Porch Quilts

Porch Quilts

My husband installed a way to display my quilts on the front porch. We looked at and followed Jenny and Ron Doan 's system at the MSQC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfEugBHJSPA
I made this quilt for my husband, Bob, for our 40th Wedding Anniversary! It is The Labyrinth Walk Quilt by Christopher Florence. 


This Elvira quilt was made as a Quarantine Sew Along with Gudrun at GE Quilt Deigns. I highly recommend Gudrun's Sew Along days. Lots of fun with recipes for snacks, music ad prizes. 

My husband designed this quilt in 2015 - Connections. 

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2020 Monthly Color Challenge - September

September - Cinnamon is the official color!

Rather than using Cinnamon (the bird for the month is Cinnamon Teal) I chose a burgundy/maroon colored fabric from my stash.  My bird choice is Maroon Oriole.
Loriot pourpré

The  pattern for the Color Challenge can be found on Jen's Blog.

Make sure that you trim your units according to the pattern.

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The Operator

The Operator by Gretchen Berg. New York: William Morrow, 2020. 357 pages. **

 In a small town, everyone knows everyone else’s business . . .

It's 1952 and nobody knows the people of Wooster, Ohio, better than a switchboard operator. Vivian Dalton claims to know people,  she calls it intuition. Her teenage daughter, Charlotte, calls it eavesdropping. Vivian is always interested in the latest gossip until it includes her husband.

Vivian and the other women who work at Bell on East Liberty Street aren’t supposed to listen in on conversations, but they do. Vivian and snob Betty Miller each have secrets to hide and and will do anything to protect their families. 

I received a copy of this book as my September read for The Bee Keepers- The Book Hive Book Club. I worked as a switch board operator in the early 70s so I looked forward to reading this book. As an operator, I did not listen to conversations, nor did I have any inclination to do so. The book is an easy read, gossipy, small town drama, and some 50s cultural references. My only problem is trying to decide the intent of the author--humor, family dynamics, relationships, greed, lies, and/or the consequences of one's actions. It didn't really go anywhere for me. The plot had great potential, however, it seemed to fizzle out.

Gretchen Berg was born on the East Coast, raised in the Midwest, and spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq and has traveled to all the other continents. A graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Operator is her first novel. For more information, https://www.harpercollins.com/blogs/authors/gretchen-berg

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Project Linus - Lucy's Love Notes

 Project Linus has launched a 2020 Mystery Quilt - Lucy's Love Notes. This is the 6th year for a Mystery Challenge Quilt.

The cost to participate is 15.00 and the proceeds go to Project Linus unless you indicate a local chapter. Sign up now - https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=2Zr72m  

There is also a Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/848183768557929

IG - #lucyslovenotes 

I have downloaded the fabric requirements and the suggestion is to use batiks, I may have to go fabric shopping!

The first clue will be released on September 26th! Join me in creating a fun quilt!

#lucyslovenotes #projectlinusmysteryquilt @projectlinus #projectlinusmysteryquilt2020



The Book of Longings


Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. New York: Viking, 407 pages. ***** Author's Note.

Ana, daughter of Matthias, is fourteen years old and longs to write and be a scribe. He father indulges her and she writes the stories of the women in the scriptures and the women she knows. "To be ignored, to be forgotten, this was the worst sadness of all." It is 16-17 CE in Sepphoris and women have no place in the city other than to procreate and be submissive to their husbands. Ana is betrothed to Nathaniel ben Hananiah, an old widower with daughters, who wants a son and is willing to make a deal to get one. When Ana meets eighteen-year-old Jesus in the marketplace, her feelings of longing change and she finds an ally in her fearless aunt, Yaltha and her brother Judas. Due to a set of unforeseen circumstances, Ana marries Jesus the carpenter and lives with his family in Nazareth. Theirs is a marriage of love and conflict within her family and his. Ana coming from a home of privilege and wealth is unprepared to live in such poverty and close quarters with Jesus' mother and his brothers and their growing families. Performing daily chores is challenging and new to her. Jesus travels to work and feed his family and Ana is left behind longing to write and capture the lives of the women who are thought to be insignificant.   

This book was praised and vilified in some of the book Facebook Groups I participate in so I put it on reserve at my local library at the beginning of the pandemic. (When there is a controversy surrounding a book, I like to read it and decide for myself) I have enjoyed her other books and didn't even know what this one was about until it became available for me. I started it on a Thursday afternoon and finished it Friday afternoon. I loved it! I have read some of the negative reviews on Amazon and am still puzzled by their critical comments.  Make no mistake; it is a work of fiction. It is a "what if" kind of book...what if Jesus was married...what would his wife be like...how would he be as a husband? Kidd admits to taking liberties with history to fit her story and yet it all comes together. It dawned on me about 3/4 of the way into the book that since I already knew where their story ends, how will the crucifixion be portrayed, what will that mean for Ana? I wanted to know and was scared to find out. It is a complex tale; I was enthralled and captivated until the very end. I highly recommend it!

