Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I'm reading....

I love my Kindle but it's been several months since I've turned it on for one reason or another.    And yesterday when I saw on Judy's Patchwork Times blog about her starting a linky for *Whatcha Reading* it was the small push I needed.  I recharged my kindle and opened the latest book I had just downloaded.   It was a quick read for me... only 210 pages and only took me about 4 hours from start to finish.  I enjoyed it very much.   However.... I would have liked a bit more at the end. 
(these excerpts have been copied from the Amazon site since they can tell about the book so much better than I)  ;o)  Also you can click the book and it will take you to their website so you can read some of the reviews if you're interested.

Spirited Away - A Novel of the Stolen IrishIt's May 1653. When young Frederica (Freddy) O'Brennan and her sister Aileen trust a stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, they inadvertently place themselves in the crosshairs of Cromwell's notorious Reign of Terror. Freddy awakens in the crammed hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados. She and Aileen endure the gruesome voyage only to be wrenched apart when purchased at auction by sugar plantation owners from different islands. Freddy is left alone to face the brutal realities of life as a female Irish slave on a seventeenth century Barbados plantation. As she struggles to survive the ordeal, Freddy's harrowing experiences paint an intimate, compelling portrait of 1650s Irish and African slavery in the Caribbean.

 From the Author

        A few years ago, I was reading about Irish history and stumbled across this information:  During Oliver Cromwell's Reign of Terror in the 1650s, a majority of Ireland's Catholic population was either slaughtered, exiled to the west, or sold into slavery in the Caribbean. My jaw dropped and I did a triple-take, amazed. How could it be that I'd never heard of that? Others hadn't either.
        The more I read about Cromwell's Reign of Terror in books and Internet articles, the hotter my Irish-American blood boiled. These massacred, ousted, or enslaved people were my ancestors. I had to write something about this obscure yet pivotal period of Irish history.
       That is how this, my first published novel, came to be. My amazing main character, Freddy, is an "O'Brennan" from County Kilkenny, because my own Irish grandmother was a Brennan from County Kilkenny. With the exception of Cromwell, all of the characters in the novel are fictional. The story, however, is based on historical accounts of events that took place.
       In 1649 Cromwell led an invasion of Ireland that many historians call genocide, or ethnic cleansing. During the 1650s, Ireland lost about 41 percent of its population. The infamous Irish Famine of 1845 to 1852, by comparison, resulted in a loss of 16 percent of the population.
       Cromwell hated Catholicism and wanted to punish Irish Catholics for the rebellion of 1641. Catholicism was banned. Priests were wanted men. Irish Catholics were murdered, thrown off their land, or "spirited away" to the Caribbean. An estimated 100,000 Irish people, mostly women and children, were sold to sugar plantation owners and literally worked to death. Some were flogged to death. They toiled long days and suffered horrific conditions, disease, starvation, and torture.
         "The curse of Cromwell upon you" is still a popular Irish saying. To this day, Irish mothers threaten their misbehaving children with the ultimate punishment: "Cromwell's going to get you!" The bitterness caused by what took place during the 1650s has been a powerful source ofIrish nationalism for more than 350 years.
         Irish slavery was an atrocity that should not be forgotten. I find it outrageous that so few know about it. My hope is that this novel will help bring it to light.

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Monday, January 28, 2013

Fogy Monday

There's something about fog that is so comforting to me.   Well at least as long as my two feet are planted on the ground I love it.  Not so much if I'm in a car driving!  This is what I woke up to this morning....

Yesterday I did get a bit of sewing done for a change.  I finished one more border that I'm paper-piecing.  The nice thing about making so many duplicate pieces is that I can kinda get in a rhythm as to where each piece goes and things start speeding up.   The two long borders are up next.  
 Here's what's on my Design wall this morning and now I'm heading over to Judy's Patchwork Times to link to her Design Wall Monday.  
Come join me....
I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Saturday, January 26, 2013

quiet day....

I really don't like to complain about my aches and pains and medical problems on my blog..... but I'm going to just say It's the pits getting old!!!  hahaha
I'm battling my blood pressure right now and just can't get it under control so I really haven't felt much like sitting at my machine for long.

But...I have been quietly working on my hexies and I'm getting quite a few *flowers* sewn together.   I think I have about eight more to make then I can start sewing the path's and try to figure how to start setting it together.  I've really enjoyed making these so I can sure see how they become addictive.

I found a free download template from Geta Grama that I can print my own hexes and cut them out easily (here).   

I ran a few sheets of cardstock through the printer and plan to spend the afternoon cutting and watching the K-state basketball boys play.  
Then maybe a nap later.  
I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hand work....

For the last few years I've found myself sitting at this computer for longer and longer periods of time while I read blog after blog after blog.   I love blog reading!  There are so many really good blogs out there.
But..... that has been taking too much of my precious time.  
So when the new year rolled around I made a promise to myself that I'd try to become more productive with my time this year.   This month I've started to pare down some of the blogs I've saved in Google Reader and I've picked up a new project.
(I could never give up All blog reading though.) 
I started out with a couple packages of 1" foundations just to see if I would even like to make hexie's.  I figured that size wouldn't be too small or too big.   So far I'm loving these!  
I scrounged up a few scraps and started cutting squares and basting the hexie's.   Once I had basted all of the colored fabrics, I decided I would be able to make a nice sized table topper by surrounding each flower with background fabric.  
These are the colored hexie's (plus a few background) I have ready to sew together.  


Is anyone else sewing hexagons????

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Monday, January 14, 2013

Another Monday .....

and I can't believe the week has gone by so fast.   I do have a Christmas snuggle quilt started for my daughter..... but I know she reads my blog so I'm not going to show my progress (which really isn't much anyway) heehee.
Don't you just hate it when someone posts about something they're working on and then....... won't show you??    I know!!!  Me too!!!
But sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!  ;o)

But I will show my very slow progress on Easy Street mystery.  I have all the setting triangles finished and one each of Block A & Block B.   This is just one corner on my wall so I can see how it's going to come together.  This first picture  shows a pretty good mix of all the fabrics I'm using.

And I've decided I do want a simple border to help balance the blocks.  I think this works just fine.   I'll be working on this off and on now in between my other projects that are on my very very long list.  

So this morning I'm grabbing my cuppa and heading to Judy's Design Wall Monday to link up.  Come join me.......
....and I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Monday, January 7, 2013

If it's Monday....

It must be time to check my design wall.
I do have a few pieces of Easy Street up there.   But I'm only showing these three pieces. Actually I have all four corners finished and three of the setting triangles.

  I was going along at a pretty regular pace and then suddenly there was another cutting mistake in the pattern.   So at this point I had already had to cut more of the 5½" green squares and now I'm wondering if I'm going to have enough to cut these extra 3½" green.
So yesterday I decided to set Easy Street aside for a bit so I could get started on this years project.  I'm going to try to make each of my 'girls' a Christmas snuggle for this year's Christmas presents.   I can only show you those two strips (at the bottom of the picture) because I'm pretty sure the one I'm making this for reads my blog occasionally.   Or maybe not....but I don't want to take any chances.

So I'm heading over to Judy's to post on her Design Wall Monday and then I'll go to Bonnie's Quiltville's Quips to link to her site.  See you there.

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda