Friday, November 12, 2021

Taking a Break

Many things need attention now so I will be stepping back from my blog for a while. Hopefully there will be time to read some of your posts. Enjoy the holidays ahead. I wish you lots of time with your beloved families and friends, as well as time to quilt, read, or whatever keeps you engaged. Stay safe. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

I Hope This is the Start of the Baby Words Series of Baby Quilts

Beginnings could happen more than once, or in different ways. You could think you were starting something afresh, when actually what you were doing was carrying on as before.
~Rachel Joyce


Since this is the third baby quilt with a four letter word, it must mean a new series has begun. The Coins will make words suitable for babies... even if they are  FLWs {four-letter-words.} I wrote down several then used an online Scrabble dictionary to find others. {There were amazingly few appropriate ones in the that dictionary.} Now ideas come day and night. 

My DIL highlighted the ones she thought her friends would prefer and I've {sort of} prioritized them. Of course sometimes a word will pop to the top of the list depending on who the quilt is for. 

This is HOPE as a top...

HOPE baby quilt top

and again when it's finished. 

HOPE baby quilt

The border is supposed to make it a bit larger and set off the words better. Not sure if this version succeeds with the second task. With solids running low, two were combined to frame the center. {It does look better in person.}

The quilting is a spiral.... again. I enjoy this {now} easy design although sewing and watching the circling sometimes makes me dizzy.  I'm also using up all the thread that's been hanging around for years. There's no selvedge on thread so no way to know how old they are. This time I used two partial spools of pink. 

Detail of letter P, spiral quilting,
and binding of HOPE baby quilt

The back contains a reef print. Is is sea fern? I'm not sure, but the colors are quiet and the fabric was on sale. To make it wide enough I inserted an ombre remnant from my sister and, since that remnant wasn't wide enough either, I added a small scrap of pink in the center. 

Back of HOPE baby quilt

The background solids each use about a fat quarter. I purchased them for this quilt since there is none in my stash {Hallelujah!}  It's obvious I'm out of those soft pastels of the previous two quilts because the prints are mid-range values. Some more fabric, both solid and printed, will be required soon if I keep up this series. I see shopping in my future.

HOPE baby quilt, folded

As soon as the last thread was buried and the quilt washed and dried, it was off to my DIL's house for a friend of theirs.

Quilt Specifics
Size: 45" x 45"
Design: String quilt
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Aurifil and Metler cotton thread in pink
Quilting: Spiral with walking foot
Approximate yardage: 5.5 yds


Stories like Becky Chambers' are creating a new genre - Hopepunk {like Steampunk.} Her first was intriguing and engaging; each subsequent novel has been better as her talents strengthen. Although most consider her a science fiction author, A Psalm for the Wild-Built has no aliens, weapons, or space travel at all. Instead, Becky's populated a world with humans who realize they are destroying it. As their robots gain sentience, they {the robots} put down their tools and head into the wilderness never to be seen again. Two hundred years later a tea monk encounters a robot who asks him, "What do people need?" 

This is an insightful and thoughtful book as the two characters begin to learn from the other. Hopefully it is the start of a long series, too. 

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Dear is Another Baby Word

America is a nation peopled by the world. And we are all Americans.
~Ronald Takaki


DEAR is another FLW {four letter word} we use for babies. You have to read line by line. If you read counterclockwise, it becomes DARE. 

Dear baby quilt

The Coins are from the same set as LOVE but a couple of the backgrounds are different. 

This time I wised up and arranged the letters A and R so they have no points. It's much easier to sew when those pesky points aren't in play. Haha. There's another FLW.

Detail of letter E, spiral quilting, and binding

The print on the back has loads of cute baby chicks. It's a bit too narrow so a five-inch strip of bright orange was inserted. You know I had to put some brights in there. 

Back of Dear baby quilt

The binding is a remnant from our beloved sister's stash. I've been saving it for the perfect place but it fits here. She was a dear and would enjoy seeing a new generation nap on a quilt with some of her fabric.

View of letter E

A quick wash and dry and it's ready to gift to a darling dear somewhere. 

Quilt Specifics
Size: 45" x 45"
Design: String quilt
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Metler fine embroidery cotton thread in yellow
Quilting: Spiral with walking foot
Approximate yardage: 5.5 yds


Photographer Meddelin Chan works in the family business, wedding planning. She accidentally kills her blind date who won't take no for an answer. Dial A for Aunties is Jesse Sutanto's debut adult novel and she introduces us to Chinese-Indonesian culture as Meddelin's mother and then her aunts try to help her cover up the event. 

A cute, quick read that has been optioned for a Netflix movie. 

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Love is a Baby Word

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.
~Yogi Berra


Events are superseding quilting. Even with so many calls on my time, I can't quit sewing completely. When I can't sleep, sewing Coins and string soothes me. Lots and lots of columns. Finally I wanted to put one together. 

