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Turkey Tracks: Fall Color Finally Came

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Turkey Tracks:  October 21, 2016

Fall Color Finally Came

I had despaired, with the terrible drought we have, of having our usual gorgeous fall color.  Many early-turning trees, like the ashes, just let their leaves turn brown and dropped them.

But somehow over the past few days, everything turned gold, orange, and red.  The oaks are now turning a deep mahogany–they are like the bass notes in a song.

Yesterday it was 90 degrees in New York City, 80 in Boston, and in the 70s here.  And it’s mid-October.  There has been no frost on the pumpkins yet on my hill.

Yesterday I picked about 20 Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and harvested what will be the last zucchini.  I have been waiting for a freeze to clean up the garden and plant the garlic and other bulbs.  (I add daffodils and Siberian scilla every year.)

Now I have a lot to do to clean up and to winterize outside.  Or it seems like a lot right now.

Last year was not a good hydrangea year.  So I didn’t have any to cut for the house.  This year the hydrangeas are glorious.

I cut some of the Annabelle’s, which are white and turn lime green, early on.  They are on the left.  The outside Annabelle’s have gone brown now.


Yesterday I went out and cut the others until I filled all the vases.  I just pull of all leaves and put the stems into a dry vase.  Most dry just fine, especially with this dry weather.

Here are some Pee Gees.


And lots of the blue variety:




Some years I’ve used these dried hydrangeas in my Christmas wreath.

I keep saying that I’m cutting “the last flowers in the garden,” but I really do think these Cosmos will be the last to come inside.


I found a few strays for the kitchen window:


That stone in the window is from the Bryan family mill back in the Reynolds, Georgia, area.  My beloved uncle, Sydney Hoke Bryan, gave it to me when I was in my early twenties and visiting Reynolds.  John and I had started a family and had two little boys 14 months apart.  I don’t think I realized then how deep my rural roots were, and I am so grateful to have this time of my life where I am back among farms and farm people.


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October 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Turkey Tracks: Penny Rogers Camm’s First Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 21, 2016

Penny Rogers Camm’s First Quilt

Penny Rogers Camm and I graduated from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Nebraska, in 1963.  We knew each other then, but were not close friends.

Bellevue sits outside Omaha, Nebraska, and is the home of Offutt Air Force Base.

We are Air Force Brats.

Penny lives in Burlington, Vermont, in the summer, and we reconnected almost four years ago now as Penny comes to Mid-Coast Maine to sail on the windjammer Stephen Taber in September.  She called me, and we wound up spending several days together and going to the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA) Common Ground Fair.

Last summer she asked me to come to Vermont for the annual quilt show.  She had gone the year before and was intrigued with quilting.

I went, and Penny decide she wanted to learn to quilt.  We started this quilt in September when she came to sail–and now to quilt.

Here is her FIRST QUILT TOP–which is for a family child of about three.  The block is from Bonnie Hunter:  “Carolina Chain,” which is in her new book, ADDICTED TO SCRAPS.



Cute border fabric.


Here we are layering the top with the batting and backing.  That’s my Amy Friend quilt on the longarm, “Tell Me A Story,” which is ready to quilt now.


Penny is going to hand-quilt with various colors of size 8 pearl cotton.

AND Penny decided last summer to go on the Coastal Quilters (Maine) October retreat to the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, Maine, where she started her SECOND QUILT.

Folks, she fell in love with Amy Friends “Tell Me A Story” quilt which is FOUNDATION PIECED.


Love her background fabric with these blocks, though it gave both of us fits for a time until we worked out the orientations.

It will be 7 blocks by 8 blocks, so she went home yesterday with a good start and other blocks cut.  This quilt is going in Penny’s den.


Penny is coming back in early December to learn to do the binding on the first quilt and, maybe, to layer and start quilting the second one.

AND, she has visions of other quilts dancing in her head already.

Here she is at our retreat:


More on the retreat in another post.