Sunday, June 29, 2008

Quilting update

Two tops quilted, one more to go. The rest can wait until after I'm done vending at the Clamshell show next month. No pictures today as they still need to be bound.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quilt Top at Last!

This morning I finished putting the last border on my latest quilt top. That now makes a grand total of (yikes) five quilts, one table topper, and one runner that I have to quilt/have quilted. Hopefully the heat wave will break tomorrow as predicted- it's too hot and sticky to wrestle with machine quilting right now.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Books I've Read Lately- all highly recommended!

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. I love all her books. This one is a must read in light of the current political situation in the Middle East.
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear. I generally don't like series, but this one is wonderful. Maisie Dobbs is one of the mystery genre's most engaging characters.
The Winter of the World by Carol Ann Lee. I wasn't familiar with this author, now I want to find her other books.
Atonement by Ian McEwan. I've had this book in my library literally since before it was published- my copy is an ARC (advance reader's copy). It took the movie trailer on tv to get me to finally read the book.
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. I am amazed at the skillful way he worked the characters from The Great Gatsby into this book!
King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett. Okay, so what if 11th century northern European geopolitics aren't everyone's cup of tea? This isn't an easy read, but what a book!

Thursday- no quilt top yet, books are beckoning!

I got all the blocks pieced and half of them stitched into rows and two of the four rows put together, so I'm pretty far along. Was planning on finishing it before dinner, but a well-needed nap intervened, and I'm just not in the mood to work on it tonight. I stopped off at the library yesterday morning and have three books awaiting me, two of which I've already started, The Buffalo Soldier, by Chris Bohjalian and The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Another WIP, and a reprieve!

Yesterday I finally created a pattern for my packet of five 1-yd. pieces of fabric, and cut all the pieces for it. Another very easy pattern but the interlocking design makes it harder to spot the blocks. It wound up being larger than I thought I'd be able to get out of that amount of fabric- 56" x 68". I'll start sewing it today, hope to have the top done by Thursday. I'm thinking of having a contest for the best name for this quilt- winner wins the finished pattern.

The day started out great- zipping right along on above mentioned project; wrapping it up to go to work when the phone rang. Not a good thing at that time of day- it could only be...Work! Looked like my one day off per week was going to go by the wayside for the forseeable future (read "forever", or at least until early autumn when my hours at Job #2 are cut back). the end of the day, the Powers That Be did a bit of creative schedule juggling and gave me a (different) day off!