Extreme Makeover – Pincushion Edition

How I Went From Frumpy to Fabulous in Fifty Minutes I stumbled across some extra felt in my fabric stash.  Giddy from all the cute projects on Pinterest I decided I needed a new pincushion made of felt. Warning – going on the line to read stuff on the interweb leads to side projects that […]

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014. I hope your new year is full of good luck and happiness.  Heck, I hope my new year is also full of those things! I’m going to celebrate with something fizzy.  Of course you can drink the stuff straight, but why not add something fruity and fun?  Here are a few […]

September Table Runner – Finished!

New Year’s Resolution part 1 accomplished!  Just 11 to go…. My September table runner is finished.  I laid out the log cabin blocks so the warm fabrics formed diamonds. Although the log cabin blocks were more time consuming than I expected I’m really happy with the results. I had a lot of short 1.5″ strips left […]

September Table Runner – Part 1

For September’s table runner I started with an inspiration fabric: I love the retro colors in the fabric.  They feel like fall but are a bit unexpected. I decided to make log cabin blocks.  My blocks will be 7″ square and my finished quilt will be 14″ x 70″.  Once the squares are finished I’ll […]


This year I made a resolution to use up some of the fabric in my stash. Now that September is here I thought I should get started. As you can see, I have a lot of fabric! I took a 10 year break from quilting so my fabrics are a wee bit dated. What to […]

The Vitruvian Gnome

or, How to Create a Fake Historic Document I had the (admittedly warped) inspiration to create a gnomish version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.  As you may know I have an unhealthy obsession with gnomes and I was looking to class up my collection.  Part of my process was to make the design look […]

Welcome to Farmer in the Vale!

Hi.  My name is Linda.  I live and work in Silicon Valley California. My “farm” is actually my suburban backyard.  My yard contains fruit trees and vegetable beds, but no animals (yet). In this blog I intend to share recipes, gardening tips, and cookbook reviews.  I also hope to share the occasional garden or kitchen […]