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Turkey Tracks: Last Night’s Snow

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Last Night’s Snow

It snowed all day off and on yesterday–except when it rained–which produced an icy slush on the walkway and drive.

I cancelled meetings rather than take what started feeling like unnecessary trips down my driveway.  Down is one thing with that driveway.  Up is entirely another matter.

I realized I was stressed, so decided to call it a day.

The snow started sticking last night as the temps fell.

Here’s what it all looks like now–bearing in mind that the 25 to 30 inches of the last storm went down with the warmer temps.

From the front porch, after the shovelers came.  It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the depth after shoveling is three feet or more.



Another view of the front porch out to the woods:


And a shot of the path to the driveway and garage:


I woke in the night thinking that I was smelling a chemical order.  Had the propane vents been covered by a drift?  So at 3 a.m., I donned boots, coat, mittens, got the big flashlight, and checked.  No, the vent was fine.

Almost every night, our nightly news tells a story of a family magically saved by the intervention of someone who has rescued them from the out vents of the house being blocked…

The rest of the night was spent in deep sleep…

I got out my big boots to get to the chickens this morning as I knew getting into the chicken coop was going to be a problem with all the new snoe:


These big boots are heavenly to wear!

It has stopped snowing now, but another big storm is coming in on Monday.

I started a beef bone broth yesterday–can you smell the French Onion Soup that will be made soon?


Look at the color of that broth.  You can’t get that out of a box or can…

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January 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Turkey Tracks: Bonnie Sinatro’s Crocheted Ear Warmers

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Bonnie Sinatro’s Crocheted Ear Warmers

Look what came in the mail this week!



Ear warmers crocheted by Bonnie Sinatro–and embellished with an antique button from the buttons saved by her mother!

I put it right on–of course I did–fly-away hat hair popping with static and all:


Of course I love, LOVE it–and her, too.

Thanks, Bonnie!

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January 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Scrappy Scraps” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 31, 2015

Scrappy Scraps Quilt

Here is the second quilt in the scrappy series I have been making for my downstairs tv/sitting room–all made from the 2 1/2-inch bin of strips.

This quilt is based on Bonnie Hunter’s method in her “Scrappy Trip Around the World,” a free pattern on her quiltville.com web site and blog.

I had so much fun making this quilt!  What a treat to experience!

Basically, one sews together six strips of fabric about 17 inches long, joins them into a tube, and then cuts them into 2 1/2-inch little tubes.  Where you open the first tube determines the order of the block that develops as you open tubes and sew together the new strips.  If you want a dark, definitive block to run up the middle (which really helps define the diamonds that form), you must include a dark strip in the mix of six AND begin opening the little tubes at that point, so that dark block is on the bottom.  Bonnie has great pics on her blog of these steps.


Thanks to Megan Bruns and Matt who dropped in late yesterday with a warm latte and for a visit–for holding up the quilt.  Megan showed me several projects she was working on–and I’m now kicking myself that I did not take pictures.

I am now wondering what would happen if one made this quilt all in one color family–like blue, or red, or green…using dark and light strips…

Here’s where the quilt is going to live–to prevent the dogs from marring the couch AND for folks to use for warmth and comfort.



Here’s a close-up:


I got the backing on sale at Alewives quilt shop in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, and you can see that it works well in this room.



Here are a few close-ups:



I quilted with a spring green thread–which also worked well with the backing.  And, used the Acadia pantograph as I thought it’s swirls would work well with all these squares.

I actually think the 2 1/2-inch strips, which finish to 2-inch squares, work well in this quilt.  I think I’d prefer 2-inch strips for the log cabin though…

My eye just loves smaller bits of fabric I guess…