The World According to Maiden Fair

Winter thoughts

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of books,World of Quilts — February 3, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

I know it has been a while since my last post, The time between Thanksgiving and Groundhog day are very hard for me. I don’t know if I have Seasonal Affected Disorder, or I just hate the holiday season and January so badly. Could be a little bit of both. I personally would much prefer to jump from Mid-November to about March 1 and forget all that stuff in between.

There were some good things that have happened – my son got married on January 1st at a small intimate ceremony at the library lounge at Jumer’s Castle Lodge.  We are so pleased for both of them.

Joe and Minde
 

I have also been working on my quilts – I saved up a lot of work to do this winter.  Below are the next set of blocks from my Women of the Bible block of the week and Bible study – They include Tamar, Mothers of Moses, Pontifer’s Wife, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, Jael and Delilah.  Some of these were extremely difficult to do – like Jael – that one I had to do twice to get it right, others were not so difficult, but all made me think seriously about the women they represent.

Then we have all the UFO’s I’ve been trying to finish and the kits I had that needed to get done – there are a lot!!

 

 

I know I list the books I’ve been reading, but I don’t think I want to list 3 months worth, so I’ll just post the last month.

The First Family by David Baldacci
The  Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes
The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman
Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

There is one new author for this month – Penelope Stokes and the Blue Bottle Club.  The book captured my attention from the first page and pulled me all the way through.  I really enjoyed it – it was a light in the dark days of winter.   Of course I always love David Baldacci – this is either the 4th or 5th time for The Christmas Train and it is always a wonderful story – Christmas or not.   And I can’t leave out Tony Hillerman – as far as I know this was his last book – and it was just as good or maybe even better than the rest or the Leaphorn-Chee series.  His books are always worth the time.

 

Women of the Bible Quilt

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of Quilts — November 18, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

In September I started a unique quilt group. It is a block of the week with a Bible study for a woman of the Bible. We learn her story and her place in the plan and her individuality. It has been very interesting so far. I’ve learned new things about the women and I’ve also learned new things about quilting and also about why I prefer certain types of piecing over others.

I did want to show you the blocks I’ve made so far – there are 52 main blocks when it is finished and quite a few optional blocks.

The main blocks I’ve made are:

 


Eve

Sarah

Hagar

Lot’s Wife

Rebekah

Rachel

I have also made some special blocks:

 


The Tree of life

Zilpah and Bilhah

One more finished UFO from this summer – one of many!!

This is a paper Doll quilt that has been in my drawer for quite a while – there is a quilted carrier that goes with it that contains more dolls and all their clothes and accessories.  I finally finished the quilt and set both quilt and carrier to my new great-niece.  I do hope she enjoys it as much as her mom and grandma are!!  LOL

Where Has the time gone.

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of books,World of Quilts — November 15, 2012 @ 10:44 am

It has been a beautiful summer and an even lovelier  Autumn – I have enjoyed the long days and sunshine – for the first time in years I have spent time out in it taking pictures for my 365 Project.  ShyShy and I also spent some time out Letterboxing.  We haven’t been able to do much for several years so it was a wonderful summer and fall.  I have also been able to work on my quilting again and set about to complete as many UFO’s as possible – basically so I could in all good conscience start on some new ones!!  LOL  I have managed to complete a few.

       This one is called a prayer quilt.  I found the original panel on a Quilt Shoppe Hop and it sat for nearly 2 years until I decided to get busy this summer and finish it.  All the other fabric was from my stash.  It is machine pieced and machine quilted.  I gave it as a gift to a dear friend who was moving away.

I’m including my June book list this time – hopefully I will be able to post again soon and show you more quilts I have finished this summer and more of the books I’ve read.

June 2012 Book List
The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Child
The Saddlemaker’s Wife by Earlene Fowler
After Glow by Jayne Castle
Monster in Miniature by Margaret Grace
A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof by Blaize Clemment
Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle

I don’t think there are any new authors on the list.  I did read that Earlene Fowler is taking a break from writing and will not be continuing her series on Bennie Harper – one of my favorite series – so Spider’s Web will be the last book in the series.  There is a sequal to the Saddlemaker’s wife which I have, but have not yet read.  I also had no 50 page rule books on this list.

Hope you all have a great day.

 

 

 

It’s June!!

 

I don’t really know where the time has gone – but I have been enjoying this beautiful spring – we haven’t had to run the airconditioner much or the heat much so the bills have been really really low. I don’t ever remember them being this low – but believe me I’m not complaining.

I have really been enjoying my 365 project - it has gotten me out taking pictures and enjoying this beautiful spring.

