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Turkey Tracks: Friendship Samplers Quilt Show, Belfast, Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2013

Friendship Samplers Quilt Show

Belfast, Maine


Friendship Samplers is the Pine Tree Quilting Guild chapter located to Camden’s north, in Belfast, Maine.

(We are the Coastal Quilters here in Camden.)

The Friendship Samplers quilters are strong, competent, wonderful quilters.  There is just so much talent in that group.

They do a quilt show every other year, and this year was the year.

And this year, their show was as wonderful as ever.

I did not begin to take pictures of everything–or even of some of the most amazing quilts–and there were many.  I took pictures of work that stimulated my own creativity.  And do remember that the quilts I love best are scrappy quilts that are functional.

First, my most favorite quilt was my friend Joan Herrick’s “Logs and Ladders”–where she has combined a log cabin block with a Jacob’s Ladder block–and took advantage of their strong directional orientations.  There’s one of these in my future!

Frienship S's, J. Herrick Logs and Ladders

I was intrigued by the quilting in this quilt–and later realized it’s called “McTavishing,” after Karen McTavish, who invented it.  You can see how to do it on Leah Day’s web site, along with at least 400 other free-motion quilting designs she has put onto utube videos.

Friendship S's 3

Don’t you love this modern “take” on the log cabin block?

Friendship S's 2

I love the work of Alice Parsons.  And she had a hand in this quilt below:

It’s stitched with bright orange thread in squiggly lines up and down the quilt.  And look at the use of purple for the sashing.  That purple is making the yellow leap out of the quilt!

Friendship S's 6

Look at how the center square is varied–and the use of the adorable funky bird–and the use of rows of the squares…

Friendship S's 5

I want to make a quilt with birds at the center of some kind of block.  And I love what these quilters have done here.  It’s just so much fun!

Friendship S's 4


Here’s another creative idea for making use of a central square with something (birds!) fussy cut inside it.  Surround the square with flying geese and corner blocks:

Friendship S's 9


The flying geese and their backgrounds can vary in color choice.  What’s uniting the quilt here is the sashing/border fabric–in this case black and white and the use of the center square with a border around it.


Friendship S's 8


The Friendship Samplers always have a “quilt alley” where you buy chances (25 for $2!!!) and put your chances in the can/s of the quilt/s number you like.

All these quilts were to be “won” on Friday.  Another set went up on Saturday.

Friendship 18

I found many little quilts I liked on this wall.  But this one was my favorite:

Frienship S's 19


Here’s a close-up of the blocks:

Friendship S's 22

The Friendship Samplers always have goodies to eat–and they COVER FOOD TABLES WITH QUILTS–which fascinated Giovann McCarthy–on her first outing to a Frienship Samplers Quilt Show:

Friendship S's 10

I really loved some of these “table cloth” quilts.  I cringed at using a quilt for a table cloth, but their use does remind one that quilts are made to be used and loved:

Here’s a close-up of a table cloth quilt.  I’ve never found a squared square form that I didn’t like:

Friendship S's 13

Here’s a close-up:

Friendship S's 11

I was most intrigued with this pattern as well:

Friendship S's 12


Here below you can see the two blocks that make the pattern together:  4 half-square triangles with the colors to the inside making a square AND a sixteen patch with four red blocks making the center.  I’d cut the block to combine two of the white squares into a rectangle though

Friendship S's 15

This quilt was HAND STITCHED!!!


Friendship S's 14

Imagine it made in any number of colors–as long as you keep the light and dark values:  blue, yellow, orange, brown, etc.

SO, our group really enjoyed the Friendship Samplers Quilt Show 2013 and look forward to attending in 2015!

Thanks Friendship Samplers!

After the show we had lunch at Chase’s Daily–which specializes in local foods mostly from (in season) their farm.  And we visited Nancy’s Quilt Shop on Route 3 just outside Belfast to pick up more of a fabric that two of our quilters wanted to buy more of than Nancy had at the show.



