out in the quilty world, but mine are “funky.”

I used this very fun aqua print for the back.  And I like the light binding a lot.  I like the dark grey background, too.  It feels very rich and warm.

The design throws a lot of patterns.  Here is an octagon.

Here is a big fan with a funky center.

And when seen in other ways, the diamonds form lines up and down the quilt.

I wanted quilting that did not in any way distract from the pattern, so I used a medium grey thread and just made a grid of wavy lines.  It worked beautifully as where they c tossed made odd-shaped funky diamond forms.


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February 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts January 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  February 4, 2018

Mt. Battie Traveling Quilts January 2018

The traveling quilts are beyond amazing.  Each time we see them, they get larger and more exciting.

Here is Joanne Moore’s quilt, with writing added by Lynn Vermeulen and the f lower block in the upper right corner by Nancy Wright.


Here is MY QUILT, and boy do I love it!  Becca added the line of paper-pieced flowers on the left, the fabric squares above them, and the line of trees above the words.  Trees and flowers, what’s not to like?

Becca  ordered the graphic village fabric that is around the flowers after I asked her if she knew who made it.  That was a lovely surprise.

She later told me she had made this strip below because I love her selvage spider webs, but that she could not work it into the quilt.  I took it and will see that it gets worked in along the way because this spider web is something she has been designing for some time now.  More on that in another post.

Here is Lynn Vermeulen’s quilt.  Joann Moore added the thread spools and button on the left.  The fabric around that block pulls down a lot of the color going on in the quilt.


Vicki Fletcher made these two blocks for Linda Satkowski’s quilt.  She wanted to add an animal and an insect to Linda’s “community.”

Margaret-Elaine Jinno added this coastal block as we live on the coast with mountains that come down to the sea.

The above blocks will go into the blocks below.

Nancy Wright added this flower block to Vicki Fletcher’s quilt.

It will probably go on the right side with the other flowers.

Tori Manzi added the round blocks, the heart, and the rose  to Becca’s quilt, and Margaret Elaine added the colored pencils.


Linda Satkowski added the row of mountains to Nancy Wright’s quilt.  Becca’s saying is “never stop looking up.”  Margaret Elaine Jinno added a row of adorable birds for the bottom.   I’ll get that picture next time.

I had Gus Bruns quilt this last time, and I spent a lot of time joining up the parts.  Here is the left side.

I left a big center in the middle to fill.  The right side and bottom are connected.

I added the row of made fabric on the left, the bear on the aqua fabric at the bottom, and loads of connecting strips.  Margaret Elaine Jinno added the fox in the circle in the middle and a poem about the fox below–with an orange moon.

We are all busy now working on the quilts we picked up at the meeting.  We will see them again in February.  And I hope we can devise a way to display them a bit better.




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February 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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: Tea, the antidote to winter’s blues – By Tom Seymour

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Turkey Tracks:  January 23, 2018

Tea, TheAntidote to Winter’s Blues

Tom Seymour

This article appeared in our local paper, The Camden Herald.

I was so intrigued because I have wanted to make a tea with fir “leaves,” but have not slowed down to find out which ones to use and how.  I bought some tea bags some years back and loved the flavor of the fir tea.  But who knew it also had so many vitamins and other goodies.

I dry mint leaves from my garden every year and make tea with those.  Hmmmm. What about mixing them?  I have a white pine just steps from one of my doors.


via Tea, the antidote to winter’s blues – By Tom Seymour – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette – Camden Herald

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January 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Turkey Tracks: January Thaw 2018 and Update

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Turkey Tracks:  January 14, 2018

January Thaw 2018 and Update

Hi folks!

This post will be a mish-mash of updates.

First, we had a brief but very welcome thaw.  At one point over the past two days we had temps in the low 50s, with a lot of rain accompanying the warmer temps.  Most of the snow has melted away, so we are ready for more snow to make everything look clean and white again.  The temps have dipped again, so we are back to winter.

Penny dog began begging for a walk as soon as the rain stopped.  She would not leave me alone until I dragged on boots and got out our coats.  The walking produced a “walking haiku.”


January 13, 2018

That dog loves her walks
A January thaw called
Her joy filled my heart

Coastal Quilters had their monthly Sit and Sew at the Lion’s Club on Wednesday.  Becca Babb-Brott brought her spider web quilt and worked on the binding.  The spider webs are made with selvages:

I love this quilt.  (Becca’s Etsy store “Sew Me A Song” carries some really interesting Japanese fabrics that are hard to get here in the USA.)

She quilted it with diagonal lines that vary in width.

I finished all the blocks for the “Big Star” quilt, started in an Amy Friend workshop last year about improv paper piecing, the subject of her new book:  IMPROV PAPER PIECING.  The fabrics are Cotton+Steel, except for the charcoal solid.  Who knew I could make my own design?  I didn’t, but I really like it–though I recognize that it did not create any new territory.  I am sewing it together now.

I am on my THIRD Brother inexpensive serger.  I’ve sent two back as they had serious problems.  I am going to try out the one that came this week later this afternoon.  There is not doubt that a working serger makes sewing clothes really fast–especially with knits.  If this one doesn’t work, I’m giving up and will look for a more expensive serger.

I bought this yummy cotton knit fabric to make a sweatshirt on the serger this week–in my Wednesday class with Cheryl Rodriguez, whose studio is located at Waterfall Arts in Belfast.  Cheryl is AWESOME, and has gotten me feeling competent on the serger.  Now if the new one works…

And I finished the corduroy skirt that will go with the fleece top I made earlier:

It’s Simplicity 2058, and it fits after some major measuring and altering of the pattern.  I am back hippy and low waisted in the back, so a skirt without a waist band works best for me.  Thanks Cheryl for helping me figure out how to sew for my body.

I like the flare that develops AFTER my hips are fitted–the flare makes a swirly fullness at the hem.

Friend Gus Bruns dropped by and brought me this cowl that she made for me.  I love it!  She didn’t know that I love snowdrops and that I have them planted all over the yard.  The white on the navy feels like the essence of spring, doesn’t it.  The knit came from Alewives Quilt Shop in Damariscotta, Maine, and it is a sweatshirt knit.  Well!  I’ll have to slow down and go down for a visit as I’m looking for a knit in which to to make the Simplicity skirt, now that I’ve got the pattern “just right.”  The cowl fits “just right” too, and I really like it.

I took this picture Friday at a friend’s because it shows the sailcloth bag the kiddos gave me this summer–bought from a local store that specializes in sailcloth products.  I wanted them to see it gets used all the time.  AND, this picture shows how a mudroom functions in Maine–I love to see all the winter clothes hanging.  that’s my black coat and turquoise scarf just above the bag.

Lunch is ready (a lamb stew) and “that dog” is begging for a walk.  We’ll probably do it, though it is colder.  The bracing air may help clear out my head and chest as I’m fighting a simmering cold.  I haven’t had one in some years now, so it probably is time for my body to cleanse itself immune wise.

Hugs to you all…