“Use a sewing machine or a needle and thread. If you’ve sewn before, try a new technique. If you’ve never sewn before, don’t be daunted — it’s not hard to do a basic running stitch.”

I spent much of my childhood and adulthood sewing; from clothes in middle and high school to professional clothing design during and after college.

I dragged out my old sewing box and found inside a quilt book of my grandmother’s a post card from a 1990 quilt show at Mills College in Oakland CA. The quilt pattern is a double ring motif with “branding” emblems as decorative stitching. That quirky “cattle ranch” reference gave me an idea, the Road to California, and two Chinese coins…