Again I’m a bit tardy with this, but I was laboring under the delusion that I could use a handy plug-in I saw on another blog. Unfortunately, my WordPress doesn’t allow plug-ins (I don’t even want to admit how long it took me to figure this out) so I was back to Mr. Random and counting by hand. Have I ever mentioned how many times I recount just to be sure I don’t make a mistake? Silly, I know, but it does worry me! According to the faithful Mr. Random, the winner is Jeanne with her comment “Don’t worry if you can’t see it from a galloping horse. Spoken to many quilters when they want to rip for a teeny mistake.” I love that, it’s similar to one the defunct husband’s aunt used to say, “It’s nothing a blind man galloping by at midnight would notice.”
My lovely package arrived with both the birdie fabric and an entire fat quarter collection of the Camp Peanuts fabric.
I did promise a sneak peek at my “Say it with Flowers” project for the coming blog hop and here it is. I can hardly wait to finish it and show you the whole thing! In the meantime,
Well, there are signs of progress despite my slow walking pace. I finished piecing the Quilt Without End blocks together and tomorrow I will get my youngest daughter to try it on her bed. (I suspect we’ll need to add a row on the side and top.) In the meantime, I’m cooking up my ” Say it with flowers” project. I’d add a sneak peek but I’m tapping this out on my phone! Look for a few book reviews and a winner announcement tomorrow.
(Oops, forgot to mention that I’m linking this up to A Lovely Year of Finishes!)
Ok, a few things you need to know…first, I love puns. I always tell my daughters that I never promised there would be good jokes, just a lot of them! Second, I recently found the most adorable Kiwi pattern over at Tartan Kiwi and third, I just happen to have two yards of New Zealand fabric left over from a Girl Scout Thinking Day. Throw those elements together with my love of WordPlay quilts and you get
My Kiwi Table Runner!
My oldest daughter has already claimed this one and it will go off to her college apartment to spend the summer while she works on campus.
Now, for the mystery giveaway…it’s a mystery because I’m not yet driving and won’t get to the quilt shop until tomorrow to pick up bird fabric! So, sometime tomorrow, the 1/2 yard of bird fabric I’m giving away will post right about here. In the meantime, step out on faith and leave me your favorite pun or funny saying and I’ll use Mr. Random to pick a winner at the end of the hop. (I will ship internationally, by the way!) [Plans to get to the quilt shop are not going to materialize today but I've ordered my fabric and you can click here to see what it looks like! http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=8178514053488178&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=60085]
Now, fly on over to see what all the other creative quilters have been up to…this has been such fun! I want to send a big hug to our wonderful Madam Samm and to Mary for all their wonderful work and inspiration!
Here’s a list of the rest of today’s quilters…have a great time!
Tuesday, May 14
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Last weekend, before I so ignobly tangled with yet another curb (and lost), I was privileged to serve as a bridesmaid for my dear friend, Connie, as she celebrated her wedding. Of course, the wedding of a dear friend requires a quilt and I had to hustle to finish this one! But finish I did, getting the binding on just before I had to leave to be at the church! It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but the fabric in the middle of the stars and on the borders is filled with “Wedding” words.
There are things like “Love, Romance, I do, We do, Cherish, etc.” in all different fonts and sizes. I finished my stars with purple points and even added a special embroidered block with my dear friends’ initials and wedding date all encircled in a purple heart. I used a filler design with hearts from Leah Day’s website (if you need a great quilting resource, check her out) and quilted it all over with purple Aurofil. My dear friends were delighted and there’s nothing like the delight of someone I love to make a quilt shine for me!
Well, due to some WordPress glitches, it’s taken me days to get the photos in this post so let me add my wishes that your Mother’s Day was a special day. My family has been so incredibly helpful with yours truly crutching around all week and then they topped it off with an amazing dinner and no dishes for moi! I’m counting my blessing this week in spite of my funny footwear! I’ll be back tomorrow (God willing and the creek don’t rise, as my mom says) with a book review or two (one I LOVE) and tomorrow night I’ll be posting my “It’s for the Birds” hop post. I can hardly wait to show you what I’ve done!
When I finished the first book in Sigmund Brower’s “Merlin’s Immortals” series, I was eager for book two to arrive and it has not disappointed. “Fortress of Mist” picks up the story from “The Orphan King” and continues to run at a wonderful pace through a world laced with fantasy, intrigue and mystery. Thomas has come into his kingdom but his troubles are far from over. Now he must negotiate the murky world of politics, never knowing who to trust and who is on his side. As two opposing forces fight for his allegiance, this young king must tread carefully knowing that all he has fought for may be lost in one wrong decision.
