July 2013 archive

Modern Chevron Pillow for my Sister

Just about a month ago, I enjoyed an amazing visit with my sister, Paula. She spent two weeks here in California and we not only relished the perfect, sunny days and lavender fields, and delicious wine…but we spent a lot of time together sewing. Because, that is what we do. It is a passion we …

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Winner: This Is Paradise

This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of this book! There can be only one winner, and this morning Random.org chose: Judy B. @ Busy Hands Are Happy Hands Congratulations, Judy! I’ll be sending you an email! Please follow and like the blue thistle

Mailbox Monday – July 29, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Tasha @ Book Obsessed this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. This was another great week in books for me: Other Press sent me The Hypothetical Girl: Stories by Elizabeth Cohen (August …

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A Vintage Pillow from Simply Retro

I’m still quilting along with the Simply Retro Sew-A-Long sponsored by Jana Machado (visit the dedicated Flickr group to see projects from the book Simply Retro). I decided to make a smaller version of the Vintage pattern on page 36 using leftover scraps from Bonnie & Camille’s collection of Vintage Modern fabrics – you might …

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This Is Paradise: Stories – Book Review and Giveaway

We look at each other, and we feel the heat rising in our faces. Our families are barely affording a life here, the land is being eaten away by developers, the old sugar companies still control water rights. Not only does paradise no longer belong to us, but we have to watch foreigners destroy it. …

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A Churn Dash Summer Quilt

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view Whenever I think about churn dash quilt blocks, my mind goes to ice cream…and then, naturally, to summertime. So when the I looked at the Baby Love pattern by Camille Roskelley (found in her new book Simply Retro on page 29), I knew …

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Mailbox Monday – July 22, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Tasha @ Book Obsessed this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. I received some great books this week. Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman (July 2013) arrived from Plume for a …

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Flat Water Tuesday – Audiobook Review

My fragile rowing shell was moving fast and light down the river. It surged forward, then coasted while I recoiled for another stroke. I felt the pull of the sculls in my legs, then in my back. I heard only the splashing and the zing of the water dripping from the blades as I slipped …

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The End of the Wasp Season – Book Review

End of the wasp season. They all died, it was natural. At this time of year, when the rain set in and their time had come, the wasps found their way into every room at the front of the old mansion house, through rotting window frames, burrowing under stones and through vents, making their way …

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Winner: Stockholm Octavo

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann ISBN: 9780062218506 Publisher: Ecco (August 6, 2013) 432 pages Thank you to all who entered to win the paperback edition of this wonderful novel! But there can only be one winner, and random.org chose: MARIE from Memphis, Tennessee Congratulations, Marie! I’ll be confirming your win with an email! For …

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