Saturday, July 30, 2016

End of July update

Since today is July 30 and I can't see too many new stitching and reading activities occurring within the next 36 hours now seems like a good time to post my end of July update.

After another mini marathon half way through July this is where The Bookshop stands.
I love it more every time I look at it. 


Since then I have been working on The Bookshop on and off  but not enough to make a big difference.

I have been reading when I can and am currently reading:


I Capture the Castle is my buddy read with Brenda H.

Brenda & I have also started selecting our books for a "26 in 2017" reading challenge.
We will be reading 20 books (each choosing our own 20) using categories listed in the original 2015 challenge and 6 children's books (chosen together.
The original challenge can be found here:

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Is anyone planning an Olympics stitching marathon next month?

Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

DH's uncle Sam nutcrackers on  my Americana quilt top.

On June 30 I held a Bookshop marathon. The purpose was to complete the top of the piece.
It was a very long day but at 12:50 am on July 3 I reached my goal.

I hope to have The Bookshop completed by August 28.

Friday, June 10, 2016

BookTube and a small haul

Late last month I discovered BookTube.
I really don't remember how I came across but it has led me to a world filled with people who are just as crazy about books and reading as I am.

During the past month I have watched many episodes produced by a variety of Book-Tubers.
They are all wonderful but my absolute favorite to date is Wordsofabookreader.
She has huge book collection, a wonderful voice and so much great information.
Lesley you are the best!

This week I made a mini-book haul which I want to share.


Although I prefer new books I do check a local second hand book store regularly to see what they have in excellent/good condition.

Monday I found an almost new copy of Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior which we will be reading for our August bookclub get-together and like-new paperback "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear.

Yesterday I went to Daytona Beach and found a few new books.

First a paperback edition of "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway.
After reading "The Paris Wife" by Paula McClain I decided I really must read Hemingway's books.
I already owned "The Sun Also Rises" so that was my first real taste of Hemingway. I loved it.
Now I have the novella for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.
Am I the only Floridian who has never read it?

My second buy yesterday was truly my favorite of the week.
I found a Heritage Classic hardback copy of "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by Dodie Smith.
This book is gorgeous, with a cloth spine, lovely end papers with white Heritage trees on a light blue/gray background and a ribbon bookmark.
Oh my, lucky me.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

More May Finishes

Since the end of the month is just around the corner it is time to show you the rest of my May finishes.
Looking back on the month I feel I've accomplished quite a bit.

First up the 4th of July quilt.
I appliqued the cornerstones and added the borders.


Here is a clearer picture of the attached cornerstones.



It was quite an experience appliqueing them and then attaching them to the top and bottom border before attaching these borders to the rest of the quilt top.
Next week we will learn how to sandwich and quilt.

On June 17 our granddaughter turns four. 
Like most girls her age she is a big fan of Elsa from Frozen so granny made her an Elsa cape.
Please be proud of me as although the finished project looks like it could be stitched within an hour this is not the case.
The organza is horrible to work with. It slips and slides every which way and several times I didn't pin enough or watch the material closely enough and found myself frogging.
The picture does not do it proper justice as the satin blanket binding I used shows up much more than the organza.
There was glitter everywhere when I was finished and I will not be using the rest of the organza. Done with it!!

Last but not least a knit scarf for a local charity group.
It was knit with "Autumn Red" Simply Soft by Caron on 5 mm needles.
The scarf is 64 inches long.


For my birthday last week my children and grandchildren spoiled me with five new books. 
All my life whenever I was asked what I wanted for my birthday my answer was "BOOKS"!
They are truly and obsession. I can just sit and lovingly gaze at my wonderful collection.

I received:
"The Little Paris Bookshop" Nina George
"A Man Called Ove" Fredrik Backman
"The Summer Queen" Elizabeth Chadwick
"The Signature of All Things" Elizabeth Gilbert
"Big Magic" Elizabeth Gilbert

Oh my, how well DS and DD know me. :)

Although I didn't have time this month to read as many books as I usually do I will share my favorite read of the past month:

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Amy Tan's book from 1991 has been sitting on my shelf for a few years just waiting to be read.
I loved it!

and the book I am currently reading:
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This is the first in the "Annie's Attic Mysteries" series which was written by various authors.
It is a sweet story and I am sure I will read some of the sequels.

Well friends that just about sums it up for the month of May.
I hope you are all well and enjoying life.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Bookshop

Just finished page 7.

The Bookshop will go back to being my evening project for a while.

Tomorrow the sewing machine is coming out and I'll be working on the quilt tops every afternoon until they are completed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Back already!

Yesterday I finished knitting the cowl while chatting with my Critters friends.
Those Monday mornings at the Sew and Quilt Shop are such fun.


After I got home the hard part of the project began as I now had to make that straight piece of knitting into a faux mobius cowl.

At the beginning of the project I used the I Knits provisional cast on
Now I started searching the internet for the correct way to graft the ends together and found the perfect instructions at Knitting Kitchener Stitch
Now mind you, it took me two hours to graft two ends of 40 stitches each together but I am very pleased with the results.

It has been great fun learning some new things during this project.

I'll bring the finished cowl to Critters next Monday for Show and Tell and then get it into the mail to our daughter.
Although it is summer in Norway now (temp on Mothers Day was 20C) and she won't need it for another 4-5 months I'm anxious for her to see it.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Plenty of action

It has been a very busy and very fun month. Not only did I spend time cross-stitching, I started a knitting project and quilting lessons.

First up, my progress on "The Bookshop"

Of course I intended to be further along with this project since I would like to have it completed by the end of July but a few new projects got in the way.

Projects like these:


 4th of July Fence Rail for Uncle Sam Nutcracker table



Thanksgiving Fence Rail for Thanksgiving Nutcracker table

If someone had told me six weeks ago that I was not only going to start quilting but loving it I would have laughed. No way - not Margaret - no quilting for me - I have so many other things I love to do - why should I bother?
I remember talking to Dorothy in the morning and discussing our hobbies (D quilting and me cross-stitching and reading). And what did I do that afternoon - I signed up for a beginners quilting course. And oh my goodness, I'm loving it. Now I must tell you that I truly feel that the experience is so good due to the teacher I have. Kelly is gifted not only in her quilting habits but also in her teaching ability.

The 4th of July fence rail is my original project.
For those of you who are looking at it and thinking "oh no, she hasn't cut the borders long enough!" have no fear, there is method to my madness.

Kelly suggested we make a second quilt at the same time in order to get practice what we had learned.
Well I had enough fall colored fabric from a applique quilt I thought I would be able to make in 2005. Of course as a beginner that didn't work out but I can now put that fabric to good use.

Our next lesson is on May 24. We will then learn how to sandwich and quilt.
By that time I have to have at least on quilt top completed.

As if that wasn't enough I've also started knitting again.
Monday mornings a group of us get together at the Sew & Quilt shop for Critters (crocheters & knitters).
So I pulled out a skein of bouclé that I bought while we lived in Michigan and started the Faux Mobius Cowl (pattern included with yarn). The yarn is incredibly soft - love it.
When the cowl is finished I will be going to our daughter as I know she will love it for the cold winter days.


Of course I'm reading too.
Brenda chose such a wonderful book for our children's classics read.
This was truly my favorite book since I last posted.

Yearling


Currently I am reading:

Cover art

This coming Monday our book club will be discussing:



Well friends that brings April to a close.