Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 UFO Challenge

Each month is assigned a number.  This month is the number 6 which is the Irish Chain Lap Quilt.  I started this quilt March 2016.  I doubt I will finish this within the month, but at least I will make a dent.  UFO Challenge sheet and challenge details found here.  There is also a facebook page to join...lots of wonderful projects being completed!

Blocks Catch Up Day

I'm loving these challenges!  My goal this year is to play with color and practice my machine piecing skills.  Both of these challenges will end in a quilt...maybe.  I seem to be really drawn to little quilts right now and I can see these blocks, especially these 365 blocks, being the beginnings of little quilts.  I'm going to commit to waiting until all the blocks are done before I decide though.  I'm also thinking about joining a photography club in hopes of learning how to take better photos.  Because, really....I stink at it!! 

Block 3 (lower right):  Red Cross 
Block 4 (upper right):  Four Patch
Block 5 (upper left):  Nine Patch
Block 6 (lower left):  Four Strips

Block 3:  Tide Pools

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quilt Sew Alongs

Block 2:  Day Into Night 

Block 1 (left):  Year's Favourite
Block 2 (right):  Easy H

Monday, December 26, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2017 Reading Challenges

I'm a sucker for reading challenges.  

hosted by Tim Challies

See my reading list here.

This fits nicely with my on-going Library Roulette Challenge!  You can see my book list here.  I'll be reading from the Johnson City Public Library in East Tennessee.  See details at Angel's Guilty Pleasures and Bea's Book Nook.  

I tend to not pick classics.  I feel like this challenge will push me out of my comfort zone!  I'll be keeping my list here.

I plan on reading six books. See my list here.

Of course I am still working on Library Roulette and Read Around the World.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Children's Zoo

Library Roulette Book 1

Section:  mord-patt
Shelf: 31
Book: 36 (reverse count rule used because book cover looked idiotic.  Yes, I judged a book by its cover.)

The Children's Zoo by Lillian O'Donnell

I struggled a bit with this one.  I'm not a fan of mystery stories, but if I were forced to read more in this series, I could do it and not complain too much.  It was a quick read.  

Extreme Reading Adventure

I blame Phyllis Rose.  She wrote The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading which led me to grab my very own shelf at my local library.

 The Shelf

My method of choosing my shelf was pretty quick and simple--Isabelle randomly spewed out a few numbers which led me to the shelf housing books about spiders, undersea creatures, shells and snails!! Squeal!!  

I have been reading through my shelf for awhile now and have loved the journey.  I also have sensed the calling of the other shelves around mine.  "What about me?  Pick me! Pick me!"   So, I decided to read one book from each shelf in the library. WHAT?!  Yes, it's crazy!  Yes, it will take me forever! Yes, I wish I had a neat name for this adventure and maybe that will come later.  For now, I am calling it Library Roulette. 

Isabelle patiently walked around with me while I mapped out the library shelves.  Friends and family gave me random numbers between 1 and 66.  I assigned these numbers to the map.  It sounds muddy as I explain it, but it makes sense to me and takes me to where I am supposed to be going. So, there is a map and rules.  Let the fun begin!

  1. Counting is from left to right, top to bottom to eliminate zig-zagging. 
  2. This is my favorite-- if the book I land on is one I can't possibly even handle reading, I can move to the end of the shelf and do a "reverse count" but, I HAVE to keep that book. 
  3. No Harlequin books, ever. period.  
  4. I have to give the book a chance by reading at least 3-4 chapters.  
  5. If I have to ditch a book, Isabelle will give me a random number and I will grab that book instead.