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Turkey Tracks: “Ain’t This Fun?” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 19, 2014

“Ain’t This Fun?” Quilt Finished


It’s such a nice feeling to finish binding a quilt, fold it up, and call it done.

I finished “Ain’t This Fun?” this past week.


You may remember that I used the string blocks that I made last March in Williamsburg/Norfolk with my Virginia quilting buddies–using selvage edges and leftover strips of fabric that were too big to throw and too small for a 1 1/2-inch strip.   After a week of quilting many hours, I had about 100 blocks.

What to do next?

Bonnie Hunter’s “Tulip Fields” quilt in her book STRING FLING provided an idea for setting the blocks and for the border.

Here’s what this quilt looks like on a queen bed–so you can see the size.


Here’s the backing–which is a spring green, not really a yellow:


And here’s a close up of the blocks–the quilting is a “spring” green–using a pantograph called “Denise’s Spirals.”


I made this quilt for the Coastal Quilters’ auction in November.

It’s a lively, very fun quilt, and I had a lot of fun making it.

Turkey Tracks: I Hung My Four Seasons Quilts Myself

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Turkey Tracks:  October 19, 2014

I Hung My Four Seasons Quilts Myself


I am feeling REALLY SUCCESSFUL this afternoon.

I finished my “Four Seasons” quilts and hung them myself this afternoon.



Here’s another view:


And one more:


(There are close-ups for these quilts earlier on the blog–though I added more “falling blossom” buttons to “Spring” last night.)

(And a reminder that these quilts were inspired by Sarah Fielke’s quilt in MATERIAL OBSESSIONS 2–and I used her tree-trunk template.)

I found the nice white rods at Loews about a week ago.

Each rod has 4 nails–which required a trip to the hardware store this morning for a box of “just right” nails.   AND, all the nails had to be lined up perfectly both horizontally and vertically–which took the 4-foot level I purchased last summer.  (It’s such a useful tool.)

The hanging took a bit of math, a ladder, a footstool, patience, no panic, etc., etc., etc.

Boy am I happy with how they look hanging.

The quilt you see on the bed was a gift from the Coastal Quilters when John got really, really sick.  Isn’t it beautiful?

I have spent some time this year making this room a pretty bedroom/office (for me).  I reframed some pictures John took–and one of our wedding.  Melody Pendleton painted it.  I consolidated all the “office” stuff–and moved my work space into the office space. I’m almost done.

(The little hand-made doll is a version of one I gave a granddaughter on her third birthday.  Her younger sister will get this one on her third birthday.  There are blog posts on these dolls here.)


Interesting Information: “Reverse Tooth Decay With Nutrition”

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Interesting Information:  October 15, 2014

“Reverse Tooth Decay With Nutrition”


Did you know you can reverse tooth decay?

You can.

What a novel thought…


I was in my dentist’s office about a year ago, and a father and son were talking to my dentist–the son, who looked to be about six years old, having just finished an exam that showed five or six cavities.

The conversation was about brushing more.

Food choices were not mentioned.

BUT, BUT, cavities are a sure sign of poor nutrition.

Here’s a statement by Laurel Blair, a nutritionist, from the January/February 2014 issue of Well Being Journal (33).

I had too much tooth decay.  When I studied nutritional research, I improved the nutrient-density of my diet and began taking high-vitamin cod liver oil.  It’s important the diet contains plenty of natural vitamins A, D, and K2.  At first I did not use butter oil, which is expensive but contains high amounts of vitamin K2; I just used cold liver oil and other nutrient-rich foods for their vitamin and mineral content, and it helped slow or stop the decay.  When I added the high-vitamin butter oil with its vitamin K2, which is essential for proper calcium use by the body, reduced the amount of grains in my diet (I soaked most of the grains I did eat to reduce the mineral-chelating phytic acid), and increased my intake of mineral-rich foods, including bone broth, raw and cultured dairy products, grass-fed meats, seafood, eggs, and organic vegetables, the decay began to reverse itself.  A month after I began taking both the cod liver oil and butter oil with other nutrients, I could actually see new white enamel growing in areas that were previously completely brown with decay!  The tooth now feels hard and mostly smooth, and there is no longer any crumbling of enamel in my teeth.

There are many such testimonials on the web.  And the Weston A. Price Foundation web site has solid information of how to heal teeth.

The best high-vitamin cod liver oil is FERMENTED Green Pastures.  It’s the ONLY cod liver oil that is not heated with man-made vitamins added back.  You can get it and the butter oil online.  Radiant Life is one source.


Turkey Tracks: Bonnie Hunter’s Annual Mystery Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 15, 2014

Bonnie Hunter’s Annual Mystery Quilt

It’s started!

The first posting has come for Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery Quilt.

