Reading & Little Quilting

Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses, quilting links, quilts

On Friday I started to read a book by Lisa Gardner and it really held my interest from the very beginning.  On Saturday I kept at it – other than a break to run to the grocery store and doing laundry — and didn’t even pick up a needle until evening – after I finished the book.  The book is  Touch and Go – published last year and right now  Amazon for Kindle has it for $2.99 .  I have read other books by her but never has one of her books kept my interest where I didn’t want to put the book down.  Here is a little synopsis from Amazon “Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn’t like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. At best, the entire family has been kidnapped. At worst…”

I took a few stitches on the baby quilt and got done with the corner I showed yesterday, didn’t work on the Granny Squares but I did work on the Patchwork of the Crosses Friday night after I got off the computer.  I finished the row I was working on and now have the first of seven rows of the Crosses finished!!   I guess I need to really try to get in time almost every day on this quilt if I am going to finish it by fall which I would love to do.


I can tell already that I will only be doing about a 1/3 of a block at a time now as the little blue squares rest just above the roller so I have to have room to move and couldn’t roll it down as far as I would like to – which means I will get across the width faster but will be rolling it down more often.  This is the block I started on last night.


Isn’t this One World Fabrics: Shop | Category: Japanese Craft/Quilting Books | Product: Floral Bouquet Quilttea cozy just so cute – I have a a page on Pinterest  with some really pretty hand work ideas .  This cozy is designed by Yoko Sato the link goes to a book of hers—I look at all this really delicate handwork and just want to make it all!!  Some of the designs are so complicated looking.  She is such a great well known quilter.  On my blog sidebar I have a link to Patchwork Pink Caramel– the name of this blogger is Sakae Yoshihara – she does a lot of work that might be designs of the designer above – I’m not sure if the translation is right.  Sakae’s work is so pretty and delicate also – her blog is in Japanese but using google translator you can sometimes figure out some of what she writes – but she has such beautiful photos of her work and work of her students (I believe if I understood right) even if I can’t understand all that she writes I love looking at the photos – such beautiful hand stitching.  (In My Opinion – Google translator does a really poor job of translating at times!)

We are prepared for the winter storm once again and hope other than being cold it will not be too bad and that we won’t get a lot of ice – but I’m pretty sure we will get at least some ice and then snow – we are all ready for some warmth aren’t we!!  At least it won’t last more than a day or so.

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13 comments… add one
  • Kathy ... aka Nana Mar 2, 2014

    Thankfully DD has decided that it’s not worth the risk of getting out in this weather (we’ve been getting freezing rain and sleet since before 3AM with another couple of hours of this before it will turn to snow). Perfect day to stay inside where it’s warm and stitch! Hope you don’t get too much ice.
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  • Carla Mar 2, 2014

    Your making real progress on your crosses quilt. Hope you don’t get hit with ice and another power outage. It is starting to cool here. I just came in from walking the dog and I could feel the north breeze.
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  • Loretta Mar 2, 2014

    I follow your blog and have left comments before. I, too, am a hand quilter but am not creative at figuring out what design to quilt on my quilts.

    I love the creativeness you show in the neutral spaces and would like to pick your brain as to how you come up with the ideas on what to do.

    Please contact me via email as I’d like to converse with you about this if you don’t mind.

    aorlflood at
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  • Debra Mar 2, 2014

    I never tire of looking at this quilt 🙂

  • Prima Donna Mar 2, 2014

    I like the colors of this quilt because the colors are bright without being over-poweringly bold. Very nice quilting design, too. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Quilter Kathy Mar 2, 2014

    Beautiful stitches! It must be so exciting to roll the quilt!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!
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  • CJ Mar 2, 2014

    Hurry up and finish quilting this one Karen, so I can pet it! 🙂
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  • ria Mar 2, 2014

    Hi Karen, thanks for your comment on my blog, about our Love Entwined Bee.
    It is so great to work with more quilters on it, so we encourage eachother!
    And I love your “Patchwork of the Crosses”! That is also a quiltpattern I would love to make one day….
    Love from the Netherlands, Ria.
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  • Deb Mar 2, 2014

    Such beautiful stitches on your quilt.
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  • Lisa Mar 2, 2014

    Your quilt is really beautiful. I also love the colours. Thanks for the links to the Japanese work. Yes that tea cosy is gorgeous.

  • BillieBee Mar 2, 2014

    Love your stitching. Off to check out the book.
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  • audrey Mar 3, 2014

    Interesting comment about the book. I’ve read her and not been ‘fascinated’ by the story myself. Will have to check this one out! Love your POTC. Always fun to see your progress.:)

  • Cathy Mar 4, 2014

    Gorgeous quilt. Good luck on a fall (or before ) finish! Love your Pinterest page too.

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