Monday, February 4, 2013

A Half-Stitched Post (Patagonia, AZ)

We are down to our last two weeks here.  As usual, time just flies by.  Four months gone...gosh, where does it go?  I started doing some spring cleaning for our upcoming travels.  Today, I tackled the windows on the outside.  I plan to wait to do the insides after we move to Benson, AZ.  That way I can clean out all the Mesquite leaves and twigs from the window's rims for good.

During one of our walks, I stopped to wait for Dan to change out the wildlife camera.  While standing on Railroad trail, I noticed strange bumps on the bottom side of a limb.  I got closer to see the bumps were shells of bugs.  I thought it was pretty interesting the way they were lined up on the bottom side with none scattered along the top.
Mr. Screech Owl has been spending more time outside enjoying the sunshine when it is available.  Not too many photos of wildlife today.  I have been spending more time around the motorhome and office. 

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E Brunstetter
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club
This was a quick and easy read...well, except for the times I could not see because I needed tissues and none were available in the office.  I sure hope the visitors thought I had allergies, so keep a box of tissues handy towards the end of the story.  I'm not going to say much because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I can say I enjoyed reading this book.

What's more scarier than offering a beginner's quilting class and having no one show up?  Having the most mismatched group of people sign up for your class!  That's what Amish widow Emma Yoder faces on her first day teaching a quilting class in her home.  Walking into her sewing room, she is greeted by a troubled young woman dressed all in black, a marriage-in-trouble couple, a young widowed father with his nine month old baby girl, a tattooed on-probation biker and a preacher's troubled wife.  So begins a very interesting human story with hopes that friendship and quilting will bind together this diverse group of people with a lot of Bible quotes and discussions of/about God.  Not as much quilting as I had hoped for, but it was a good read.  No sex or swearing.

On The Cutting Board
The raccoon and kitty's faces are done.  The bear is almost done and that will leave the dog.  I'm trying a different way to applique the faces to the quilt.  I usually applique the pieces to the top so the picture comes together on the quilt.
This time, I appliqued as much of the critter's face before I add them to the quilt top.  I haven't decided if one technique is easier than the other.

I finally blew the dust off of two pre-cut fabric packs.  I had cut them up last summer for Project Linus quilts.  One top done and one to goooooo.
Happy Quilting!


  1. That books sounds really interesting! I put it on my library list to look for. I've been trying to read a little every day and am almost done with my current book.

    1. I love to read, share, and be surrounded by books. I can spend hours in a library or a bookstore. I always have a book with me thanks to Kindle and Cloud. Enjoy!

  2. I have this book marked in my to-be-read pile. I'm glad its a good one!! I'm sure I'll enjoy it alot.

    So where are you headed to? ANy chance your coming up to MN?

  3. Sounds like you're staying busy. :) Are those sea otters I see? So cute.

  4. Thanks for the book tip. The animal heads are so cute. This year for the gala quilt we pieced the fish and then could arrange them before appliqueing them on. It might have been easier in the long run.

  5. Interesting photo of the bug shells, that's neat.

  6. I had to giggle, the last name of almost any Amish lady in books seems to be Yoder.


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