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September 21, 2011

As Promised, An Antique Style Turkey Tracks Quilt

Antique Turkey Tracks
To simplify an antique treasure, we adapted the original pieced quilt to make this a showcase for needle-turn appliqué.
getting started
What You Need:
 Punch up the color for added excitement and visual interest.
 Note From Me: The soft, muted colors can add to the vintage look, especially if you
 gave the fabrics a Rit Dye bath in Tan and rinsed and dried them in the dryer before cutting.
 I always wash my fabrics first to remove sizing from manufacturer. This quilt
 would look especially pretty with earth tone fabrics and neutrals in rust, greens, tans
 and golds, autumn colors.
2-1/2 yards of dark pink print for appliqués
1-1/2 yards of solid green for appliqués
2-1/4 yards of muslin for appliqué foundations and inner border
3-3/8 yards of light pink print for setting squares, setting triangles, corner triangles, and outer border
2/3 yard of solid pink for binding
5-1/8 yards of backing fabric
77 x 92 inches of quilt batting
Freezer paper
Finished quilt top: 70-1/2 x 85-3/8 inches Finished block: 10-1/2 inches square Quantities specified for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).
You can click  Turkey Tracks Quilt Templates to directly download PDF file for patterns.
If you need to download Adobe click Adobe Reader X
2. To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Cut all strips across the width of the fabric. The setting and corner triangles are cut larger than necessary; they will be trimmed before the borders are added. 
From dark pink print, cut 20 11-inch squares for appliqués
From solid green, cut 80 4 x 5-1/2-inch rectangles for appliqués
From muslin, cut 7 3 x 42-inch strips for inner border and 20 11-1/2-inch squares for appliqué foundations
From light pink print, cut 8 3-1/2 x 42-inch strips for outer border
4 16-1/2-inch squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for a total of 16 setting triangles (you'll have 2 leftover triangles)
12 11-inch squares for setting squares
2 9-inch squares, cutting each in half diagonally for a total of 4 corner triangles
From solid pink, cut 8 2-1/2 x 42-inch binding strips
From freezer paper, cut 20 11-1/2-inch squares and 80 4 x 5-1/2-inch rectangles
Cut and prepare
The following instructions are for a freezer-paper template, needle-turn appliqué method. The freezer-paper templates form a base around which the fabric is shaped.
(See Applique The Blocks, Step 4)
1. Fold a freezer-paper 11-1/2-inch square in half horizontally, making a rectangle (see Diagram 1). Fold the rectangle in half, making a 5-3/4-inch square. Staple the folds together in a corner to keep them stable.
2. Position the Pattern A template on the folded freezer paper as indicated (see Diagram 2). Tape the pattern securely to the folded freezer paper. (A dry-mount adhesive is recommended because it allows the pattern to be removed and reused.)
3. Cut the freezer paper along the pattern edges; do not add any seam allowances or extensions. Remove the pattern.
4. Carefully unfold the freezer-paper template. Position it, shiny side down, on the wrong side of a dark pink print 11-inch square.
5. Press the freezer-paper template in place with a hot, dry iron. Lift the iron after five seconds and check to be sure that the template has completely adhered to the fabric.
6. Cut out the fabric shape about 3/16-inch beyond the freezer-paper edges. Clip the inside curves or points on the appliqué shapes where necessary; do not clip outside curves.
7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 to make a total of 20 dark pink print A shapes.
8. Trace Pattern B  80 times onto the paper side of the freezer paper, leaving at least 1/4 inch between tracings; do not add any seam allowances or extensions.
9. Position the freezer-paper templates, shiny sides down, on the wrong side of the solid green 4 ¥ 5-1/2-inch rectangles.
10. Press each freezer-paper template in place with a hot, dry iron. Lift the iron after five seconds and check to be sure that the template has completely adhered to the fabric.
11. Cut out the fabric shapes about 3/16 inch beyond the freezer-paper edges. Clip the inside curves or points on the appliqué shapes where necessary; do not clip outside curves.
1. For one apliqué block you'll need one muslin 11-1/2-inch square appliqué foundation, one dark pink print A shape, and four solid green B shapes.
2. Fold the appliqué foundation in half diagonally in both directions and lightly finger-crease to create positioning guides for the appliqué pieces.
3. Pin each appliqué piece in place on the appliqué foundation square.
4. Using matching color thread, appliqué the Pattern B shapes to the muslin foundation, leaving a 1/2-inch opening in each. Slide the needle into the openings between the fabric shapes and freezer paper. Gently loosen the freezer-paper templates and pull them out. Stitch the openings closed.
5. Appliqué the Pattern A shape to the muslin foundation, leaving a 1/2-inch opening along one edge. Remove the freezer paper as before and stitch the opening closed. Gently press the appliquéd block from the back.
6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 to appliqué a total of 20 blocks. Trim the blocks to measure 11-inch square, including the seam allowances.
1. Lay out the 20 appliquéd blocks, the 12 light pink print setting squares, and 14 light pink print setting triangles in diagonal rows. Sew together the pieces in each row. Press the seam allowances in each row in one direction, alternating the direction with each row. Then join the rows. Press the seam allowances in one direction. Add the four light pink print corner triangles to complete the quilt center.
2. Trim the quilt center, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance beyond the block corners. The pieced quilt center should measure 60 x 74-7/8 inches, including the seam allowances.
add the borders
THESE  measurements for BORDER STRIPS are mathematically correct. Before cutting the strips, measure your quilt top and adjust the lengths of your strips as necessary.
1. Cut and piece the muslin 3 x 42-inch strips to make the following: 2 3 x 79-7/8-inch inner border strips and 2 3 x 60-inch inner border strips.
2. Sew the short inner border strips to the top and bottom edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the muslin border. Then add the long inner border strips to the side edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the muslin border.
3. Cut and piece the light pink print 3-1/2 x 42-inch strips to make the following: 2 3-1/2 x 85-7/80-inch outer border strips and 2 3-1/2 x 65-inch outer border strips.
4. Sew the short outer border strips to the top and bottom edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the light pink print border. Then add the long outer border strips to the side edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the light pink outer border.
Complete the Quilt
1. Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.
2. Use the solid pink 2-1/2 x 42-inch strips to bind the quilt.

