Today was book group day. A very good day. Did I tell you that I'm now in two book groups? (In 2013 I was in 0 book groups!) And they meet on the same day? And this month we discussed the same book? My favorite book from last year -- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. (Have you read this yet? Please do.) A very, very good day.
And then, because Jojo must love me as much as I love her (and she must know how I hate to say goodbye to my favorite characters), she wrote Honeymoon in Paris, a little book which is only available in e-form, and is a quick read and a sweet addition to the novel.
2014 Summer Reading List:
I See you Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Surreal Stories from the Edge of 50 by Annabelle Gurwitch. Do I need to say more?
And One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, which comes out in July. I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait.
Also on the list: My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner, I Shall Be Near You by Erin Lindsay McCabe and Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman. The summer won't be long enough . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I wish you could smell them, because they would make you happy.
Until I come up with something better, my old-fashioned lilac bush is the best place to hang little quilts for outdoor picture-taking. And when the lilacs are blooming, it's a double treat.
Sarah Jane Studios, supplemented with some orange I had in my piles of fabrics, plus the yellow with orange dots I found at Sharynn's Quilt Box in North Vernon.
I divided the main panel of children catching fireflies and inserted two rows of pinwheels, a la Stacy at freshly handmade -- such a great idea. I added some sashing, and a border of more pinwheels, because now that I have the great ruler I told you about earlier, these half square triangle blocks are much more fun.
And I'm doing a little better with my machine quilting.
After lots of reading, I realize that there are several keys to good machine quilting: a sharp new needle, good thread and correct tension. And practice.
I think I went a little overboard on this one, but things were going so well, and I just kept quilting. And quilting. And quilting.
I added a few little words:
Peace is on there somewhere, too.