Each picture – well most of them are linked to the 365 project so you can see a larger version of the picture.  Hubby gave me a macro lens for my birthday/mother’s day gift so I have been using it a lot – the red clover and the rose were taken with it.  It’s an entirely different technique than other lenses and takes a bit of getting used to.  Most of the time I turn of the Auto-Focus as it is really more trouble in close up situations than it is of value.

I have also been reading quite a bit.  It is so much fun to sit in my chair in the shade and read on a quiet warm spring afternoon.

April 2012 Book List
The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews
The God of the Hive by Laurie R King
The Art of Dying by Diana Killian*
Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings

May 2012 Book List
The Tale of Oat Cake Crag by Susan Wittig Albert
Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings
After Dark by Jayne Castle
An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman
Zero Day by David Baldacci
Enchanters’ End Game by David Eddings

No new authors this time – just some really old favorites – Amanda Quick also writes as Jayne Castle and I enjoy her paranormal mysteries very much when anything can happen and usually does.  One of my very favorite long time authors is David Eddings.  I decided it was time to re-read the Belgariad series for the 4th or 5th time – I never grow tired of them and always see something I missed the last time.  This month I hope to start on the Mallorian – the 5 book sequel.  David Baldacci is always great and Zero Day was excellent.  Of course Susan Wittig Albert, Donna Andrews and Laurie R. King are always at the top of my reading list.  Diana Killian and EJ Copperman – these were the second books by each of them, and while I enjoyed the stories – they are not really my very first choice for a book – but when my first choices aren’t available – they will do.

I’m still working on my quilts. The wolf quilt is taking a long time – probably because I am doing more quilting on it than is really necessary.  I’m also working on my calendar squares – I have 3 more to do and I have all twelve.  I also started Sunbonnet Sue Wallhangings – one for each month.  They are bigger – about 22 x 26 inches and I plan on hanging them at the end of the hallway.  Of course I have to get one finished for the right month at the right time.

 

 

 

Dreary week

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of Project 365 — April 20, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

It has been a cool, wet, dreary week – I was supposed to go to water aerobics this morning, but I couldn’t seem to get up the gumption to go. Yesterday I slept until 2:00 PM so needless to say I didn’t get much done then either. I have managed to get out and work on my 365 project, although some of that was more by chance than design, but at least I am getting something done.

Yesterday’s was good, my Iris started to bloom and I ran out to take a picture even though it wasn’t in full blossom yet.

First Iris on 365 Project

The other one that I really liked was from Wednesday:

The Twin Bridges on 365 Project

It’s the twin bridges over the Mississippi.

I haven’t seen the girls in nearly 2 weeks – maybe I will see them this weekend as next weekend I will be gone with Mindi to Colorado. Oh well the girls are getting older – pre-teens now – and have their own friends and interests.

365 Progress Report

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of Photography,World of Quilts — April 9, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

I’ve actually been out and taking pictures. Going out for a walk later today and take some more. Found my close-up lenses which is wonderful as I thought they were lost forever. Had a horrid scare yesterday – I was getting multiple error messages from my camera so I took it to Best Buys thinking I’d need a new memory card at the least – a new camera at the worst. Turned out the data on the card was corrupted somehow – he reformatted the card and it works fine. Went ahead a got the new memory card too – just in case and picked up a spare battery as my second battery will only hold a charge for about 32seconds – that just won’t do.

Dandelion Puffs on 365 Project April 8, 2012 I spent the afternoon in the yard (we had Easter dinner on Saturday night) learning to use my camera all over again. A lot of the pictures didn’t turn out, but this one I liked. Dandelions – the bane of spring in suburbia – although in actuality they are a very useful plant if one knows how to do it.

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Solitary Bench on 365 Project

April 9, 2012 – A stroll along the Rock River and a lonely bench on a lovely spring day. It’s only companions were a few Robins and the lapping of the water on the shore.

I’ve also been able to get back to my quilting – though I haven’t finished many – But here are some of them.

 

The Braided Garden was one I started before I fell – I finally completed the hand quilting in March 2012.
The Appliqued Towels – one for each month are a project from my Thimbleberries Club
These Fall Cards were made for an exchange with friends last October. My Granddaughter helped as I was not able to do them nearly as fast as she could and she’d never used the sewing machine before.

There are a few more completed projects, but I’ll save them for another day.

