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Turkey Tracks: Rolling Your Seams

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2018

Rolling Your Paper-Pieced Seams

Here’s a new trick for me, courtesy of friend Tori Manzi:  use a brayer tool to roll your foundation/paper-pieced seams or short seams without having to iron them.  Here I’m putting together strips for Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braid quilt design.  I only need a short piece of the previous seam to lie flat.

I got my brayer on Amazon, and it was under $10.  It now lives in my travel pack of scissors, etc.

Thanks Tori!!

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November 1, 2018 at 10:17 am

Turkey Tracks: Blue Hubbards and Fall Food Bounty

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2018

Blue Hubbards and Fall Food Bounty

Fall and winter vegetables have been harvested now.

I grew these Blue Hubbards.  The big one on the right is the normal size.  The vines ran all over the place this year, but did not seem to be setting fruit until well into August.  I did not think I would get a single big Blue.  Imagine my surprise when I found these beauties hiding in the mass of vines.

Blue Hubbards are terrific keepers, and I love the flavor.  I will either roast them whole or will cut them into slices, cut off the really tough skin, and will roast the flesh pieces with a healthy fat, rosemary, and garlic.

 

Here’s what I came home with my last pick-up at my CSA, Hope’s Edge.  CSA means Community Shared Agriculture.  One pays a little in the late fall to reserve a place and provide seed money for the farmer.  The rest is paid in the spring—it amounts to about $20 a week and I get much more value than that as the season progresses.  Below is produce worth way more than $20.  These delicious vegetables will keep a long time when properly stored, and I will be fed by Hope’s Edge for many, many weeks to follow.

When I got more greens like kale or beet greens than I could eat in a week, I blanched them and froze the extra portions.  So, now I have some packages of greens ready to be defrosted and eaten this winter.

I started thinking about my own garden and what came out of it this year:  strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, haricot bush beans (filet beans), radishes, lots of gorgeous lettuce, herbs (parsley, rosemary, basil, French tarragon, mint, multiple thymes, multiple sages, chives, nasturtium flowers and leaves), garlic, zucchini, and the blue hubbards.

Despite the cool weather and the drought, it was a good growing year.

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November 1, 2018 at 10:10 am