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August 9, 2022
{I've Been Reading} Stay Awake from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

After waking up in the back of a taxi with no idea how she got there and discovering that her apartment has been completely refurnished and is occupied by strangers, Liv Reese is in a panic. She doesn't have her purse or phone with her, only a knife stained with blood and written warnings on both hands telling her to stay awake. Two years have passed since the last thing she remembers and none of her loved ones are answering their phones.

The plot cuts between Liv in the present and Liv in the ...

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August 6, 2022
Redworked Birds- Flight of Fancy, Basket Case Finish, Quartet in Autumn, Petey Posing from Canadian Needle Nana

 I'd mentioned that I had to go out shopping.  That morning I stood in our closet completely stumped as to what to wear. I have a goodly amount of clothes so why it is such a chore sometimes to pick out a top and bottom is kind of ludicrous. I left and went to a window to look at the sky which told me nothing because I already knew it was very hot outside with the sun splitting the rocks, as we used to say at home. I decided to wear linen which is a difficult material but breezy ...

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August 3, 2022
{I've Been Reading} The Swell from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 


The Swell by Allie Reynolds

The first book I read by Allie Reynolds had the characters trapped at an icy ski resort. In The Swell, a woman finds herself on a remote beach in Australia, surrounded by unwelcoming strangers. I absolutely love the way this author immediately created such a vivid, hostile setting. Kenna has just dropped everything and  travelled to Australia after learning that her best friend is about to get married. She sees too many red flags that she's hoping she can convince Mikki to reconsider her hasty decision.... which is why she ignores so many danger ...

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August 1, 2022
Piece & Joy Quilt Along: Week 4 from The Cloth Parcel

Congratulations if you’ve made it this far in the Piece & Joy Quilt Along! By now, you should have a completely pieced quilt top, all ready for quilting and binding. For our backing fabric, we were able to get a large piece of Rifle Paper Co. fabric at a great price that matches the style […]

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July 29, 2022
Four Favourite Things, Floral Motif Sampler Finish, Basket Case Near Finish from Canadian Needle Nana

The Wooden House in July Showing Hydrangeas
 We had to set the alarm twice last week which is just so odd for us. One morning we had workers coming to work on concrete and stones and the other morning, we had a vet check up appointment for Ned.  He goes to the doctor more often than I do. Anyway, such is the life of the retired and grateful I am for every minute of it.

Four things I love in this photo below...my tabletop Ott Lite, my Mama Bird mug which holds a lot of coffee or tea, my ...

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July 28, 2022
Simply Half Yards Book Coming Soon! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We simply can not wait for Simply Half Yards! Simply Half Yards includes 16 full-color patterns to make half yard-friendly quilts. You can pre-order the book today, and as soon as it hits our shelves in September we will send it your way!

Simply Half Yards is our love letter to half yards with every quilt in this book designed to show off the beauty of these fabric cuts. These quilts include patterns in sizes from Lap to Queen and everything in between!

We’re looking forward to a quilt along with this book in November. Our Simply Stars Quilt ...

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July 25, 2022
Piece & Joy Quilt Along: Week 3 from The Cloth Parcel

Things are starting to come together this week in the Piece & Joy Quilt Along! With the full and half blocks sewn, we are ready to piece the quilt top together. We will start by piecing the tree point units. There are eight of these blocks in the quilt, and they are pretty fun to […]

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July 19, 2022
The Vanishing Triangle from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Another review! The Vanishing Triangle published May 1. A novel about murdered women in Ireland.*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my honest review.*I am all about true crime TV and stories, but this book was disturbing for many reasons. There was a lot of information about Ireland, the IRA, war and the politics in the country. So much strife and

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July 18, 2022
Piece & Joy Quilt Along: Week 2 from The Cloth Parcel

Now that we have all our fabric for the Piece & Joy Quilt cut, we get to start piecing blocks. This is one of our favorite parts of the process! For this week, we will be sewing together all of the full and half blocks (through Step 3 in the pattern and Step 4 in […]

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July 14, 2022
{I've Been Reading} from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


Castle Deadly, Castle Deep by Veronica Bond 

I love the atmosphere that the author creates in this one! The catacombs beneath Castle Dark are just for show, created for the theater troupe's latest murder-mystery performance, but the murder that takes place there is genuinely unsettling for the reader. With a killer loose in the castle, unexplained noises coming from the library next to her room, and worries about her new romance, Nora has her hands full trying to figure everything out.  I read this one straight through and can't wait for the next book in the series to ...

