Turkey Tracks: Valse Brilliante Project

Turkey Tracks:  November 9, 2017

Valse Brillante Quilt Project

The block pile for the English Paper Piecing “Valse Brilliant” is growing.  This quilt is from Willyene Hammerstein’s book MILLEFIORE QUILTS.  And this work was one of the many Coastal Quilters (Maine) challenges proposed and started last winter.

There are close to 40 now.  I need just under 100 blocks I think.

My rules are brights and text fabrics, every block must have both.  Two forms of blocks emerge, one with darker color on the wide pieces and one with darker color on the narrow pieces.  When I glued block pieces, I often made both versions from the two chosen fabrics.  You can see both versions below:


I had fun with this block, which uses one of the Cotton+Steel whimsical fabrics with a desert motif and one of the C+S basic fabrics:

I have also used a lot of the “pearl bracelet” fabrics, both large and mini, from Lizzy House from Andover because they have such clear, bright colors.

I found an old computer laptop lap support tucked away in John’s technical supplies.  It works perfectly as a platform for English Paper Piecing blocks.

It is thicker on one side, and I put that side next to my body so my hands and arms have support.  This laptop platform saves a lot of wear and tear on arm, wrist, and neck muscles.  When I am putting on binding, I use a fat couch pillow for support.  Otherwise, I am always bending my neck over too far.

My as yet unnamed millefiori quilt (Katja Marek) is done but for one side of binding.  Pics to follow soon.  It may be my most favorite quilt ever.

Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Commercial Bone Broths

November 9, 2017

Mercola Post:  Commercial Bone Broths

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a very strong advocate for high-quality bone broths.  These long-simmered broths contain the collagen/gelatin that is, sadly, so missing from our current diets–which don’t involve eating “nose to tail” and COOKING.

Many folks I read claim that the lack of collagen/gelatin in current diets is one factor in the rampant joint failures people are experiencing.

While it is terrific that the market is now supplying bone broths BE CAREFUL with them.  They must be made from organic, grass-fed animal bones, not from the bones of animals in the Confined Agricultural Food System (CAFO).  I would also add that recent testing of the bones of animals in that system have shown that the collagen/gelatin contains glysophate.  And Mercola, below, cites other contaminants.  Pause for a moment, as well, and think about all the gel caps on current supplements you might be taking.


Here’s a synopsis from the blog post:

Story at-a-glance

  • Dull, wrinkled, sagging skin and dry, brittle hair and nails are common signs of aging, which in large part can be attributed to the loss of collagen that occurs naturally with age
  • Your body cannot produce the essential amino acids that make up collagen, so you must obtain them through your diet. Collagen supplements have become a popular way to combat age-related loss of collagen
  • Recent testing reveals popular collagen and bone broth products contain a number of potentially hazardous contaminants, including antibiotics, prescription drug metabolites, parabens, steroids and insecticides
  • These contaminants suggest the collagen is sourced from animals raised in CAFOs. To avoid exposure to CAFO-related contaminants, make sure the product is USDA “100% Organic” and/or certified grass fed by the AGA
  • Gelatin is what you get when you cook collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen requires more intensive processing. While both contain the same amino acids, they have different chemical properties and therefore differ in how you can use them.

Here’s the link to the whole post:


Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

November 9, 2017

Mercola Post:  Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

This Dr. Mercola post about diet sodas came though on my email feed the other day.

Here’s a synopsis taken from the blog post:

Story at-a-glance

  • By lowering appetite suppressant chemicals and encouraging sugar cravings, artificial sweeteners raise your odds of weight gain. They also promote insulin resistance and related health problems, just like sugar
  • Two years ago, a consumer group asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other companies for false advertising
  • Class-action lawsuits have now been filed against Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc., charging them with false advertising for the deceptive use of the word “diet”
  • By using the word “diet” in their brands and advertising, a reasonable consumer would think the drinks are a diet or weight loss aid — a notion refuted by scientific evidence
  • Each of the three lawsuits cover a class of consumers living in New York, who between October 16, 2011, and present day purchased Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Dr Pepper brand diet beverages.  

Here’s the link.