Isn't this a cool block pattern? I found a link for this quilt on the internet. The link went to Lovely Rita's blog: http://lovelyritablog.blogspot.com/2012/04/flower-posts-and-sashing-machine.html. The blog is called Lovely Threads, and evidently Rita does long arm machine quilting (beautifully). There was no pattern source given, and although a reader inquired what the pattern was, there wasn't a public response. It may be that it is a client's quilt and she doesn't have the information. So, I am wondering--does anyone know what this pattern is? It sure could be a Bonnie and Camille one, couldn't it?
I love the colors and fabrics that were used, and also Rita's quilting design is lovely.
**Added shortly after posting: Um, yes, that pattern is the exact same block I have on my blog header, which would be Paganini, a Carrie Nelson pattern I have obviously made and am enjoying. Just goes to show you how different a block can look made in different colors and turned on its side...I was kinda tired when I wrote my post last night, that's all I can say!**
Did you all have a grand Thanksgiving? Me too. Except for the flu thing. I decided the "thing" I had wasn't just a cold. Too many days of fever, wanting to crawl under the covers and sleep, loss of appetite, lack of strength etc etc. I still had to work Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday though. It was torture to drag myself out and rise to the occasion. I had no choice though. Due to a traffic accident, there were no other employees available to do the job. I had to work instead of going to my dad's 89th birthday celebration, and that was hard. That's ok, my paycheck will take care of my Christmas shopping just fine, and I can't wait to get started.
Oh, here's a funny story. My husband's boss gave him a $40 certificate for a Diesel Turkey. Diestel is known for their beautiful fresh turkeys. He had to drive out to the country to the actual turkey ranch to pick it up, and when he got there, he saw fields of white turkeys, black turkeys, brown turkeys. All beautiful, all seemingly quite happy, He presented his $40 certificate and was told, "That gets you a 14 pound turkey". Well, that wouldn't do, for the 25+ crowd we were expecting. He asked if he could upgrade and get their finest large turkey. No problem. The lady recommended a 26 pound Heritage Turkey, and my husband said "Excellent, let's do it". She disappeared for a bit, then came out with a big box the size of a small steamer trunk, containing the turkey. The price? $120.
I know. I would have laid down on the ground right there in the office and asked for a glass of water.
My husband didn't bat an eyelash and, not knowing what a turkey should cost, pulled out his credit card.
It turns out "Heritage Turkeys" are a very special type of turkey, costing two or three times what a normal turkey costs. It is an historical breed (or breeds) and is much like the wild turkeys the Pilgrims had. There is less breast meat, and the flavor is supposed to be great, more like a wild bird. It turns out that these turkeys are *really* happy, being free range, and allowed to reproduce naturally, rather than by artificial insemination like all the other turkeys. They are actually sort of rare (maybe the whole reproductive thing is complicated to them).
Well. I think it was just ok. Not at all worth $120. It cooked in three hours--!!! a 26 pound unstuffed turkey!!!. The flesh was flavorful, but a bit dry for me. Next time I will get a regualar Diestel fresh turkey. I also had a chance to try a frozen turkey from Savemart this year, and was hugely disappointed. What a lack luster, boring bird. I have never cooked a frozen turkey and was amazed at how long it took to unthaw in the fridge. And the taste and texture were off.
So that's my Turkey Story.