The tiniest mushrooms I’ve ever seen

Found on a bale of straw in my backyard.


They’re blue!



Handspun T-Rex Dice Bag

From FO’s

A 2011 Christmas present, finally finished.

The T-rex intarsia is a free chart by Ivy Kim, to commemorate Dinosaur Comics. The blue base yarn is my handspun aran-weight merino dyed by Yarn Chef in “Little Islands”, the most gorgeous saturated blue and the third skein I ever spun; the neon green is slightly thinner handspun superwash merino dyed by Crazy Monkey Creations.

From FO’s

I lined the bag with a fat quarter of “Really Old Cameos” by sammyk, from Spoonflower. Spoonflower is a very dangerous place, by the way. I fused the top, front, back and bottom lining to some scrap Timtex leftover from a quilting class to give the bag some structure – leaving the sides soft for some squishability. The handle is extra-wide double fold bias tape.

Rough pattern details after the fold.

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Mason Bee House workshop

Finally another High Plains Permaculture event! Carleen Soule has invited us to her house in Mandan Sunday, Aril 1 at 2pm, to make your own Mason Bee houses. She’ll supply the wood – bring a drill (corded or cordless) if you have one. It’s looking like the weather will be warm enough to enjoy the patio! Pictures of last year, plans for this year, and kids are all welcome.

Email me for an address if you’re not already on our mailing list.

NDSHS 2012 website is up

This year the North Dakota State Horticulture Society has a webpage for their annual conference – we still can’t accept online registration, but at least we can post conference info and the brochure for people to print out and mail in!

The 89th annual conference will be in Bismarck, at the spanking-new Career Academy building at BSC. I always love these conferences – it rotates throughout the state every year, so attendees get an unparalled chance to tour new and interesting gardens from all over the state. I’ve been waiting a long time for it to come to Bismarck! I still fondly remember Minot and Jamestown, and the amazing kolomikta kiwis and mulberries in a Jamestown tour.

 I will be giving two talks this year – Resilient Gardening and a focus on Edible Perennials including mushrooms; and if I can manage to get my garden revamp done in time, my yard will be in the open houses on Thursday night July 26th. Craig Stange is giving his famous rainbarrel talk; there’s a session on composting; and Renee Ewine has opened her lovely city yard with raised veggie beds in the front and a huge rain tank and compost setup in the back,  so permaculture considerations will make a good showing!

Check out the site, the pictures of past conferences and this year’s yards, and let me know if there’s more info you’d like to see. Hope to see you in Bismarck in July!

This quilt is what will push me over the edge into quilting as a new hobby. The black ribbon extending across the blocks makes this into true modern art of my favorite flavor, textile.

The ND Capital Quilter’s Guild is having their spring quilt show and class day this Saturday, March 10 – and classes are only $5! You never see intro classes that cheap! I will be taking the String-Pieced Folder class Saturday night.

Mmmm… best Saturday night evar…

The Modern Quilt Guild

The first quilt during the Week of Using What You Have is called “Skirting the Circle” by none other than Beth Copeland who shows us how she connects her family in this quilt by using fabric from a skirt that both she and her mother wore. Beth blogs at and you can also find her work on flickr under the flickr name “smazoochie”. She is a proud member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. Read more as Beth explains a little more about this quilt and her love of using re-purposed fabric.

Tell Us About Your Quilt
The heart and soul of this quilt is an old circle skirt from the 1950’s. It belonged to my Mom. I was always a fan of vintage clothing and in high school and college, I used to wear this skirt. Long after I was thin enough to wear it, I carried it…

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