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Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Interlocked Squares" for Kathryn

I wanted to make a green quilt, not too traditional, for Bobby's friend Kathryn.  I think she is the love of his life. Green is her favorite color. So I am so pleased with this quilt from the pattern "Interlocked Squares" by Brenda Henning for Hoffman Bali Pops.

Using the "Green Tea" collection, I removed the yellows and substituted a few other batiks found at Aardvark in Morris Plains and a gentle Asian flower print from Fabric Inspirations in Englishtown.  My friends at the Cozy Quilt Shoppe in Maywood were the arbiters of the final border arrangement.  Their good advice is always appreciated.

 I quilted it in sections.  It was challenging and rewarding to make. At 69" by 78.5" it is a very big throw suitable for reading or napping on the couch.

Next, it goes into the wash on a gentle cycle with cold water and then into a gift box for Christmas.  I have enough fabric to make a big matching pillow.  Hmmmm, perhaps this afternoon....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Please Look after Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Please Look After MomPlease Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Motherhood, a complex topic, is beautifully framed in this best-selling novel from South Korea. I agree with the publisher's review that after reading it, you will never view your own mother in the same way as before. 

When Park So-nyo fails to follow her husband onto the train, her oldest son, husband and daughters lives are changed forever.  As they search for her, they search their own memories of her and wonder if she was happy, if they were good in her eyes, and if they will ever find her.  As the voices telling the story shift from one to another, the reader learns so much about love, family,the Korean culture and the universality of "family."

A great story very well told....

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Whole Truth by David Baldacci

The Whole Truth (Shaw, #1)The Whole Truth by David Baldacci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a new book by Baldacci, "The Whole Truth" has a great plot.  It is James Bondish, but longer and without the technology.  Also, the villains are more complex.  Money, here, is definitely the root of the evils Baldacci describes so well.

I finished the audio book in the car this afternoon road tripping with my sister to Cracker Barrel at exit 5 and then quilt shops in Burlington and Pennington.  Good company.

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