Saturday, May 19, 2018

Some Quilt Tops

As usual, I have been making quilt tops and not finishing many of them. I need a staff that will take care of the quilting step for me. Any volunteers? Pay is my thanks and praise.

and some Sunshine Lotto blocks:

Monday, May 07, 2018

Book Review: The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens, a Minnesota author. The story takes place in Minnesota; it's always fun to see familiar place names in a novel. A University of Minnesota student interviews a nursing home resident for his biography assignment in an English class. This book is a mystery, which I don't usually read and enjoy. When I started reading the book, I didn't realize it was a mystery. I enjoyed it quite a bit for the first two-thirds of the book. It was an interesting concept, well told, and I read pretty steadily to see what happens next.

The last third was crazy. The events became far too outlandish. Unbelievable. I was disappointed, and then the ending.. well, I didn't exactly dislike the ending, but I was not satisfied.

Even though it's not the best in the world, I'm glad I read the book. If nothing else, it was entertaining.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

April Retreat

Two years in a row I attended a quilt retreat at this beautiful center in Wisconsin. This year's long, snowy winter was still showing its face during the last week of April. The ice was not out in the lake, and most vegetation was not yet green. I am going to show similar shots that I took last year in April, a week earlier than this year's retreat and you can see the difference between the two springs. Last year we were enjoying spring much earlier than this year. But... that's OK, because as of this writing spring has finally arrived, and it's beautiful. Ice is out on the big lakes in this area, days are warm, and tonight we had a thunderstorm... a sure sign of summer approaching.

The main lodge last year and this year:

View of the lake last year and this year:

Here's evidence of late-night fun. "K" was working hard on her tree blocks. We teased her that we were going to borrow some to put in our own quilts. As she went off to bed, she said she expected to see four tree blocks still up on the design wall the next morning. Well.. we knew we could manage that, along with a little embellishment. So we embellished to our heart's content. It kept growing and growing as we giggled. We even made a little "Grand Champion" ribbon for her new quilt. The next morning it was very much fun to see her face when she walked into the sewing room. She got a good laugh, too.

Here's K. pointing out her Grand Champion ribbon.

A couple other projects in the works -- Cousin B with her quilt top and one of mine that I started on the last day and didn't get time to finish. I'll finish it soon.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Book Review: Spilled Milk

Spilled Milk by Chloe Benjamin is a novel based on true events. It's a compelling book about growing up in an abusive household. The young girl who receives the brunt of the abuse tries to protect her siblings by saying nothing. Her strength and intelligence help her survive. A glass of spilled milk at a friend's house opens her eyes to what she has been experiencing.

I liked the ideas she provides to law enforcement and judicial system workers to help put victims at ease in a court setting and what kinds of information is helpful to the victim.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Review: The Immortalists

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin... This was a pick for my book club. I probably would never have read this book otherwise. I think I give this book three stars out of five. It is definitely not a favorite and probably not even one that I would recommend, even though it has some redeeming qualities. It was interesting, and I think we will have some good discussion. However, it wasn't a story line that grabbed me. Things I don't find appealing: fortune tellers and their prophesies, magic and magicians, Las Vegas. Those all appeared in this book.

Sometimes I found myself feeling moved or touched; the book brought several questions to mind. I'm interested to see what my book club will have to say about it.

If you have read this book, please tell me your thoughts. Did you love it?

It's finally nice enough to read outside.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Two More Bound and Gagged

...Oops! I mean two more quilted and bound! The first one was made entirely by me. The second one was made by me and quilted by Nanette (binding by me). She has agreed to quilt several of my charity quilts this year. She's a lifesaver!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Olympics Quilt

I finally got inspired to do some machine quilting. Today I finished this Olympics Quilt (so-called because it contains the colors of the Olympics). I am hoping this inspiration continues. Here I go.. back to Sewing Room to start quilting #2.