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Turkey Tracks: “Sunshine and Shadows” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  August 23, 2013

Sunshine and Shadows Quilt

I’m addicted to my scrappy project–Louisa Enright’s Scrappy Project–and have been for the past two years.  I’m determined to use my stash and to get it into some sort of useable condition.

As part of my addiction to scrappy quilting, I had started saving Bonnie Hunter’s columns in Quiltmaker magazine.  One of my earlier quilts–Spinner–pictured on this blog I’m sure–came from one of Bonnie’s columns.

Then our state quilt guild hosted two workshops by Bonnie Hunter–and that coincided with my getting her book on “leaders and enders”–and then getting ALL the books (she’s a genius with scrappy quilt design)–then finding her blog (quiltville.com), all her free patterns (more genius), her Facebook page, and QuiltCam, where she sews and talks to those who have put aside the time to sew and visit with her.   That led to the quilt “Green Camden Hills Beauty”–a green version of her “Blue Ridge Beauty”–which is in one of the books and which I also found in my “ideas” file when I cleaned it out recently.

On several QuiltCams this spring, Bonnie worked on two quilts for two family babies that she called “Dancing Nines” because the nine-patch blocks are offset so they “dance.”  She used old shirting materials from these babies grandfathers’ old shirts.  I had a whole bunch of “leader/ender” four-patch green blocks from working with my green stash–so they were easy to make into nine-patches.

And, here’s “Sunshine and Shadows”–a Bonnie Hunter “Dancing Nine” quilt.

Note that the sashing fabric is NOT yellow, but a green/yellow that blends beautifully with the blocks.  I love the piano key border.  And it’s a bit different in size than Bonnie’s since I was using strips that I had already cut.

Sunshine and Shadows quilted

The narrow inner border also works best with this quilt.  I had this perfect fabric in my stash, but it was TERRIBLE in a wider version.  I should have trusted Bonnie’s eye to begin with.

Here’s another view–but that sashing still looks yellow…

Sunshine and Shadows quilted 2

Like Bonnie, I used the pantograph “Deb’s Swirls”–but I can’t tell if Bonnie used the small or medium version.  I have both the medium and the large and have been using both a lot.  I think it’s funny that I had it already when Bonnie mentioned it…

Sunshine and Shadows blocks quilted

Here’s a close-up of the inner border:


Sunshine and Shadows top 2

And one of the binding and backing–the backing is like our forests in spring–all greens and yellow and golds.  It works really well with the front.

Sunshine and Shadows binding and backing

This quilt is so versatile.  It’s a great scrappy project with a lot of visual interest.  It can be made large or small, bright, dull, contemporary, sweet, bold, whimsical, and on and on.  I know I’ll be making it again.

Best of all, the only thing I had to buy for this quilt was the backing.  And I could have pieced a back, but since the quilt was smaller, and meant for a baby I know, I thought one piece of fabric would be best.

Turkey Tracks: Gardens in the Watershed: The Dorolenna Farm

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Turkey Tracks:  August 23, 2013

Gardens in the Watershed:

The Dorolenna Farm

This farm was Giovanna McCarthy’s and my last stop on this years Gardens in the Watershed Tour, hosted and planned by The Georges River Land Trust.

In every garden, Giovanna and I learned so much more than each of us–both avid gardeners–knew.  Our creativity was sparked, and we both went home feeling we had spent our day quite well.

Andrew and Victoria Marshall have owned this 250-acre farm for seven years.  It’s beautiful land, with a mixture of forest and pasture.  The homestead dates to 1840 and is one of the few remaining farmsteads of the “Frye Mountain community which populated the area until the 1930s.

Dorolenna Farm is “certified organic and produces vegetables, tree fruit, pasture-raised poultry, cut flowers, and forest products for local markets.”

The barn is GORGEOUS.  (I love barns.)  The Marshalls built the barn in 2009 from wood harvested, milled, and cut on their farm.  The barn was raised on-site.  (Wish I’d been there.)

Here’s a picture of what must be the original part of the house–on the right.

Marshall 3

Here’s a long at the house and how it spreads out against the hill.  The barn is on the other side of the house, and I did not get a picture of it.   By this time of the day, Giovanna and I were tired and hot, and I, at least, got lazy with my camera.  I think I was a little on overload at this point too.

Marshall 6

Pastured poultry is one of the farm’s crops.  That process happens in stages where each chicken cohort gets raised together through all the steps until time for harvest.  There were chicken tractors out on the pasture holding the different age groups.  These would get moved every day so that the chickens have access to fresh grass, bugs, and are out of their own poop.   And the tractors protect them from predators.

Here are a group of babies just starting out:


It’s so fun to watch baby chickens at this age.  They eat, run around, then flop down in a pile to sleep for a bit.

Marshall 2

The chicken barn is on the road to the house, so one walks along the road that winds through forest.  You can see the old rock wall where the early settlers cleared this land and planted it.  Rock walls like this one are frequently seen in Maine woods–reminders of another era.

The gardens around the house were quite lovely.  Here’s my favorite shot of delphiniums against the sky:

Marshall 4

Fields near the house were planted to potatoes–which make a beautiful, richly colored green plant that has blooms.

Turkey Tracks: Black Trumpet Video

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Turkey Tracks:  August 23, 2013

Black Trumpet Video

Well, I don’t quite know what I did to make the video work.

I’ve been doing what I think of as a “computer dance”–reading instructions from WordPress, trying to find out how to clean out the browser stash, the cookie stash, etc.  And to figure out whether or not to use Google Chrome as the default setting…

Whatever I did, the video now loaded.  Yeah!

What you see at first in the video is Rosie Chickie.  She’s the remaining survivor of the fox attack of this spring, and she follows me everywhere in the yard.

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August 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm