Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time to Get Away

For our 38th anniversary we got outa Dodge and went to a BnB on the Mendocino Coast. It has been HOT and smoky for weeks at home and the cool sea breezes were so wonderful!

The Howard Creek Inn is housed in a ranch circa 1870. It was rustic and somewhat funky. But the breakfasts were amazing and the natural views and flower garden, a real joy.


It turns out the ranch is part of 60 acres. On our last morning there we found the trail head into the redwoods and took a hike. The sign post said, "Enchanted Redwoods". We agreed.

It was hard to leave but at least we live in the redwoods, it's not like we were going home to the city. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sundresses for Outreach

My quilt guild decided to make dresses for the Christian organization called Dress a Girl Around the World. We used fabric we had in our collections, added contrasting pockets and bias tape and taa-daa!

They are fun and so easy. Each one took a little more than an hour. Since I have two sons and two grandsons, I've never sewn for a little girl before. It was great to put color combinations together and choose buttons.

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.

ETA: It came to me while I was filling out the quilt show entry form: Stars Over Lake Emily. Lake Emily is a reservoir less than a mile from our house. I love how the mind works.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Project Caddie Makeover

A friend of mine has been finding homes for her deceased Mother-in-law's belongings. The woman was a talented sewer, knitter and needle artist. I was excited when I was offered this vintage project caddie. It looks like something from the 1960s, don't you think?

I took it apart and used the pieces as a pattern for the makeover. The original was lined and had a pocket, so I lined mine and included a pocket too.

I was feeling my way along as I worked and somewhere in there realized, just because I don't know exactly what I'm doing doesn't mean I can't do this. After that I stopped stressing myself and it came easier. I also noticed my fabric was a directional, with the water pool pattern going side to side, so I made sure to cut out all the pieces right-side up.

The wood is so beautiful. It stands by my chair while I knit, and folds away against the wall when not in use.

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.