Almost back to normal

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of books — April 7, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

It has been a long uphill climb and I know it has been a long time since I updated my journal. After my last post, my hand and arm went downhill until it was totally useless. I ended up having carpel Tunnel surgery in September and they thought that would solve all the problems. It did solve some of them, but not all. I ended up in Physical Therapy from November until just a couple of weeks ago. A lot of hard work and a lot of pain, but I can use my hand and arm now and actually am beginning to feel like maybe I will survive this almost year long ordeal. Word of advice to all – DON’T FALL AND BREAK ANYTHING – if at all possible. I’m watching where I walk and taking it easy. No jumping up to answer the phone, the door and anything else. If whoever is there can’t wait a minute or leave a message then it obviously wasn’t that important.

I have gotten a lot of reading done in the last 11 months – but I won’t post them all here – The list is much too long. But here is the March list:

Heat Wave by Richard Castle
A Touch of Gold by Joyce & Jim LaVene
A bone of Contention by Susanna Gregory
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend
Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber

Most of these are new authors that I haven’t listed before – Richard Castle – the author is the TV show “Castle” I love the show and just had to read the book – I really enjoyed it!! Susanna Gregory writes Medieval Mysteries set in Cambridge, England circa 1350. The other books I’ve read so far by her are “A Plague on both your Houses” and “An Unholy Alliance”. Difficult books to put down once you start reading. Kari Lee Townsend – will the book was alright – just not sure I want to read another one. The other two I’ve read their books before and enjoyed them.

Decided on a new project. It’s called the 365 Project. Basically you are making a photo-journal of a year in your life by posting a picture a day for 365 days. I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting out there with my camera every day and finding something different or symbolic or just fun to take a picture of.

June is here

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of books — June 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

I can’t believe what has gone on around here since the last time I wrote in this blog – or should I say was able to write in this blog.  Just a couple of days after my last post, I tripped over a crate of fabric in my sewing room and fell.  Ended up landing on my knee that I had replaced a year and a half ago, spraining both wrists and breaking my right elbow.  Needless to say I have done no quilting, cleaning, cooking, baking, driving, walking on my own, writing, or much of anything else.  I even have to go to the hairdresser to get my hair washed – and that will continue for a few more weeks.  Even though I can now use my arm, my wrists are still very sore and weak and I can’t do that little chore.  I have spent a lot of time reading.  It is about the only thing I have been able to do and even that has been limited to small paperbacks as I can’t lift the hardbound books.  Believe me when I tell you – do not jump up to answer to door or the phone or anything else before checking your footing or the space around your feet as you really don’t want to fall and end up the the emergency room at any time of the year.

At any rate my May reading list for 2011 is as follows:

  • Divine Justice by David Baldacci
  • An Unlikely Countess by Jo Beverley
  • The Lovers Knot by Claire O’Donohue
  • Flamingo Fatale by Jimmie Ruth Evens
  • A Hoe Lot of Trouble by Heather Webber
  • Scandalous by Karen Robards
  • Tragic Magic by Laura Childs
  • The Twenty-first Wish by Debbie Macomber
  • Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery
  • Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye
  • Who Killed What’s-her-name by Elizabeth Daniels Squire
  • Death of an Outsider by MC Beaton
  • The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee

David Baldacci is of course one of my all time favorites as is Jo Beverley.  Laura Childs and her Scrapbooking Mysteries and Christina Skye and Debbie Macomber and their romances are also great favorites.  New to me this month was Claire O’Donohue and her Someday Quilts Mystery Series – I enjoyed the first book and have the second one on order.  Also new was Jimmie Ruth Evens with Flamingo Fatale – not sure about this series so I haven’t ordered the next book.  Also new this month is Amanda Lee with the Quick and the Thread  which was an enjoyable read and I will probably go back for an encore with her.  Elizabeth Daniels Squire is an author I have read before I just didn’t read all the books and I didn’t read them in order – so I’m doing it right this time through.  And Karen Robards is always a great read no matter what venue she chooses to write.

As I haven’t been doing much in the way of crafts or photography this month I don’t have much in the way of pictures to show you – hopefully by the next time I will have more to share.  Have a great day and don’t get wet or blown away.

Books for March and April

Filed under: World of books,World of Photography — May 1, 2011 @ 7:27 am

I can’t believe I have let April get all the way past and not posted the books for March. April has been so cold and windy and rainy we just kind of thought of it as an extension of March – LOL. The only good thing about the month was my Azalea bush which instead of blooming for 3-5 days, bloomed for 31/2 weeks so I did actually get some pictures this year although it took a while for a sunny day to show up so I had some good light on it.

Azalea

Azalea and Bumblebee

I Am really please with my bush this year.  It was pretty and bloomed for a long time.

