I have been on a book buying spree the last couple of weeks. It must be because I was cooped up in the house so much due to the ice and snow on the roads. When I wasn’t watching t.v., reading, sewing, or cooking/eating, I was Internet surfing. The Visa card will reflect the bad weather accordingly with numerous charges to Amazon.com.
I’ve wanted Edyta Sitar’s book, Friendship Triangles, ever since I saw her on The Quilt Show episode a month ago.
I’ve even joined TQS’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling Triangles” [STT] exchange mentioned in a previous QBG blog entry. This book has several wonderful ideas for projects using triangles – the photographs in it are great. I can’t wait to receive triangle from other STT participants from all over the world. I’ve got 7 sets of 28 completed so far and plan to do one more before mailing them to the exchange coordinator. Of course, I am making extra of each set for myself. I’ve got a little container with lots and lots of triangles made but not used for other projects just waiting for more to be added.
I just finished reading Sandra Dallas's novel The Diary of Mattie Spenser. You may recall that Ms. Dallas also wrote The Quilt That Walked to Golden.
Mattie Spenser is a historical novel about a small-town woman who suddenly marries a “great catch” in Iowa, then goes with him to frontier Colorado in a covered wagon to build a home. Mattie finds her farmer husband somewhat mysterious and the life in the wild west harsh and unforgiving. Making entries about her life in her private journal helps keep her sane as she has no one in the sparsely populated area in which to confide. As she and her sometimes distant husband make a life together, Mattie learns some bitter truths about her husband and the girl he left behind. The journal holds her secrets about the hardship, joys, friendships, love and heartaches while settling the western frontier in the 19th century until discovered in the 21st century in a relative's attic.
Since I needed to order another book to get the free shipping from Amazon (notice how they price most books just under $25 so that you have to order another), and because I enjoyed the The Diary of Mattie Spenser so much as well as two other Sandra Dallas books I’ve read in the past, Alice’s Tulips and Persian Pickle Club, I decided to order another Dallas book, Prayers For Sale.
It’s supposed to be about “the secrets women keep and the lies they tell to survive life in a small, nineteenth-century Colorado mining town.” It received rave customer reviews.
If you too would like to read The Diary of Mattie Spenser, just leave a comment below to add your name to a drawing to win the paperback book I just read. Let me know your favorite author or book. The give away book is gently used and should be shared with a sewing/quilting “friend.” I will draw the winning number on Sunday, February 20th.
Sew back to reading,