I Can’t Say No!


Sometimes I can’t say no and sometimes I really should…or at least Hubby thinks I should.  Take for example a garage sale….

I was at a garage sale over the weekend.  I didn’t plan on going.  I was off taking the recycling to the recycling trailer they keep set up here in town and noticed a sign that said “Garage Sale”.  At first I didn’t go because I didn’t have money with.  Then I just went.  This is small town.  I knew the people would “hold” something for me if I did find something and would have to run home and get money.  I figured I wouldn’t find anything anyway…but I did.

I know some of you have more will power.  I know some of you would run away….me, it was like a magnet pulling me to this box.

FABRIC!!!  But not just any fabric.  It was that old 80′s calico brown that my mom had….I’m sure, like my Hubby, some of you are wondering why old 80′s calico brown would have my heart singing.

EASY ANSWER….I have Pfefferneuse in mind.  Pfefferneuse?  Yep.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt in her String Fling book.  It’s been on my want list to make, like most of the quilts in that book are, but I really didn’t have many browns in my scrap box.

I figured I could break the bank and fork out the $1 for the whole box.  Yep…  $1.  The box is one that a ream of paper comes in and the majority of the fabrics are brown or neutrals with brown accents…It’s perfect for the project.

I am going to liven the fabric up with some of my newer fabric but this will help me get the most of the quilt tackled.  I couldn’t be happier….well maybe, if I was actually sewing it right now I would be happier.

Sometimes I don’t have enough “string” pieces of fabric and I just hate cutting down expensive fabric to make strings so this is perfect.  I am not going to feel one bit bad when a bunch of this gets cut into strings.  I don’t want the quilt to look completely dated so adding in some new fabric will disguise the old.

Once this wedding is past I am hoping for some serious sewing time and I hope this box is part of it….

P.S.  So does that make this a UFO??

What I’m Reading: Everything I Never Told You


I just finished listening to the audio book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

All in all it was an pretty good book.  It’s written in first person and I’ve become a real fan of authors who switch from character to character writing in first person with the story told through each of the character’s eyes.  This book could have benefited from that writing style.

The book tells the story of a young girls struggle between wanting to please her parents and wanting to be herself.  The first line of the book is, “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”..Lydia is the young girl.  I think had the story been told in first person, I would have felt “closer” to the Lydia…closer to her parents and closer to her siblings.  As is was told I didn’t feel as attached as I would have liked to.  That aside it was a pretty good book.

Here’s what Amazon has to say, “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing,Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.1 Stars.  I would be inclined to give it 3.5 stars for the reasons stated earlier.  I wanted to feel more connected to Lydia and her family.

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