The book review was one of two I will present at a panel program at the upcoming ALA conference. (The program will be taped for BookTV and I will try to remember to share the link. I'll be talking about Becoming Tom Thumb and Shadow Woman.)
The walk was along my usual route in our neighborhood --about a mile and a half.
The weeds were mostly convolvulus -- better known as bindweed. It takes over the front flowerbed. It reproduces by rhizome so under the surface there is one huge convolvulus plant. All I can do is pluck, and pluck, and pluck some more.
The quilt is my version of Bonnie Hunter's Tumalo Trail. I posted a photo of the assembled center a couple of weeks ago. The border is a cheerful, busy April Cornell print that works very well with the multi-fabric center. I quilted abstract leaves in the center and straight lines in the border. It's 72 x 72 and used 10 yards in all. (Those little patches have 20.5 square inches each!)