I've had Patchwork with Pizzazz for more than a decade. (Author Lisa Bergene is Norwegian. The original title is Kreative Lappe Ideer Vesker og Bager.) I pulled the book off the shelf a couple of days ago and one of the designs began to jump up and down and holler, "Try me!" I couldn't resist.
The blocks use split rectangle units. I have probably made them sometime along the way but I know I haven't used them as a significant component of an entire quilt. I remember being put off by the fussy tedium of the bias rectangle method (That Patchwork Place). But, ah-ha! I bought the Studio 180 Split Rects ruler at a quilt show. Time to take it out of the package and use it.
The ruler makes the units a breeze. Even the trimming was easy. I foresee using this ruler and these units often.
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My reading certainly takes me to a variety of places. Last week it was Maine. This week it's Montana.
Buffalo Jump Blues is the fifth installment of Keith McCafferty's mystery series featuring Sean Stranahan (a fly fisherman, guide, and water color artist) and Marcia Ettinger, the sheriff of Hyalite County. There are both regular and new characters--charming misfits and the bad guys. This case has a real (illegal) buffalo jump that purports to recreate those carried out by the Plains tribes before horses and guns. There's a lot about the factions for bison management (what happens when the protected bison in Yellowstone wander out of the park?). It's an intriguing mystery and informative as well.On our 2016 Rocky Mountains Road Scholar Trip (here) we went to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. (In French: "Le Precipice a Bisons Head-Smashed-In.") Each year the Blackfeet rounded up buffalo and drove them over the edge of the cliff. They then butchered the buffalo to provide food and hides for the coming year. There are other buffalo jumps across the plains, but this one has the best archaeological record.