I think I managed to compile utils with CMake, but I'm not 100% sure. It all came out with .a archive files, which seems to be CMake's default library file format. Trying to figure out how to do the .o, .lo, and .la files that the more traditional make configuration uses. Or perhaps it's not really necessary. Don't know. That's the next step, is figuring that out.
Otherwise, just spent today running through CMake tutorials of various kinds. Beginning to get a grip on how it all works. They're probably dreading me on the mailing list though, since I sound a bit like a naive idiot.