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What a Novel Idea – Blog Hop!

Posted on April 20th, by Amy in give away, review. 225 comments

Want to win a new book!?  Check out Pat Sloan’s newest book – right here!  Pat has released 3 books in the last 6 months…not sure how she has managed to survive those months of planning, sewing and writing, but I’m so glad to have a chance to look through this book and share it with you!  Pat you are an inspiration, thanks for sharing with all of us!

What a Novel Idea! is all about using your favorite novelty prints, in fun, quick quilts!  This book is full of inspiration, for your next quilt!

Do you have a collection of novelty prints?  Mine is pretty limited, as is the space I have to store fabric!  The few I have are bright and bold, and were must have, impulse buys.  Sound familiar?  I have a good … Read More »


Review :: A Thread of Sky

Posted on March 29th, by Amy in review. 25 comments

A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei is a complex and well crafted novel, that I enjoyed reading!

From the publisher:

When her husband of thirty years is killed in a devastating accident, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. Nora, the eldest, retreats into her high-powered New York job and a troubled relationship. Kay, the headstrong middle child, escapes to China to learn the language and heritage of her parents. Sophie, the sensitive and artistic youngest, is trapped at home until college, increasingly estranged from her family-and herself. Terrified of being left alone with her grief, Irene plans a tour of mainland China’s must sees, reuniting three generations of women-her three daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother-in a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family.

If only it was so easy. Each woman arrives bearing secrets … Read More »


Vintage Notions :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on March 16th, by Amy in give away, review. 122 comments

I have a special book to share with you today, it is a piece of history brought to light, and highlights the art of handmade!

Vintage Notions (as in ideas) is a big book chalk full of insights and inspiration.

Amy Barickman has beautifully compiled inspirational essays, cleaver sewing patterns, cooking basics, and beautiful illustrations from the work of Mary Brooks Picken.  Mary was an innovator of her time (1886-1981), she worked diligently to teach women the art of sewing, dressmaking, designing, millinery and cookery.  Women everywhere sang her praises, as she encouraged them to find happiness, and satisfaction in all aspects of life.  AND many of these principles can still be applied to my life today!

The book is broken down into months, as our projects vary with each season.  I love how it’s laid out!

A … Read More »


Review :: You Don’t Love This Man

Posted on March 15th, by Amy in review. 8 comments

 

You Don’t Love This Man by Dan DeWeese, is a thought provoking, carefully crafted story.  I really enjoyed reading it!

From the back cover :

On the morning of his daughter Miranda’s wedding, Paul learns that the bank he manages has been robbed—apparently by the same man who robbed it twenty-five years before. As if that weren’t enough, Miranda, who is set to marry Paul’s former best friend—a man twice her age—seems to have gone missing.

Struggling to reconcile his little girl with the grown woman he’s about to walk down the aisle (if he can find her), to accept his onetime peer as his future son-in-law, and to comprehend the strange coincidence of being robbed by the same man two decades apart, Paul takes stock of everything leading up to this moment—as he attempts to navigate the day’s many surprises while questioning … Read More »


Quilt Fiesta! surprising designs from Mexican tiles :: Review

Posted on February 28th, by Amy in give away, review. 122 comments

I’m participating in yet another fantastic blog tour!  ¡Quilt Fiesta! by Cheryl Lynch -

Cheryl has taken the inspiration that she found while on vacation in Mexico, and made beautiful quilts!  The results are appealing and fun!  Cheryl shares photographs from her travels, and a bit of history about Puebla where the most desirable tiles are made.  Cheryl then continues to share her tried and true methods for appliqué and paper piecing, and reminds us all that perfection is over-rated!

That sounds familiar!  : )

I’m so glad that we are of the same mindset Cheryl!

There are 10 fabulous quilt projects based on the tiles shown on the cover.  My favorite part in the projects is that the appliqué is broken down into manageable pieces, often finished on the individual block before assembling the quilt top.

And the secondary design … Read More »


ReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs :: Review

Posted on February 23rd, by Amy in review. 84 comments

I am honored to be included in another great blog tour going on right now, for ReSew!

Author and friend Jenny Wilding Cardon has pooled all her thrifting and re-fashioning knowledge into one fabulous book!  Her introduction gives you a glimpse into her fun personality, and why she likes to ReSew.

Jenny shares her personal methods for thrift shopping — like keeping a running list, and open mind while shopping.  The best part about ReSewing is – when you ReSew, your creation is always one-of-a-kind, and perfectly suited for you!  Jenny also has “Design Diversions” for each project, to encourage your personal creativity.

