Monday, June 12, 2017

This Quilt Needs a Better Name

The 54-40 or Fight quilt top is finished.

I decided 3 x 3 with one border was large enough for a community quilt, and I was ready to move on. The name was originally a slogan from the 1840s, concerning the turmoil surrounding the Oregon boundary dispute, which was caused by competing British and American claims to the Pacific Northwest of North American. You can read more about it here. But I need to give it a better name.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wisteria Stars Mini

I pulled out the Wisteria Stars Mini again and made six more blocks.

I still don't have much of a plan, there are sooo many sets of bonus triangles. I find myself looking at them, knowing I don't want that many blocks but at the same time not wanting to waste them. A familiar dilemma to me.

I did draft a layout in EQ, which would makes a small wall hanging approximately 28" x 36", but it didn't really inspire me. So I packed the blocks up and put 'em away for another day.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Harvest 2017

I've been gardening for three years. This was the first time I planted winter crops.

This was one of three similar harvests. It was exciting to gather garlic, red and white beets, leeks and onions. I've put up a lot of the leeks in a ferment and the garlic has cured nicely.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


It was beautiful and fragrant and it changed a little each day.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mendocino Headlands 2017

Ice plant

Native Seathrift
Quake grass

Blue-eyed grass

Pussy Ears or Hairy Star Tulip
Pudding Creek at sunset

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mother's Day Picnic

Frank was there too, but I always forget to get him in front of the camera.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fruit Salad and Lilacs

54-40 or Fight

Once I got a stack of four patches made, I decided to piece 54-40 or Fight blocks. Once I had a couple pieced, I made an EQ draft. Sometimes I wonder how I knew how to make my quilts before I had this software. It's such a great way to see the quilt before it's actually made, make design decisions and get the dimensions worked out. At first I thought I would make a Tennessee Waltz pattern, but that made it bigger than I wanted for a donation quilt.

52" x 52"
This is the pattern I decided on. Huh, it's not that much smaller.
40" x 51"

April 9

April 25
April 29
These are being sewn in between the split nine patches for Mendocino Blues and Greens.