Turkey Tracks: May is Makers’ Month: Busy Hands Quilts

Turkey Tracks:  May 30, 2016

May is Makers’ Month:

Busy Hands Quilt:  “Brick Cottage Lane”

I am always looking for patterns that will use the squares and rectangles I have cut from fabric left over from other quilts.

I am more inclined to buy a few patterns in May, in order to support some of the designers, many of which are young women with families and who are trying to make a living with their creativity.

This quilt pattern came through on a blogspot feed I get every day that throws up about 20 blogs in which their system thinks I might be interested.

“Brick Cottage Lane” by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts


I love this pattern as it uses 2 by 3 1/2-inch rectangles.  It’s hard to find interesting patterns that use these rectangles.

If you go to Myra’s blog, scroll down to find this pattern.

Source: Busy Hands Quilts

Interesting Information: Can Maple Syrup Kill Cancer?

Interesting Information:  May 30, 2016

Can Maple Syrup Kill Cancer?

Gosh, I sure hope so, as I use it to sweeten my daily latte.

And I don’t use much–maybe a tablespoon.  Just enough to take the edge off the espresso’s bitterness.

Basically, I use local, unheated honey and maple syrup to sweeten anything, and I’ve found as my diet has included more healthy, unsaturated fats, I am not drawn to sweets or baked goods.  It’s an interesting switchover…

Probably the only sugar that comes into the house is the sugar I use to make syrup for the hummingbirds.  I recently bought a new 5-lb. bag, only to find half of one buried among the glass jars in the pantry.  It was hard as a rock from sitting unused.

Here’s a blurb from this article:

New research suggests that maple syrup, despite being a concentrated source of “sugar,” possesses significant anti-cancer properties…

Note the term “suggests.”  But one can hope…

Maple syrup does have an interesting mineral load, but like any sweetner, should not be overused.

Source: Maple Syrup Is A Cancer Killer, Study Suggests | GreenMedInfo | Blog

Turkey Tracks: Potluck Treasure

Turkey Tracks:  May 30, 2016

Potluck Treasure

John and I moved to Maine June 10, 2004.

So this June, I begin my 13th year, and I begin it with anticipation and joy.

One of the first things we learned that was so, so different for us was that when one is invited to a potluck feast, one brings a dish, yes, but also one’s plates, mugs, dinnerware, and a napkin.

Mainers, we  learned, work hard to limit what they put into the waste stream–and paper plates, napkins, and plastic dinnerware can be and are avoided.

(We all have to make these changes folks.  We have to.)

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Yesterday I ducked into one of our fabulous local Co-ops, Good Tern in Rockland, to pick up a few things and met a really fun person:  Jodi Cooper.


Jodi makes these terrific “potluck” packages, which equip one for a potluck in short order.


Included are a napkin, dinnerware, chopsticks, a metal straw, and a straw cleaner.  The whole array rolls up and ties (she’s used gorgeous buttons and beads with the ties).

Here’s another one:


And here’s information where you can contact Jodi–as I think these potluck treasures would make really fun and thoughtful gifts–especially for local Mainers.


Or, you can try to pick one up at Good Tern, BUT I suspect they will sell out fast.

Thanks so much, Jodi, for creating such a fun and useful product.