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Turkey Tracks: Green Turtles Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  August 13, 2013

“Green Turtles” Quilt


Just before Mike and my grandsons came in mid-July, I mailed my newest granddaughter, Cyanna Mel Enright, her baby quilt.

Called, “Green Turtles,” the pattern is from People, Places, and Quilts in Summerville, SC, which is just west of Charleston, SC.  They call the pattern “Happy Turtles”–and they are.

I hand appliqued the turtles and used scrappy fabrics for the borders.  I quilted with “Deb’s Swirls”–the medium version.


Green Turtles

In choosing scraps from my stash, I was reminded of other quilting projects.  Carrie and Fiona–you’ll see the pink plaid from Fiona’s baby quilt.  The stripe is from a purse project with Karen Johnson of The Community School.  Lucy Howser Stevens, one turtle is wearing the backing to your quilt of last year–the daisy floral on acid green.  There’s a fabric in here from my very first quilt, which went to JJ Viarella, who is now entering high school!!!  It’s the green on the bottom row, far right.  There is a blueberry fabric from my oldest grandchild’s baby quilt–Bowen Enright, who will be 10 in a few weeks.  And a green and pink floral/leaf that backed my niece’s quilt of last year–Mary Chandler Philpott.  And on it goes…

Here are some of the blocks:

Green Turtle block Green Turtle block 3

Green Turtle block 2

I love Bonnie Hunter’s method of putting on a label.  If you haven’t yet found Bonnie’s web site and blog, it’s http://quiltville.com.  She does a daily entry most days and highlights the work of her students all around the country–so sign up for her FB page as well.

The green turtle fabric came from People, Places, and Quilts on my April trip this year.   It seemed really fitting to find this fabric at the store that made the pattern.  The plain pink binding also came from my stash.

Green Turtles label

Here’s how the corner borders worked out.  I love the green and blue polka dot border.

Green Turtles borders

Here’s the backing and binding on the quilt top.

Green Turtles backing and binding

It’s a cute quilt, and I enjoyed the hand work.

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August 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Turkey Tracks: Gardens in the Wateshed: Fernwood Nursery Gardens

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Trukey Tracks:  August 13, 2013

Gardens in the Watershed:  Fernwood Nursery Gardens

I’m starting my tenth year in Maine, and I’ve never been to the famous Fernwood Nursery until this garden tour, planned and hosted by The Georges River Land Trust.  Fernwood is owned by Rick and Denise Sawyer, so the site is their home as well as their business.

Fernwood specializes in shade tolerant plants. yes, but in native and woodland plants that are hardy to this area of Maine.  The Sawyers choose plants that do not need staking, spraying, or extra mulch to survive our climate.  They also produce their own cultivars and bring in plants from around the world that are hardy in this area.

They recently relocated, and I really like their new digs.  I found myself wishing that I had FLAT land where I could exhale and create beds and animal spaces like Rick and Denise Sawyer have created at Fernwood.  I loved everything I saw–and then some.  Such creativity, such delights for the eyes.

Again, Fernwood displays the Sawyers’ chosen life style:  their beds illustrate how their plants fit into the ecosystem in which they live and have created by choosing the plants that will thrive in the ecosystem.  They raise animals for food and fiber and organic vegetables.  They are providing for themselves and demonstrating how to do that.  Here’s a quote:  “Whether it is the wood we burn, animals we  raise, vegetables we grow, fiber we process, or soil we build, all contribute to our sense of connection to the earth.”

Here’s how the nursery is set up–this area lies at the entrance to the property.

Fernwood Gardens

And here are random shots as I moved deeper into this experience:

These kinds of wooden garden structures are a big thing in Maine:


Deep shade plants with garden sculptures–note the contrast of dark and light plants:

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A stone garden sculpture:

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Near the center of the property the Sawyer died wool is displayed:

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Here’s a close-up–which makes my fingers itch to knit…

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An arched trellis leads towards the house and the home gardens:

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Here’s the surprise just inside the trellis:

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A stand of Bee Balm sits before the house:

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And a gate gives entrance to one of the vegetable gardens–I wish I had been taking pictures of beautiful old gates all along the way actually…

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How’s this for a fabulous scarecrow?

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Bird houses punctuated the whole homestead:

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My pictures of the chickens did not come out–and the pigs went into their house just as I tried to capture them with my camera.

But here’s a picture I liked a lot:

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These figures carved from tree sections are seen frequently in Maine and always make me smile.

Fernwood and the Sawyers were an inspiration for me.

Turkey Tracks: Gardens in the Watershed: Hobbs Farm Greenery

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Turkey Tracks:  August 13, 2013

Gardens in the Watershed:  Hobbs Farm Greenery

Who knew that the largest grower of scented geraniums, or pelargoniums, is a stone throw from my house.

Hobbs Farm is a family owned business that has been in Hope, Maine, for 150 years.  The family now raises 270 varieties of geraniums, many of which have scented leaves–as in peppermint, lemon, rose, and Lady Mary.  Some repel mosquitoes.  They also grow stellar geraniums with colorful foliage, notched leaves, star-shaped flowers, cactus flowers, rosebud, gold leaf, miniatures, and dwarfs.

I was astonished at the variety of the foliage and the flowers before I reread the farm’s description.

Here’s Giovanna standing in front of amazing tomato plants in raised beds.

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Here’s the VERY long greenhouse:

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And here’s some pics I snapped of unusual plants and flowers:

This one’s flowers look like fairy flowers…


Single flower that looks like an impatiens almost:

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Look at the unusual flower form here of the orange flower.

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Geraniums now have a whole new meaning for me.  It’s kind of like the problem with food, isn’t it?  We’ve settled for a few potato, tomato, bean, etc., varieties, when there are actually so many other kinds, each with different attributes.

Thanks for the education, Hobbs Farm Greenery!