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Some of my favorite photos from various walks and my yard.  (iPad users click here.)

Mary and I had a lovely walk at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland near the airport.  The day started out cool and sunny and I was able to get some new bird photos.

Immature White-Crowned Sparrow

Western Meadowlark

Black Necked Stilts

I love owls and finally I was able to take my first photo of one.  At Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley there is a section for the Western Burrowing Owl and on New Year's Eve day I saw one.  He's hard to see but in the middle between the two sections of pavement is an owl.

I rarely get to see the quilts I make and give away in use.  This past week I visited my brother and got to see his king-sized quilt in use in his room.  This colorway of this quilt was designed around the painting that hangs behind the bed.  Accent colors from the drapes and rug were also incorporated to make sure this quilt fit in nicely to the room.  I am delighted with the results.

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Newly Completed

It's back from being quilted.  A challenge quilt I made for one of my quilt groups was to make a quilt of any size and color combination using the X and Plus block pattern.   But first some history.  I got inspired when I found fabrics leftover from a quilt made for a friend, Jean, based on a quilt she saw in a fabric store.  Here's the front of Jean's quilt:

Jean's Summer Flowers-queen sized quilt
Here's the back with photo prints of flowers from her garden:
Back of Jean's quilt with photos of flowers from her garden

Here is the challenge quilt.  I finished the top and had planned to quilt it myself, but the top grew bigger than planned when I decided I couldn't throw out the little triangles cut off from making the blocks.  Instead I sewed them together to make half square triangles which became one of the outer borders. 

X and Plus Challenge Quilt
Melissa Quilter quilted this top for me and I love the results.  The binding is on and I'm ready for the March meeting to show our challenge quilts.
X and Plus Quilting Detail

I wanted a new project so asked a new friend if she would like a "Nose to Toes" quilt.  That's my description of what others refer to as lap quilts.  I make quilts sized to the person so a lap quilt will go from the nose to the tips of the toes and a bit more so you can really snuggle in and stay warm.  I asked Arlene to name her favorite colors and she chose purple, blue, and maybe  green.  Her step-daughter mentioned she liked stained glass windows so I tried to combine the two.

Here is Arlene's French Braid quilt.

Arlene's French Braid

A friend I used to work with is newly married and he and his wife are expecting a baby boy.  Of course, I had to offer a quilt for them and, happily for me, they said yes.  Here is a quilt for Bill and Rebecca.

Playing with the idea of a maze and some of the wonderful grays and blue gray fabrics I have accumulated and been given.  Here is the first quilt.  There may be more.....

Submitted to Alameda County Arts Commission Show

I will be submitting two quilts for the Alameda County Show and see if both get in.  One is a challenge quilt from one of my mini-groups.  Based on a Chiura Obata woodblock print that my son sent to me from Yosemite, the challenge was that each group member had to use the same fabric in a large enough quantity that it was clear we had used that challenge fabric.  In my quilt below you can see the challenge fabric in the tree trunks, the night sky and the river bank.

The other was just for fun and I call it Going in Circles--pattern from Weeks and Ringle, Modern Quilts.

Going in Circles

New Baby Quilts

My son and daughter-in-law now have friends having babies, so I have been making a few more baby quilts than since I retired.  Here are the latest.

First, a scrap quilt to use up squares of the cute little frogs left over from another quilt.  Too good to toss away.

Fractious Frogs

Next an "I Spy" quilt that is already spoken for.  Made with hexagons from fabrics found on a shopping spree with my DIL.

Alphabet Book

After coming back from visiting my mother in Vermont, I wanted to make a present for a baby shower I will be attending.  The maternal grandmother had already made a baby quilt, so I needed to find something else to play with.  Here's what I came up with--a fabric alphabet book.

The pages were constructed using fusible web and raw edged applique with a fusible fleece in between pages.  A hook and loop closure keeps it all together with no parts that could become choking hazards.

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Fabric Postcards

When I'm stumped and need some design inspiration, I play in a small format.  Lately, that has taken the form of making fabric postcards.  Fabric on one side, card stock on the back, and fusible interfacing in between (like Timtex) allows these cards to be mailed as is.  Just be sure to have the words Post Card on the back and put the proper post card postage on.  Gives the mailperson some fun during delivery.

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My French Braid is quilted!

Yeah!  It is finally quilted and I'm sewing on the binding.  Sue let me know that she had finished quilting the French Braid quilt I made last summer for my bed.  I had taken three quilts to Sue last summer to quilt as I had two large queen sized quilts and one large king-sized quilt.  While I have quilted several queen sized quilts before, it is not as much fun as working on smaller quilts.  So I finally decided to let someone else quilt three quilt tops I had made.  Very freeing to let go of needing to quilt every top I make!

Sue quilted my French Braid quilt
Quilting detail

New Pamphlet Books

Inspired by a book I bought in Napa, I decided to make some pamphlet books of my own.  A bit of art paper, some interesting shapes sewn to the cover and a backing, with 48-60 blank pages sewn in ready for whatever thoughts or notes you have.