The rest of the month is going to be a blur......
Next week I'm heading to Ohio to visit a dear friend (who happens to be my main long arm quilter) and want to bring some quilts with me for her to quilt. Plus I need projects to work on.....So that means I am trying to get backings made and quilt projects ready.
I've been frantically working on my porch quilt trying to finish it before I leave, then yesterday I decided to stop fretting and bring it to work on! If the weather permits we will have a couple of day trips planned, but I should have plenty of time to finish the hand applique.
Ok, so what does all that mean? No photos to show you what I've been up to. Oh yeah, I did put the final stitches in the binding for our little quiltalong. It is almost too easy to be a quiltalong, but it is so cute.... to be revealed very soon!!
Book review and giveaway:
If you've read this far, you are in for a treat! Many of you know Jennifer Chiaverini from her Elm Creek quilt series. I'm reading her first stand alone novel!! I reviewed Sonoma Rose almost one year ago and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. While the author was doing research for another novel she came across the story of Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker, confidante and friend. What I found fascinating was Elizabeth Keckley wrote her own memoirs published in 1868. I've never heard of her!
I was asked to do a book review and couldn't refuse.
From the publisher:
"Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker unveils the private lives of the Lincoln's from the time of their rise to White House glory, through the president's shocking assassination and its aftermath, until the end of Mary Todd Lincoln's troubled life."
If I'm not sewing I've been reading. It's a fairly meaty novel- 350 pages worth and I've been hooked!! I was thinking last night how interesting for me to read about the Civil War with Washington DC as the center. I haven't given much thought to the idea they were surrounded by Southern states and to think of how vulnerable they were. I've enjoyed reading what it was like to be a free black woman during this time period. Can you imagine being the first lady's dressmaker, and eventually, friend? Jennifer has done an amazing job of bringing this story to life.
I'm only half way through the book, but if you are interested in reading it next, leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a name to pass it to when I'm finished.
Oh, and if you cannot wait, the book is being released today!!