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Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a N...

Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a New Sew Along for 2015
The Pillow Pop 2014 Sew Along wrapped up in December. This was such a fun group which produced a huge amount of gorgeous pillows. The administrators of the group (me, Valerie and Margaret) had so much fun that we decided to do another Sew Along in 2015. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more! We’ll be keeping the Pillow Pop gro [...]

The Narrow Road to the Deep North ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Book Review
In this way, thought Nakamura, the Japanese spirit is now itself the railway, and the railway the Japanese spirit, our narrow road to the deep north, helping to take the beauty and wisdom of Basho to the larger world. - from The Narrow Road to the Deep North, page 94 – It is August of 1943 along the Thai-Burma Death Railway. Australian [...]

All The Light We Cannot See – B...

All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review
Open your eyes, concludes the man, and see what you can with them before they close forever, and then a piano comes on, playing a lonely song that sounds to Werner like a golden boat traveling a dark river, a progression of harmonies that transfigures Zollverein: the houses turned to mist, the mines filled in, the smokestacks fallen, an ancie [...]

Garden Pillows for My Sister

Garden Pillows for My Sister
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view My sister, Donna, wanted pillows for her home and I decided to make her two for Christmas. One is 20″ square, the other is 16″ and they are made to coordinate with each other. The larger pillow uses the Photogenic pattern in Pillow Pop: I used a variety of coordinating fabri [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: November

Pillow Pop Round-Up: November
The Pillow Pop group is a really fun sew along over on Threadbias. We’re making pillows from the fabulous book Pillow Pop all year long. To learn more about the group, visit this post. We have one more month of making pillows and would  love to have you join us. If you’re not already a member at Threadbias, why not join – it’s free, and it is [...]

Station Eleven – Book Review

Station Eleven – Book Review
What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. Twilight in the altered world, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a parking lot in the mysteriously named town of St. Deborah by the Water, Lake Michigan shining a half mile away. - from Station Eleven – It is winter. Insi [...]

Sharp Objects – Book Review

Sharp Objects – Book Review
My brain was stumbling from image to image of my mother, all ominous. Omen. The word beat again on my skin. Flash of thin, wild-haired Joya with the long nails, peeling skin from my mother. Flash of my mother and her pills and potions, sawing through my hair. – from Sharp Objects. Camille Preaker has had a less than ideal childhood. She [...]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: October

Pillow Pop Round-Up: October
The Pillow Pop group is a really fun sew along over on Threadbias. We’re making pillows from the fabulous book Pillow Pop all year long. To learn more about the group, visit this post. We’d love to have you join us. If you’re not already a member at Threadbias, why not join – it’s free, and it is a great community of sewists. We chose A Bunch [...]

Slowing Things Down

Slowing Things Down
  *Click on any photo to enjoy a larger view Recently I signed up to take Sarah Fielke’s Big Techniques from Small Scraps class on Craftsy. I love Sarah Fielke’s sense of color and design…and something about learning to needle turn applique just appealed to me right now. Life goes past in a blur. There are weeks I can h [...]

Secrets of Eden – Book Review

Secrets of Eden – Book Review
I grieve for the parents who have outlived their children, and I will always despair for the children who have watched their own parents break the rapture of the night with violence. - from Secrets of Eden – Reverend Stephen Drew watches over his flock in the small Vermont town of Haverill…or does he? When one of his parishioners [...]
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