Monday, July 31, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Its been another busy week with just ordinary life stuff and if I don't sit down and write 3 or 4 blogposts and schedule them I don't seem to get them done.
Rather than sew another round of blocks I added a border. Now I have a nice stack to baste I just need a block of time to do it........maybe after I bake a cake for church, deliver it, pull weeds at McCrory Gardens again............such is life--Ann--
Monday, July 24, 2017
I'm still scrap happy here working with a variation of the log cabin quilt and the Bull's Eye. I cut the center square at 3 1/2 inches and the strips were cut at 2 inches so the finished block is 12 inches. It will be 36 by 48 so I will add a plaid border to make it a little bigger for a little boy quilt. --Ann--
Linking to Em's Scrapbag.
Friday, July 21, 2017
It doesn't seem like there has been much progress on the knitting front but it has been hot here. Wool yarn in sweaty hands just doesn't work very well. Thought you might like to see how the footie is knit, there is a yarn over on each row while knitting the sole so all the stitches for the ribbing are all on the cable. No picking up stitches after the heel is turned. It really is easy the pattern is free on ravelry click. --Ann--
Thursday, July 20, 2017
- The Agony and the Ecstacy by Irving Stone autobiographical novel about Michelangelo I read this book in college and re read it because this fall daughter and I are going to Italy. I found it fascinating reading about how he researched his subjects before beginning and all the prep work that went into each piece. I believe there was divine intervention guiding his hand as he carved and painted.
- Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tom Harford non fiction
- Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey fiction about Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo
- Whisper My Secret A Memoir by JB Rowley a daughter's search to learn more about her mother's early life in Australia.
- Mother of Ten by JB Rowley a continuation of the story
- Everything we Keep by Kerry Lonsdale a love story and about letting go.
- Safe at the Edge of the World by Jean Grainger the sequel to The Tour.
- Sugar, Salt, Fat by Michael Moss non fiction about the food industry and what they have done to food and how they get us to buy it. I don't have to buy it and I don't have to eat it!
- My Funny Valentine by Debbie Macomber romantic fluff just for fun
- My Hero by Debbie Macomber
- The Letter by Kathryn Hughes a young woman's quest to deliver a letter that she found in a coat pocket in a thrift store. The letter was written the day the British Empire entered WW2.
- So Much Owed by Jean Grainger WW2 story that takes place in Ireland. I think this is her best book so far!
I got a message on my kindle the other day that congratulated me on reading 7 books. Huh! I think it should have congratulated me on purchasing 7 books. It doesn't keep track of all the k books I get from the library. My reading lists are at 34 so far this year. Can I do 52? that would be a book a week. I ordered a paperwhite the other day because they were on sale. Hubby thought it was a screen cover to go over my kindle. No its a new device with a non glare screen so I can read outside in the sunlight or in the shade and it is so light weight. I even got a pop socket to hold it. Its the handiest little gadget to stick on your phone or e reader especially if your hands have a tendency to cramp like mine do. I can read once device until the battery goes dead then I can pick up the other while the battery recharges. Its so nice to have a back up. I heard the cicadas sing when I went for a walk the other evening that means summer is half gone. Happy reading --Ann--
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Quilt # 1) I was choosy and used 105 9 ps, the blues didn't make the cut. I used the same light fabrics for the alternating squares and the sashing.
Quilt # 2) I used 100 9 ps and most of the blue 9 ps plus introduced 5 or 6 new dark fabrics.
Quilt # 3) I used 52 9 ps, the background fabrics were leftover from quilt #1, the stars were made from the darks of quilt # 2 then I added the dark red and black but ran out of each so had to find something suitable from the stash.
Quilt # 4) 130 9 ps and leftovers from previous 3 quilts and a couple more odd bits because they worked and were needed.
There are probably 60 different fabrics in these 4 quilts. I wish I had kept track of the yardage used but looking at my stash I didn't make much of a dent. Only 7 nine patches left! And a short stack of 1 3/4 inch strips. I might use them in a log cabin quilt but for now they are going back in the closet. They need to make new friends for the next quilt. Happily working from my stash --Ann--