Okay, it's actually Fat Tuesday, not Lundi Gras (the Monday before Mardi Gras). But, whatever, I got the idea yesterday, and it's a catchy title.
For those of us who love to read: Here is an email I got from an author named Melissa Bourbon. Now I usually don't open unsolicited emails, but I'm glad I opened this one. She's totally legit, and I'm excited to see a sewing mystery being published!
Hello, I am the author of a new 'Magical Dressmaking' cozy mystery book series. The first book will be released by Penguin's NAL on August 2nd and is called Pleating for Mercy. I discovered your website and wondered if you'd be interested in reading an advanced copy and perhaps sharing it with your readers and sewing friends. Please let me know if this is something you'd be interested in. The cover and blurb can be seen at my website. Thanks so much for your time! Looking forward to hearing back from you. Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
There is a picture of the cover of the book on her website. I look forward to reading it, and I thank Melissa for including me on the list of people who will be reviewing the book.
For those of you like me who are just now exploring quilting (not that I'll ever give up garment sewing) --- here is a great, fresh quilting blog I discovered. Elizabeth Hartman's blog, Oh Fransson! When you quilt, you want your work to last a long time, so modern fabrics may not be the way to go all the time.
BUT, you just have to get excited about the prospect of shaking things up a bit, and doing some projects with those really cool fabrics you see in your local quilt store and online – like Amy Butler, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, etc. She uses mostly modern fabrics and has just fabulous results.
There are oodles of free patterns and ideas on projects large and small, and best of all: simple! Her new book is called The Practical Guide to Patchwork, and it's only $13.64 at Amazon! It has great reviews. Best of all, it fits my style completely. I want simple and easy. I love traditional quilts, but I am in no way ready or willing to do paper piecing. All those tiny parts just blow my mind. I've ordered the book, and am following her blog.
I'd also like to give a shout out to Nancy Zieman for her book Quilt With Confidence. It's what I used to do my very first quilting project. I did a table runner, and used this simple, easy to understand book. Now why didn't I take another picture of this finished with the binding and AFTER quilting it?? Well I'll do that tonight and update the photo.
Yet one more link - Tipnut Pincushions. Over 50 pincushion tutorials listed here! Pincushions are great projects to turn out after you've had an intense project. They enable you to use scraps, and are so much fun!
And here is a picture of the new Babylock Serenade that I promised to post. I took it off the brochure that a dealer gave me.