Jun 10

2016 YA Reading Challenge

I2016 YA Reading Challenge‘m joining this YA challenge hosted by Whole Latte Books. It was just announced last month when she couldn’t find another YA challenge but runs all year long. You can sign up here if you want to join. Since I’ve already read some YA books this year, I’ll begin this sign-up post with what I’ve already read and add the remaining books in my wrap-up post in December.

1. The Heir (Selection #4), Kiera Cass
2. Lair of Dreams (Diviners #2), Libba Bray
3. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (HP #7), J.K. Rowling
4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
5. Night Study (Soulfinders #2) Maria V. Snyder
6. Happily Ever After (Selection 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6), Kiera Cass
7. The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre, Ann Rinaldi
8. Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne #5), L.M. Montgomery
9. The Siren, Kiera Cass
10. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5), Marissa Meyer
11. Anne of Green Gables (Anne #1), L.M. Montgomery
12. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle (Apollo #1), Rick Riordan
13. The Raven King (Raven Cycle #4), Maggie Stiefvater
14. The Wrath & the Dawn (Wrath & Dawn #1), Renee Ahdieh

Jun 08

Dr. Seuss quilt

I love this quilt! It’s reading & quilting combined. What could be better?

Dr. Seuss Quilt
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Jun 08

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #23-25

May found us working on more 6″x6″ blocks. I had a dental emergency and couldn’t attend one week at the last minute, so Terry and ShaRee spent the day cutting kits for these three blocks and then we sewed them up on subsequent weeks. It’s so nice to have supportive quilting buddies! They did a great job picking out fabrics.

Block #23 Double X was an easy block that came together quickly and straight. Hooray for those! A little bit of fussy-cutting on the center squares got us each a pop of red in the flowers. We were able to spend the rest of that sewing day cutting fabric for our other project, the America the Beautiful quilts. We like it when we can sew something already cut out and then prep for the future by cutting new blocks. It makes the cutting less tedious because we got to sew.

block by ShaRee

ShaRee #23 Double X Block

block by Sue

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Jun 08

What’s In A Name? 2016 wrap-up

What's In A Name 2016 logoWhat’s In A Name? 2016

The ninth annual What’s In A Name challenge is once again hosted by The Worm Hole. I began the fun in 2009 so I couldn’t pass up the chance to play again. I read all the books early except an item of furniture, which I had a hard time finding on my TBR shelves. I was searching for another book when I found “The Piano Teacher” on the row behind some others, pulled it out and finished up this challenge in the first half of the year. Links to my reviews are found on the challenge website under each category.

 

The rules are simple-Read one book from each of the following categories:

A country: A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
An item of clothing: The Kashmir Shawl, Rosie Thomas
An item of furniture: The Piano Teacher, Janice Y.K. Lee
A profession: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell #1), Laurie R. King
A month of the year: The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre, Ann Rinaldi
A title with the word ‘tree’ in it: The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (The Darling Dahlias #1), Susan Wittig Albert

Jun 03

Chain Reaction & Mod Chevron, finished

May 24

America the Beautiful-trees, barns, Bounty & fences

I am late posting these blocks although we have been working steadily away at our project. We have been cutting kits and then sewing, so sometimes it takes a while before blocks actually get put together, but we are a little over halfway done now. We worked on the Schoolhouse block together, then did the bell applique as homework. It took a while for us to remember to bring the blocks back for photos, so we finished these a couple months ago. It lives in the upper left directly under the Flag block. We each chose different fabrics for the barns and adjoining tree, and even though they are different, they are all very cute! Don’t you want to attend one of these little schoolhouses?
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May 13

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #20-22

These are the first of the 6″x6″ blocks and a little variation in seam allowance on these small ones makes a big difference when they are all sewn together. We made Card Tricks on a day in late February then chose fabric and made kits for Dutchman’s Puzzle and Grandmother’s Choice. We sewed these up in April after everyone returned from being out of town on different weeks in March. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

First 2016 reading challenges completed

I have completed my first two reading challenges of the year and am making good progress on the others. I enjoyed the Full House Challenge and won the drawing for the Jan-Mar review period, probably because I had so many reviews posted during that time. Thanks to Book Date for the win; I used my Amazon gift card to buy some short stories in beloved series as well as a new book.
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