“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...

Witch Quilt

More than a year ago, I made this quilt from the Buggy Barn pattern company.  The technique for making this quilt is unlike any other quilt pattern I have ever made.  While sewing, you can not see how the witch is going to be formed.  It requires a leap of faith (and careful adherence to the instructions).  After several hours of doubting the entire process…out flew this whimsical witch

It wasn’t a huge time commitment and I rather enjoyed the puzzle-like technique that Buggy Barn patterns often employ.

Buggy Barn Witch Quilt

This year, I pulled out the book again…the jack-o-lantern quilt has an interesting candy corn border around it…

And if you like cats,  there is a great quilt for you to consider…

Buggy Barn

Hmm…is it worth adding another “Work in Progress” to my already considerable list???

 

Fall Reading

 

 

Now that the days are a bit cooler (and more importantly-shorter) here in Minnesota, I thought I’d start planning my fall reading.  I pulled some old favorites, but I really would like to read something new…

I’d love some suggestions for fall reading…I’m looking for something spooky to start October…