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Finished 2018


What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Colorations



More Hens and Chicks

I've been trying to work away on my Hens and Chicks blocks as well as the secret projects.  Here are a few more finished blocks.  

 It makes me happy to be working on these instead of outside shoveling snow again.  It seems to be one of those years with lots of snow.

I am debating the size of this quilt.  I was thinking big at first, maybe three blocks of each color.  As I am finishing them and pinning them up on the wall, I am starting to think smaller might be better.


Smaller means I get finished faster.


Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It seems that I was the only person left that hasn't read

 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) (Kindle Edition)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson

I really enjoyed the book but it very sad.   A reporter who has lost his job is hired to find a girl who disappeared many years ago.  He hires a researcher who is somewhat dysfunctional to help him and they almost get killed in the process.  It is also about how abusive men can be toward women.  Fortunately, two of the women actually manage to escape their abusers and not all the men in the story are evil.  It was a good story and I will definitely read the other books in this series.


Granny's Quilt

Happy New Year to everyone.  I thought about boring you with my New Year's Resolutions, but I really don't believe in them.  If something is important enough to do, do it today.  There's no need to wait for an arbitrary start date.  So instead, you get to see a few more of my Granny's quilt blocks.  I was sad to have to cut off some of the pansies to get this block somewhat even.  The pansies and the butterfly wings are embroidered with beautiful blanket stitches.


 Mrs. Smith embroidered strawberries and blooms.   

Isn't this butterfly wonderful?  This one also went out to the very edges of the fabric and I had to chop a few bits of it off.  At least it wasn't part of the blanket stitching on the wings.  Look at those M's.  They are the most unusual ones I've seen.  I'd love to see an entire letter written by her just to look at the handwriting.

As I pin them up on the wall, I can see that my next problem will be getting them arranged "just so."


Final Day in Houston

It was our last day in Houston and I had my usual last day panic.  We weren't going to see everything!   We started with a lovely breakfast of cheeses and breads at Boxwoods.  It was on the edge of a garden center and the setting was charming and peaceful.  That was good, because we hit the quilt show with a mission.  Brigitte needed crystals and we hadn't seen them yet.  Fortunately they turned up quickly in the unexplored vendor aisles.  I almost got some too in the last minute, last chance to buy frenzy, but I showed some restraint.  Except at the needle felting booth.  I got felting needles. They are wicked looking things and I hope I don't accidentally stab myself with one.  

We had to finish seeing the quilts too.  This one is so fun.  It is a group quilt  called African Rhythms by  Jane Hall, Tama Brooks, Mary Corcoran, Kathy Hefner, Margaret Jordan, Sonja Laborde, Janice Pope and Marlene Royse.

I love all the animals.  And the setting.  And the shape of the blocks.  Here is a close up of one of the blocks.

 I am always amazed at how a plain piece of fabric can be changed with needle and thread and made into this

It was made by Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum and is titled No Horizon 2.  I wish my picture was better and you could see more detail. 

We saw these clever contraptions in the park across the street as we were coming back from lunch. Most of these sculptures move and I really liked the lion.  They were made from mostly recycled materials.  

I found this quilt to be quite lovely.  Of course, I do like the applique and the detail work.  It is Annie’s Legacy by Zena Thorpe.

We stayed at the show until 5:00 p.m.  It took a long time to see everything this year.  It was a really amazing show.  We had another tasty dinner and then it was time to try to pack those suitcases for the trip home.  I took the wrong suitcase and so when I tried to expand it, there wasn't a section to expand. That was a bit of a problem and I really didn't think I bought that much.  Apparently, I did.  Luckily, Diane rescued me and mailed some of my goodies home.  

I had a nice surprise at the airport.  Josh had come up for a visit, so both he and David picked me up and brought me home.  Actually, I think we went straight to dinner but it was a very good ending to a fun trip.


The Man in the High Castle

The latest book I finished is  

The Man in the High CastleThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 

This was a science fiction type book with an alternate reality in which the Japanese and the Germans won World War II.   One group of characters is trying to find an author who wrote a book about how life would have been if the Americans had won the war. Another is a Jewish man trying to avoid being found out.  He and his partner make jewelry considered to be "primitive" art by the ruling Japanese class.  I have to say that it just didn't pull me into the story. Unfortunately,  I don't think I can recommend reading it.