This first posting describes what inspired Bonnie.  This year it was her stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where she has taught for several years now.  The quilt’s name is “Grand Illusion.”   Bonnie gives, in this initial posting, detailed instructions about fabric choices–and provides numbers to paint chips available at Loews.

Quiltvilles Quips & Snips!!: Grand Illusion Mystery!.

The first clue will come the day after Thanksgiving.  And every Friday morning thereafter, Bonnie will post the next clue–or what to do next.  Bonnie makes her quilts in units that combine to make a quilt.  There will be from 6 to 8 weeks of clues.  Bonnie will reveal the quilt sometime between Christmas and New Year’s.

I have been rounding up fabrics and pawing through my stash since this post came in, and I’m assembling some really nice fabric choices.  I’m excited!


I’m going to keep my neutrals to the white end of the neutral scale, which will pop the other colors out.  Bonnie says the yellow fabric will be the constant in this quilt.

Last year, you may recall, I did this annual mystery quilt, “Celtic Solstice.”  And I learned so much from reading Bonnie’s detailed instructions and from interacting with other folks around the world making this quilt.  (There is a Facebook group you can join.)



“Grand Illusions,” said Bonnie, will be less intense than “Celtic Solstice.”

The information on “Grand Illusions” will come off Bonnie’s web site sometime in June, I think.  And the quilt will go into an upcoming book.


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October 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

Interesting Information: Amy Myers MD: The Functional Approach to Preventing the Flu

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Interesting Information:  October 15, 2014

The Functional Approach to Preventing the Flu


In Camden, Maine, today, there were signs advertising flu shots outside the grocery store and the drug store.

So, it’s “flu shot” season again.

Flu shots are BIG business and enormously profitable.


Amy Myers MD is part of the growing movement toward functional medicine–which seeks to find the causes of illness rather than just treating symptoms.

I signed up for Dr. Myers’ blog posts.  Today’s was on the flu shot.

Take a look?  Take a look BEFORE you get a flu shot.  Please.  For one thing, you can see what’s in the flu shot before you allow those ingredients into your body.

Amy Myers MD.

If this link does not work, paste the one below into your browser:


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October 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Documentary Review and Interesting Information: Bought Movie: Your Health Brought To You By Wall Street

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Documentary Review and Interesting Information:  October 14, 2014


Your Health Brought To You By Wall Street


Take a minute and preview this trailer for BOUGHT.


If we do not collectively understand what has gone radically wrong in our so-called “democracy,” we cannot possibly take the grassroots steps needed to begin to fix it.  Those steps are always going to involve making different consumer choices, beginning with the choices that impact our health the most drastically.

Science is no longer the arbitrator of what is good for human health.  The market–industry–corporations–has replaced science with their need for profits.  They’ve co-opted our regulatory and legal structures so that they are now toothless.

Well-being doctors are caught in “kool aid loops” produced by industry that does not allow conflicting information into the loop.  Doctors are tied to one-size-fits-all “standards of care” that they pretty much have to practice if they want to keep their licenses. Most docs have no nutritional training whatsoever, so do not understand the roll good, or bad, food plays in human health.

Jeff Hays is a respected and award-winning film maker.

Bought Movie | Jeff Hays FilmBought Movie | Your Health Brought To You By Wall Street.

Many of us are sick.  It’s time to make changes.  Start with understanding the problems.


PS:  the DVD will be coming out shortly.


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October 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Turkey Tracks:

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Turkey Tracks:  October 14, 2014

“My Salad”


We got a bag of mixed lettuce from our CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farm, Hope’s Edge, last Friday.

Located just west of me, the farm has had some heavy frosts–though our yo-yo weather continues and today is nearly 70!

So, the lettuce was a welcome treat in our weekly share.  This lettuce has…survived.

When one tries to eat within the seasons, lettuce runs out in the fall.  I personally switch to lacto-fermented foods, like sauerkraut, when the lettuce runs out.  I am so not a fan of the lettuce that gets shipped in here from California in plastic boxes.  That lettuce has been gassed and is very old–like about 18 days old.  Whatever zip was in it is long gone.

I’ve been savoring my bag of lettuce–knowing that the cukes, the tomatoes, the celery are all nearing the end of their days.

Here’s another poem from Jeanine Gervais, who seems to be in a creative mood these days.  She’s eating, likely, what’s left in her garden these days.

My Salad

A Zen Buddhist monk book says

to practice


in the moment


“I am washing the dishes

to wash the dishes”

and so I eat my salad

to eat my salad

15 seeds

in tiny halved cherry tomato

raspberry dressing

a pink blanket

covers green leaves

speckled by black pepper polka dots

the white of sliced



in magenta

a still frame


By Jeanine H. Gervais

October 11, 2014

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October 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm


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