Turkey Tracks: Camp Lovey

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Turkey Tracks:  August 22, 2013

Camp Lovey

I had my two grandsons, 8 1/2 and almost 10, here in Maine for two weeks on my own.

It was glorious.

They did the Camden Yacht Club sailing camp in the mornings–even swimming in the cold harbor water every day.

And Camp Lovey the rest of the time.

Mike and Tami brought the girls up at the end of the two weeks for a week–which went by really fast.

Mike brought the boys up, and I picked them up in Portland.  We went to Acadia the next day, I think, and all were enchanted with the views from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

Acadia View Cadillac Mountain

The boys loved exploring all the rocks and the nooks and crannies that the ledges offered:

Bo and Kelly, Acadia 2013

Afterwards, we stopped at the Co-op in Belfast for food and at Baywrap for ice cream:

Bo and Kels, ice cream, 2013 2

John and I had planned to get kayaks for the children last summer.  He even ventured out to price them.  So this summer, I undertook that task with the help of the boys.  Together we could load the kayaks on the car.  I got cold feet about sending them out alone on the river, where I knew they would quickly be off and running and a long way away from me, so we got Maine Sports (very kindly) to help install a “J” bar so we could carry my big kayak as well.

Unfortunately, our weather was cool enough that we only got to use the kayaks one time–and even them we got caught in the rain.  It was still a good day.

Kayaks 2013

The boys loved poking around the tidal pools that line our shores.  And, looking for “sea glass”–which is now mostly just plain glass shards–is another favorite pastime.   These pictures were taken at Rockland Harbor.

Rockland Harbor 5

Boys, Rockland 2

Crabs, Rockalnd 3

Crab, Rockland

Crab, Rockalnd 5

Here’s what a shallow tidal pool looks like:

Rockland Beach 3

And much time was spent skipping “good” rocks, such as this one:

Skipping stone 3

We took the girls back, and they, too, enjoyed their time on this beach.  In fact, all four children went swimming in the cold water and in all their clothes!!!   They won’t forget that dip any time soon.

The boys went to the state quilting show–Pine Tree Quilt Guild–with me on a Saturday.  I posted that earlier, but here, again, is their favorite quilt:

Boys favorite quilt, 2013

We all went to Moose Crossing State Park one day–a beautiful place just north of Belfast:

Moosewood park 2013

Moose Crossing beach has some rather big rocks.  Bo spent some time rearranging them.

Bo, Moosewood 2013

And Talula and Kelly spent a lot of time wading through the tidal pools.  I had gotten lazy with the camera at this point, so don’t have this picture of them anywhere but in my mind.  But here’s one of Talula:

Talula, Aug. 2013

I always do a lot of cooking with the children–and this year was no exception.  Here are Maryann and Mina making our dinner salad:

Mary and Mina

Fortunately for me and for the chickens, the children love to collect the Japanese Beetles from the raspberries and beans and feed them to the chickens.  This year they became fascinated with dragonflies.  Here’s a BIG one on Bo’s hand:

Bo and dragonfly, Aug 2013

We went to Monhegan Island for two days and a night–staying at the Monhegan House Inn.  Here are Bo and Mina in Port Clyde waiting to board the boat to go out to the island:

Port Clyde 5

Here is Mina, swinging on a downhill swing on the island:

Mina, Aug. 2013

Here are my four kiddos, waiting to board the boat home from Monhegan:

Lovey and kiddos, Aug. 2013

On the way home, the boat captain took us by an island filled with sunning seals:

seals, Aug. 2013

We were all enchanted.

This trip was the end of Camp Lovey, as everyone departed for the long drive home to South Carolina a day or so later–especially as we got even MORE rain.

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August 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Turkey Tracks: June Days

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Turkey Tracks:  June 13, 2013

June Days

Today is one of those quintessential Maine spring days.

The air is clean, crystal clear, fresh, and smells of the lilac which is blooming everywhere.

