[what i’m working on wednesday] Wild in Central Park Quilt

I am in the middle of working on a quilt  pattern from Thimble Blossoms called Wild Thing. I really love pinwheel style and the funness of the pattern. I have owned this pattern as well as the fabric from a while and though it has such fun colors that it would be a great summer quilt to work on.

The fabric that i am currently using is Central Park by Kate Spain. I love her brightness and fun that she exudes in each of her fabric lines. A mix of florals, geometric shapes, and animals it will go add a fun splash of color to our utterly under decorated living room.

Wild in central park quilt:: the beginning

What made me want to work on this quilt was all the beautiful quilts that people have posted on their blogs. I fell in love immediately.  Here are a few examples:

The Crafty Cupboard

Wild Thing Quilt - The Crafty Cupboard

Twin Fibers

Twin Fibers - Wild Thing Quilt

So pretty right! I should hopefully have some updated pictures soon! Just getting the piecing all finished up!

Is anyone working on any fun projects this week?

Toodles!

Tif

[What I Read] Thirteen Reasons Why :: Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

So, Maybe i am just coming late to this party ( which i often am) but this book was an addiction to read. It was a fast read ( about 3 hrs for me) But i was unable to put it down.

So here is the jist:

The story follows Clay Jensen who is just your average high schooler, Not too popular or too geeky. An overall nice guy. Than this world changed. One day he receives a package from Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide 2 weeks earlier and whom he had a crush, with 13 cassette tapes in it. In these 13 tapes Hannah talks you through the 13 reasons why she committed suicide. And these tapes were only sent to the people that are on the Tapes. Over one night, Clay crisscrosses the town following Hannah’s directions ( a map included in the package) discovering secrets of his classmates, as why he is on the tapes.

My thoughts:

From the moment i heard the concept of this book from my neighbor i knew i had to read it. I am currently on a YA kick with my books and i can never turn down a recommendation. Overall i really enjoyed the story of the book. I thought the tone, pace, and rhetoric were on par with what i was hoping the story to be.  I thought the story was well written, the characters well developed, and the voice the author gave to Hannah was heartbreaking, but relateable.

As i stated before, i really enjoyed the concept of the story, but more than that i really enjoyed the characters. It would have been easy for the author to create an overly dramatic and nonrealistic voice to Hannah, but he did not. Her voice was what i expected from a 17 year old girl and it brought me back the high school. The drama, the awkwardness, the just trying to fit in. The story had alot of truth to it, and would be a great discussion book for High school and middle schoolers to open up about their feeling of depression and suicide.

Though, reading some others reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, i do agree that her reasons were all good reasons. Though, i will play the devils advocate and state that when you are in high school, Her reasons could of felt like life and death. Sometimes the feelings that people have and the reasons people do things may not be the same as yours, but they are important to them.

Overall

In the end, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were engrossing, the story was well thought out. The book really doesn’t have a beginning or an ending, it is just floating through time. I would highly recommend this to YA book readers who are looking for a quicker read that will make you think as well as open up a discussion with others .

 

Life as I know it

Hello all!

Summer has gotten away from me. I have been working super hard to get my life organized, keep up with projects, fix up the outside of our home, and read some good books!

I have gotten my little plates quilt all finished and carted off with my husband to North Dakota for work.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Little plates quilt back

The back

Little plates front
The Front

What i really love about sewing is that there is no right way to do it. Okay, maybe there is to some people but i really enjoy just tackling the task and creating new ways to do things and do them the way i want to. I dont like to overthink or get frusterated  (which does happen) but just let the creativity and the task take you over.

As you can probably see in the front, i kind of got a bit wonky in the middle. For that, i blame jake leaving and wanting a nice cuddly quilt to take with him. Though, i have learned from this experience and know… when i want to do straight lines use spray adhesive to sandwich quilt!

I have also been a bit of a book worm, Reading about 8 or so books over the past  two months. I am working on creating posts for just quick little reviews about what I read and what i thought about them.

And last but not least i have been totally geeking out about Battlestar Galactica. How did i not watch this show before! It is totally my style, Space, bad ass strong women, and robots. That show has kind of taken over my life ( in a good way?)! Anyone else addicted?

So, for now, that is it. I am currently working on a new quilt. Details on that soon.

Toodles!

Tif

Small Plates Quilt

Wow, this week has gone by so fast! This week my project has been the working on the Small Plates quilt from Oh Fransson’s Book : The Practical Guide to Patchwork. This quilt is a simple Square within a Square quilt. For the quilt i am using Hometown Precuts from Sweetwater. I really love the colors and the design of the fabric.

I hope to finish this before the next Minneapolis Modern Guild Meeting In the next few weeks. Wish me luck!
Small Plates Quilt fabric

Monday: What I’m Reading

What im reading Monday

I am a huge book nerd. I read all types; sci-fi, fantasy, biographies, memoirs, mysteries. You name it i have probably read it. The current book i am reading[The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan] was recommended to me by a few friends Cori and Nissa.  This is a long series of 14 books i believe and I am coming late to the party only reading the first one now. I am about 200 pages in and so far so good.

What i love about Minnesota

Minnesota is not for everyone. The frigid cold, the never ending elements, the sweltering heat that causes you not to want to leave your air conditioned home even to  grab ice cream. But for all the faults, it more than makes up for it with its spring and fall.

For example, this morning i was driving to my friend’s house in the country. It was grey cold, and damp in the air. The wind could bite you. But though all the negatives of the day. it was beautiful. The fog coming over the road, the haze that went on for miles. Beauty, at its original state.

Misty Minnesota

Than as the morning went on the sun starting coming out, the wind started to rise up, and the leaves started to russel. Inviting you to sit outside in the sun and read a good book [my current is The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan]. To drink in  the nature, to use its beauty as inspiration.

Now, that is the real minnesota.

the beginning…

Hi! My name is Tif.

I started this blog for a couple different reasons. Creating an creative outlet has always been a priority for my life. I have always had to have something to create. Whether it is sewing, crochet, knitting, or writing.  Though i am not the best at all of those subjects [knitting is one craft i keep trying and failing at anything complicated], I still chase the tails of creativity hoping what I create bring joy to people.

I am also in the beginning stages of creating my own accessories shop. Specializing in different types of products including purses/totes and pet accessories. Follow me on my journey through conception, creation, and selling my products.

There will also be a sprinkling of my life, favorites, and books.