Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Reviews and Quilting Update...

Quote for the Day:
"Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, 
there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom."
~Ecclesiastes 9:10, Holy Bible, New Living Translation

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope your new week is starting out great!

We've been having snow and a cold snap
since Friday here in West VirginiaAt our house we've only had 3-4" accumulation of snow, but some higher elevations have had more like 6-8".  The temperatures have only been in the low 20's F during the daytime and 5-10 degrees F at night.   BRRRRR!

We can't complain too much, though, because we have had a very mild winter so far...which suits me just fine!  :)   (Helps keep the heating bills down, too...which is a "good thing"!)

In January, I loaded the daffodil quilt top into the hand quilting frame and thought you might want to see what a block of it looks like quilted...

I'm really liking the way the quilting helps bring the flower and stems to life and give them dimension.  However, there is a LOT more quilting involved in this quilt than I thought there was going to be, so I don't think I'll be getting it done in 3 months like I had originally thought.  I would guess it will take more like 6 months.

I wanted to share a book review/recommendation, too...

"Perfection:  A memoir of betrayal and renewal" by Julie Metz is an EXCELLENT book!
  • Julie Metz had seemingly the perfect life—an adoring husband, a happy, spirited daughter, a lovely old house in a quaint suburban town—but it was all a lie.
    Julie Metz's life changed forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapsed on the kitchen floor and died in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old became the young widow in her bucolic small town. But that was only the beginning. Seven months after Henry's death, just when Julie thought she was emerging from the worst of it, came the rest of it: She discovered that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth. Henry had hidden another life from her.
    Perfection is the story of Metz's journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and for her young daughter. It is the story of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood, of rebirth and happiness—if not perfection. 

    Warning:  Don't start reading this book in the evening.  I was unable to put it down for the first 1/2 of the book!  If you start late in the evening, you will be up half the night reading it!  You've been warned!   :)


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