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The Next Thing You Know from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I am so behind on reviews! I decided earlier this year to sell my condo and buy a house and most of my time has been spent on that. And now that things are almost at the end, I am being overwhelmed with the list of NetGalley reviews I need to do.*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*I think I have read each of Strawser's novels and this

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July 11, 2022
Piece & Joy Quilt Along: Week 1 from The Cloth Parcel

We’re so happy to have you here for our Piece & Joy Quilt Along! July is the perfect time to start a holiday quilt, since it gives you plenty of time to finish up before December rolls around. This giant tree quilt is especially fun to make with Christmas fabric, but you can absolutely use […]

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Noriko’s Star from Quilts....etc.

I can’t really say I was lazy but I didn’t feel like working in the sewing room yesterday – instead I was listening to an audio book and working on hexies.  (and yes it was cool enough outside that I was on the porch and in the garden for the morning)  I finished one book […]

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July 8, 2022
NEW 2023 Bee in my Bonnet Planner by Lori Holt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

2023 Bee in my Bonnet Planner along with a vintage sewing machine and some Chunky Thread by Lori Holt
2023 Bee in my Bonnet Planner graphic header

We’re tickled pink to announce the 2023 Bee in my Bonnet Planner by Lori Holt! This spiral-bound, dated planner includes monthly and weekly planning sections and a notes section for each month. Every busy bee needs a pretty planner to keep track of all of their special dates and deadlines!

Another pic-nic shot of the Bee in my Bonnet Planner

Just like in 2022, Lori’s 2023 planner has a decorative woven fabric cover with silver embossing and comes in a sturdy keepsake box. The planner and keepsake box are proudly made in the USA!

Open-page spread of the planner's weekly layout on top of a quilt.

The 2023 Bee in my Bonnet Planner covers January to December of 2023 with ...

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July 7, 2022
{I've Been Reading} Little Nothings from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 

Little Nothings by Julie Mayhew 

Four women and their families are set to spend three weeks together at a resort in Greece. They're the best of friends and should be having an absolute blast in paradise...but they're not. Not having the fun they expected. And maybe the friendships aren't quite as good as they thought. Someone isn't what she's been pretending to be. 

I enjoyed this book, which is an entertaining train wreck of relationships. The whole thing is told from Liv's point of view and it's told mostly in order, occasionally ...

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July 5, 2022
Happy July! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I missed wishing you all a Happy 4th of July, but, today, I'll wish you a happy July instead! Our flag was flying proudly yesterday, as always, and we're keeping busy as these days grow increasingly warmer. The potted flowers in front have never been prettier than this year, I can't take any credit, all I did was set them into the pots. Recently, we've had additional heartbreak where our nesting

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Happy July! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I missed wishing you all a Happy 4th of July, but, today, I'll wish you a happy July instead! Our flag was flying proudly yesterday, as always, and we're keeping busy as these days grow increasingly warmer. The potted flowers in front have never been prettier than this year, I can't take any credit, all I did was set them into the pots. Recently, we've had additional heartbreak where our nesting

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July 1, 2022
Prettiest Quilt Shop, Crocheted Hexagon Blanket, Plaid Tilda Flimsy, Strawberry Season from Canadian Needle Nana

 Remember I shared with you I had taken a fall last month? It is mostly better; I still feel a twinge when I lie on my left side a certain way. I must have bruised a muscle there. I mention this again because it reminded me about a blog I used to follow faithfully, the Carolina Stitcher. Faye, back in 2019, took a very bad fall which broke her arm in two places and shattered her elbow. Her son gave several updates on her blog but then nothing. Just wonder what happened to her. Anybody know??  As for myself, I ...

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June 30, 2022
{I've Been Reading} The Bayou Book Thief from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


The Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron

Ricki James has returned to her birthplace, New Orleans, to start a new life and open a gift shop in a local museum.  The collaboration is perfect. Her stock of vintage cookbooks and kitchenware is just what the museum visitors find themselves wanting. Things are going splendidly, until she opens a box that should be filled with donated books but actually holds the body of a particularly unpleasant tour guide. I loved everything about this one -- the mystery, the characters, the setting... It couldn't be more different from my day to day ...

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Piece & Joy Quilt Along: Prep Weeks from The Cloth Parcel

We’re just over a week away from starting our next quilt along with Piece & Joy! (You can find the quilt along schedule for the year by clicking here). We’re excited to get a head start on the holiday cheer with this oversized Christmas tree. To quilt along with us, you will need either a copy […]

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