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Thursday, February 14, 2013

a GREAT read!

Hi Everyone,
As some of you know, I am a middle school librarian by day, but SHHH! don't tell anyone, I don't read as much as I should.  I would rather be quilting, lol.

I was at the public library the other day, picking up a book for my husband, when Lo! and behold, the newest Jennifer Chiaverini book just jumped into my basket!  (kinda like the fabric does at the quilt shop!)

The book is Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and it is simply fantastic! This book is not part of the Elm Creek series, but a stand alone book.  I read this book in a little over a week--of course, I work full time, have 2 small children, etc. etc. etc.  A week for me is fast!

This book is from the perspective of Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln's personal modiste.  It is very well written and is very believable.  I like it when historical fiction is so believable you can't figure out what part is fiction and which part is true.  The characters are well developed and the plot moves quickly. Of course, I cried when the President was shot.  What a horrible event for any spouse to live through. 

If you get a chance, head over to your public library and check it out!
(and run by the fabric store, too!)

Keep quilting!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Well, I found myself unexpectedly at home today.  My sitter's oldest daughter slipped and fell and had to be rushed to the hospital.  The last message I received from her mom is that she was on a heart monitor as a precaution and will have the cut glued shut.  Positive thoughts and prayers her way!

My BOM has gotten off to a successful start. Here is the first block:

(btw, I think I figured out the problem with this blog and pictures--it was my IPhone!  I have switched back to my "old" digital camera and now life is so much easier!)

The applique of the month next month is baby feet.  They are super cute!  I always include extra toes because they tend to get lost easily!  Like all my appliques, the fusible is already applied.  The package includes 6 sets of feet (12 feet) for $5.  Email me at if you are interested.

I had a customer ask if I could cut her some diamond shaped templates.  She asked for some that were 2 1/2".  She is really happy with them.  Her project inspired me to try it myself. I thought 3/4" size would be really cute to work with.  Here is a picture:

I was also curious for a newbie to try it and my friend, Barbara, agreed to be a tester for me.  Thanks Barbara!  I can't wait to hear from her and get her opinion.  She might prefer the posterboard templates or maybe bigger diamonds.  (aren't bigger diamonds always better? lol)  Of course, I can cut diamond shape templates from 3/4" to 5 1/2", so if she prefers a larger diamond it's OK.  This is also the shape that the quilt pattern "Tumbling Blocks" is made from.  I also recently found a quilt pattern where the stars are appliqued to black fabric.  The effect is simply stunning.

I think my 2 year old is about to wake up from his nap, so I will wrap this up until next time!

keep quilting!