Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Jane Project

I assume that most quilters have heard of the Dear Jane quilt, if you haven't google at your own risk! An hour can easily be spent looking at all of the beautiful quilts online. Finally, after a few years of seeing everyone else's online and a fellow guild member completing hers, I could never longer resist starting my own.

Below is my first block completed, one down and only 224 more to go! My goal will be one block a week at least. This included cutting out templates and fabric (adding the seam allowance), then finally piecing it all together. Every other block will have tan fabric with then either a variation of red or blue. I still need to square this one up a little bit, then eventually add another 1/2 inch of sashing all around.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I have been up to lately....

I have been reading and studying for this.....

it is a jammed packed class as it is only six weeks instead of the normal sixteen. So what is one to do with a 20-30 minute break between a four hour class to relax?

Hand piecing of course! Here are two pictures of a 1930's tumbler table runner I am making. I have since gotten a lot more completed, but just haven't taken more pictures.

I also want to make a civil war quilt, of my own design as it will be in memoriam of an ancestor, and have been putting together triangles. I think perhaps I might use the triangles for a border, but not sure yet. I have gotten a little more done, that are not in the pictures.

While walking around campus, the lake always have a few geese, but I have never seen them outside of it. Last week, I saw a few of them have decided to venture out and about as they have gotten curious.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Random Things.....

I can hardly believe it has been over a month since my last post. Recently,  I took a class by Bonnie Hunter called Virginia Bound, and am only halfway done with one block (I think the finished size is 15 inches). Over this weekend I hope to complete the first block, not sure if I will make more, and then I will post a picture. I finally was able to find a frame for a Tinkerbell counted cross stitch gift I made for one of my nieces. The background was already done in the kit, so I just worked on Tinkerbell. When I was making this years ago (it took me awhile to make and then I put this up in a "safe place" and then thought I had lost it), it was the biggest project I had ever worked on at the time. The picture was an odd size so it was really hard to find a frame, who knew?

Tomorrow I plan on making homemade pasta sauce, I did this several months ago and it was really good. Unfortunately, I thought I had saved the recipe, but now can't find it. I hope another one I have found will be just as good. I will be making some homemade parmesan reggiano and pecornio romano bread to go with it.

This week it has been warm here, so Dexter and I are just hanging out (literally in his case) in the nice AC.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Clout Book Review

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I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I have never previously read any books by Jenni Catron. I was curious about the book Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God Given Influence. There are two sections in this book, the first part is all about the seven different ways that we may prevent ourselves from using are talents or being able to recognize our talents, and then how to go about using them. I enjoyed the first section in the book more than the second, which I thought that it was not as in depth or as long. So what did I enjoy the most about this book? It is always a good thing to look more inward to see why we do certain things, how we might be holding ourselves back, as well as how we think how others perceive us, how to use our talents, decide what we are good at, trying new things, etc., were just a few subjects that this book made me think about. Changing a way that someone thinks about themselves, is never going to be easy, but I think starting small and thinking positive is at least a start. After reading this book, I can see that I  have more talents than I previously thought, and how to better use them for good in helping other people, etc.

This is a book, that I want to reread but also want to pass it on to other people. So, I have decided that I will donate it to my church library, this way lots of different people can enjoy it.

I rank this book 4.5 out of 5

2014 Chunkster Challenge

Grab A Button and Sign Up! I found this reading challenge a few months late, but I am still going to sign up. So here are the rules for the chunkster challenge:

  • Books must be more than 450 pages
  • Audio and E-books allowed
  • Book can be Adult, YA, Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • No Graphic Novels
  • Open to anyone
  • Books can be used from other challenges
  • Essay, Short Story, and Poem Collections are allowed but they have to be read in their entirety

Even though I don't have to list the books I will be reading for this challenge, here are just a few that I can immediately think of:

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Clean Sweep ARC Challenge

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2014

Ok, so I am late in finding this reading challenge of ARC that is for the month of May, but only found it through looking at a Bout of Books participants blog. For this challenge, read any ARC that you are behind on for this month, if this sounds like fun to you click on the button above.  Here are the ARC I need to read and review:

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I have been reading this book during the week for the bout of books challenge.

Product DetailsPages Read: 34 out of 1,168
Yea, this books is a chunkster as it is three novels in one book. I have had this book the longest, so I really need to make sure that I read it this month.

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I haven't started reading this book at all.


I want to at least read two of my books, preferably I would really like to finish all three, but I am late in joining this challenge. Also, with a book over 1,000 pages it might be too much to finish all three. At least I am close to finish Clout.

Bout of Books: Day 5 & 6 Updates

Bout of Books I didn't do too much on Friday but read more on Saturday. I don't think I will reach my goal of reading 3 books, but we will see how far I get.

Pages Read: 24
Books Finished: 0
Titles Experienced:
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Pages Read: 59
Books Finished: 0
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