Now on to the books!!  For March we had:

March 2011 Book List

  • The Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons by Blaze Clement
  • Death Threads by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  • Death of a Cad by MC Beaton
  • Goodbye, Dolly by Deb Baker
  • Mrs Jeffries Speaks Her Mind by Emily Brightwell
  • Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
There are no new authors in this list – Blaze Clement continues her Cat Sitter Series – each one better than the list.  Elizabeth Lynn Casey is still sewing with her new Southern Friends.  MC Beaton’s Hamish McBeth is solving crime in his own unique way and what can I say about Deb Baker and her Doll series except that I love it!!  Mrs Jeffries and the “Family” of the Inspector are always a delight and Meg and her family alway get into some new mishap that keeps you entertained from page one to the very end.

Completed April Books:

  • The Cat, The Professor and the Poison by Leann Sweeney
  • Night of the Living Deed by EJ Copperman
  • Death is a Bargain – Nora Charles
  • Weep No More My Lady by Mary Clark Higgins
  • Weigh Dead by Jean Hager
  • The Secret Portrait by Lillian Stewart Carl
  • Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
  • A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
  • Stone Cold by David Baldacci

I have two new authors – Lillian Stewart Carl and I really enjoyed her book the Secret Portrait and EJ Copperman and Night of the Living Deed which I also enjoyed although not as much as SP.  Donna Andrews is ALWAYS a fun read as is Jean Hager.  Nora Charles always leaves me wanting more of her Florida senior center antics and Mary Clark Higgins and David Baldacci write sound, thrilling, novels of suspense that you have a hard time putting down.  Lorraine Bartlett’s new Series with a Crafty Killing has the makings of a winner, a stubborn heroine, a cast of friends and supporters and problems to overcome through many more books.

In between Winter And Spring!

Filed under: Maiden's World,World of Crafts,World of Quilts — March 4, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

It’s that time of year when Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind from minute to minute if it is spring or winter.  In the last few days we’ve had some beautiful sunny days with temps in the low 50s and we’ve had fog and freezing rain with snow and sleet and all that goes with it.  It makes for interesting living I guess, but I never know how to dress in the morning – do I drag out the sweats and the heavy overcoat and snow boots, or can I get by with my light slacks and a cotton turtleneck and a sweater or blazer.  Who knows – the weather could change at noon and we could have 4 inches of snow by  dinner time.   ***SIGH***  At least it is March and we know Spring is coming.  The Blizzard snow from February is all gone – melted off in that record 64 degree temp two weeks ago.  So no I’m not complaining – just making an observation.  I can for the most part drive out without risking sliding off the road into the ditch or watching someone else do said action.  I’m looking forward to walks in the park.  Letterboxing with the girls.  Photoshoots with whoever is game to go or by myself if no one is up for it.

I have been working hard on quilts – the Ladybug Garden Table Topper is almost done – just have to add the buttons and will do the photographs and post it.  My friend and I sandwiched the wolf quilt and my Aztec Dreams quilt and I’ve started the quilting on the wolf quilt – I finished all the squares for my Thimbleberries Village Green Quilt – now I just need to do the last two borders and the piecing is done there.  I’ve set aside my Mariners Compass quilt for a bit as I’m working on a German braid wall hanging – and I’m really excited about it.  I have the braids about done – although I may make them just a few inches longer – and I wanted to put something on the plain strips that separate them.  Thought at first it would be the old braided dolls I used to make.  but then I discovered Kanzashi folded fabric flowers and I fell in love with them.

They are actually easy to make.  I’m going to teach my granddaughter to make them tonight and hopefully we can make some for in her hair too.

February’s list of book reads was rather short for me.  Just didn’t seem to have time to read as much as I usually do for some reason – or maybe I struggled with one or two of the books and it took longer – I really don’t know.

The Tale of Apple Beck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Ames
Dolled Up for Murder by Deb Baker
The Single Girl’s Guide to Murder by Joanne Meyer
Red Delicious Death by Sheila Connolly

Of course Susan Wittig Albert is a long time favorite author and I have read nearly all her books and this one does not disappoint.   It is another fun adventure into the world of the people and animals of the Lake District of England circa 1910.  Deb Baker was a new read and I Very much enjoyed the book – I already have the second book in this series.  Joanne Meyer was also new and this book was a very funny look at the life of a single girl in New York who gets involved in murder and mayhem.  Sheila Connolly is an old friend by now and I very much enjoyed this read – and she fooled me!!  I didn’t expect the ending and that is very hard to do.  As for Avery Ames and the Long Quiche Goodbye – I personally had a very hard time getting interested in the book.  I did finish it and I’d have to read it again to figure it all out – just my personal opinion.