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Friday, January 15, 2010

Finsihed another great book!

This one is called The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

Here is the story: In the fall of 1941, the German army approached the outskirts of Leningrad, signaling the beginning of what would become a long and torturous siege. During the ensuing months, the city's inhabitants would brave starvation and the bitter cold, all while fending off the constant German onslaught. marina, then a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum, along with other staff members, was instructed to take down the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, yet leave the frames hanging empty on the walls - a symbol of the artworks' eventual return. To hold on to sanity when the Luftwaffe's bombs began to fall, she burned to memory, brushstroke by brushstroke, these exquisite artworks: the nude figures of women, the angels, the serene Madonnas that had so shortly before gazed down upon her. She used them to furnish a "memory palace," a personal Hermitage in her mind to which she retreated to escape terror, hunger, and encroaching death. A refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more...
Seamlessly moving back and forth in time between the Soviet Union and contemporary America, The Madonnas of Leningrad is a searing portrait of war and remembrance, of the power of love, memory, and art to offer beauty, grace, and hope in the face of overwhelming despair. Gripping, touching, and heartbreaking, it marks the debut of Debra Dean, a bold new voice in American fiction.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Quilt tops finished

Two more quilt tops finished this weekend.
The first is a black and white baby size quilt top. I like it but I do not like that the skinny and fat stripes are not sewn down completely. I would think that would be a hazard for a baby. I will have to revisit this pattern later and see if I can come up with something to make the stripes better.

This is the redwork BOM from Bunny Hill Designs that I finished in December. I have finally put the sashing on and now just need to quilt it.

For those of you who are interested there is another BOM that started this month and it is a year of snowmen. I am going to start that one next.

UFO's finished this week

Finished some UFO's this weekend. The first one is a Challenge from Sapphire Stitching from last year. I finally finished it and made it into a journal cover.

The second finish this weekend was a scissor fob that I started forever ago.

Hopefully this will be the first of many UFO finishes this year!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Finished another top

Finished the sashing on the Bunny Hill Designs BOM from last year. Now all I need to do is quilt it! LOL Along with all the others that are in the basement waiting to be quilted. Someday....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Just finished my first book this year. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Really, really good book! I started it on January 1 and finished it last night (Jan. 5). It was increditably hard to put down and although I had to every chance I got to get back to reading I did. If you are looking for a good love story/history book this is a good one.

First quilt-top in 2010

I finished this today. It is a gift for a birthday but I am not going to say for who as she is probably going to read this. LOL
The monsters would not leave me alone long enough to take a picture without them in it so just look between them to see the top. :)

Secret Santa Swap

I have finally got a minute to post about the secret Santa swap that I was in through the Sapphire Stitching Yahoo Group.
First I received a package from 123stitch. I opened it as I had ordered something myself. What a surprise to find that it was not my order but a gift! My partner was paying attention to my love of fairies!
Then just as Christmas was coming to an end I received a squishy in the mail full of goodies.
I got a pattern with the buttons to complete. A fat quarter, some evenweave, a cross stitch pillow kit. Some Christmas stickers, two different trims, three speciality threads, some ornament embellishments, and two handmade doilies. Love it all! Now I just have to figure out what to do with it all!

UFOs are leaving my cabinet!

Ok, so one of my goals early this year is to finish these three UFOs. Before i start anything else....well I am going to try anyway. LOL
This one is a freebie from Sapphire Stitching .... only problem... I cannot find the pattern! I know it is in my cabinet, but at the moment it is MIA.
This one I started about 3 years ago and every time I pick it up I get about an hour into it and decide that I don't want to finish it. I don't know what it is about the pattern but I just cannot finish it. Maybe this year will be the year! Cross my fingers!
And last but not least, my daughters' birth sampler. I promised my mother-in-law that I would not finish this before she finished my first daughters' birth sampler but as Peyton is soon to be 4 and Molly will be 3 this year I think that I have waited long enough. I plan to have this one finished by August when Molly turns 3.
So ok, the plan of attack: find the pattern, find the fire, find the little girl before she is grown!