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Turkey Tracks: Quilts From Friends

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Turkey Tracks:  January 20, 2015

Quilts From Friends

 

I love having quilts made by my friends all around me.

Every time I see one of those quilts, which is many times each day, I think of that person/those persons.  And I feel all the loving energy that went into that piece of work.

I bought this quilt top at a quilters’ auction in Virginia just before we moved to Maine.  I thought it looked like Maine, and I love baskets.  I quilted it the first winter we were here–2004-2005.

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My Virginia quilt bee–the Toppers, because we made a lot of top for our big group’s auction–sent me to Maine with the Buzz Saw quilt–which I recently showed you:

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It lives in my bedroom.  Underneath it is an afghan made by my SIL Maryann Enright which lives on my bed most of the time.

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Roxanne Wells made this quilt, which hangs in my bedroom.

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The Coastal Quilters made this quilt for John and me when he was so sick.  They said we needed a “quilting hug.”  This picture is on my bed, but this quilt lives in the downstairs bedroom that we set up for him and that he never used.  That room has been repainted and refurbished and is a favorite of many in the family.  I am in and out of that room many times each day as its closet holds a lot of my quilting tools.

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My DIL, Tamara Enright, made this quilt for my birthday a few years back.  It hangs at the entrance to my quilt room:

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Did you know that cardinals are said to come to a house when there is trouble/emotions.  On the day John died, we had five or six at the feeders.  Ordinarily these birds stay in Camden and don’t come out to Howe Hill.  They like flat feeders…

Gail Nicholson made this quilt, which has launched me on a quilt trip to put more quilts into the downstairs sitting/tv room/den?

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Joan Herrick quilted Gail’s quilt.  Joan quilts free-hand on a long arm!

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Betty Johnson makes beautiful little art quilts.  I finally got one of hers at our last auction:

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It lives in the living room:

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Milly Young made this quilt top, and I bought it at one of our auctions and finished it and fell in love with it along the way.

 

Millie Young's quilt

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I really need to use all these quilts more than I do now.

I have always had a tendency to “save” things for “good.”  But the point of a quilt is to USE THEM.  So, this last one is coming downstairs TODAY to go into my sitting room project.

TODAY!

Interesting Information: Food From China And Far East

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Interesting Information:  January 23, 2015

Food From China and Far East

Friend and former neighbor Tutty Fairbanks sent me this impassioned email from a friend of her sister’s.

George, as you can see, is outraged by our global food system–in which, industry has figured out ways to escape regulation.

Unfortunately, I’ve been reading that much of what George is writing is…true.

READ LABELS.  And keep reading them because they can change often.

SHOP AND EAT LOCAL–find a farmer/some farmers you know.

If I am not mistaken–I think I read recently that the laws about displaying “country of origin” on produce have been voted out…

Here’s what George writes about what he has learned:

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Food for thought…

Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producing farm in the USA was sold in
September to China with the unanimous support of its stockholders!! The hogs
will still be raised here, but slaughtered and packaged for sale there
before being sent back here. 

This includes labels of:
.    Morrell
.    Eckrich
.    Krakus
.    Cudahy
.    Premium Hams
.    Cook’s
.    Gwaltney


The same with many chickens.  They can now be shipped there, but when they
come back all that needs to be labelled is that they  WERE RAISED IN THE
USA .  Not that they were processed in China !!!


Our great FDA at work again.  The chickens will be all processed and most
sold to fast food restaurants for sandwiches, along with schools and
supermarkets.  The China slaughter and processing are not nearly equal to
the requirements here.

*BAD FOOD.*
We recently learned that Starkist Tuna is now owned by Korea , and is in big
conflict with the U.S.concerning quality, safety, and records, which Korea
refuses to produce.

Read several articles on Google about this, and even one that was defending
the eating of tilapia said to avoid the fish that came from China ?


Also, I had just returned home from buying  Albertson’s 4-day special of 4
bags of frozen tilapia for the price of one?  Sure enough, on the top of the
bags, it read “farm raised”, and on the bottom in small print it said,
” China “

read all the way to the end…..

Recently a Food inspector on TV… said he had lived overseas and he had
seen the filthy conditions their foods are raised and processed in. It is
enough to make you throw up.  Some foreign workers have to wear masks as
they work in these places, because the food is so rotten and filthy, it
makes them want to throw up.  Many of their fish on Fish Farms are fed raw
sewage daily.  He said he has seen so much filth throughout their food
growing and processing that he would “never” eat any of it.  They raise this
filth, put some food colouring and some flavourings on it, then they ship it
to the USA & Canada for YOU to consume and feed to YOUR families. They have
no Food & Safety Inspectors.  They ship it to you to buy and poison your
families and friends.

Imported food we eat and the junk we buy:
…    Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China ,
…    and so are most of Europe ‘s Best.

…    Arctic Gardens are OK so is
…    Birdseye.

*Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or
Canada *, the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse than chicken
poop). China is the largest producer of garlic in the world; U. S. is next.

*Buy only local honey*, much honey is shipped in huge containers from China
and re-packed here.

Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria.  Doesn’t
work anyway, big scam.

If the country of origin is not clearly marked beware.

If produce, ask an employee.

Watch out for packages which state “prepared for”, “packed by” or “imported
by”. We don’t understand the lack of mandatory labelling, especially the
produce.

The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store.

Go to the local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest
of the year.

Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom.  It’s
important for all of us.

How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced
in the U. S. or Canada ?

FOR EXAMPLE THE “OUR FAMILY” BRAND OF MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN
‘FROM CHINA ‘. – SO, for a FEW MORE CENTS, BUY THE  * LIBERTY *  BRAND.

*GOLD BRAND or THE DOLE IS from CALIFORNIA *.

Beware, Costco sells canned peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come
from China ..

ALL “HIGH LINER” AND MOST OTHER FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS COME FROM CHINA OR
INDONESIA .  THE PACKAGE MAY SAY “PACIFIC SALMON” ON THE FRONT, BUT LOOK FOR
THE SMALL PRINT.  MOST OF THESE PRODUCTS COME FROM FISH FARMS IN THE ORIENT
WHERE THERE ARE NO REGULATIONS ON WHAT IS FED TO THESE FISH.

*Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article* by the Canadian Government on
how Chinese feed the fish: They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish
ponds, and the fish feed on chicken poop.

If you search the internet about what the Chinese feed their fish, you’ll be
alarmed;  eg: growth hormones, expired anti- biotic from humans?  Never buy
any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries:
…    Vietnam
…    China
…    Philippines

Check this out personally.

Steinfeld ‘ s Pickles are made in India – just as bad!

Another example is in canned mushrooms.  No-Name brand came from Indonesia .

Also check those little fruit cups.  They used to be made in Canada in the
Niagara region until about 2 years ago. They are now packaged in China .
Most sold in Aldi stores.

While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys,
and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands!
Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to
the Chinese should be suspended.

Well, duh ! Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?

SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF, CANADA and the U. S.

Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in
China ‘ or ‘PRC’ (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another
product, or none at all.  You will be amazed at how dependent you are on
Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.

YOU’VE BEEN INFORMED
BAD FOOD

 Cheers…..George

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January 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm