Sunday, July 19, 2015


It's probably been 20 years since I canned fresh fruit...

but it seems it's up there with learning to ride a bike, you don't forget how.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Around the Block Quilt

Now that the birthday quilt has been gifted, I can blog about it.

The beginning of this quilt is here. I decided to make it square and add borders till it felt finished. I let each step suggest what the next one should be.

Auditioning lattice and border fabrics.

I cut similar fabrics for the pieced border and laid them out in what I call a 'planned random' sequence. I had my usual helper, of course.

The completed top.

I decided to quilt this one myself, so I experimented with free-motion swirls the width of the lattice and borders. I practiced with pencil and paper first to begin to fix the rhythm of the pattern in my mind.

Then I made a batting sandwich and practiced the free-motion on that, building muscle memory.

When I felt fairly confident of the pattern, I began quilting on the quilt. Using matching thread colors helped my confidence. If I wobbled, it wouldn't show as much.

It was difficult to get good pictures of this quilt. I miss being able to photograph quilts on the wall of the shed at the old house.

You can get an idea of the quilting from the back.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Brooktrails Community Garden

I don't know how many members there are in the community garden, probably more than 20. There are plots cultivated by each of us and communal areas tended by all of us. Here is a collection of what's in bloom just now. Photos by Frank.

California Poppy


Canterbury Bells

White Yarrow




California Poppy



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fair Isle Cellphone Cozy

I'm getting a lot of use from this thrifted sweater. The colors and Fair Isle pattern are so pleasing. I decided to make a cellphone cozy.

I removed the pockets with a seam ripper and then gave them a good felting in the kitchen sink.

I estimated the size and allowed a quarter inch for seam allowance.

Then with the right sides together, I stitched it on the sewing machine, turned it right side out and gave it a light pressing.

Snug as a bug and less worry about damage if it should drop out of my purse.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mendocino Headlands

We took a day-trip to the coast. We live closer now, so it's easy to pick up and go.

Blue Eyed Grass

Indian Paintbrush

Pacific Coast Irises

Friday, May 22, 2015

Time for a New Lunch Bag

It really was time for a new lunch bag. The last one had served me for 6 years. (!) The instructions for making a lined, semi-waterproof lunch bag can be found here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Garden Fresh Italian Parsley

I was harvesting the parsley every week, but I had so much at the house, I just stopped. Then it turned into a bush so I cut it all back. It yielded over a pound. I like parsley, but yikes that's a lot!

I decided to puree it in the blender and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Perfect sized portions for when I make soup. This is half the bunch blended with a little chicken broth to thin. Man is the flavor concentrated!