Book Review – “A Curious Beginning”

I recently finished A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn.  This is the first in the four-part Veronica Speedwell Mystery series.  Veronica is a quite astonishing woman for her time - Victorian England.  She is clever, outspoken, adventurous, free-thinking and possessed of a scientific mind.  She was orphaned at an early age and raised by two spinsters. …

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Houston International Quilt Festival Pt. 4

Today's final installment of my coverage of the Houston Quilt Show 2018 takes a look at some of the quilts that I call "geometric" plus a few stylized ones and one covering a fantasy subject. The quilt above stopped me in my tracks.  The actual designs are mainly enhanced through machine embroidery and the effect …

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Houston International Quilt Festival ’18 – Pt. 3

Today we're going to continue our walk through the quilts on display at the 2018 Houston Quilt Show, looking at floral and scenic quilts.  Again, these are simply quilts that "spoke" to me as I wandered through the exhibit hall.  I love the flowering vines climbing the vertical stripes in the quilt above. A more …

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Houston International Quilt Festival Pt. 2

Today's look at the quilts of the Houston International Quilt Festival 2018 will feature people and wildlife as subjects.  There were many fine examples of both at the show but these are some of the ones that "spoke" to me. This was quite a powerful quilt especially when you consider the juxtaposition of a small child holding …

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Book Review- “Retire – Get a Ukulele!”

Retire - Get a Ukulele! by Kelvin Pattison is a book after my own heart.  You see, I joined a ukulele group this past year and there is so much that the author describes in his book that mirrors my own experiences.  Mr. Pattison belongs to a British community group of strummers called the Stokes …

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Book Review -The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I just finished The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  This is the first book in the Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley.  What a delightful young heroine - quirky as all get out, too.  Flavia is a very precocious eleven-year-old who is obsessed with chemistry.  Her father is inattentive, her older sisters …

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