Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Where did I put that?

Seems like every time I turn around lately I have lost something I just had in my hand. What's up with that?  I think I just have too much on my mind. Yep that is my story and I am sticking to it! LOL

We are having free demo day every other Wednesday at the shop this summer. It is way fun. I am doing two of the demos so I have been super busy trying to make step by step pieces for the demos as well as finished projects. ( Or at least tops). The topics are not published ahead of time so I can't tell you more just yet.

I have been trying to get some small quilts quilted on the frame. I have a little pile to finish up. They are quilted but not trimmed or bound yet. I will get to those soon and take some pictures.

I did finish this wool project. I know, not summery, but I will be ready for fall. LOL.

I think that I mentioned that I am doing a BOM at a LQS, (not the one I work at) it is wool applique on a cotton. Here is the first block. From here on out we will be doing 2 blocks a month. I have the next two cut out and ready to fuse and stitch.

More later...happy stitching

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review

     Set during the depression, this story gives you a look at life from the perspective of two high school girls from completely different backgrounds.  A classic coming of age story complicated by the challenges of life in depression era America.
     I would give this book two thumbs up. This is not the genre that I normally read. I enjoyed the characters in the story because they were both products of their environment, but they were also able to grow and change. The point of view switches back and forth smoothly between the girls' perspectives. As the story progressed I found it harder and harder to put  down.
     In addition to learning about the lives of these two girls, I learned, thru the story more about the realities of the depression era. 
     In some parts of the story, I felt that the relationships of the girls and their families was over simplified.

I got this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in return for reviewing the book. If you are interested in reviewing a book check them out http://www.bethanyhouse.com/

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm baaacck

Time really got away from me this time. Since I last posted, my DD#2 graduated from University of Illinois. She chose to go the the ceremony for her department rather than the large convocation for the whole school. The graduation was in a small auditorium and it was really a nice ceremony. I was so proud of my baby. She is at home working at her the ice cream store. (She has been working there since the end of her Senior year of high school). She plans to move to Los Angeles with a friend in the fall.

I wish I had lots to show since it has been so long since I last posted, but I haven't been very productive. I did get some needle work pieces framed. A needle punch rabbit for spring.

A needle punch house.

A cross stitch Victorian house. ( I have a thing for houses).

I did just finish this top as well. This is Hop To It in flannel and wool. I did the same BOM in batiks and some other fabrics mixed in at the shop where I work. Just as soon I started it at work, my friend emailed me the BOM from Primitive Gatherings. I just had to do the wool version too. I am not sure what I will do with two of them.... but the tops are done.

I started Physical Therapy on my neck this week, so I hope that I get some pain relief. I need more time at my sewing machine!

See you later and happy stitching