“A Thrilling Swashbuckler”

The Black Swan, Book Review, Rafael Sabatini, Mariner's Compass

There’s been very little quilting progress here lately.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions ( read more here) was to read more fiction.  I just finished The Hobbit,  which I liked, but didn’t love…and now I’ve returned to one of my favorite authors, Rafael Sabatini.  One reviewer described The Black Swan as “a thrilling swashbuckler“…what more could I want?  A clear, idealistic hero who rescues a witty damsel in distress…

If it’s anything like my other Sabatini favorites:  Captain Blood, Scaramouche, and The Sea-Hawk, there will be plenty of drama on the high-seas…pirates, buccaneers, intrigue…and while I enjoy all the action, what I am really drawn to is the witty prose.

I have a great deal planned for the next few weeks:  more giveaways, more tutorials, more about the Mariner’s Compass Block above… and a new look…so stay tuned…exciting things coming your way…

But for the moment…I’m lost in tropical trade winds off Barbados...

Come on Baby…Let’s Do “The Twist”

Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial, Border, The Twist

Today we’re going to turn on a little 50’s music (for Chubby Checkers click here)

and Do The Twist(FYI—I was NOT around in time to dance the Twist….)

Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial, Border, The Twist

The Twist is one of my all-time favorite free motion quilt designs.  It just flows…like words from a snappy song…

Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial, Border, The Twist

Start by drawing two “rails” to act as guidelines…For The Twist…begin stitching between the two lines-upward to the first rail.  Make a loop.  Then head slightly to the right and stitch the bottom loop…. Take a “hard right” as you travel to the beginning of the next Twist

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Try to keep the “loops” perpendicular to the “rails” and use the connecting stitches to do the traveling portion of the design…

Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial, Border, The Twist

The Twist makes an absolutely gorgeous border…and it is a fast and easy filler stitch...

Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial, Border, The Twist

Just give this little tutorial a try, and I guarantee you will be singing the praises of your new skill!

For more tutorials, check out the Quilt tab above…

Let me know what you think, and if you would like any other tutorials related to All Things Quilting!

An (Andrew Carnegie) Library Jaunt

Andrew Carnegie Library

Stillwater, Minnesota is the home of one of the Andrew Carnegie Public Libraries established in the US, England, Ireland, Canada and elsewhere throughout the world.  Steel magnate and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie immigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1848.  He worked his way up from factory worker in a bobbin factory to one of America’s leading industrialists by the turn of the century.  After selling his iron works company to US Steel in 1901, Mr. Carnegie became one of America’s most prominent philanthropists.  He established over 2500 libraries worldwide, most of which still stand today.

Stillwater Public Library was established in 1897 and the building-overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River– was completed in 1902.  Over the years, several additions and remodeling efforts have seamlessly blended the historic building and architecture with modern needs for more space, handicap access, and new technology.

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The view from the outdoor reading area  (closed in winter):

Andrew Carnegie Library, St. Croix River

Andrew Carnegie Library, Books

Quiet study carrels:

Andrew Carnegie Library, Conference Rooms, Quiet areas

Comfortable reading areas:

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Original stained glass windows:

Stained Glass,Andrew Carnegie Library

A fabulous fine art collection–bequested from Richard Huelsman, a former library trustee, and others…

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And my favorite part…the camera books are directly across from…

Camera Books Andrew Carnegie Library

the quilt books!

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So if you’re looking for a little P and Q (peace and quiet)–or need anything to read, download to your Kindle, Iphone, etc…I would highly recommend a trip to your local (Andrew Carnegie?) library!

Andrew Carnegie Library