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Turkey Tracks: Tula Pink’s Modern Quilt Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:

Tula Pink’s Modern Quilt Blocks

I am intrigued by “modern” quilting.

Tula Pink’s work is a lovely example of a collection of “modern” quilt blocks that float in a communal “sea” of, usually, a light color, that lets each block also shine on its own.

It’s a bit like the meta-narrative of today:  be an individual inside the community.


The fabrics today are gorgeous–even though the bolts are not as wide and the griege not as sturdy and the fabric costs more per yard.

The good news is that fat quarters are plenty big enough to make these “individual” blocks.

Here’s what one of Tula Pink’s looks like.  See, it’s all about the fabrics.


And look!!  Minimal quilting in this block.  (That’s not usually true for modern quilts though.)

So, what do I do with all the “old” fabrics I already have?

I will keep using them–and I will try some times to put them into blocks that “float” more than blocks in a traditional quilt where blocks link up to make patterns and secondary patterns across the quilt.

Truth to tell, I like both ways of quilting, so will continue to do both.

Meanwhile, I’m celebrating this quilty development because I was really sick of the geometric/medallion quilt that has been quilted to death that has won all the shows in recent years.

It’s long past time for a change.

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April 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Interesting Information: High Fructose Corn Syrup Has a New Name – and It’s Sneaking Back Into Food

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Interesting Information:  April 13, 2016

High Fructose Corn Syrup Has a New Name–

And It’s Sneaking Back Into Food

Look for “Isolated Fructose” on the label.

I’m sick of how industry operates in this country.

And I’m sick of how our government is NOT protecting us from obvious health hazards.

I hope you are too.

Here’s a quote from the article below–setting aside for the moment that boxed cereals are a terrible choice for breakfast:

One such product is General Mills’ Vanilla Chex, a redesigned version of the Chex cereal that has been on grocery shelves for years. The label on the front of the box clearly states “no high fructose corn syrup,” but when you flip to the back and read the whole ingredient list, there is the new name for the same old problem: isolated fructose.

Anyway, here’s the skinny on what industry is doing with High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Here’s how the article begins:

As consumers have become more health conscious, and more savvy in their buying habits, the processed food industry is reacting by resorting to subterfuge. When you go down the grocery store aisles, you immediately see that more and more packaging bears the words “100% natural” on its labels. That is why health experts recommend you…

Source: High Fructose Corn Syrup Has a New Name – and It’s Sneaking Back Into Food – Natural Health Center

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April 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Turkey Tracks: Dragonfly Pottery

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Turkey Tracks:  April 13, 2016

Dragonfly Pottery

Aren’t these pretty?


The dragonfly is my chosen artist symbol.

I fell in love with them on our first trip to Maine.  They come in so many BRIGHT colors, don’t bite humans, and hover over lakes and the river to provide added beauty.

I sign my quilts “Lovey Dragonfly Quilts.”  If I had a business (and I don’t want one as that would be WORK and these days I’m all about fun), “Lovey Dragonfly Quilts” would be its name.

These beautiful pottery pieces were a recent gift from friend-of-many-years June Derr.

Thanks again June!

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April 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Juicing Joy

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Turkey Tracks:  April 13, 2016

Juicing Joy

I’m still juicing.

In the spring I seem to juice about every day.

I juice in the morning and have a glass with breakfast, and I save the other glass for the late afternoon.

Juicing does not take long and the clean-up is quick, quick.

The first long drink from the fresh juice is…sublime.

Here’s how I start.  This combo will make a “red” drink:


Red cabbage, red and orange beets, red pepper, a blood orange, an apple, carrots, a piece of ginger, a piece of fresh tumeric root, and a lime.

Here are some videos of the process, but note that I was having trouble filming and juicing…




Someone asked me not long ago why not just eat all the veggies.  The answer, I hope you can see now, is that to get all these nutrients you would overload your body with way, way too much fiber.  Caution:  I usually only add ONE fruit to the veggies, usually an apple, as in “an apple a day….”  I just happened to have a blood orange in the refrigerator for this batch.  Too much fruit is so NOT a good thing to do at this level of juice.  It’s the veggie nutrients you want, not all the fruit sugar.  I alternate green drink and red drink days.  Basically I’m trying to “eat the rainbow.”

Here are today’s drinks:


I recently got “THE juice lady’s” book on juicing to see what I might also be adding to these drinks:


Calbom cured herself via juicing…

My juicer is an Omega VRT350 model.  It’s a “slow” juicer so will juice things like wheat grass, sprouts, and so forth.

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April 13, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Turkey Tracks: Amy Friend’s Quilts

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Turkey Tracks:  April

Amy Friend’s Quilts

Amy Friend, modern quilt and quilt pattern designer, was the speaker at a joint meeting of Area 2 in Maine, hosted by the Coastal Quilters, Friendship Samplers, and Georges Valley chapters.

Can I just say that this meeting was so much fun.  Amy Friend brought many of her amazing quilts and patterns to share.  We were entranced with modern quilting, the graphic designs, the colors, and Amy herself.

Here’s one of the many quilts with which I fell in love–Amy’s “Tell Me A Story.”

Tell Me A Story

Each little block is “intentional”–in that each tells a “story.”  INTENTIONAL PIECEING is Amy’s just-released book, which I bought at the meeting.  It’s FULL of wonderful ideas and instructions.

Here’s a close-up of some of the blocks:

Amy Friend, designer/maker

Amy Friend, designer/maker

You can see more of Amy’s quilts and patterns on her blog:   www.duringquiettime.com

The monthly archive button is on the right side of the blog to get to older posts.

You can also follow her posts on Instagram.


