Hobo Quilt Update ~ Top is Finished!

I finished the Hobo Quilt top last night around 10:00 pm. It’s 62″ X 82″ in size. Now I have to shop around for the flannel he wants as the backing.

Bay Area in Photographs ~ April 23, 2011

Pictures of Bay Bridge from AT&T Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, John Muir Beach overlook, Point Reyes National Seashore:

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Saturday we drove up to Point Reyes (was in San Francisco for Friday’s Giants game) National Seashore to see the lighthouse. It was an absolutely beautiful drive…probably not a good road for those that get car sick though. Many historic (1850’s) cattle ranches and dairy farms dot the coastal grasslands.

Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent. Weeks of fog, especially during the summer months, frequently reduce visibility to hundreds of feet. The Point Reyes Headlands, which jut 10 miles out to sea, pose a threat to each ship entering or leaving San Francisco Bay. The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse warned mariners of danger for more than a hundred years.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870, was retired from service in 1975 when the U.S. Coast Guard installed an automated light. They then transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the National Park Service, which has taken on the job of preserving this fine specimen of our heritage.

Cattle grazing in the upper right.

The lighthouse parking lot is at the end of the road…which was PACKED! So we found a roadside parking spot back down the road and walked to the lighthouse visitor center which was about a 1/2 mile uphill hike from the parking lot.

Lupine along the cliff side walk up to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

The whale migration was still ongoing at the time, so the observation deck, at the visitor center, had binoculars and identification guides available. There was a sighting of a mama and her calf. The deck was also a place for the smart people to wait while the rest of us hiked down over 300 feet to the Lighthouse…over 308 steps (they did not count the part of the trail that was a steep ramp with no steps). They said it’s the equivalent of walking down and up a 30 story building.

My Mouth is Watering…Famille Faucher’s Pure Maple Syrup

I’m not kidding. My mouth is watering. It won’t stop. It’s because of this pure, lovely, liquid gold…


The bringer of the sweet nectar of the Northern Gods? Mariana….an ex-graduate student in my department, who is now a postdoctoral fellow up in Quebec, Canada. She’s been in Reno the past few days as she sits on another graduate student’s committee (one who just defended yesterday) and is a guest speaker today.

I googled the maker and came across this delightful post from Reb Stevenson’s blog. You have to watch the video! 🙂

Thank you Moda! ~ Just One Star

I got a wee surprise in the mail yesterday!

THANK YOU, Moda, for spear-heading this wonderful project! I’m sure you’ll have enough stars to do more than 100 quilts! 🙂

Hobo Quilt Update ~ Starting the Quilt Top

I finished the last two Hobo Quilt blocks yesterday, after a whirlwind spring house cleaning, and have started sewing the quilt top.

Since I have 60 blocks, I decided on 6 columns and 10 rows…grouped in fours with 1″ sashing, and set with corner stones and 2″ sashing.

Once I finish this part, I will add more 2″ sashing with the corner stones around the whole thing, then add a border. The quilt will be backed with flannel.

Group of 4 with 1" sashing

groups of 4 set with 2" sashing & corner stones

Portola’s Cabin Fever Quilt Show April 16-17, 2011

Ooooohhhhh…Portola, Ca had a quilt show today (and tomorrow) at the Memorial Hall Building (veteran’s hall).

Annual Quilt Show
Sat. 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sun. 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Lorraine, 530-832-0446
Sponsored by the Cabin Fever Quilters at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Portola, CA located on Highway 70. The theme for the show this year is: Spring Romance”. Lunch available. Old & New quilts will be displayed, Opportuinity quilt, country store, vendors, Hoffman Challenge. Door prizes. Donation $5 Saturday: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Proceeds from the show and ticket sales for the opportunity quilt drawing will help the guild continue with its many community service projects. For additional information call 530-832-0446.

I dropped my husband off at the rail yard (Railroad Museum) and drove around the old part of Portola (over the bridge, south of the river) looking for the show. Stopped off at Homestead Fabrics, asked for directions, and found three VERY PRETTY batiks!

I got the three, from the right, pink, purple, and cream/brown from at Homestead…the brown, on the left, is from the quilt show (me thinks it was from Blue Petunia Gifts).

I didn’t know I could bring in my camera so all the pictures were taken with my blackberry phone.

My two favorites were wall hangings ~ approximately 36″x36″ in size…give or take a few inches. The first is a lighthouse done with Storm at Sea blocks…wee ITTY BITTY blocks! The second…the CUTEST barn with sheep, with columbine flowers and flying geese blocks.

I thought of Shari (Tickled Red) when I saw this wall-hanging…California Surfer Girl.

Here is a wee (36×36) Underground Railroad!

Very pretty 3-D flowers (not really sure how to describe it other than the flowers are dimensional)…one is a crazy quilt.

The rest are just very pretty quilts that caught my eye.

For Today ~ 14 April 2011 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 14 March 2011.

Outside My Window… Cool morning, it was 30F when I got to work. Construction workers coming to work…we get to work at the same time. 6:30ish.

I am thinking… I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY! San Francisco, BABY! 🙂 Also hoping that LAPD catches the punk gangbangers who critically injured Bryan Stow, a SF Giants fan down at Dodger Stadium…that place definitely isn’t the Dodger Stadium that I went to in the late 70’s. Good going on letting the gangs takeover your pretty ballpark.

I am thankful for… a job. Even if I will be making $2,400 less come July 1st due to our new governor’s No New Taxes diatribe and slashing education from kindergarten through higher ed.

From the kitchen… a very large plump artichoke!

I am wearing… Jeans, black mock turtleneck, tennies, hair in ponytail.

I am creating… still working on the Hobo quilt.

I am going… walk over to Pharm, Path & Dean’s office with my sugar Easter eggs.

I am reading… Northern California AAA tourbook. 🙂

I am hoping… that Zito isn’t pitching next Friday…sorry Barry, but you need to go.

I am hearing… me typing. Cars on McCarran

Around the house… floor needs vacuuming, bedding needs washing.

One of my favorite things… waiting for a package of goodies from my friend April. Walking in a great pair of shoes…thank you Skechers!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… dream about San Francisco, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, the Rocketboat.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Zephyr & Lucy ~ both were at the Portola Train Museum a few weekends ago. Zephyr is a rail kitty, Lucy’s human was remodeling the gift shop.


Lucy, the sweetest Beagle girl:


The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

American White Pelicans coming back to nest at Pyramid Lake

This photo was taken in Sierra Valley, CA on 3 April 2011…Pelicans riding a thermal…me thinks they’re on their way to Pyramid Lake.