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September 14, 2021
My Reading Log- August 2021 from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

 Hello again from the school pickup line! (Seriously, these people need hobbies...) I'm gonna be here for a while. I've put a loaf of dough to rise for the girls' sandwiches for the rest of the week. It should be ready to mess with when I finally get home.  Thankfully, it won't need too much work. (That's why I adore this recipe.) Work has about finished me off. If only I knew what I was feeding them for supper...

Anyway...

As promised, I've got my very short little list for August with me. I have ...

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September 7, 2021
Announcing the Sew Happy Sew Along! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Whether by hand or machine, stitching makes us Sew Happy! In recognition of National Sewing Month, this new set of cross stitch and quilt designs by Lori Holt has us bobbin’ up and down to go thread our needles and start stitching.

To join the Sew Happy Sew Along, you’ll need a copy of the Spelling Bee Quilt Book, the FREE Sew Happy Mini Quilt PDF Pattern, the Sew Happy Cross Stitch Pattern, and your supplies. This special sew along will run from September 22 to October 27, and our sewing machines happily await!

About the Quilt

Sewing is ...

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September 1, 2021
Late August Wrap-Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I had a friend ask me the other day of I was ever going to post again; that's how long it's been since I've updated here! Sheesh. It's not that I haven't been doing anything, that would be the simplest explanation; actually, the exact opposite is the case. I'm going to bring the blog up to date, but it will take several posts to accomplish that. At last post, I was pulling blocks-of-the-month out

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Late August Wrap-Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I had a friend ask me the other day of I was ever going to post again; that's how long it's been since I've updated here! Sheesh. It's not that I haven't been doing anything, that would be the simplest explanation; actually, the exact opposite is the case. I'm going to bring the blog up to date, but it will take several posts to accomplish that. At last post, I was pulling blocks-of-the-month out

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August 29, 2021
Birthday Milestone, August Quilting and Stitching Thoughts from Canadian Needle Nana


Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly 

Isn't it interesting how certain projects stir our creative side.  I hope you also experience that feeling of joy, little jabs of joy, when you see a design and know it would be something you would love to work on. 

Linda, The Texan Quilt Gal, felt that zing I'm sure when she saw Jen Kingwell's beautiful Wensleydale quilt featured on the cover of her latest book Quilt Recipes. Linda has made a lovely start on it so be sure to drop over and have a look. 

I have Quilt Lovely which I bought ...

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August 26, 2021
Where the Truth Lies - NetGalley Review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Published August 3rd and a debut novel for Anna Bailey. Three stars for me and not sure I would recommend unless someone is looking for specific themes that are included.*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Atria Press for my honest review.*A small Colorado town. A missing girl. Highly questionable values of the townspeople. Unreliable police officers. And secrets - everyone

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Dark Roads - NetGalley review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Released August 3rd and I am a bit behind on a couple of reviews. This was my first read by Chevy Stephens and I will probably read more. Four stars from me rounded up from 3.5.*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*Hailey is going through some life changing events and living along the Cold Creek Highway where girls have gone missing for

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August 24, 2021
Just Kitten Around Pillow: Purr-fect Patchwork Blog Tour from The Cloth Parcel

It’s our turn for the Purr-fect Patchwork book blog tour! Our friend Pamela has written the cutest book full of all sorts of sewing projects, all about cats. There are so many cute bags, pillows, quilts, and more to choose from. It was hard for us to decide, but we chose to make the Just […]

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Tame your schedule with the NEW 2022 Bee in my Bonnet Planner by Lori Holt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Introducing the first-ever 2022 Bee in my Bonnet Planner by Lori Holt! This spiral-bound, dated planner includes sections for monthly and weekly planning 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!

When you’re crafty, cute, AND busy, you need a life planner that’s as cute as it is functional. Why sacrifice one or the other when you can have the perfect planner all in one? Lori’s planner has a decorative woven fabric cover with silver embossing, and it comes in ...

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August 19, 2021
{I've Been Reading} I Let Him In from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 The Family Plot by Megan Collins

The Lighthouse family is "unnatural." That's what Dahlia's twin brother tells her before running away on his sixteenth birthday. It's not until ten years after Andy's disappearance that Dahlia returns to the family's isolated island mansion for their father's funeral and realizes that her brother never left the property at all. All this time, he's been buried in the family plot, in the grave set aside for their father, his skull split open with his own axe. 

A serial killer has lurked on the island for decades ...

