Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Last week in school one of the stories was about collage art. So I assigned my students the task of making a collage. I also made the collage above. It is a picture of where I would like to live someday-in a neighborhood that is walking distance to my sisters' ( Amanda and Anita) houses and a library.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

from fabric to quilt

A common question I get from people is "How long did it take you to make that quilt?" Normally I can just tell them when I started it and when I finished it, which is anywhere from one week to six years. So I kept a record of how long this one took and it turned out to be about 27.5 hours. The part that took the longest (around 17 hours) was the hand quilting around each picture twice-once on the picture itself, and another time on the bordering fabric. There are a total of 28 blocks, each measuring 12 by 16. It is long enough to sleep under and will likely be popular with my nephews when they come sleep over.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston is a picture book that would be great to read to children in elementary and middle school. The book is based on the life of a woman the author knew when she was a child. Miss Dorothy loved books and loved sharing the books with others. I like this book just as much (or more) than her book, My Great-Aunt Arizona. Even though this book's intended audience is children, most adults that love reading would enjoy this story as well.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Chair for My Mother

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams is a great story to read to grade school children. A girl, her mother, and her grandmother work together to save money for a chair for their apartment. It sends a great message about saving for something and community. The more I read the story, the more I like it.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a book I picked up to read because my nephews are reading the series. It took me awhile to get into the book, but after I got into it, there was plenty to keep me engaged in the story. Percy is a boy that is thrust into a world he never thought was real-the world of mythology. He finds out at the beginning of the story that he is the son of a god. He encounters all kinds of strange things in his quest to stop the Greek gods from starting a war. The strength of the story is in the many twists and turns in the plot. Having Greek gods as some of the characters seems like it would be confusing to children reading the book, but hasn't stopped the Percy Jackson series from being a bestseller. I don't think I am interested in watching the movie, and may not read the other books anytime soon. Has anyone read the book or watched the movie?