Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A couple recent projects

I recently offered to teach a beginning quilt class to a group of women at my church, and I thought maybe 3 or 4 people would sign up. Boy was I surprised when I got a list with thirteen names on it! Realizing that the project would need to be a simple one so the beginners wouldn't get frustrated, I chose to make a Buggy Barn Star quilt. The Buggy Barn ladies use a unique method of piecing that makes precise cutting and sewing optional - with great results! I decided to make a gift of the quilt to my sister-in-law.

Then I decided to make a coordinating hooked rug to go with it. The theme was different, but I used the same color palette. The design was adapted from a free pattern published in a recent issue of Create & Decorate magazine. The purple background was a lot of fun to work with because it's not a color that I use very often in my rugs. I dyed all the wool for this project also, which was a lot of fun.

Monday, June 29, 2009


A couple years ago I discovered the series of books called The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. They are so delightful - in a way that's hard to explain. There are no fast car races or crashes - there are no steamy love scenes - just a quiet, peaceful, enjoyable story with a bit of quirky humor and believable characters. Anyway, I'm so excited because I just got an email from my local library saying that my name finally came up on the list - so I'm heading out to pick it up and start reading the newest story - I know I'll enjoy it! I've heard that there is now a TV series about this book on HBO - unfortunately we don't have HBO, so I'm hoping it'll be available as a DVD on Netflix eventually.