Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I'm reading a really good book!

«A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family’s visceral tragedy.” —School Library Journal, Starred

 

«Ehrlich’s novel beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey and their growing trust for each other in a world filled with disappointments and misunderstandings.”Publishers Weekly, Starred

 

«A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred

 

Ehrlich writes beautifully, constructing scenes with grace and layers of telling detail and insight.”The Horn Book

NEST by Esther Ehrlich


 

Debut author Esther Ehrlich delivers a poignant and genuine middle-grade novel NEST (Wendy Lamb Books / On sale September 9, 2014 / $16.99 US / Ages 8–12), a memorable story about a girl, a tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship.

 

It is 1972. Home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein; her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

Esther Ehrlich’s lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish NEST, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.
 
This review was from the publisher's office. It's really a great read!
Check your book stores or Amazon, etc.
More later...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Winning winners :-)

Thank you all for celebrating with me :-) and sharing a bit of yourselves in the comments. Autumn is a good time of year almost no matter where you are! And I would love to visit some of the places where you live. Especially if you happen to be picking apples and making pie!
I must have had a conservative number generator because the first number picked was 'two' and the second number was 'one'. That seems to have worked out well because Joyful Quilter liked the fat quarters and Sandie liked the turtles. So yea! they each get their choice  :-)
I will send them an email and mail these treats to them right away.
I have had a little time to get sewing on my snowman quilt. I must admit that some of my time was just spent fondling the fabric! I love my homespun and flannel plaids :-)  I am toying with the idea of making two of these...one to give and one to keep, so I made two of each plaid combos.



Happy Stitching y'all!
Hope Autumn brings all of what you like best! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Giveaway!

Thank you all for following along with my rather low key blog here :-) I have enjoyed being in this quilting blog community. Sew...to celebrate 208 posts and 110 followers, I have gathered some treats that I found at the latest local quilt show.
I will pull two names so if you would like this sweet turtle pattern and some fabric to sew it up OR if you would like these fat quarters of birds and butterflies please leave a comment and tell me which gift you would prefer.
If you are in the mood...I would love to hear about where you live and what you look forward to in the fall.
I will select winners next Monday. Thank you for including me in your quilt blogging.
Last winter I started working on a flannel snowman quilt and had to put it aside. So I have pulled it out and am enjoying being deep into my plaids and flannels.
Background and the pieces for some blocks.
Happy September y'all!
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

home vacation and about that giveaway!

well...part of it was at home. I traveled north for a visit to my sister where we took in beautiful sites (and food!) in Half Moon Bay as well as a couple of movies that were very enjoyable. 2 movies about chefs...One Hundred Foot Journey and Chef. I would recommend both although the second had some rather rough language in it. The story however was sweet and the fun.
I returned home at the same time as my best friend showed up for a planned mini vacation here in Cambria that included massages, delicious dinner at the SeaChest and a horse back ride!  It has been about 40 (!) years since I had the pleasure of riding a horse. Such amazing creatures.
Here's a picture of our trail guide getting Sam ready for my ride
Here's a happy me!
And here we are at the ocean view. I could see my neighborhood from here. Such an amazing place to live!

Sew...about that giveaway! Instead of celebrating my 200th post...I'll go for celebrating the 207th or maybe having 110 followers :-)
Next post I'll have pictures and the plan. Thank you for reading along with me. Blogging world has some lovely quilters (and their pets :-) in it!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

wild color post

I finished the wild color/plaid quilt. Found some less than exciting backing for it and loaded it on my longarm. I quilted one row and got the silly idea I should finally adjust my needle up/down positioner...Whaaaa! I messed something up in the process.

But fortunately, I got the right help :-)  Randy at A-1 diagnosed the problem, sent me instructions of how to make sure that was actually the problem and then sent me the parts to fix it. It took about a week to get it all taken care of but did not break the bank...which pleasantly surprised me. And then I got to quilting this wild quilt again.

I think it looks better in person but it is obviously not a fancy quilt. It is mostly about letting my friend know that I'm praying for her and her sister.
The quilting pattern I chose had dragonflies in it which is why I chose it. But although I am not a person for dense quilting....this pattern is sparse! It was fun to quilt and fast but I'm not sure I would use it again because of this.
 
Here's Elinor helping me sew on the binding...with a peek at the backing.
 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pets on Parade 2014

The parade started yesterday (I'm late to the party!) It is a fun annual event to see quilters work with showing animal themes in their quilting...or like me, just using it to show off how cute their pets are :-)
I couldn't figure out how to make the button active so follow this following link to Pets on Parade to enjoy the quilts, the animals and PRIZES! Pets on Parade 2014
My entry is a photo dear mostly just to my own heart as I found my current goldens sitting on our love seat just like the brothers we lost years ago use to sit. Silly perhaps but it made me smile.
Luke and Sabra on Plaid Crazy Quilt


 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

shout out to Julie in Texas :-)

I need to make a quilt fast for a co-worker whose sister has just had the bad news of cancer metastasis. I thought about giving the blue on I'm finishing. But these girls are strawberry blondes and their personalities are so much like sweet sunshine when they walk in the room. I need something bright.
An email from the AllPeopleQuilt group included a quilt pic that I'd seen before but never thought about because hey...I'm more into the dark side of color ;-)
So I need to go shopping right?
Looked online and found a charm pack of Kaffe Fasset but oh wait...it's not available yet. Well, I'll check my LQS on Tuesday when I have a half day at work.
Well...you could at least look in the cupboard...
Hmmm. what's that?
Oh my! look at these fabrics from the shirt scraps Julie sent me!
These are exactly what I need!
Thank you again, Julie. What a treasure :-)
















Crazy, I know...from nothing to 2 posts in one day!
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