It’s sunny, but a long-sleeve cotton shirt feels perfect.

By nightfall, the cool streams in and a sweater is nice.  A blanket on the bed at night feels lovely, especially if you sleep with an open window at your head, as I do.

Sister Susan just spent a week here.  We got a lot of rain while she was here, but on rainy days we went to movies and found indoor pursuits.  (We loved the new Star Wars movie and the Robert Redford film, THE COMPANY WE KEEP.)

We had a glorious time up in Acadia viewing the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain.  No camera shot can capture that 360 degree vision of lakes, mountains, ocean, islands, rocks, green trees, colorful mosses, blue sky, sailing ships, and on and on.  I have renewed interest in taking the older grandchildren up there this summer.

We had a sunny lunch at the Waterfront one day, and you can see that the harbor is filling up with boats now: Susan, June 2013

In Belfast, Susan was fascinated with the lively window boxes that are just starting to plump out.   Window boxes line the rows of shops in all our little towns and they are so beautiful. Belfast Window Box 2

Here’s a close-up of one of the above window boxes.  Soon these flowers will spill and drape over the box’s sides.

Belfast Window Box 3

I love the way these window boxes are enhancing the paintings in the store:

Belfast Window Box

The striped yellow and white petunia in the middle of this window box is the “petunia of the year” this year.  I think it’s called “lemon stripe.”

Belfast Window Box 4

We were both amused at this Belfast visitor:

Belfast visitor, June 2013

We visited Mainely Pottery, of course.  And, had a late/lunch/tea at Fromviandoux, which is always so much fun.

The lupine is blooming, and I don’t have a single picture.  Susan had never seen them and was fascinated.  I have posted pictures in the past, so if you search on lupine at the search button on the right sidebar of this blog, you can see lupine pictures.

Susan loved the rock walls you see in Maine as much as I do.  This time of year you can see them clearly.  Later, perennial plants grow up and fill in the spaces in front of the rocks.  Here are two rock walls from neighbor Sarah Rheault’s garden:

Sarah's front bed, May 2013


Sarah's back stone wall

The rock walls in my garden are embedded into the hills, so they function differently.  Here’s the end of one, which “Sky Watcher” guards.  I gave him some shade and a cairn of his own this year:

Rock Stairwell

The garden is lush, lush.  The strawberry plants are loaded with fruit:

Strawberry Fruit

Beedy Parker’s kale came back AND reseeded itself.  It’s blooming now, and the bees love it.

Beedy Parker's Kale blooming

You can get Beedy Parker’s kale seeds from FEDCO.  (Their catalog is an amazing document–there is a wealth of information about growing all kinds of plants in it.)

The white violets are gone now, but weren’t they gorgeous!  They’ve spread in the shady bed on the north south of the house.

White Violets Close up

The tomatoes are hanging in there with all the rain.  The garlic is thriving.  The zukes are up.  Ditto the winter squash and many of the beans.  The peas are thriving.  The cukes are laggards so far, and the cold frame is full of radish and lettuce:

Cold Frame

I’m pulling radish now and will transplant some of the lettuce to the radish side of the cold frame.

Radish, June 2013

These summer days stretch before me, beckoning and teasing with all their pleasures.  Life is full and rich with…life.

Turkey Tracks: Delvino’s in Belfast

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Turkey Tracks:  January 26, 2012


Belfast, Maine

I didn’t know there was a new Italian restaurant in Belfast, Maine.  Neither did my book club whom I told late yesterday afternoon.  My lunch partner yesterday, the legendary long-arm quilter in our area, Joan Herrick, introduced me.  Delvino’s has been open for a year now.  Who knew?

Delvino’s is at 52 Main in Belfast.  For locals, it’s on lower Main, on the right as you go downhill to the water, near the inn, the kitchen store, and Coyote Moon.   The telephone number is 338-4565.  It’s open as follows:

Sunday 11-8:30 p.m.

