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Turkey Tracks: “Megunticook Marmalade” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  June 1, 2018

“Megunticook Marmalade” Quilt

Oops!  This post got published too early by mistake…

My apologies.

Here is my Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.”  I changed the colors and am calling it “Megunticook Marmalade” after our local lake and river.

I quilted with 12-inch “Simple Feathers” by Anne Bright–in a light grey Signature thread.  I love my backing–a Cotton+Steel fabric.

Here’s a corner.

And some shots of the quilt top.



This quilt is…beyond…intricate.  It’s one of the hardest quilts I’ve ever made, and it is my 142nd quilt.  I love tiny pieces and units, so that wasn’t it.  I was stressed by how many of the seams butted up to each other–and this quilt does have some “knots” at intersections, though I tried clipping into seams as much as possible.  It also took me forever to put the top together.  Many, many, many hours.  I am now seeing all sorts of secondary patterns, so I suppose it was worth all the work and stress.

Bonnie Hunter is an amazing designer.  For sure.

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June 1, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Turkey Tracks: Yummy!

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Turkey Tracks:  June 1, 2018


It is yummy to be on my porch in the Maine spring and summer.  I spend a lot of time out here in the summer.

All the container pots are planted now and are growing well.  That means DAILY WATERING.  But I don’t care.  The feeling of being on either porch–upper or lower–is about which life should be.  And I do like the summer work of porch, lawn, and gardens.  Doing this work makes me feel…connected, alive, energetic, satisfied.

I’m putting the binding on Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.”  I changed the colors so I’m calling it “Megunticook Marmelade.”  Pics and post to follow soon.  This quilt is kind of a “fit” with my “Butterscoth Fall” finished last winter.  I don’t think I’ve ever taken a quilt out on the porch while sewing binding.  Who knew it would be so peaceful?

And here is more yummy!!  A hammock where the hot tub used to be!!!  I put it TOGETHER MYSELF, which was no small feat given the angles that had to fit together.  I got into it to test it out and…did not want to get out.  Where was my book?  How about a nap???

Here’s the lower porch.  You can sit out here in the rain.  I only use the upper deck, seen above, in the winter when it is sunny and one can sit out there with a sweater despite pretty cold temps.  In the summer this porch is way, way too hot.


On the walkway.  Love it when this creeps blooms.


Summer is here!

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June 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: Part 5

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat:  Part 5

Betsy Maislen

Betsy comes to our retreat from Vermont.

I showed her “Long Time Gone” blocks in Part 1.

She brought her Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake” quilt to share.  And we went to a local quilt store (Marden’s) and found a light coral backing for it.  Thank heavens Linda Satkowski was with us because it took an intervention to get us out of Mardens.  Betsy and I sewed our versions of this quilt together, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and ending before New Year’s Eve.  Only, it took both of us longer to get the top together.  This quilt is…difficult.

Betsy got this top together and her borders planned.  She wanted to use the dark blue batik for an inner border but didn’t have enough of it.  Guess what?  She found more of it in her local quilt store after 4 years.  It was meant to be…

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May 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Turkey Tracks: Quilts By Friends: Betsy Maislen

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Turkey Tracks:  February 23, 2018

Quilts By Friends:  Betsy Maislen

Betsy lives in Vermont and comes to MidCoast Maine to sail on the windjammer J&E Riggin, out of Rockland, Maine.  Last summer, after retiring in June, she volunteered to cook with Annie Mahle, co-owner of the Riggin with Jon Finger, for six weeks in September and October.  She stayed with me between trips, which was so much fun.  She also attended the May 2017 Coastal Quilters retreat at the Franciscan Guest House.

Annie and I roped her into making the Bonnie Hunter 2017 mystery quilt with us, and here is her finished top.  I really love the neutral borders she chose.

Next, I suggested she sew along with Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild’s challenge to make Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt over the next year.

Here are her January and February blocks–and one of the March blocks.

I love her use of color in these blocks.


We all did different variations of this “star in star” block.




And, here is the March “crosses” block:


Yep!  Making these blocks is addictive.  Go Betsy!

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: First Corner of “On Ringo Lake”

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Turkey Tracks:  January 7, 2018

First Corner of “On Ringo Lake”

Bonnie Hunter’s 2017 Mystery Quilt Challenge


I like my colors.

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January 7, 2018 at 11:58 am

Turkey Tracks: January 5, 2018

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Turkey Tracks:  January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018

I’m not sure how it got to be January 5, 2018, already!

Where does the time get to so fast?

We survived yesterday’s “Bomb Cyclone” up here in Mid-Coast Maine.  I’ve seen much worse in terms of blizzards.  Maine coastal areas flooded, however.  Just north of Camden, Lincolnville Beach flooded.  I’ve never seen that kind of winter flooding before this storm, and many old timers here are saying they have not either.  It is not an exaggeration to say that we are in unchartered territory in terms of big storms and rising waters.

I replenished bird food and Louisa food before the storm.  The bags are so boldly colorful.

After this storm, we have a fair amount of snow on the ground.  The winter sports folks are delighted.   Here’s my back deck, so you can see what’s accumulated now.

The turkeys stay with me all winter now, but these males stick very close.  They spent the storm under the big white pine and their backs were often were covered with snow.  Did it help insulate their bodies?

I’ve had a lot of intense sewing time in recent weeks, which I love.  The Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt “reveal” came just before New Year’s, along with all the finishing “clues.”  “On Ringo Lake” is an intense, very scrappy quilt.  I am enjoying seeing all the different color ways and different settings people have used in this quilt and look forward to seeing my own different colors playing together.  You can see the finished quilt on Bonnie’s web site:  quiltville.com.

I don’t know.  I think in recent years Bonnie Hunter’s designs have gotten more and more busy.  Or, modern quilts have changed my own tastes.  But I often feel that all the busyness in sashings, especially, is detracting from the clever, innovative blocks she designs.  I know that opinion is a very personal taste take on my part, but I think my own challenge with her work that I attempt will be to scale back some of the elements.  The eye, I think, needs resting places.  Too much is…too much…and robs the work of its specialness.  The cleverness is getting…lost.

Here is a picture of some of the small quilts in my sewing room–made over the past 13 or so years:

I cut out a fleece top yesterday.  I’m working up my courage to sew it mostly on the serger.  Wish me luck!





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January 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm