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Turkey Tracks: Roasted Veggies

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Turkey Tracks:  April 5, 2018

Roasted Veggies

I roast winter veggies frequently.  And when I do, I roast a lot so I have another meal.  Or, two.  (I have to be careful as leftovers grow histamine as they age.)

But aren’t these gorgeous?  I drizzle with some olive oil on top and on the bottom before I throw in the veggies.  One could toss the veggies around to more thoroughly coat them.  Sometimes I even do that.  I dress with salt and dried herbs.  I often add chopped fresh garlic.  Adding mint I dried last fall gives these veggies a subtle, but deep sweet flavor to the roasting.  One could also add something like curry powder or other Indian spices.

This time I tried beets (red and orange) in the mix.  I just washed them, cut off the ends, peeled them with a carrot peeler and cut them into bite-sized pieces.  They were so sweet and delicious!

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April 5, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Turkey Tracks: A New Stash Management Plan

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Turkey Tracks:  April 5, 2018

A New Stash Management Plan

Tori Manzi asked if any of the Mt. Battie Modern quilters would like to pull some fabrics from their stash as she was going to send fabrics to a group of young quilters (teenagers, I think) in California whose quilts were on display at QuiltCon this year.  I pulled some, yes.  And I assume she’s mailed what we collected.

But that pulling for her started a hurricane of stash pulling.  There are just so many fabrics that I am not using.  They’re beautiful fabrics, but my tastes have radically changed.  I’m working with lighter, brighter fabrics these days.   And I’m a bit tired of guilting myself about not using…this:


I bundled what I pulled into color bundles.  And I am playing these bundles forward.  Two people who are just getting—or getting back—into quilting have raided these bundles.  And that makes me happy.  I’ll take some to Mt. Battie and will put some in the Coastal Quilters auction this fall—assuming there are any left at that point.  What will be, will be.

Cotton+Steel also makes me happy too.  Here are my March blocks for our Mt. Battie Modern “Long Time Gone” challenge.  Those little churn dash blocks will finish at 3 inches, and THEY ROCK!  They are fun to make and are so darn cute.

I’m not as fond of the crosses/star block.  But it is DONE.  On to the next.

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April 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern March Show and Tell

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Turkey Tracks:  April 3, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern March Show and Tell

New member Anne Bargetz shared some more of her work.

Here she used Tula Pink blocks to make this small wall hanging.

Becca is now working on a neutral and grey spider web using selvages.

I showed my finished Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks quilt—which was a challenge out of both Mt. Battie Modern and Coastal Quilters.  I will show pictures when my granddaughter has it in hand.

Here are our February “Long Time Gone” challenge blocks—A Jen Kingwell design.

We had such a fun meeting—it was so filled with creativity and color!

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April 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Turkey Tracks: My Traveling Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2018

My Traveling Quilt

There’s Tori Manzi pointing to the awesome tattoo block she made for my quilt.  It’s by Berene Campbell, Happy Sew Lucky.  Here’s a really good example of the things you can learn when you associate with other quilters.  Campbell has a whole set of tattoo motifs on her blog and store, and she has finished a quilt made with her tattoo blocks.  They are exciting!  I hope you go on a little visit to her web sites soon–and she is also on Instagram:  HappySewLucky.wordpress.com and http://www.HappySewLucky.com.

Thank you Tori!  And I also love the moon in the blue night sky.  Tori started us making these round log cabin blocks, and I’m so happy she put one in my quilt.

She also did this long border on the right.  She learned this technique, I think, at the Pink Castle (great fabric web site) GlamStitchALot (or something like that).  I admired it about two years ago–and she remembered.


There is just so much love and thoughtfulness in this quilt.  So many wonderful friends have made me something really special.  I will treasure it forever!!!


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March 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Traveling Quilts in March

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2018

Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild Traveling Quilts in March

The Traveling quilts are totally amazing us.  Projected finish for this rotation is July.  It’s a good thing because they are getting BIG.  Of course, quilt tops often look bigger than they eventually turn out to be.

Tori Manzi worked on two quilts this month.  Below is JoAnn Moore’s quilt.  Tori made the long border, using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braid method–found in her new book MODERN QUILT MAGIC.

Gorgeous, yes.  Note that the method is different than the kind of braid we’ve seen before this “magic” one.

Tori also worked on MY QUILT–which I think is now the coolest one.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  (We each claim our quilt is THE BEST.)  I’ll do a separate post on my quilt as there are a lot of pictures this post.

Lynn Vermeulen added this quote to Tori’s quilt:

Becca added “It takes a village to raise a child” to Margaret-Elaine Jinno’s quilt and linked up some of the blocks around the village green that Vicki Fletcher made.

There are other blocks in this quilt, but I accidentally erased them.  Next time.  I have this quilt now and am looking forward to working on it.

Vicki Fletcher’s quilt is BIG now.  I’m having a hard time getting a picture that covers everything.  I’m bringing a ladder next meeting!!!

Margaret Elaine added two moons white igloos surrounded by Northern Lights.  Vicki and Mike homesteaded in Alaska for many years before returning to Maine.

And this little block with the saxophone–Mike Fletcher plays.  Nancy Wright did the flower block.

Linda Satkowski made the yellow strip with black/white hexes for Lynn Vermeulen’s quilt.  AND added the selvage border around the block that, I think, Joann Moore did.  Lynn originally said she wanted a wall hanging, but when she saw how the quilt was developing she changed her mind.  She started with the “Quilt” saying at the top.

I worked on Nancy Wright’s quilt–which is all about stars.  There are a lot of big star blocks, and I thought the quilt needed some little stars.  The long blocks are Jen Kingwell’s “glitter” block.  Three of them together look something like the three wisemen stars.  I drew the spinning stars on EQ8–they look better on point.  The “constellation” block is Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, which is really only a star cluster.  Only 8 people will have worked on this quilt, so I stole a star from nearby Taurus.  It’s now “Eight Sisters.”

Here’s a pic taken from a ladder!!

I made no attempt to link up any of these stars as I think Nancy will want to do so.

We are having so much fun!


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March 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Turkey Tracks: A Sunday Morning Treat: Chawne Kimber’s Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  March 25, 2018

A Sunday Morning Treat:  Chawne Kimber’s Quilts

Oh my.

My heart is still singing.


I’m sure these are not ALL of Chawne  Kimber’s quilts, but…

…you can enjoy a bit of an art show when you read this post.


Her blog is Cauchy Complete.  She’s a math college professor, and “Cauchy” is the last name of a mathematician she admires.



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March 25, 2018 at 9:40 am

Turkey Tracks and Books: And My Birthday

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Turkey Tracks and Books:  March 18, 2018

And My Birthday

Friend Roxanne Wells not only suggested William Kent Krueger’s novels (set in Minnesota), she lent me the ones she has, which is all of them but the one coming out this summer.

Guess what I do at lunch these days?  And late into the night.

Reading Krueger is a bit like reading Paul Doiron’s books about a Maine game wardens solving murder mysteries.

Friend Lynn Vermeulen sent me this card, and I burst out laughing when I opened it.

My friends know that I have been watching ALL of Project Runway and PR All Stars this winter–another piece of mischief fomented by Roxanne Wells.  The key saying in every program, just before the judging begins, is the following:  “As you know, in fashion, one minute you’re in, and the next you’re OUT.”  Lynn’s card statement finishes with a happier ending.

I feel really blessed with my friends and family’s attentions.  My birthday was great.

We have two feet of snow on the ground and a cold snap, so the snow isn’t going anywhere fast.  But it is very pretty, and the days are longer, and the birds are singing.  And, the female turkeys have joined up with the males–which means the breeding season is starting.  They all know I’ll throw out some black-oiled sunflower seeds when there is snow on the ground.  They were all here this morning.  They come look in the windows if I am too slow in feeding them.

Look at this design wall!  There is a whole lot of fun going on in my house:  The scrap quilt with “made” fabric, upper left.  Valse Brilliante.  A big block selvage quilt in “cool” colors–using a larger version of Amy Friend’s design.  Bonnie Hunter Garlic Knot and Wild and Goose blocks.  Assorted foundation pieced log cabins.   A “cool” neutral block from SUNDAY MORNING QUILTS–this one by Cheryl Arkinson.   AND, Long Time Gone quilt blocks.

LOL.  The bed in the adjoining bedroom only has ONE big quilt ready to quilt on it and ONE little art quilt with a design I made.  BUT, I have to confess it has a pile of knits ready to be made into tops and skirts and, yes, one dress.

I’ve almost finished another selvage placemat.  This is the quiet selvage, not the written ones.  I string these selvages as I cut fabric, and when I get a lot, I stop and knit them into the placemat.  I like how a bright napkin pulls colors out of the placemat.

I spent a chunk of yesterday ironing and cutting 2 by 8-inch strips from my “warm” Cotton+Steel neutrals.  Yes!  A  “warm” “vanilla” quilt is in process.

AND, Marsha Green sent me this picture of her blooming amaryllis plants.  Marsha has a GREEN THUMB writ large.  I didn’t start any this year for some reason, so it is fun to see hers.  Marsha and Harry’s garden is glorious in the summer.

I’ll post pics of this month’s “Long Time Gone” quilt blocks I made when I’ve finished with the adorable little 3-inch churn dash blocks.

Meanwhile, Heidi August sent a pic of where she is now with this project.  She says she loves the Creative Grid Pineapple ruler, so I ordered the mini one for these mini blocks.

Go Heidi!

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March 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm