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July 26, 2017
Book Review from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

This is my book review for 'High as the Heavens' by Kate Breslin

This book is set in WWI.  One of my grandfathers served in WWI (he also served during WWII), so, I'm always interested in the human side of these wars.  There are lots of details in this book, and, the author makes her heroine, Kate,  a composite of several real life WWI heroines. 

The novel is set in war torn Belgium.  It weaves Kate's current life, with her past life.  It shows how one person can make a difference, be it a tiny difference, or a ...

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Book Review and Giveaway! Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess from Red Pepper Quilts


Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing is Sharon Burgess' debut publication for Tuva Publishing. In her book Sharon shares her love for English Paper Piecing and fussy cutting. The book is a comprehensive resource guide for English Paper Piecing and includes chapters on technique (glue basting, preparing papers, joining pieces, strip cutting, hand stitching, and of course fussy cutting). All the EPP basics available at your fingertips.

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess | Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In addition, the book includes step by step patterns for a number of projects ranging from small ~ mini quilt, cushion, bunting, zipper ...

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July 24, 2017
Books on Monday – Big City Bags from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday. This week we are looking at a book that has been around for a while – Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication by Sara Lawson. This book has been around for awhile and I reviewed her later book Windy City Bags but my sister gave me …

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modern machine quilting (book review + giveaway) from Sotak Handmade


My friend Catherine Redford is an incredible quilter. I greatly admire all the gorgeous quilting she does on her domestic machine so when she asked if I wanted to review her new book Modern Machine Quilting I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity.


The book is divided into five chapters. In the first chapter Catherine shares lots of info on fabric, batting, thread, needles, quilt basting, as well as quilting room set up.


Second chapter is all about Walking Foot Quilting and, once again, there's lots of very useful info on supplies, stitch length, tension, as ...

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July 22, 2017
EPP Journal Cover from Samelia's Mum



I am the slowest English Paper Piecer in the land… possibly even the universe. Though slow, I am enthusiastic and it doesn’t stop me from wanting to make all of the pretty things. Now on the other side of the EPP wheel is Sharon of Lilabelle Lane Creations who is the most amazing EPPer I know. She’s the fussy cutting queen and did I mention she’s really, REALLY fast!?! I look at her IG feed and the speed in which she shows progress photos and completes her projects is phenomenal. If you’re looking for some EPP ...

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July 16, 2017
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman from Sew French

★★★★★ This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat. The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for … Continue reading

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July 10, 2017
Books on Monday – The Fussy Cut Sampler from 120 Blocks

I’m sorry I missed the fourth Monday of last month, but July is a new month so here we are – back to Books on Monday! Today we are looking at The Fussy Cut Sampler: 48 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Fabrics by Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo. The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link …

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June 29, 2017
June Reading List from Butterfly Threads


 I'll have to classify this as one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors even if the main character was annoyingly stubborn and incredibly gullible. The cast of characters were all well developed and interestingly unique. I learned a lot about life in Mao's China and the incredible hardships that the people endured. So the book is not at all cheerful, but it is hopeful. I don't want to give anything away about the story so just READ IT. I promise you will not want to put it down.

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June 27, 2017
Monday Morning Walk from ... Cat Patches

We met Matthew for breakfast yesterday morning, and then walked a loop around the Portland waterfront. We parked our cars at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and then made our way to Tilikum Crossing, a bicycle, pedestrian, and public transportation bridge.


I wrote at length about Tilikum Crossing last 4th of July. You can read that post right here if you're interested in learning more about the bridge. Our route yesterday took us across the bridge, along the west bank of the Willamette River, back across the Hawthorne Bridge, then along the east bank of the river ...

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Monday Morning Walk from Cat Patches

We met Matthew for breakfast yesterday morning, and then walked a loop around the Portland waterfront. We parked our cars at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and then made our way to Tilikum Crossing, a bicycle, pedestrian, and public transportation bridge.


I wrote at length about Tilikum Crossing last 4th of July. You can read that post right here if you're interested in learning more about the bridge. Our route yesterday took us across the bridge, along the west bank of the Willamette River, back across the Hawthorne Bridge, then along the east bank of the river ...

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June 26, 2017
Weekend Quilting Book Showcase by Jemima Flendt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt book showcase

Happy Monday!  Today we are thrilled to be a part of Jemima Flendt’s showcase of her very first book, Weekend Quilting!

Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt
Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt

This is the book you need to entice your non-quilting buddies to the dark side, er, to start sewing.  Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon has packed this gem of a book with 16 small projects that won’t take much time or fabric, but can get those creative juices flowing all the same.  It’s a way to “Quilt and Unwind”, and we think that’s a perfect subtitle!  In 10 chapters ...

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June 11, 2017
Current Quilt Book Wishlist from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I have been loving all the new books coming out lately and the ones to come out, I thought I’ll share these love with you!

There are affiliate links in this post for your convenience. I may earn a small fee if you purchase from the links at no cost to you. Please find my full disclosure here.

My very recent purchase

I have been on quilt books and fabric diet for a quite some time already, so this one was the one that busted it! I figured I need a refresh to my quilt books collections, and I ...

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June 3, 2017
May Reading List from Butterfly Threads


Geraldine Brooks has been one of my favorite authors for many years. My favorite book of hers was The Year of Wonders and it still sits on my shelf because I hope to read it again one day. And while I enjoyed Caleb's Crossing very much, I feel I should recommend it with a few warnings. The book is set in the early days of America and is written in the style of old english/puritan language. I never really got accustomed to the phrases and wording, and it became sort of annoying. I realize it was authentic to ...

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May 22, 2017
Books on Monday – New York Beauties & Flying Geese from 120 Blocks

Books on Monday kind of snuck up on me this month, probably because this is the earliest date that can be the fourth Monday of the month. Sigh. Anyway, today we are looking at New York Beauties & Flying Geese: 10 Dramatic Quilts, 27 Pillows, 31 Block Patterns by Carl Hentsch. Yes, the link below is …

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May 18, 2017
Book Review - In the Studio with Angela Walters from Daphne Greig

This book has been out for a few years but I just bought it recently.



Although I have been machine quilting for MANY years (almost 20!) I still collect books that give me inspiration for quilting my quilt. I am pleased that this part of the 'make a quilt' process has had more attention in the last few years and it is easier to see how quilts are quilted in these type of books. I don't have to squint at pictures of quilts in other books to see how they were quilted!

I HATE that statement....'Quilt as desired ...

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Slow Stitching from The Quilt Rat

Just look at this cover......doesn't that make you WANT to get inside  and explore what lies within?


In a nutshell...The Hand Stitched Surface Slow Stitching and Mixed-Media Techniques for Fabric and Paper by Lynn Krawczyk is all about stitching, stitching by hand, with a variety of threads on a variety of surfaces.
If you are looking for pre-planned designs, florals or wildlife....this is not the book for you. This book is all about having fun with your stitching....about thinking differently, being free and creative, its not about serious, perfect stitches, it is about releasing your ...

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May 11, 2017
Design your own clothing....Interested? from The Quilt Rat

Occasionally, the opportunity to review books comes my way. Sometimes they interest me, and at other times....not so much. But as a former dressmaker/designer, I was keen to have a good look at a new, soon to be released, book called Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method Customize Fitting Shells to Create Garments in Any Style.


The 176 pages of this book is filled with the information needed to get you started on the path to designing patterns for creating your own unique garments.  It all begins with a basic commercial pattern ....(something similar to this)
Basic ...

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May 8, 2017
Books on Monday – Design Inspirations from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday. Today we are looking at Design Inspirations by Margaret Solomon Gunn.(Yes, in a few minutes I will go all fangirl, but first we’ll get the basics out of the way. And, yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link which will help to support this blog. If you …

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April 29, 2017
The Tunic Bible and an Orange Shift Dress from Nita Dances

Hey, Vi… look what I got!

The Tunic Bible: One Pattern, Interchangeable Pieces, Ready-to-Wear Results. by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:

The only tunic pattern you’ll ever need. Create chic, ready-to-wear tunics with a multi-length, graded pattern and expert construction tips. Choose your style–casual, preppy, boho, or glamorous – with interchangeable sleeves, neck plackets, and collars. Get advice on shopping for fabric and trims, guided by a huge gallery of inspiring tunics.

I can attest to the fact that everything they say in this blurb is true. The instructions are easy peasy to follow ...

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April 28, 2017
Goodreads and a Book Review: Pines by Blake Crouch from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

I joined Goodreads. I mean to use it as a way of keeping track of the books I’ve read. I’m so terrible at remembering titles and authors … maybe this will help.

Or maybe it will just be another social media chore that I’ll neglect. Like Instagram, which I joined but never remember to check. Ditto Twitter. And FaceBook.

Anyway, I just finished reading Pines by Blake Crouch. This is a ZERO SPOILER review. You’re welcome.

Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission ...

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