That's the name of the pattern used for this quilt top. (There are others out there on the Internet, including a free pattern or two, that are called Post and Beam.) This one (I think it's a Calico Carriage pattern?) is a little different from the free ones I saw (which were more explicitly based on the Log Cabin pattern).
The quilt is designed to work with 8 fat quarters of fabric, plus larger quantities of two fabrics for the borders. One nice thing is that large-scale prints work well, because the pattern pieces become increasingly larger as you radiate out from the center:
I used all Denyse Schmidt "Flea Market Fancy" fabrics (this is actually the reprint of the line - it came out around 2002 or 2003, quilters loved it, and the fabric company recently decided do to another run). When I saw that it was being reprinted, I thought about how I kind of wanted a quilt top made of ALL Flea Market Fancy fabrics...and I happened to find this pattern at the Quilt Asylum and bought the fabrics for it there.
I like the quilt. I'm not sure the pink inner border works as well as I thought it would when I was picking out the fabric but I don't dislike it enough to unpick the quilt and redo it with a different fabric.
I think when it comes time to either quilt this or have it quilted, I'm going to see if I can find a solid-colored fabric in that egg-yolk orange for the backing, and maybe also get enough for the binding. (unless I get a little chunk of turquoise for the binding).
This was a really fast and simple pattern to put together. I could see doing it again. It would make a nice fast Christmas quilt with Christmas themed fabrics.
Also, I'm dealing with one of the little annoyances of modern life again. I bought my house about 10 1/2 (almost 11 now!) years ago. The woman who lived in the house has since died. I have no contact any more with her son (who is actually the person I negotiated with for buying the house).
However, I've been getting collections calls looking for the son again. This happens periodically. In the past, I'd get a person when they called, and I'd tell them, "No, I am not him. I don't know him. I don't know where he is." (Once, the woman on the other end chuckled when I added - because it was about the fifth call in a week and I was aggravated - "Trust me, if I knew where he was, I'd give you his contact information")
Well, I'm getting the calls again. I did talk to a person one night (but it was a horrible connection, I had to say everything three times and even then she sounded like she didn't understand me). But I'm also getting lots of hang-up/dead-air calls. And pre-recorded calls that are from (mumble) "Law" Firm. Yes, they mumble the name of the firm so you don't know who it is. And then they say in a very threatening voice that if you are not the person they seek, to HANG UP NOW. (Well, as the message was left on my answering machine, I decided to listen to it through). Several times they claimed, "By listening to this message, you are verifying you are (person)". At the end they gave a number to call. So I wrote it down and did a reverse lookup.
Yeah, it's a "Law" firm. Or so it calls itself. It's actually a collection agency, and one with a great many complaints against them. Granted, most of those complaints are for "predatory" behavior with people who actually do owe money, but there are a few people who have complained that they have no debt, but the agency is calling seeking a brother or sister or something, which is closer to my case. They have their main office in Colorado but I think I noticed they had a branch office in Tulsa.
I'm just TIRED of this. I filed an online complaint with the FTC last night (for all the good that will do) and will probably file one with the Oklahoma AG's office (Fellow Oklahomans reading this: Are they at all responsive? Or is this one of those spitting into the wind things?).
I'm also considering writing a sternly worded letter saying (a) I am not the person they seek (and giving my address and phone number), (b) I do not know the whereabouts of the person they seek and (c) that they should consider this letter a request for the calls to my phone number to come to an end. And have it notarized (which may not carry that much weight, but which is easy for me to do, as my secretary is a Notary Public) and then send it registered mail or whatever that service is that allows you to prove your letter was received....
Part of me, the totally avoidant part, is going all Do Not Engage! on this, fearing that if they're scummy jerks who already do illegal things, my sending them a letter might somehow allow them to come after me more. But part of me just wants this ENDED. Not enough to hire a lawyer to send a "real" cease-and-desist letter, though if the calls continue for like months, I might just do that.
And I am probably letting it bug me more than I should, but this just seems to me to be metaphoric for one of the worst parts of modern life: You try hard to be a responsible person (I have paid all my bills and I have the squeaky clean credit record to demonstrate that), and yet, you wind up dealing with some of the same consequences that someone who is not so responsible would face.
And also, that it seems like scummy places that break the law (see also: Rachel from Cardholder Services) can continue to flout things like the Do Not Call list (which I am most definitely ON) and yet they don't seem to get shut down or face any penalties or anything.