Monday, August 11, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Master Post


Bout of Books



The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


I hope to either finish all of these or at least read quite a bit of them. I have already started reading all of them, except for Germinal but will start this week. Here are the books that I hope to complete during the Bout of Books week:


Product Details This is for a book club I belong to, and is the choice for us to read this month.



Product DetailsThis is for the Austen in August challenge.


Product DetailsThis is for the Classics Club Spin


Product DetailsI am reading this for the publisher, and am almost halfway done.




Classic Spin Number......

club The number for the 7th Spin the Classics Club picked was 17! So I will be reading Germinal, I have heard it is good but just haven't read it yet. Have you read Germinal? What were your thoughts? Did you get a good number for the Spin?

Classic Club Spin #7!

Unfortunately, I saw this notice of a new spin early this morning, so I am making a very late post about it. The last few I have participated in I was not able to finish the books. The  books marked with an * are from previous spins that I was unable to finish; because of time, couldn't get through it,etc. The challenge is to read whatever book from my numbered list that the Classic Club picks by October 6.


  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
  2. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau*
  3. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  4. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. The Republic by Plato
  6. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  9. The Magican's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  10. The Railway Children by E. Nesbitt*
  11. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  12. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  14. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  15. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  16. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  17. Germinal by Zola
  18. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  19. Heart of Darkness and other stories by Joseph Conrad*
  20. Five Little Peppers and How They Grow by Margaret Sidney




Sunday, August 3, 2014

Are you participating in Austen in August?

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Since it is now August, I have started on the Austen in August challenge, today I will be reading a little bit of ;

Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Will you be doing some reading today, perhaps for this challenge? I hope you are reading a good book, no matter what you pick.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Almost time for Austen in August! Master List

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I have participated in this reading challenge for the past two years, and will do so this year for the third time. Since I have not read all of Jane Austen's books, I hope to read Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey. Have you read either one of these books, did you enjoy them? Do you plan on joining me in this reading challenge? 

Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)


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.