November 16, 2011

Sneak Peak

I'm participating in a Christmas fabric swap right now with a great group of ladies and part of the swap is that we have to make something with the fabric.  We each sent 5 inch squares of modern Christmas fabrics to all the participants and I'm in the midst of using all these cool squares to make a fun lap quilt.  It is such a diverse selection of fabrics, I decided to add a lot of white to my quilt and I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out so far. Here's a little instagram shot of my progress thus far:

November 5, 2011

Book Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much to everybody who entered my book giveaway.  I chose the winner via random number generator this morning and the winner is Conny from Conny's Quilts!  I had a lot of fun finding out who your favorite authors were as I'm always looking for a good series to read. Congrats to Conny and I hope you all are having a nice weekend!

November 1, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway

When I was asked to review a mystery novel centered around quilting, I was excited because I love to read, I love quilting, and I love mysteries. It was also great timing because I had been on the hunt for some fun, new fiction. (The kind where your mind gets a little break from the stresses and details of your day and you get to take a little vacation for a few minutes.)  Since I hadn't read any of Clare O'Donohue's other books, I wasn't sure what to expect. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed reading the entire series.  "The Devil's Puzzle" is the fourth book in the "Someday Quilts" series which consists of  "The Lovers Knot", "A Drunkards Path", and "The Double Cross."
O'Donohue's writing style is suspenseful, fun and easy to read and really got me hooked.  The main characters are well developed and likable and I found myself quickly getting attached to them. Add in the suspense factor, and the love of all things quilting, and you have a recipe for hours of reading enjoyment.

Witchcraft in a small New England town typically harkens Salem, Massachusetts. However, amateur sleuth Nell Fitzgerald finds the upcoming anniversary of Archers Rest, New York drawing out the town’s own dark history of witchcraft, as well as that of its residents in "The Devil's Puzzle". Nell is thrilled when her grandmother Eleanor’s boyfriend plans a double surprise—restoring the rose garden of her old Victorian house, and a marriage proposal. However, Oliver’s plans are put on hold when a skeleton is unearthed in Eleanor’s backyard. Police Chief Jesse Dewalt launches an investigation, and for once, Nell vows to stay out of his way, instead focusing on organizing a historic quilt show as part of the town’s upcoming anniversary festivities. When clues lead to questions about Eleanor’s past, Nell is forced to uncover the truth. As the anniversary approaches, a chilling wave of vandalism strikes town hot spots, raising fears that witchcraft has returned, and revealing secrets that could change life in Archer’s Rest forever.
Have I piqued your curiosity? If you would like to win a free copy of "The Devil's Puzzle", simply leave a comment telling me who your favorite author is.  Comments will be open until Friday November 4th at 9pm PST and the winner will be chosen via random number generator.  Please make sure to leave a way for me to contact you in your comment.  Good luck and happy reading!

Note: I was given the book series to review for free but was not compensated for this review