Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tomato Harvest

It was going to rain, so time to harvest what was left on the tomato vines. Clockwise: tomatillos, Amish paste tomatoes, mixed heirloom slicers, Cherokee Purple and Midnight Beauty.

Today I made fresh packed salsa. Amish paste tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, cilantro, Serrano peppers, lime juice and salt.

Tomorrow I'll probably sauce the rest of the Amish paste and slicers, then chop the others and store them in the freezer for soups and stews. Love a good tomato!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Autumn Brings the Stag

We live in a redwood forest in Northern California. We see deer in our yard daily, morning and evening. But in the autumn we see the stag.

I was washing dishes at the sink and this was my view out the kitchen window. He just stood there and looked at me, so close I could see the whiskers on his nose twitch. No fear.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

October BOM

I found a nice pictorial for this block here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Semi-Annual Doll Quilt

My quilt guild has a doll quilt drive each fall for Christmas gift-giving. I found these squares already sewn into rows on the freebee table.

It was the work of two afternoons. I was so pleased with the way it turned out.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Summer splendor from the garden.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fruit Salad

At last! It's done. Quilted, bound, labeled and washed. I still love it! When you spend more than a decade bringing a quilt to completion, that's a good thing.

It's a shame the quilting doesn't show in these pictures. The professional quilter did a rock solid job of using just the right motifs to make it sing. Thank you Betty!

I dropped it off Thursday for the Long Valley Quilt Show. Working against a deadline is a such a great motivator! The week before the submission date, I worked on it daily for hours at a time. It felt creative and productive on the one hand, but a bit like a second part-time job on the other.

But I know from experience the time, effort and frustration that goes into creating some quilts completely fades once it's done.