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Poems: Haiku 7 and Work of the Hands

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Poems:  November 26, 2017

Haiku 7 and Work of the Hands


November 24, 2017

Penny at fifteen

Will puppy plan and snuggle

Gift lessons for me


It’s a rainy day.

I’m working on the Bonnie Hunter 2017 mystery quilt—alongsides friends near and far—and listening to a Jo Nesbo book (downloaded from the Maine state library system).


More pics of finished clue to follow later.

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November 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

Turkey Tracks: Walking Haikus, Haiku 6

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Turkey Tracks:  November 25, 2017

Walking Haikus


November 23, 2017

Walking haikus make

Themselves with no distractions

Soul rhythms emerge


Thanksgiving day No No Penny and I walked our “lake” walk.  It’s one of the areas where she can be off-leash, which pleases us both.

The following pictures illustrate what happens when one just sees, hears, and feels on a walk…

…because then an attachment to nature emerges.

The lake is still low from the summer and early fall drought:

The wind over the water is cold so I don a hat and gloves and tighten my neck scarf and zip up my coat.  The cold wind is bracing though and clears out one’s head.

I am reminded of friend Giovanna McCarthy when I feel the warmth of the scarf she made me around my neck.

Penny sets a good pace for us.  But she wanders, too, and that’s what a walk is about for her.  If she gets too far behind, two whistles bring her running to touch my palm.  It’s a game she likes.

The leaves are all gone now.  Look at the color of the sky.  It’s so blue.  It’s not unusual to see rock climbers scaling that cliff.

A view of the lake in the bend of the road.  the white speck at the left edge of the road is Penny.

A small group of mallards comes close enough to get a picture.  The blue sky’s reflections dance across the water.

When I get back into the car, my head is full of haikus.


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November 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Turkey Tracks: Ready, Set, Go!

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Turkey Tracks:  November 25, 2017

Ready, Set, Go!

The first clue for the 2017 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, “On Ringo Lake,” came out yesterday.

I’m ready!

All my fabrics are ironed and ready to be cut.

The first clue will need the black, the grey, and the neutrals.  Nine 9-patches with grey, neutrals, and the black in the center.

Visit Bonnie Hunter’s blog instructions if you want to join in or see what’s in Clue 1:  Quiltville.com.  The “On Ringo Lake” tab is at the top of the blog.


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November 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Turkey Tracks: Blue Hubbards Come Inside: Hacksaw to Follow

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November 23, 2017

Blue Hubbards Come Inside:  Hacksaw to Follow

These guys have been hanging out in the garage.

But the weather is getting too cold for them out there now.

So I brought them in today.

Squashes actually like warmer storage environments than many of the other veggies.

That’s a haul, isn’t it?

I love growing them.  These hubbards are a bit on the small side this year due to the summer and early fall drought.

Blue Hubbards are terrific “keepers.”  And the flesh is so sweet.  It takes a hacksaw to cut them open (no kidding), but I then place them cut side down on a baking pan with a good lip and roast them until a knife pierces them–somewhere around an hour.  I scoop the flesh, add raw cream and butter, a bit of maple syrup, salt, and some fall spices if one tolerates them.  I then only have to smash the flesh with a potato smasher tool (or use a blender, I guess) while the mixture heats and smooths out.  One could then also put the mixture into a butter lined casserole and reheat that when needed.  This dish would be a great potluck dish.


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November 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

Haiku 5

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November 22, 2017

Haiku 5

November 21, 2017


Thanksgiving Beckons

With Giving and Receiving

Give first of oneself



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November 23, 2017 at 9:20 am

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Poems: Haiku 4

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November 20, 2017

Haiku 4


November 20, 2017


Sun sparkling harbor

Pen gathers up the dog scents

Walking brings us joy

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November 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

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Turkey Tracks: The Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts in November

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November 21, 2017

The Mt. Battie Modern Traveling Quilts in November

We had POURING cold rain the night of our meeting last Thursday.  Some of those from away elected, wisely, to stay home.

For those who made it to the meeting, these traveling quilts continue to excite us!

On the right  is Vicki Fletcher’s addition to Lynn Vermeulen’s quilt.  The pinks and blues are playing nicely with existing bright colors.  And this addition is opening up room for the quilt to grow, as four or five members have yet to work on it.  Vicki stretched herself by making these curved blocks as she tried making blocks she had never made.

Tori Manzi made a Timna Tarr map of Linda Satkowski’s neighborhood.  (We attended Timna Tarr’s map  workshop at our last Coastal Quilters’ meeting.  See Timna’s map quilts in the gallery at timnatarr.com)

Here’s how the map fits into this quilt.

Here’s G. Bruns’ quilt.  This quilt is in pieces, so we spent some time trying to see where we might begin to connect the blocks.  Linda Satkowski connected the top right pieces by adding the red trees between them.  And she added the hexie flower and the bright green/blue blocks.  I have this quilt now, so who knows what will happen to it next.  My mind is turning over ideas as I work on other projects right now.

I did not get a good picture of Vicki’s quilt.  It’s getting large now.  Lynn Vermeulen added the stars over the forest and cabin

Aren’t these great stars!!!

Becca Babb-Brott added the “never stop looking up” to Nancy Wright’s “star” quilt.  And, the selvage star on the right.  Joann more added the “made fabric” star in blues–a la Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I hope some of you have iPads and will look at these stars close up.  I promise to get close ups next go round.  This quilt is certain to get more celestial blocks.

My quilt arrived at the Mt. Battie Sit and Sew the next day.  It was so fun to see it as I have not seen it for some time now.  Nancy Wright added the big moon, and G. Bruns added the big feather.

Love this feather and the way the Carolyn Friedlander background fabric works.  And the teacups that Margaret Elaine Jinno made for me–one each for my sons and daughter-in-laws.

Nancy used a collection of fabrics she had to make this moon–Blue Park designed by Karen Lewis Textiles.  I love the curved pieces in this circle.

JoAnn Moore made this star for someone’s quilt–and I have lost track of whose.  It will be put in the right box, and I’ll point it out next time we see the quilts.

JoAnn Moore worked on Margaret Elaine’s “village” quilt.  We placed some of the buildings around Vicki’s square for fun.  JoAnn finished the school’s and flagpole at the Sit and Sew on Friday.  You can see them below.

So, we are having fun.  And now we all have projects to work on for the next two months.  We will see the quilts again in January.

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November 21, 2017 at 11:30 am