Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stash Report, Books & Baby quilts

It's been a couple weeks since I've reported any stash usage (because I haven't used any!) but I have been busy on another goal for the year.  Same numbers from two weeks ago.
Fabric Added- 0
Fabric Used  - 0
YTD Added - 73.95 yds
YTD Used - 65.54 yds
Still in the hole - 8.3 yds.

In my defense as to why I haven't moved any stash, I have been reading some long awaited books that friends have recommended.  Two of my recent reads were so enjoyable I didn't get anything else done. I would highly recommend them to everyone, and especially those that like historical romances.   The first was Promise Me This, by Cathy Gohlke. This starts out with the preparation and maiden voyage of the Titanic.  It follows several memorable characters through the voyage and through WWI.  Cathy is a prize winning author and does extensive research into the backgrounds of the settings and historical facts of the times for the development of her characters and their stories.  I didn't want this one to end. She has a new one out called Band of Sisters .  It's next on my list. A short synopsis can be seen HERE for both of these books.

Since I hate to do only one thing at a time, I got the next book from the library as an audio book so I could keep quilting customer quilts while listening.  It was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  This is a story about an American born Chinese boy and an American born Japanese girl who find themselves in the same American school in Seattle in the early 1940s during WWII.  Their struggles to overcome the bitter feelings of a Chinese father toward all things Japanese and how these two young kids still manage to share a bond with each other will keep your attention.   Here are a couple reviews:

“A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." 
-- Garth SteinNew York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart."

Now it's time to get back to the sewing room.  I find it hard to balance my love of reading with that of quilting.  But I have some deadlines looming ahead and I must put down the books and get to work in the sewing room.

Also, during the last couple weeks I quilted some baby quilts for a friend that will be used for her church bazaar.  No fancy quilting but the fabrics were so cute.  Some little ones will love cuddling up with them.

Made with Minkee and flannel

Made with sock monkey fabric

Elephants and giraffes

Elephants and giraffes with stripe border.

Hope you all have a great week.  Check out what others did with their stashes at Judy's. 

I'm also linking up to Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts. 


  1. you have been very busy making some cute quilts.

  2. Those are some cute baby quilts. Thanks again for my introduction to QOV Eastern MO this past week! I loved my time there!

  3. Those baby quilts are so sweet Dar and will make a few babies smile for sure!!! It is just like you to come to the aid of a friend and quilt them! Thanks for the book recommendations - I'm always looking for something new and interesting to read :*)

  4. I sure appreciate your book recommendations. From the public library, I download and listen to books, all the time, while FMQing. I've been browsing for new titles, and will definitely look for these. Thank you!

  5. Hi have the elephant and giraffes in teal!