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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.

Links of Interest

Fabric Stores
    New Pieces Quilt Store
    Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics

Online Fabric Stores
    Batiks Plus
    Pink Chalk Fabrics

Finished and Sent

I wanted to try a new pattern, called the disappearing 4 patch baby quilt.  I finhshed the quilt and mailed it off to Vermont.

Here's the process.  Make a simple 4 patch block.

Then, cut it one inch from the seam line on all four sides

Next, switch from left to right the top and bottom squares

And twist the center square one twist

Now sew the new rows together to form the block.

And here is the finished quilt, for Bodhi.

And some puzzle balls to play with when he is older.

Just Finished

A workshop with Freddy Moran was fun and productive.  I started this quilt top in the workshop and finished it that weekend.  It is quilted in a circular spiral pattern inspired by an Eames design shown to me by a friend, Sandy.  This wall hanging will hang in my bedroom behind the bed.

On the Design Wall

Fabric Post Cards

I've been playing with creating on a small scale.  While I had the fabric scraps out, I decided to make a few fabric post cards, each 4 x 6 inches.

Work tables

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This scrap strip quilt is now pieced and ready to be layered and quilted.  Fun way to use up leftover fabric strips.

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.

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