Monday, July 25, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I'm not sure I will like this when it's finished. I do like variety of color but the white alternate blocks just shout wrong out to me. I think I am going to swap out the white for cream.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Review


Bridget Pickwick is a 33 year old widow who is unable to come to terms with the death of her husband Easton. It's been 4 years and she still wears her hair in dreadlocks and her wedding ring. Even her niece and nephew think its time she sheds her widow weeds. Her family home the Pickwick estate is up for sale to meet family obligations. Bridget is set on finding an Eco-friendly buyer, one who won't turn it into a Industrial Park or housing development.

Enter J C Dirk whose family was cheated out of their land by one of the Pickwick's in a poker game. When it comes up for sale he is determined to reclaim his family's land by buying up the estate and turning it into a Eco-friendly golf course. Eventually he realizes he has to let the past go and withdraws his offer to purchase the Estate.

As Bridget works though her grief at the loss of Easton she gets rid of the dread locks, quits wearing her wedding ring and returns to God. As she falls in love with J C Dirk she finds out he is the son of Calhouns who were cheated out of his land. Their relationship falls apart until a solution is found to return the land to the Calhoun’s. Bridget finds there is a "happy ever after".

I was disappointed when I began reading this book and thought I would never get through it to the end. Much to my surprise, the book was very good and I read it cover to cover in one sitting. While there is a religious background I didn't feel as if I were being preached to. It is well written and once you get through the first few pages it holds your interest in that you wonder what will happen next. The story line flows from one page to the next with ease.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as part of their “Blogging for Books” program

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Busy Week

It's been busy around here now that I'm finally finished with quilting the raffle quilt. It's done and in the hands of another sister for the binding and label to be added. It's a beautiful quilt, the colors are rich and the pattern different than we've ever done before. We try to keep the fabrics something that will go with anything and more country than anything else. This year I decided to do Baptist Fans and what a mistake I made with them.. Instead of starting from the top or bottom I started in the middle which left me with fans off their mark and little areas that needed a bit of extra fill. Am happy to know that next year my youngest sister is going to be quilting the raffle quilt and I have passed the this off to her.

I've been cleaning house. 4 months of constant quilting leaves little time for anything other than the bare necessities getting done. The bed got changed, the dishes got into the dishwasher, the laundry was kept up, the bathrooms cleaned and the floors swept. Dusting, window washing, floor mopping and all the other chores of keeping a tidy house got neglected. The past couple days I've been moving furniture, vacuming up mounds of kitty fur from under everything, washing windows and scrubbing floors. Spring cleaning in July.

The 4th party was wonderful. An adult party with very few little kids and we celebrated with gusto. Lots of good food and company. Some came early and stayed late, others came late and left early. Fireworks went on for several hours and still some flashes at 2 am the next morning. A big bonfire to keep warm by and smoores for those chocolate lovers. I stayed over as the party was at my sisters and jumped out of bed at 5 am to rush home and take care of my fur balls who both are diabetic. A good time had by all.

Today I sat down and sewed for the first time in months. One of my internet friend's daughter is having a baby and I finally got my block done and ready to mail in the morning. Next on my list is a wedding quilt for friends of John. I'm doing a Triple Irish Chain with hand dyed fabrics I had left over from another project and had no idea what to do with the left overs. It will be bright and colorful. I'm happy to be back sewing after such a long dry spell.