I hope you enjoy this quilt tutorial. If anyone makes this quilt, please email me a
photo. I'd love to see your finished quilt.  If you have any questions, please let me know.
Warm Regards,

This is a free pattern; Instructions and templates Copyright Better Homes and Gardens
I found this really fun tutorial in my stored documents while looking
for another file this morning. I cannot take credit for this tutorial,
and unfortunately I did not make a note of who the author is because
I was  not blogging then and never anticipated re-printing it. Also,
I do not have the color of the craft paint she used, just find one that
comes the closest to real caramels. I got my faux apples at Walmart,
they are red Empires and look so real!
Maybe you can enlarge the photo and see what it says down in the
left corner. You might have the magazine. NOTE: Please remember
that you should not re-print and sell this tutorial since it is most
likely copyrighted. This is just for YOUR PERSONAL USE ONLY.
1. Insert your popsicle sticks into the top of your Apples. If you'd like, you can pull out and add a dab glue. 
2. Place your Apple onto a large piece of Wax Paper. 
3. Mix approximately 1/2 the bottle of Mod Podge about 2-3 
teaspoons of your craft paint. (I don’t have the color that the author used, just pick a color that comes close to caramel).  
4. Stir with popsicle stick. 
You can add more if it's not opaque enough. 
Or adjust the color to your preferance. 
I wanted mine a little darker, so I added a few squeezes of a darker brown. 
5. Now with your plastic spoon, spoon colored Mod Podge over your Apples. 
Let it drip down the sides like real Caramel would. 
6. Repeat over all the Apples. 
You can let some of the Apple peek through 
near the bottom, this just makes it look truer. 
7. Sprinkle your Corn Cob litter on the top and lightly down the sides. 
8. Place your Apples onto a new piece of Wax Paper to dry OVERNIGHT! 
I checked mine in the morning to see if the glue had 
dried, then lay them on their sides for another half a day to dry the bottom. 
9. Once your Apples are completely dry, Spray them with your gloss 
clear sealer. This will give them that added shine they need to look 
like real Caramel Apples! 
10. Now, display them all together sitting on plate...just be careful that no one takes a bite! 