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August 16, 2021
Stop and Smell the Roses with Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The Rose in Bloom Block of the Month Quilt will sprout eternal spring in your sewing room! Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique has created ten enchanting quilt blocks arranged into a floral-inspired setting. This quilt is a veritable garden party.

The block of the month includes over 16.5 yards of Love Note fabrics by Lella Boutique for the 84.5″ x 84.5″ quilt top and binding!

Love Note by Lella Boutique is a lovely collection reminiscent of turning pages in a flourishing garden. The fabric collection is laced with hearts, stripes, flowers, and an intricate star pattern that ...

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August 15, 2021
Knitting the Same Hat, Twice! from The Cozy Quilter

Our family, including our daughter and Finn, spent the last week at a cottage up north.  We passed our days sitting on the dock or the screened porch, reading, doing a puzzle, going for walks and I also did some knitting.  I brought my new embroidery kit with me as well as a couple of knitting projects, but I did not even open the embroidery kit.  I was more in the mood to knit. The screened porch was the perfect place to knit--a nice breeze off the lake and no mosquitoes!


I was quite happy,  knitting away, and managed to ...

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August 12, 2021
{I've Been Reading} The Sister-in-Law from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

 

 

The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane

Wow! From the book's cover copy, I expected Candace to have difficulty with her new sister-in-law. I didn't expect the conflict to be so immediate or both women to be so nasty. These two aren't even going to try to get along. I was never sure which of them I was supposed to be siding with. The plot is fast paced and entertaining an although I found some parts unbelievable, I had fun reading it. 

Disclosure -- This post contains affiliate links. the publisher provided me with an advance review copy.

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My Reading Log- June and July 2021 from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

 Continuing my efforts to get caught up, we're doing another double feature today.

June 2021

Fiction:

The Oathbound

Oathbreakers

Oathblood

Beyond  (new Valdemar book!!!)

The Wizard of London

Home From the Sea  all by Mercedes Lackey   I was in a rereading sort of mood this month, I guess

Blood Banked

Blood Shot   both by Tanya Huff  


Graphic Novel/Comic:

Toph Beifong's Metalbending Academy        another Avatar: the Last Airbender comic


Nonfiction:

Animal Vegetable Junk by Mark Bittman


July 2021

Fiction:

A Study in Sable

A Scandal in Battersea

The Bartered Brides

The Spellbound Child  all by Mercedes Lackey, continuing ...

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The Guilt Trip - NetGalley Review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Publish date is August 3rd, so I am a little late on this one. Jones is a phenomenal story teller!*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*Secrets and a destination wedding... It sounds like a book I've read before, but I would definitely hit this party again! Messy secrets that could destroy any family - what is better than this for a

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Just One Look - NetGalley Review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

This debut was released July 27, but I am just a bit late in reviewing, but I did enjoy this novel.*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Random House Publishing and Ballantine Books for my honest review.*Who wouldn't want a chance to snoop into someone else's life AND get paid for it? But then we also get to see the dark side of this snooping through Cassie when she moves into

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August 10, 2021
My Reading Log- April and May 2021 from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

 Since life has gotten the better of me lately and I'm so very far behind, I'm going to knock out two lists today. Bear with me...

April 2021

Fiction:

Shuri            and

Shuri: The Vanished by Nic Stone    My daughter got the first one for Christmas. She loved it. I've been on the lookout for the sequel ever since. This was my first chance to grab it. I made her loan me hers before I let her read the new one. (I know, that's mean. But if I didn't hold new books hostage occasionally, she'd ...

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August 9, 2021
The American Presidents: George Washington from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

Welcome to the first installment of the American Presidents series (which I've decided I will probably abbreviate as tAPs from now on. Why? Because I like it. It's cute, right? No other reason needed.) We're starting at the very beginning. I hear it's a very good place to start. (Cue all the groans from Rodgers and Hammerstein fans)





(Thank you to Amazon for having a great cover picture of the book when my camera refused to cooperate. You can click over and grab your own copy if you need one.)



As you can see, the book ...

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July 28, 2021
Body Over Troubled Waters - NetGalley Review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

Another great addition to the new'ish series about Scumble River. A great cozy mystery series! Five stars!*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for my honest review.*I love this series! I love the update where the author jumped a few years and brought the original series into current times. I really enjoyed the first part of the series before the jump, but it

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The Therapist - NetGalley Review from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

This novel was published July 13 and is worthy of a read! Four stars for me. *I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*Alice and Leo are moving in together after long distance dating for a year or more. Leo buys a house and has renovations done without Alice seeing it in person and Alice is able to keep her family home outside of London

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