Frustrated

I’m afraid I’ve made a mistake in the shawl on my needles and I didn’t put in a lifeline … I’ve been avoiding it for the last week or so and finally set it aside to deal with later and decided I needed an easy blanket. Mom and I were going to crochet the same blanket and I purchased enough yarn for both of us. Mom’s is made and I’ve changed my mind about which pattern to use … How about one with easy in the title?!

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The pattern calls for changing yarn after two rows but I like the looks of the first photo … She changed after 4 rows and crocheted in the back loop only and that’s what I’m going to do. Since I still wasn’t sleepy after finishing the HST baby top, I went ahead and started crocheting.

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Three shades of green and a blue … I’m making a baby/small child size blanket. Mom wasn’t a fan of the color combination for a baby blanket but she’s very traditional about colors for babies … Pink and blue … Maybe some pastel green. I like bold and bright so I think they’ll be fine.

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Assembled

I couldn’t resist going back into the sewing room after Keith went to bed to finish assembling this little one. I’ve also decided this is a better choice for trying out big stitch quilting which I’ll do when I get back from GA so don’t look for the quilting to be started before the first part of November.

I could have replaced the photo in the post from earlier today but couldn’t bring myself to delete Chesty!

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I’d said I wasn’t going to establish another stash here in FL but I seem to be ignoring that intention and ordering fabric (and a couple kits). I pieced this quilt from a set of fat quarters from Connecting Threads.

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Drunkard’s Path

Hands down one of my favorite Accuquilt dies … And Vicki is doing a quilt along. I’ll lag a bit behind like I did in her HSTeria quilt along but I’m OK with that. I’ve got my layout planned already, it’s a variation of a small quilt I made a while ago(before I had the GO) … I love the Devil’s Puzzle layout for Drunkard’s Path blocks and I’ll expand this into a sofa size quilt.

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If anyone else wants to play along, follow the link above to Vicki’s blog.

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A better day

Chesty isn’t throwing up and his stitches are looking good so he’s having a better day but unfortunately he has some ongoing renal issues which will continue to challenge us.

I’m not looking for advice …. I have a healthcare background and he receives excellent veterinary care so I’m confident in my ability to make the best decisions about his care but I know there are many of you that are concerned about him so I thought I’d let you know how he’s doing.

We did spend time in the sewing room today …

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I have a plan but ….

I’m not getting a lot done today, Chesty’s not feeling well and I’ve been playing mom/nurse but I did draft a small half square triangle quilt and cut my squares. It’s going to be a small quilt and I’ll quilt it here in FL on my regular sewing machine.

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If he’s feeling better later I might start sewing some tonight.

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Bound

This little HeartStrings quilt was assembled at a WI/MN sew in from Marianne’s blocks and now it’s quilted and bound.

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Assembled

I never get tired of these Quick Strippies although you might because they were the easiest thing to kit up when I was preparing for the move so in addition to the two I assembled this week, I’ve got more coming.

I was going to free motion quilt this one on my sewing machine but I’ve been wanting to try some Big Stitch quilting and even packed a Tumbler quilt to try it on but I might practice on this smaller one first because the stitching is really going to show on the tumbler.

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What I’m reading

Kathy asked what I’ve been reading and while I’ve been bad about keeping up a list … The latest ones have been

The WWI series by Anne Perry – all 5 books. The first one was a little slow but then I got into the characters.

Matthew Reavley, a British intelligence officer, and the Reavley family, in London, England, in the World War I series:

No Graves as Yet (2003)
Shoulder the Sky (2004)
Angels in the Gloom (2005)
At Some Disputed Barricade (2007)
We Shall Not Sleep (2007)

Also the latest Louse Penny and Nevada Barr books. I read both authors as soon as a new book comes out.

I also read all the books in the series by Ariana Franklin — I’ll warn you that I was disappointed when I went to look for a 5th book. She’d died so there were no more :(

Adelia (Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno), a “doctor for the dead” working for King Henry II in 12th century England:
Mistress of the Art of Death (2007)
The Serpent’s Tale (2008)
Grave Goods (2009)
A Murderous Procession (2010)

I’ve mentioned the site Stop you’re Killing Me before. My friend Cecile sent me the link years ago and I love being able to see all the books in a series, in order! From the website:

Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. We list over 4500 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 51,000 titles), both series (5200+) and non-series. Use the alphabetical author and character links above or the special indexes in the left column. And it’s perfectly fine with us if you print our pages for your private use, especially for a trip to your local library or bookstore.

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So Jealous

Keith had to travel to Atlanta for business so guess who he gets to spend time with today?

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Do you read?

I always joke to Keith that reading is as necessary as eating to me. I was looking up something in my Amazon account and decided I’d count how many books I’d read since the beginning of June and I counted 28 …. Plus I’ve listened to 3-4 audiobooks during that time (and managed a complicated three state move). Seriously, I always have my Kindle with me and not a day goes by that I don’t read some – during meals, traveling, waiting for appointments, by the pool, at night when I can’t sleep … I can squeeze in a lot of reading during my typical day.

My favorite topics are mysteries, followed by history and historical fiction, I like medical fiction, and I love books that are set in different countries or teach me about different cultures (I to travel whether via a book or car, train, or plane!)

I’ve mentioned the Overdrive app before that allows me to borrow books from the library … I usually just get my audiobooks via Overdrive because I share my library with my Mom (I gave her her Kindle and keep it on my account) but you can borrow ebooks too.

I know some of you don’t like ebooks but the day I got my first Kindle I was sold. I carry my entire library with me in a device about the size of a paperback, I never have to worry about running out of reading material, and as my eyes get tired … I just increase the size of my font and keep reading. I still buy physical books too but mostly cooking, travel, quilting, knitting and other craft books.

I’m lucky that I have leisure time to enjoy reading but even when I worked full time and was raising the boys, there were many nights I stayed up very late reading.

Don’t ever hesitate to tell me if you’re reading a great book. I always check out recommendations even though I don’t always read them.

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