Thursday, February 17, 2011


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

I’ve wanted Edyta Sitar’s book, Friendship Triangles, ever since I saw her on The Quilt Show episode a month ago.

Triangle Exchg book

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.

Diary Mattie Spenser

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,


  1. I'll throw my hat into the ring, you have to be in it to win it as they say! My favourite book of past years was Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'. I'll keep my fingers crossed!!!

  2. Your giveaway is too tempting to pass up!
    I'm currently pouring over and being transported to a different time and place by 'Remember Me, Women & their Friendship Quilts' by Linda Otto's mesmerising, i LOVE it!

  3. oh I would love to win this book. I love reading diaries from women during those days. i am still amazed at how they lived and survived on the frontier. thanks! and to think I complain when our lights go out for hours
    this will bring me back to reality I bet and be so thankful for what we do have. Have a great weekend.

  4. You will love Prayers for Sale. I just finished it and was sad it ended....even if it did make me happy that it fulfilled everything I hoped would happen (with a surprise or two thrown in!!)
    I would be thrilled to win Mattie Spenser!

  5. Please include me in your drawing. I would love to read it.

  6. Matttie Spenser would be welcomed in my home with open arms. I enjoyed the Persian Pickle Club. I think one of my favorite books is The Time Traveler's Wife. (Not the movie...just the book.) Part of reason I like it so much is I am in awe of the author's ability to plot it. And, in the end it made me cry. Rats, where is my happy ending that I like. Thanks for offering up this giveaway. Bonnie from Small Quilt Chat and other locations on the web...

  7. I would love to win your book. I have read a couple of Sandra Dallas books and enjoyed them. My favorite is the "Persian Pickle Club" and have reread it several times! I have always felt more comfortable with the 1860's time period.

  8. I love historical novels and would love to read this one, thanks for the opportunity. And thanks for your lovely welcome to the small quilt group.

  9. I would love to read "The Diary of Mattie Spenser" - I enjoy these kinds of stories!

    Your blog is great, Donna!

  10. My favorite book is The Help. I read it this past summer and just loved it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. I have read "The Persian Pickle Club" and really like Sandra Dallas' way of writing. I like any book that could be true, especially historical novels, but my favorite author is Jan Karon. I would love the win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. I too love historical novels , but have mostly read British and Australian. I need to broaden my horizon's and learn more about early American History, By the way i love what you are doing with your Civil War Blocks

  13. I seldom have time left from quilting to read anymore, but one of my favorite authors is Barbara Kingsolver. Have loved everything she has published, but especially The Poisonwood Bible.

  14. I would so love to win your gently used book. I love reading anything about relationships, and since working on the Civil War quilt, and travelling with Americans, I am now interested in American history. But, I live in Australia, so I don't know if you would want to send the copy overseas. Never mind!!!!!

  15. I read the Golden one, and even visited the place. It was nice of you to pass the book along. I'm mostly doing Kindle books atm, because they are generally so much less expensive. Anything with pictures, though, I want a real book.


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