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April 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm


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Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  April 12, 2016

The Housekeeper and the Professor

Yoko Ogawa

I loved this book.

It’s a translation from Ogawa’s Japanese.

She’s an accomplished author and has had a lot of her work published in the US.


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This seemingly simple book asks so many questions about love and memory and what’s important in life.

AND, woven through the text are some fascinating bits on numbers, whole numbers, math theories, and the application of math theory to everyday events.

I took this book to my oldest grandchild as I think he will appreciate the story, thinking theoretically about a subject, and the math theories.

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April 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Turkey Tracks: Two of the Kiddos and a Sewing Machine

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Turkey Tracks:  April 12, 2016

Two of the Kiddos and a Sewing Machine

Two of the kiddos got into sewing on mom’s sewing machine on my last trip down to see them.

Tami and I were working on her tablerunner–started up here in Maine on her recent visit.

Here it is being layered for pinning:


Of course, once we started sewing, two of the kiddos appeared and wanted to “help.”

I’ve long been afraid of being held responsible for fingers being hurt on a sewing machine.  But you know what, the sewing machine feet really do block fingers getting under the needle for the most part.  And I have been waiting for this moment for some years.

These two started digging through leftover fabric and cutting out pieces for “a pillow.”  Talula even went with us to a nearby fabric store and purchased some fabric of her own and some pillow stuffing cotton.

How can one resist that kind of interest?

You can’t.  It needs to be fostered, nourished, developed.

So I sat down and got some scrap fabric and showed them how the machine worked and turned them loose to get comfortable–which did not take long at all.

Of course they snarled the machine in due time, but they learned, too, how to unsnarl it and get going again.



Next, they sewed their pillows together while I sat next to them and gave encouragement.


They got into mom’s button jar and were delighted:



When I peeked into bedrooms, the pillows were on their beds.

That sewing machine was humming along nonstop for several days.

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April 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Interesting Information: How Safe is an Airport Full Body Scanner?

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Interesting Information:  April 12, 2016

How Safe is an Airport Full Body Scanner?

I chickened out on this last trip.

I hate to admit it, but I did.

On the outbound trip, I dutifully went through the scanner.

Coming home, I lucked out and was directed toward the older quick-scan machine.


Have you ever wondered if the full body scanner at the airport is safe?

Everything I’m reading says these scanners are not safe, especially when used a lot.

Here’s an article for you to read.

I hope you have more courage than I did…as I believe until enough people protest, those giant machines will stay put.

I’ll try to do better next time.

Source: How Safe is an Airport Full Body Scanner?

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April 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Turkey Tracks: Two Granddaughter Quilts: Yellow Bird and Wise Bird

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Turkey Tracks:  April 5. 2016

Two Granddaughter Quilts

Wise Bird and Yellow Bird

I have two granddaughters (3 and 5 years) who are now sharing a bedroom.  They have a new baby sister, so bedrooms needed to be rethought and renovated for the long haul that will involve, eventually, three teen-age girls..

For the new living arrangement and the new bedroom, I made them each a quilt–with the hope that these quilts are not the same, but go together.  And I wanted something that would interest them for a long time.

What emerged after a LOT of piecing and a lot of fun for me was “Yellow Bird” and “Wise Bird.”

“Yellow Bird”:


“Wise Bird”:


“Yellow Bird” has a yellow bird in the border fabric.


“Wise Bird” has a backing of owls, and this granddaughter LOVES owls.


“Yellow Bird” has a Kaffe Fasset fabric for the background.  I think this one is called “Roman Coins.”


“Yellow Bird’s” organizing block is Bonnie Hunter’s “Carolina Chain,” which appeared in Quiltmaker magazine’s March/April 2010 issue–in Bonnie Hunter’s “Addicted to Scraps” column.  The pantograph is “Check and Chase” by Lorien Quilting.  I used, as I recall, a soft rose thread.


I am so loving the interesting neutrals–or “low volume” prints–on the market today.


“Wise Bird’s” central block is Bonnie Hunter’s “Criss Cross” block–from her “Addicted to Scraps” column in  Quiltmaker magazine’s September/October 2915 issue.

This quilt center started with me just making a block or two for fun one day–and I got hooked.


I surrounded the center with rows of different quilt blocks–many of which came out of the “parts department” where I keep blocks I’ve made from leftovers of other quilts.  (The term “parts department” has come from Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston’s book COLLABORATIVE QUILTING.)  And I used lots of the polka dot fabrics I have acquired.

The pantograph for “Wise Bird” is also “Check and Chase” from Lorien Quilting.  I quilted with a soft limey green.


I did make the flying geese and the larger “primitive star” outer border for this quilt.  I like this primitive star a lot.  And of course I had to make some blocks to add to the ones I already had in the parts department.


Here’s a view up and down the length of the quilt.  I am certifiably crazy about polka dots.  I really like how the orange/green polka dot on the binding came out.


Baby girl will get a quilt that blends with these two completed quilts.  It will be made from Bonnie Hunter’s “Wild and Goosey” block–which also appeared in her “Addicted to Scraps” Column in Quiltmaker magazine, May/June 2013.  This block is Foundation Pieced on paper, and since it appeared, it has acquired a large and solid fan club.  I succumbed this winter while using up my “crumb” bag–which is not used up at all, but growing like mad with all the quilting.  AND after taking Bonnie Hunter’s class at Craft Online University–which I highly recommend.  (One of the cool things is seeing five or six quilts at the end of each segment–each using a block in a different way.)


These blocks will sit on a soft grey polka dot, and it brings out all their vibrant colors and works well with the black and white sashing.  I’ll use a 3 1/2-inch sashing in the setting–which will give me a 3 1/2-inch corner stone of some kind.