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Thread: Technique called Turkey Tracks

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    Have you ever heard of a quilting technique called Turkey Tracks. I saw
    > it done in northern maine this summer but was unable to get the
    > directions.
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    They spaced the "turkey tracks" by using a long doll making needle. End result was a V which looked like a turkey track.
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    > any leads on finding the directions to do this will be appreciated.

    Lois McBreairty
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    It's my favorite stitch! I call it "crows foot". I'll try to get a close up of my stitch and some directions.

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    I love doing crows foot. It 's very durable for repeated use/washings. No loose ends, like tying. I sometimes work with the pattern, and sometimes make a circle of little crowsfeet in a larger square. The best thread to use is knit crosheen, but I've used baby yarn in making baby quilts. It makes just a little straight line on the back. It makes a tufted look when the quilt is finished. sara

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    Thanks Sarah. That's the technique I saw in Maine. Amazing how different places give the same stitch/block a different name. Can't wait to show the quilting group.
    Lois

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    I've been doing it all my life (53 years!) and my mother taught me. I came from pioneer stock, and I assume it was a style that they liked (invented?) I have a twin bed size quilt from my 28 year old son that has been washed a zagillion times, and not a single crows foot has come loose. I love the tufted look. Once you try it, you'll be hooked too. Sara

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    Sara,

    When you go down each time you go thru ALL layers right?
    Lois

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    Yes Lois, Going from point 1 to 2 is looped around like a "lazydaisy". Then going from point 2 to 3 is going down through all the layers. This makes just one straight stitch on the back. Going from one crows foot to the next crows foot is between all the layers. I don't think you'll find this one is a book. I asked my 85 year old mother where she learned it, and she replied it was from her grandma. Sara

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    I had never heard of this technique before, this is neat.

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    That is really neat! I can't wait to try it. Now what can I quilt next...... :-)

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    Me, too. I really like that and am very excited about giving it a try.

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    sounds good to me, I'll have to try it :D :thumbup:

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    Very neat idea. The same stitch is shown in Erica Wilson's Embroidery Book (1973) as the Fly Stitch.

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    I really like this idea, have never tied a quilt because I dont like leaving threads, but this gives the speed of tying with the neatness of quilting. will definately give this a try. Thankyou so much for sharing this Sara

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    wooohoooo!!! i'll be trying this very soon, i'll bet. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by live2teach
    I had never heard of this technique before, this is neat.
    {{{{{{echo}}}}}} I'm not sure I understand the technique, but I will try it to see if I can reproduce the stitch. I love the tufted look.

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    {{{{{{{boing!}}}}}}}} A-ha ! "lightbulb" I think I've got it. The clincher for me is "like the daisy stitch." Still not sure about the thread.

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    I like knit crosheen the best. But I have also used baby yarn on a baby quilt. I heard of a lady that used embroidery floss, but I can imagine the tangles mess I'd end up with. Knit crosheen comes in a wide variety of colors.

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    If I'm not mistaken it has been on this board before. If you ask Boo, I'm sure she can tell ya where to find it in the archives, I remenber it had pictures with instructions as well.

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    bump for directions on turkey tracks

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    Is this a variation of tying? Do you travel between the layers to the next position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lomac45
    Have you ever heard of a quilting technique called Turkey Tracks. I saw
    > it done in northern maine this summer but was unable to get the
    > directions.
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    They spaced the "turkey tracks" by using a long doll making needle. End result was a V which looked like a turkey track.
    >
    > any leads on finding the directions to do this will be appreciated.

    Lois McBreairty
    I haven't heard or seen this before either! How neat are those??I am defin. game to try this too!! Now, this is not just a 'decorator' fun stitch..it is actually the way to tie a quilt by doing this-right?Love it! Skeat
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    Hi Sara,

    I am not ignoring you! I thought it looked a lot like the Fly Stitch, but needed to confirm. Sometimes being a 'perfectionist' is a burden...

    I, too, am looking forward to trying this. What type thread do you use? I could see this in a lightweight perle cotton, or is that what knit/crosheen is? I would almost prefer the stitches to be seen!

    That is part of the reason I tie... I tie on the back so the tufts are there. Nothing on the front to mar the beauty of the quilt. I also bartack using clear thread-that way there is nothing showing anywhere!

    Anita

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    Thank you for the tutorial. I must try this on a small quilt. Inspiration! :thumbup:

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    I used cotton perle to do the turkey tracks on MY ATTIC WINDOWS. I did it only in the windows. It worked well. Thanks for this tutorial.

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