Friday, August 21, 2020

Trying Again... And I Read a Book!

After two dry months I finally managed to read a book! This COVID stuff has messed with my mind in a weird way so that I could not concentrate on reading. It has been very frustrating. I did finally manage to read this book: Chinese Cinderella, the True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah.

It was a memoir, a young adult book, so the reading was quick and easy to finish in a short time. Interesting story. The poor child's mother died shortly after giving birth to her, thus the family blames the baby and thinks of her as bad luck. Her own bad luck starts on that day and continues for years. It was very sad. But, here's a hint... the Cinderella part eventually does take place, and it's not just a sappy marriage to a prince.

I am hoping this blog entry will publish correctly. The new format threw me off last time. I now will attempt to show you some of the things I have been sewing during the pandemic shut-down.
above: I made the top a while ago, but I finally got it quilted recently, and I am very happy with it. The pattern is Smudge by Villa Rosa. It is made of Australian fabrics so I count it as one of my souvenirs from traveling there in 2015.
above: Some of you might recognize this. It is part of Gudrun Erla's pattern called A Stroll in Paris. She presented it in mystery format. I finished most of the project, but not all. I decided to just stop with these blocks and make my own piano keys border. Not sure what I will do with it. Keep or give away?
The three above were made for Quilts Beyond Borders.
The above two are for Wrap a Smile.

This week I was able to spend a couple of days with my sister and cousin up at the cabin, so I feel that my summer has been a success. I got to swim in the lake, and that was my goal. When one's travels are restricted, the goals become quite tame. I was happy to achieve mine.


Nann said...

Good morning, Carol! What a delightful quilt show. "Smudge" is a great way to show off those wonderful Australian prints. The Stroll in Paris blocks are intriguing, and I like the colorway.

The pandemic, the shut-down, and the new normal have affected all of us differently. I'm glad that your concentration is returning because there are soooo many terrific books yet to discover.

joe tulips said...

You snuck a post in! Love all the quilts, the Australian fabric one is so striking! The dip in the lake sounds very very refreshing. It’s just too hot this week!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I have had trouble reading, too. Maybe for a short period of time but I get restless and have to keep shifting gears - maybe one day long luxurious stretches of concentration (on anything) will return.