Saturday, May 20, 2017

I have finally finished hand quilting this for my husband, I think it turned out pretty good. I love plaid/homespun fabric and really like the red fabric I picked out. It is a coin quilt and I did echo quilting on each rectangle, just straight free form quilting on the middle red rows, then I put lighthouses (I used burnt orange thread to have it show up) with wave pattern on the borders.I started working on quilting this a little over a year ago, but really worked most of it since last month. In the past two days and nights I have started and completed the borders. Mr. Meows normally isn't too social during the day, but he loves quilts, so he sat by my feet when I was working on this. Even if I knit or crochet he doesn't pay too much attention to the yarn. Even though I still have an EPP GFG (English Paper Piecing, Grandmother's Flower Garden) quilt I am hand piecing, but I don't have another hand quilting project to work on now until that is complete or I start on a smaller project and get it done. I guess my main focus will be on machine quilting my nehpew's quilt, which I haven't worked on since about March.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What Design Should I Make?

Out of these EPP 60' Diamond shapes? I haven't worked with them before, but have so far came up with these so far. Perhaps I might end up using all three of them in a table runner or other size quilt. I am so glad that I didn't get the shape bigger than 1 3/4" as it would be too big for the mini charm fabric I want to use for these. I didn't think they would be this big as per yesterday's post I have only worked with 3/4" Hexagons, they are measured quite differently than these shapes. What would you make?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Different EPP Pieces...

Normally, I only work from hexagons for EPP (English Paper Piecing) but decided to branch out. I forgot though that the way they are measured is vastly different than all of the other shapes. I already had mini charms picked out for the two new shapes 60' diamond and coffin. The mini charms I have for the coffin shape is no longer available, and consists of mostly light cream type shirting and blue fabric. The charms only consisted of 45 pieces of fabric, where most of the newer mini charms I have gotten consist of 75. I thought I would make a table runner and have one coffin piece per fabric, as you can tell from my pictures that I will be getting probably at least 4 or 5 EPP pieces from one square of fabric. 😂

They are 1" but of course not as big as the close up even appears. I guess at least I will get end up with more coffin EPP pieces, but not sure I want to try and make a table runner since they are so small. Normally, I do not work with hexagons smaller than 3/4". My next post will be all about the diamond shapes I got. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn Classics Club Review

I have read this book for the Classics Club blog, and haven't read any books lately on my list. I am really behind, but hope to make inroads this year. Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn was a very short read only about 50 pages. While it doesn't give too much detail besides Henry VIII to ask Anne to be his or come to court, it does every now and then vaguely talk about other events during this time. Some may not know what they are or the reference, and no worries in the version I had it listed them. Although, for me I knew what most of them were since I love history. I am surprised though that any letters from Henry to Anne actually survived, I would have thought Henry VIII would have had them destroyed after her death or by other people throughout history or just the because of how old the letters are. There is only one letter from Anne to Henry VIII that has survived. In the book for some reason they put it behind all of the notes, which sadly I almost missed it since I knew most of the events they discussed I didn't need the notes section.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Wrap Up....

Bout of Books

I didn't get as much read as I had planned, but didn't do to bad either compared to my last readathon.

Total Books Started: 3
Total Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 380

The Healing Quilt had 310 pages, Love Letters from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn was 50, and then I read about 20 pages of The Outsiders. The next Bout of Books is from August 21 to 27th. I am not sure what will be going on then, but hope to participate. How did the readathon go for you?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Day 5

Bout of Books

I finally completed reading the Healing Quilt yesterday (Friday). It was highly predictable and was so much like the other two books in the series, it was quite a disappointment. I would probably only give it a 2 out of 5 rating.

I am writing this post a day on mid Friday, and I haven't decided what other books to start reading since I have finished the other book. I have narrowed down the options to these books, they are the shortest on my Bout of Books list;

The Outsiders, 179 pages
Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, 50 pages
The Letters of the Rozmberk Sisters (Noblewomen in Fifteneenth-Century Bohemia), 98 pages
The Awakening, 208 pages

My next post will be on what book/s I decided to start. I think I might be able to get done with one or two or at least 3 of these by Sunday.

Later on Friday night I ended up starting and finishing Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, with it only being 50 pages it was a very short read. I will do more of a review of it next week, as it is a book from my Classics Club challenge.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bouts of Books Day 4 Update...

Bout of Books

I read 100 pages yesterday of the Healing Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter, this is the last book in the series. I will end up giving my review tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a great reading week!