Isn't this design pretty? Jennie of Appleseed Prim designed this new cross stitch pattern
as a free download for us. The finished piece measures 63 inches x 65 inches.
If you are having trouble seeing this pattern chart, click the link here Appleseed Prim to view
on Jennie's blog. You can also copy and save all of her other free designs and see her
finished work. Thanks, Jennie!
I'll be writing later with that free quilt pattern and tutorial I promised you.

Easy Blueberry Tarts and A Perfect Pie Tool Kit

One of my very necessary goals is to be conscious of what I
eat and to reach for fruit when I crave "sugar" and have
veggies when I crave something salty. Another important
thing is to limit my snacks to 25g or less of
carbohydrates per serving. I have found terrific deserts
and snacks that have 25g or come very close to it.
Since Mr. Glen Oaks is the "mad baker" around here, I've
asked him to use recipes I find and to use sugar substitutes and
follow the 25g or less of carbs. This recipe below is
wonderful, I love blueberries and they are high in antioxidants.
I can enjoy what I crave now without guilt! The cayenne pepper does something wonderfully different to the taste.
From Diabetic Living Online

Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 sheets frozen phyllo dough (9x14-inch rectangles), thawed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat four 4x2x1/2-inch rectangular tart pans that have removable bottoms with cooking spray; set aside. In a small saucepan stir together 2 tablespoons sugar, the cornstarch, and cayenne pepper. Stir in water and half of the blueberries. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Fold in remaining blueberries and the raspberries; set aside.
In small bowl stir together 1 tablespoon sugar and the cinnamon. Place one sheet of phyllo on cutting board. Lightly coat with cooking spray; sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon sugar mixture. Repeat layering with remaining phyllo and sugar mixture, ending with cooking spray. With a sharp knife, cut phyllo stack in half lengthwise and crosswise, forming four rectangles. Ease rectangles into prepared tart pans.
Bake for 8 minutes or until phyllo is golden brown. Cool slightly; remove shells from pans. Spoon filling into shells just before serving. Serve warm or cool.

I like adding a slice of kiwi fruit to the top of the tart.
These are quick and easy to make. I hope you enjoy them.
While we're thinking about baking, I'm posting this pie kit
because apples are in season and baking pies will be right
around the corner for Thanksgiving.
*p.s. I saw this "perfect pie tool kit" that I'm sending
for from Better Homes and Gardens. It is only available online from their website and will start shipping at the end of September. Click Perfect Pie Kit to go to BHG Holiday Store.
Here's what the kit comes with:

Perfect Pie Tool Kit

Make Perfect Pies Every Time with Our Exclusive Kitchen-Tested Kit!
  • Kit contains a pie marker for perfectly even slices.
  • Includes a 25x20-inch canvas pastry cloth large enough for rolling out 16-inch pie crusts.
  • Includes a fluted pastry cutter, rolling pin cover, and a crust protector.
  • Bonus! Six mini cutters (apple, pumpkin, acorn, maple leaf, oak leaf, and elm leaf) for cutouts and decorative edges.
  • BHG-exclusive 11-piece package is not available in stores.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Servings: 4 servings
Total Fat (g)1
Monounsaturated Fat (g)1
Sodium (mg)93
Carbohydrate (g)29
Total Sugar (g)14
Fiber (g)3
Protein (g)2
Vitamin C (DV%)19
Calcium (DV%)1
Iron (DV%)5

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