Monday to Thursday 11:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday/Saturday 11:30-9 p.m.

Joan and I had a lovely lunch, complete with dessert and coffee.  All the food is fresh, homemade, and is quite good.  We shared bruchetta (I don’t think this is spelled right, but I’m in a hurry this morning) that came with lovely toasted baguette slices.  I had spinach and ham-stuffed ravioli with a roasted garlic cream sauce; Joan had gnocchi (ditto) in a cream pesto sauce.  Salad and nice bread came with the meal.  I had a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce that was as rich as fudge.  And Joan had tiramisu that was as light as can be.  The coffee was great, and they even found me some honey with which to sweeten it.  The waitress was terrific, and we felt quite welcomed and spoiled.

The menu read really well–there were lots of non-pasta choices and a daily soup selection.

I highly recommend it.  I meant to take a picture, but it was—brrrr–cold with the wind off the water, and we rushed to the car afterwards.

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January 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

Turkey Tracks: Road Trip to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, Belfast, Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  October 29, 2011

Road Trip to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply

Belfast, Maine

A few weeks back, a quilting friend and I decided to go see the new quilting/artisan supply store in Belfast, Maine.  It was the perfect day–pouring rain.  We looked forward to seeing the store, having a warm and cozy lunch at Chase’s Daily, and shopping in the Belfast Coop.  As predicted, we had a wonderful time.

Fiddlehead Artisan Supply is a terrific addition to our local quilting scene.  How many people have access,within 45 minutes, to so many good quilting stores:  Fiddlehead in Belfast, Nancy’s just outside Belfast, Quilt Divas in Rockland, Mainely Sewing in Nobleboro, and Alewives in Damariscotta  Mills.  Each of these stores is very different from each other.  We have nearly as many really fabulous yarn stores as well.  Truly, I live in an area rich with fiber arts materials.

Fiddlehead carries a unique variety of items.  Yes, there’s fabric–both quilting and decorator–but also other, electic goods, like fabric paints and unique ribbons.  There’s a nice book and pattern section as well.  And, they are selling consigned quilts.

When my sister visited this past summer, she thought our little towns were very European in nature.  I agree with her, and I think that’s part of why I like New England so much.  Here’s what the street scene looks like where Fiddlehead is located:

Here’s what you see when you go inside the door:

Here are some of the unique ribbons:

And, Fiddlehead has ALL 500 embroidery colors:

Makes you want to start a new project, doesn’t it?

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October 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Turkey Tracks: Finished Debbie Bliss Sweater

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Turkey Tracks:  October 29, 2011

Finished Debbie Bliss Sweater

One day last spring, I think, several of us took a road trip down to Halcyon Yarn in Bath.  I saw a sweater made up  there that I really liked.  I found the pattern in a Debbie Bliss book and bought it.  The sweater called for wool, but I wanted a nice heavy cotton sweater for spring/summer.

Here’s the book:

And here’s what the sweater looks like in the book–sorry about the flash on the page:

Helen at Heavenly Socks in Belfast helped me find a cotton/wool blended yarn she thought would be a good substitute for the wool in the pattern.  I had a hard time with tension, however.  But, the finished sweater is also kind of funky, and I do like it.  And, it fits, though the sleeves are perhaps a tad too long–I’m getting more confidence with measuring and deviating from the pattern as I go along making things.  Helen told me later that sometimes with cotton, knitters say to unknit your last row when you pick up your knitting after stopping.  That doesn’t sound like fun.  And, the tension issues happened all through the knitting anyway.  I think it’s more about this particular yarn…since I don’t usually have tension problems.

Giovanna McCarthy showed me how to sew the pieces together properly and oh! what a difference!

And, there is a mistake in the pattern, but when you get to it, you’ve done enough of the pattern to figure it out.

Anyway, here’s the finished sweater–with me with wet hair!

Written by louisaenright

October 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm