Episode 142: At Summer’s End …

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Nova top finished! Well, except for the borders …

nova final topWhat I’ve been reading:

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Mcfarlane

The Wild Places by Robert Mcfarlane

A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Have a great week!

7 Replies to “Episode 142: At Summer’s End …”

  1. Consider this a summer’s worth of comments:

    Love the quilt, Frances! Your friend will too.

    I sympathize with you about the rain knocking down your corn. The rain did the same thing to my cannas just as they were starting to bloom.

    When your mom first bought her Baby Lock and gave you her Bernina, I thought there must be something really special about the Baby Lock. I sew on an 18 year old Bernina and thought I might be missing out. I seriously thought about looking at Baby Locks. Glad to know she returned to the Bernina fold! My machine isn’t computerized and doesn’t do a buttonhole stitch like some people use for applique. It also has no automatic needle threader, and I could really use one now that my eyes are over 50 years old. But, for now, my old Bernina will have to do.

    I like hearing your book reviews, and I’m sure you have heard other podcasters recommending the Louise Penny books. I’m adding my vote for these books. You have talked about writing ‘character’ driven YA novels. These books have good plots but are also ‘character’ driven. I think you would like them.

    Glad you are back podcasting!

  2. Thank you for your kind words about my abilities. As I was listening I was laying out blocks for a donation quilt and worrying them quite a bit – moving this one over here and that one away from that fabric. I laughed when I heard your comments, but also appreciated your faith in me. šŸ˜‰

    Regrets: this is why you see me making the same pattern multiple times. I know it takes time, but I want to learn. Once I reach a certain point in a quilt, I don’t stop and rip major sections. Once I have traveled down a path a certain number of miles, I keep on it and chalk my regrets up to experience. I do try and ‘fix’ the regret next time. I am glad you made it to the realization that “the Muggles don’t know” because I was screaming about it.

    Hemming and hawing: I do a certain amount of hemming and hawing about placement of fabrics, especially in my Fabric of the Year series (it is kind of the point of that series, though), but at some point I get mad at myself for not just making a decision and moving on. Sometimes that leaks out when others ask my opinion and I apologize if I seemed annoyed with you. Your layout is lovely and I don’t think you should worry about the bottom block.

    My Young Man’s 3rd day of school was today. I now have a senior who is preparing for college. Yikes.

  3. Thanks for your last podcast, had to come check your quilt after hearing about your process. I love it just the way it is! Another note, have you met Annie Smith yet? She is just such a lovely woman, I have visited with her and have gone to one her retreats-it was a pleasure! She is just as friendly as she sounded on her podcasts! I’m also enjoying “Last Tango”, but you should watch Bomb Girls on Netflix, I think you would enjoy it!

  4. The Nova top looks great! When I am fiddling with block placement, I often take pictures of different arrangements – then I can go back and compare.

    I agree with you about doing the one thing and then taking a break! Thank you for podcasting about this – it gives me some companionship in introvercy (if that is a word).

    There is a YA show on Netflix you might like called Dance Academy – about a ballet high school in Australia. I watched it with my daughter, who is a ballet dancer. I thought both the the acting and dancing were good, and the views of Sydney Harbor made me want to go there.

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