“Fortress of Mist” delivers the second installment of Thomas’ story with deepening plot points and well-written storylines that will take you further into this ancient land and leave you, alas, waiting as I am for the next installment! I highly recommend this series for fantasy fans of middle school grades and upward to adults.
“Fortress of Mist” was provided to me by Waterbrook Press for this review as part of their Blogging for Books Program. The opinions, however, are entirely my own.
“The War Below” is a thrilling, intimate and extremely readable account of three American submarines during WWII. While the subject is pure fact, James Scott pulls the book together like a fast-paced fiction thriller. The men of the submarine crews come to life on the page through quotes, anecdotes and Scott’s skillful narrative. The book focuses on the exploits of three subs, Tang, Silversides, and Drum, all assigned to the Pacific. “The War Below” had me calling people from other rooms with a “You’ve got to hear this” or laughing out loud at some of the lighter sides of submarine life. Mostly, though, it gave me a new appreciation of how America’s submarine force contributed to the victory in the Pacific.
Whether you are a history buff, a fan of action movies, a student in need of a book for a report, or just someone looking for a great read…I give “The War Below” my highest possible endorsement. This is literary non-fiction at its absolute best! “The War Below” is scheduled for release on May 14, 2013. Do yourself a favor and order it now.
This book was provided to me by Simon & Schuster for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!
I love historical fiction and I love the stories of the Titanic. However, wherever history crosses paths with fiction, it is the author’s responsibility, especially when writing for a younger audience, to provide the most accurate possible portrayal of the time frame. “Unsinkable” is as riddled with holes as the actual Titanic. Major historical fiction faux pas litter the book…from the use of real-life people in places they never were to an inaccurate account of Captain Smith’s last actions. The author shows very little understanding of the social customs of the time including a reference to a first class passenger being forced to eat in second class due to tardiness. There are errors in period clothing and social moirés of the time. In addition, parents may object to how far the romance goes when one considers that the heroine is only 15. Let’s face it, love at first sight makes great reading and the Titanic as a backdrop requires that any romance moves quickly but “Unsinkable” seems to take the characters into far deeper emotional waters than suitable for a book aimed at “young readers.”
This is another one of those books that beg the question, “Where have all the editors gone?” I not only don’t recommend this book, but I think it needs to be pulled for a complete rewrite. “Unsinkable” is scheduled for release on May 21, 2013.
This book was provided to me by Strebor Books for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own.
Sorry this post is a little late but, as you can see, I’ve got some snazzy new footwear and accessories. It was a simple mis-step, a curb where I didn’t think there was a curb and a sudden shooting pain that told me I was in trouble. Thankfully, nothing is broken but it’s sure not a lot of fun right now.
Well, back to the quilting news. Country Threads drew number 10 for the UFO of the month which happens to be my hand quilting project. I doubt I’ll be able to finish it but now that I can’t get around much…who knows?
In the meantime, I’m setting the Quilt Without End batik quilt up as my Lovely Year of Finishes goal. It’s already got blocks and some are already partially sewn together. If I can get it to a top, I’ll be a happy girl. If I manage to machine quilt it, I’ll be ecstatic! Well, that’s it from me today. Wishing you a safe and happy quilting week…and beware of curbs!
In my opinion, the War of 1812 gets a bit lost in the modern presentation of American History and that is a shame. This pivotal conflict was a “make it or break it” point in our history as a nation and deserves to have a much better press agent than in the past! Well, the Ware of 1812 has found a champion in Steve Vogel with his book “Through the Perilous Fight, Six Weeks That Saved the Nation.”
This book is beautifully researched and presented with a wonderful, readable format. The figures from history seem to come back to life with Vogel’s skillful use of quotes from letters, diaries and other historical sources. The quotations nearly serve as dialogue and move the story forward briskly. Francis Scott Key and the birth of the national anthem are integral to the history but other fascinating characters receive their full measure of the reader’s attention.
“Through the Perilous Fight” is a must read for lovers of American History. It would also make a great addition to a course curriculum. Through the Perilous Fight is scheduled for release on May 7th, 2013.
This book was provided to me by Random House for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!