Monday, June 25, 2012

latest baby quilt

This is the third quilt I finished this year.  I made the top back in February.  It was originally a larger quilt which I planned to give to a friend for her birthday.  I couldn't find a fabric that would make a good border, so I ditched it temporarily and made a different scrap quilt that weekend. (Click here if you want to see that one).   Recently, I cut the quilt about down to a baby size, hand quilted it, and bound it so I could give it away.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter is what my book club read for the month of June.   Amish widow Emma Yoder decides to start teaching quilting classes to supplement her income.  Her first students are an eclectic group of people, three men and three women at various stages of their life. This book is being performed as a play late this summer and fall in Shipshewana, Indiana.  You can find more about it at the book's website here.  The story should make a decent play.  Included in the book are directions for a wall hanging and a recipe for Angel Cream Pie.  I made the custard pie for our book club and they all ate their piece.  Another woman in our group made the top part of the quilt from the directions and it turned out great. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Brothers at Bat

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick is a new picture book I picked up at the library this week.  It tells the true story of the twelve Acerra brothers who lived in New Jersey in the 1920s and 30s.  This picture book would be great for baseball fans of all ages.  It could also be used with students to help them better understand what life was like during that time period.  The illustrations by Steven Salerno are great, reminding me some of the illustrating styles of Virginia Burton and H.A. Rey.

Friday, June 1, 2012


My summer officially has begun, despite what the calendar might say.  Today was the last day of school.