Jenny’s projects are simple yet detailed, and the instructions are flawless.  A new sewist will be equally excited by these projects, as someone more experienced as well.  Take a look … Read More »


Review: The Rose of Sharon Block Book

Posted on February 3rd, by Amy in review. 10 comments

Thanks for the well wishes friends!  We are on the mend, and starting to feel hungry again – always a good sign.  Since I haven’t made it to my sewing machine yet, I thought I would share a book with you!  Given the opportunity to select books for review, I was drawn to the intricate designs of The Rose of Sharon Block Book by Sharon Pederson.  Most of you know that I love simple pieced blocks, but I had to know more about these blocks!  Aren’t they beautiful?

The first few pages introduce the book and show you exactly how to use the book!  Also, Sharon’s business partner is Ami Simms, founder of Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.  Ami shares the story of her mother and how she turned the difficult times into a beautiful project to honor and … Read More »


Review: Under the Mercy Trees

Posted on January 27th, by Amy in review. 6 comments

Hi friends – I have a beautifully written novel to share with you today!  Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton – my review copy is courtesy of TLC Book Tours.

From the publisher :

Thirty years ago, Martin Owenby came to New York City with dreams of becoming a writer. Now his existence revolves around cheap Scotch and weekend flings with equally damaged men. When he learns that his older brother, Leon, has gone missing, he must return to the Owenby farm in Solace Fork, North Carolina, to assist in the search. But that means facing a past filled with regrets, the family that never understood him, the girl whose heart he broke, and the best friend who has faithfully kept the home fires burning. As the mystery surrounding Leon’s disappearance deepens, so too does the weight of decades-long unresolved differences … Read More »


Find My Fabric

Posted on January 6th, by Amy in Inspiration, review. 8 comments

First!  Thank you so much for all your input yesterday!  Many of the magazines mentioned are not available in our little town, no Borders or Barnes & Noble around the corner.  So it was interesting to do a little research with your suggestions!  The top 5 mentions -

Quilting Arts, Quilts & More, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fat Quarterly, and blogs in general, which I was happy to see!  Thanks for sharing.

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Find My Fabric is a super useful too for fabric aficionados like ourselves!  You can search for fabric by name, or if you have a scrap and need to match it…take a picture and ask it to match it for you!  Then it finds shops with the fabric for sale and gives you ratings for that shop too.

Here’s a little more background information from the creators:

The inspiration for … Read More »


Review: Unstoppable in Stilettos

Posted on November 23rd, by Amy in review. 22 comments

First I have to say – Thank You – to everyone that has contributed to the raffle for { Modern } Relief so far!  The outpouring  of support has been fantastic!

This is a fun book!  It’s like a great pep talk that you can turn to when ever you need it.  Unstoppable in Stilettos: A Girl’s Guide to Living Tall in a Small World, by Lauren Ruotolo is a great read!

From the back cover:

Lauren was born with McCune-Albright syndrome, a mysterious and rare genetic disease that researchers say occurs in anywhere between 1 in 100,000 and 1 in 1 million people. Some people with the condition tend to go the wheelchair route, but that was never a road Lauren wanted to travel. Her preferred method of transportation, instead, includes stiletto heels. Lauren has avoided the label of ‘disabled’ through uniquely … Read More »


Bloom Creek Quilts — Review

Posted on November 16th, by Amy in review. 4 comments

Hi there!  I thought I would share a new book with you.

Bloom Creek Quilts by Vicki Bellino, is a beautiful book, with fun quilty projects!  The cover pulled me in!  Vicki has included 14 of her top-selling designs.  She combines traditional patchwork with delightful appliqué shapes in projects ranging from wall hangings to bed-sized quilts—plus a great tote bag and pillow.

Vicki begins with a quick instructional, with tips for hand, machine and fusible appliqué. She encourages you to find the technique that works best for you and your project.  Then walks you through all the projects.  The pattern instructions are clear and concise, and not overly complicated – just what we all need!  Vicki uses pre-cuts when possible and gives instruction for yardage as well, excellent for those charm pack impulse buys.

There’s a wall hanging, and table runner on my … Read More »


Review: Naked In Eden

Posted on September 22nd, by Amy in review. 22 comments

The Winners are # 5 & 20 Linda and Leslie – Congratulations ladies!

In the deepest recesses of the forest, far from everything that was modern and familiar, Robin and her husband, Ian, pitched camp.  As Robin began to explore her new environment, she searched the ground for the things she feared: snakes, spiders, leeches, scorpions, and ticks. If she wanted to stay alive, she had to be as acutely aware as all the rest of life in the forest.  She had re-entered the food chain and no longer could bungle along unconsciously like she’d done all her life.

Once Robin recognized her own need to survive, she realized that in the web of life no one can afford the luxury of unconsciousness. She began to confront her fear of other species and started to thrive in the rainforest.  Wallabies, birds, and bandicoots … Read More »





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