 Sue Monk Kidd was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first novel The Secret Life of Bees. An award-winning and international bestselling author, Kidd also authored The Invention of Wings and The Mermaid Chair, as well as several acclaimed memoirs, including Traveling with Pomegranates and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. Her new novel, The Book of Longings was published on April 21, 2020. Her website: https://suemonkkidd.com/

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Reigniting the Spark



Reigniting The Spark: Why Stable Relationships Lose Intimacy and How To Get It Back by Dr. Bruce Chalmer. TCK Publishing, 2019. 153 pages. **** Index, References.

Reigniting the Spark is part textbook, part case studies and part relationship advice. Chalmer provides information divided into four parts: Be Kind, Don't Panic, And Have Faith, Now Go and Learn. At the end of each chapter is a section called Reflections, which features a set of questions for you to consider. In order to protect the privacy of his patients, Chalmer creates composite couples that are followed throughout the book. It's easy for the reader to identify with and become intrigued by their stories. I found myself projecting as to which couple will stay married and which one will divorce. 

The Chapters on Faith and Forgiveness should be a must read for every married couple or those contemplating marriage. The assumption that everyone should get married is debunked and analyzed. Being happily married for 47 years, "Be kind, don't panic, and have faith." are easy words to remember when every day life is not what we expect. No one goes into marriage expecting failure.

I enjoyed reading and learned more from this book than I expected to. The format and structure of the book makes it easy to pick up and put down. Some chapters evoke reflection and discussion introducing aspects of a relationship that are rarely examined. Some spouses assume that if the other partner communicated better, the marriage will be better. Will this book solve all of your intimacy issues? Probably not, however, you will find comfort in the fact that many couples are just like you and this book will provide discussion points to reclaim and improve on your relationship. 

This book will make a great Book Club Book pick, many discussion points and relatable at any age and years married. Definitely a recommended read!

I received a paperback copy for a review.

Dr. Bruce Chalmer has been a psychologist working with couples for over thirty years. Through his teaching, consulting, and Youtube videos about relationships, his ideas have helped thousands of couples and their therapists.

He has also served in leadership positions in Jewish communities in Vermont, and is a musician and composer. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont with his wife Judy Alexander. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.  For more information, www.brucechalmer.com


All The Devils Are Here


All The Devils Are Here: a novel (Chief Inspector Gamache book #16) by Louise Penny. Macmillan Audio: unabridged, 13 hours and 59 minutes. 2020. Narrated by Robert Bathurst. *****

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” (Shakespeare) The latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel is set in Paris, the City of Light, providing the backdrop for murder, corporate espionage, and betrayal. The Gamache family is in Paris to await the birth of Armand's granddaughter. After a dinner at a local bistro, Stephen Horowitz, Armand's godfather, is run down and critically injured. A gruesome discovery in billionaire Stephen's apartment and a puzzling hotel key, sets into motion a series of events and questions that lead to the attempted murder of Armand and his son, Daniel. 

I received a copy for a review. This is my first audiobook from start to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (13 hours and 59 minutes)

I have read all 16 of the Inspector Gamache books since March and what an experience it has been. Penny has the ability to write a series of books, each one riveting and spell binding. All The Devils Are Here is the latest and the best so far. I laughed, I cried, and didn't want it to end. The thoroughness of the descriptions in Paris of the places, sounds, and sights adds to the authenticity and horror of the story.  Armand ponders, "Where else would you find darkness except right up against the light?" in the gardens of the Musee Rodin at the Gates of Hell and in the novels of Louise Penny. Good triumphs over evil, but the reader is kept guessing as to who is the light and who embraces the darkness?

Louise Penny (from her website) "I live outside a small village south of Montreal, quite close to the American border. My husband Michael and I have long had dogs, all golden retrievers. Bonnie, Maggie, Seamus, Trudy and now Bishop. Some came as puppies, some were adopted as adults. All beloved.

Michael and I were together for 22 years and married for 20. He was the inspiration for Armand Gamache. Kindly, thoughtful, generous, a man of courage and integrity, who both loved and accepted love.

He developed dementia, and died peacefully at home in September 2016, surrounded by the love he'd put into the world for his 83 years.

So now it's Bishop and me. But we're far from alone. We have the village, and all our friends including My Assistant Lise, and the indomitable, happy spirit of Michael. And, of course, the company of Armand, Clara, Ruth, Gabri and Olivier et al." more information at https://www.louisepenny.com/louise.htm