Sunday, 30 January 2011

A peak at the baby quilt

So this is the format I finally decided on - it still needs to have the border added, so not quite finished yet.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Book Review - Promised to Keep by Ann Tatlock

Publisher's blurb: Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life and somehow manages to find her way "home" day after day. Feeling sympathy for the elderly woman, Roz's mother allows Tillie to move back in.
Mara Nightingale becomes Roz's first friend in Mills River. In spite of their many differences, the girls discover they have something in common that binds them together--both are hiding secrets. So they make a promise--cross my heart and hope to die"--never to tell anyone else.
When danger stalks the Anthonys, Tillie exhibits unimaginable courage and selfless love in her determination to protect the family she has adopted as her own.
My review:  I started reading this book yesterday during the commercials while watching American Idol. This book is a very easy read as it flows so smoothly. No ultra detailed parts that you have to force yourself to read through. I read through all the commercials and then late into the night. I didn't want to put this book down. It held my interest and was never boring. The characters were believable and it was easy to relate to them. I made myself put the book down to finally go to bed and picked it up first thing this morning to finish off the last few chapters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I often peek at the last page but made myself not do that with this book as I didn't want to ruin it. The author made the ponderings of a young girl and everyday life interesting and significant. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Redecorating in my mind

I am have once again been redecorating my house in my head - well with the help of CSN Stores.

The furniture choices they have are amazing. I've been looking at leather sofa & loveseat sets, wood entertainment centres and modern rugs.

I guess the only real downfall of buying from them would be if I had to return something, since they are in the U.S. Not sure how that would work. But I am enjoying window shopping online :)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Baby Quilt again - Need opinions ASAP

Ok so this is the layout of the baby quilt. Should I use all the paisley blocks as in the first pic or include the green blocks as shown in the 2nd pic.

Please note that there will be a 4 inch border around the entire thing using the green alphabet fabric and then bound in purple.

I need to start sewing these together tomorrow so would really appreciate everyones input ASAP.


Baby Quilt take 2

So I flubbed up the quilt a little bit. I under-estimated the size of the finished blocks. Instead of the 8 inches I thought they would be, they are 11 inches. I only added one side of the

If I continue this way the quilt will be too big for the backing. So instead of having 4 blocks wide by 6 blocks long, I will make it 3x5 blocks. These blocks are to be mixed with solid fabric blocks, so I end up with 5 extra blocks. I'll have to think about what I can make with those. I'm thinking maybe a lightweight quilt for the stroller.

So here are the next set of blocks. I think I will make the quilt using only these blocks and save the green ones I made first for the stroller quilt.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Start of next baby quilt

Well I told you awhile back that my nephew's girlfriend is expecting. She is due mid-March I believe.
Well I just found out her baby shower is Feb 13th - so that gives me approximately 4 weeks to get this quilt done. No problem.

I got started today - I have 4 of the 12 house blocks made. Then I will have to cut out another 12 squares of fabric and start sewing them together. Then it needs a border. Next comes sandwiching the quilt and finally adding the binding. No problem at all :)

Here are the 4 house blocks I've done. The house is a fabric, I didn't piece it. 8 More of these with a different border fabric to go.

I included 2 photos because one shows the detail better and the other shows the colour better, however, the main colour is a florescent lime green - but it doesn't show up that way in the pics.

I am using the same fabric I did for THIS baby quilt last year. I have enough for the quilt top - I purchased new fabric for the backing.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Another Catch up post - Boxing Day Get Together 2010

Again sorry for being so late in posting these. Lots of friends, food & fun.



Catch up post - Christmas day 2010

Here some photos of Christmas morning - I know I am a little late in posting.


Monday, 17 January 2011

More Artist Trading Cards

I am posting these for my friend Kate - she and I were discussing ATCs today and I realized I have a bunch that I have never posted.

All of these were made last fall/winter. Once I start and then finish this baby quilt, I will get back into making ATCs again.