Daily Archives: September 23, 2012

Mailbox Monday – September 24, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Kristen at BookNAround.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.

Here is what showed up at my house this week:

Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe (translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch) arrived from Peirene Press. This novella is comprised of 51 short chapters and 11 pictures about the life of Bada Shanren, one of the most influential Chinese painters of all time. Bada Shanren is born into the Chinese royal family in 1626. When the Ming Dynasty crumbles, he becomes an artist who wishes to capture the essence of nature with a single brush stroke. But when the new Qing Dynasty discovers his real identity, Shanren must feign madness to escape.

Richard Weihe studied drama and philosophy in Zurich and Oxford. His poetic biographies of influential artists have earned hi a wide readership. Published in Switzerland in 2005, Sea of Ink won the Prix des Auditeurs de la Radio Suisse Romande.

William Morrow sent me One Last Strike by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel (September 2012). This book is described as “a thrilling sports comeback story.” La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards and who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns, writes about one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history – that of the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series season filled with countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. This is a book for baseball fans – especially Cardinals fans. I’m planning to passing this along to just that person since I don’t think this is a book which I would enjoy!

Did any great books arrive at YOUR house this week?


Garden Steps Quilt

*All photos in this post may be clicked on to enjoy a larger view

 I’ve been working on this quilt as part of a quilt-along being hosted by Clover and Violet (the Flickr group is here) for several months now. Each month we were provided with a small jpg image of embroidery to download and then stitch in the center of each court house steps block (twelve in all). I ended up creating my own embroidery for block 12 as the quilt along block #12 was made as a label…and I wanted to design my own label for the back of the quilt. Here is my original block:

And here is the label which I attached with an inside border of running stitches and and an outer border of blanket stitch:

This is a large quilt at 60″ X 78″. I used Kate Spain’s Good Fortune collection and sashed the quilt with Kona White. Each block is different because of the unique embroidery in the centers:

The back is an original pieced design. Some of of the blocks on the back are improvisational piecing.

I quilted this with an all over meandering stipple design using a light purple thread.

The quilt is bound with a solid purple Kona fabric, and I decided to use a small strip of lighter purple just as a little surprise in the binding.

This was such a satisfying quilt to make. Each month I looked forward to sitting down with my needle and embroidery thread to create the center design for one of the blocks. It was time consuming, but in the end I have something which combines hand sewing with machine quilting for a unique look.

Many thanks to Clover and Violet for hosting this quilt-a-long and also to Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts who provided the fabric and embroidery packs for this quilt.


This quilt counts toward the third quarter of the 2012 Finish Along (visit my pre-quarter post to see all the quilt projects I hoped to finish this quarter).