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Finished 2018
What Am I Working On???

       Quilts

1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go

 

        Knitting

6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Monster Pants

8.  Travel Socks #3

 

         Needlepoint

9.    Chicago Ornament

 

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Sunday
May202018

Embroidery Hearts

The quilting is done

 

and it's all trimmed up

 

binding is sewn down and I am at the very WORST part of quilting.  This seam.  The last join in the binding.  This seam causes me more grief than I really care to admit.

 

It doesn't help that I do many things upside down or backwards or both.  Can I do it?  Of course I can, it's more a matter of how many tries it takes.

Thursday
May172018

Sparklers

I have a new favorite plant for today, Allium shubertii.

 

I saw these last year at the New York Botanical Garden and thought they might be a fun addition to our garden.  They remind me of sparklers.

Tuesday
May152018

Mistress of the Art of Death

From the Goodreads website:  "A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction. In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry II is no friend of the Jews-or anyone, really-but he is invested in their fate. Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants, his treasuries would go bankrupt. Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily-whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe-and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," an early version of the medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno. But her name is Adelia-the king has been sent a "mistress" of the art of death. Adelia and her companions-Simon, a Jew, and Mansur, a Moor-travel to England to unravel the mystery of the Cambridge murders, which turn out to be the work of a serial killer, most likely one who has been on Crusade with the king. In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia must conceal her true identity as a doctor in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she is assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, one of the king's tax collectors, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. Rowley may be a needed friend, or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia's investigation takes her into Cambridge's shadowy river paths and behind the closed doors of its churches and nunneries, the hunt intensifies and the killer prepares to strike again"

I really liked this book.  I like reading books set in this time period.  The characters were interesting and it was a great story, and it's the first in a series.  I will be hunting down the rest of these soon.
Saturday
May122018

Viburnum

Oh the smell, 

 

It's glorious!

Friday
May112018

Chicago Ornament

Another building done and one almost done.  I spent a lot of time ripping and redoing during my last needlepoint session, but I am happy now.


It's just about time to dig out my stitch books so I can finish up these last few buildings.