Dec 02

Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2016 wrap-up

 Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2016

I was invited by the author of Whatever I Think Of! to join her new challenge and I am game! There are two options: characters or authors and I chose main or secondary characters identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert. She did not prescribe levels so I just started being cognizant of identifying loners in my reading, and here’s what I found. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 02

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #37-38

By mid-October we had left the 6 applique blocks that didn’t include any piecing and the 3 (3″) blocks that each include multiples of the same pattern. We decided to intersperse the applique and pieced blocks so that we didn’t go crazy with all the machine applique. We did #37 Mexican Rose and began by choosing fabrics, tracing, and cutting one week along with choosing and cutting fabrics for the 3″ triangles. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

Retellings Reading Challenge 2016 wrap-up

 Retellings Reading Challenge 2016Retellings Reading Challenge 2016

This challenge is hosted by Once Upon a Bookcase. I had fun playing along with this challenge and chose the Medium: 5-8 retellings level and read 13 so I actually leveled up and made the Hard level. I didn’t get through all the retellings on my shelves so will have to read some more next year!

The Challenge:
Easy: 1-4 retellings
Medium: 5-8 retellings
Hard: 9-12 retellings

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Dec 01

2016 Nonfiction Reading Challenge wrap-up

Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader2016 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

The Challenge: Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult.
Dilettante–Read 1-5 non-fiction books
Explorer–Read 6-10
Seeker–Read 11-15
Master–Read 16-20

This chaIlenge is hosted by The Introverted Reader and thanks for hosting! I chose the Explorer level: 6-10 books and ended up accomplishing the Seeker level with 15 books so it’s always good to above and beyond. Here is my eclectic list of nonfiction titles, with Life is So Good being my favorite. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 29

2016 Read It Again, Sam wrap-up

2016 Read It Again, Sam

This challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block.
*Challenge runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016.
Déjà vu: Reread 4 books
Feeling Nostalgic: Reread 8 books
A Trip Down Memory Lane: Reread 12 books
Living in the Past: Reread 16+ books

I did this challenge for the first time in 2015, signed up for 8 books, and finished when I hit 30 re-reads which is way past the top level. Most of my re-reads come from audio books I check out from the library and listen to as I do other things around the house. You can get through an audio book quite fast at that rate. So this year I signed up for Living in the Past 16+ books. I am now at 29 books so this challenge is DONE!

My books:

1. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
2. Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs #4), Jacqueline Winspear
3. An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs #5) , Jacqueline Winspear
4. Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6), Jacqueline Winspear
5. Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9), Jacqueline Winspear
6. Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs #10), Jacqueline Winspear
7. The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs #7), Jacqueline Winspear
8. A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs, #8), Jacqueline Winspear
9. Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon
10. Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne #5), L.M. Montgomery
11. Anne of Green Gables (Anne #1), L.M. Montgomery
12. O Pioneers!, Willa Cather
13. Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4), Marissa Meyer
14. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
15. Bloodroot (China Bayles #10), Susan Wittig Albert
16. The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby #1), Anna Lee Huber
17. Mortal Arts (Lady Darby #2), Anna Lee Huber (Need to post)
18. Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #6), L.M. Montgomery
19. A Grave Matter (Lady Darby #3), Anna Lee Huber
20. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
21. Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys
22. As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby #5), Anna Lee Huber
23. The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
24. Inferno (Robert Langdon #4), Dan Brown
25. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1), Maggie Stiefvater
26. Linger(The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2), Maggie Stiefvater
27. Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #4), Maggie Stiefvater
28. Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3), Maggie Stiefvater
29. Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7), L.M. Montgomery

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Nov 29

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #32-33

Here they are-the last of the 6″ blocks! We got these done in the middle of October and were glad to have hit that milestone. There are 14 of the 6″ blocks in this quilt. We have found that with the fabric all cut, we can sew two in a session, otherwise we choose, cut and sew one in an afternoon. #32 is called Aunt Dinah and the pattern calls for yellow, black, red, and green, with the star being in black. We did not like that color combo at all and decided we wanted the star points to be the focal point, so they are the solid yellow. Then we chose the flowered center because we like it and haven’t used it, then added the sunflower fabric in the corners for the same reason. The orange cornerstones came from the touch of orange in the center, and it became a nicely balanced block. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 20

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #30-31

We spent a week in September choosing fabrics and cutting kits for the remaining 6″ blocks, then worked on #30 Pieced Basket #3. The pattern calls for red and black and we actually followed the pattern exactly on this block. And aren’t those Scottie dogs in the main part of the basket cute? We were getting a little worn with pieced baskets so glad this is the last one. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 16

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #28-29

The last of August brought blocks #28 and #29. These are both 6″ blocks because the pattern works from 12″ to 9″ to 6″ to 3″. So we have been busy on a series of 6″ blocks and there are more to come. #28 is called Pieced Basket #2 and the color scheme called for black, red and yellow. We opted to use yellow and green because we like to go rogue and we are comparing surrounding blocks now and trying to get varying colors in neighboring blocks. This was also one of those sewing days when everything seems to go wrong. We were all feeling it and both of these blocks just had issues and problems. We have a rule: 3 strikes and you’re out. So we will unpick twice and re-sew but the third time we just live with the results. And that’s where we are with these blocks. Read the rest of this entry »

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