My original plan was to simply sew a Chinese Coin top but when the first columns fell perpendicularly, they brought letters to mind. That sparked the memory of a sign with VO on the first row and TE on the second. I've always admired four block quilts and wondered what other four letter words might be useful. I started a list. BABY and LOVE tickled my funny bone. They might look good as a quilt.

I spent a couple of days doodling letters on graph paper to see if my idea would work. Some seem to have lots of background. 

The fabrics I pulled for the Coins are pastel, something I don't use much. They've been hanging around for a while and I wanted to use them up. There are a {very} few light solids in my small stash and I knew just where they were. How would a completely pastel baby quilt look?

Love baby quilt

Pretty good. 

Spiral quilting is easy for me now and works so well for a baby quilt. Secretly I enjoy having so few thread ends to bury. But going in circles can make me dizzy. If I take my eye off the stitching line, it won't stay in the right place. So I take frequent breaks to look at things at a distance.  

Spiral quilting in progress

Each of the background solids took about a fat quarter. The leftovers made a narrow border that I I thought might make each letter look like a baby block. Now I'm not so sure the effect works.

Detail of letter V, spiral quilting, and binding

With so many sweet pastels, the binding called for something light but calm. I pulled almost every piece from my stash before hitting on this beige and tan print. 

Back of Love baby quitl

I found a yard of a quiet print with shore birds for the back and increased both directions with a green remnant to make a cross.

Quilt Specifics
Size: 45" x 45"
Design: String quilt
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Metler fine embroidery cotton thread in yellow
Quilting: Spiral  with walking foot
Approximate yardage: 5.5 yds

It's going to a family friend in time for the baby shower. How lucky is that?


Over the years I've enjoyed the Maggie Hope mysteries by Susan Elia MacNeil so I've been looking forward to her latest, The Hollywood Spy. Maggie's ex-fiancĂ©e, who works creating war films for Walt Disney, asks her to investigate the death of his current fiancĂ©.  After reaching California, Maggie realizes the same problems that engulf Europe are at work here - from racial tension to Nazi infiltration. 

The plot line is good but this is not my favorite book in her series. She's done a tremendous amount of research and I'm looking for some of her reference materials {which are listed at the back} but at times this reads like a check box of famous people and places of the era. 

Monthly FUR (Fabric Use Rate) 

Three more finishes in October used 25 yards. YTD =  149.375 yards. Something about the approaching end of the year always lights a fire for me.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pulling Pastel Scraps

You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
C. S. Lewis


After a couple of years effort, my stash is much reduced. Years ago I had a single box of fabric for quilting and loved knowing where each fabric was purchased. But after the kids grew up, the stash quickly expanded until I had half a wall of stuff. Even though I sorted by color, I lost track of what was there. And sadly I couldn't remember where most of them were purchased. Now it's again easy to see what I have and build new stacks. 

Case in point: The blue and white rabbit print was an impulse purchase in Berkeley four years ago. I planned to feature it somewhere. Instead it's just been languishing in a bin. Time to get it out and see what I can make. 

To make it easy, I started a Coin column that I think looks lovely, limited to blues and whites. Different from my usual color scheme. Hopefully the other pastels will work in well.

At one time the Coin columns fell to the floor perpendicularly. See. Here's an E.

I have an idea. Hopefully I can move it along. 


An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

Josephine Tey's mysteries were always favorites of mine but I was startled to find Nicola Upson created a mystery series featuring her as the main character. In An Expert in Murder,  a young woman Josephine meets is murdered before she can leave the train when it arrives in London. Mementos arranged in the cabin leave a nasty feel. Josephine and Inspector Archie Penrose join forces to find the killer.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Final Squares

Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
~Robert Frost


Perhaps that quote applies to quilters, too. Ideas wax and wane. Abilities increase but also decrease with the passing years. 

After all those quilts, there are still some squares and blocks remaining. How is it that the more we use our scraps, the more appear? It's very hard to use them all up... especially when they seem to regenerate nightly.

This little quilt combines most of the leftovers. I liked the look of the larger postage stamp quilt so I tried it again here. Not many blues or greens left; this top reflects desert colors - red rocks, golden dirt, and sage brush. The few bits of blue could be the midday sky or the bright oranges could be a sunset. 

The back is a yard of cactus print lengthened with some leftover greens. The fabrics blend well with the front.  Perhaps the greens should have been added in the middle of the cactus rather than at the bottom. I can never make up my mind about positioning the little bits needed to lengthen a back.

Here's a look at the front and back together. 

All my leftover green binding scraps made the binding for this quilt. 

Quilt Specifics
Size: 40" x 40"
Design: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Batting: Hobbs cotton
Thread: Superior 50/3 green cotton thread
Quilting: walking foot grid
Approximate yardage: 6 yds

When I took it to my DIL, she knew immediately who could use this gift. A friend of hers loves cactus. Perfect.


Since I enjoyed the first two books in her Joanna Brady series, I decided to try Until Proven Guilty which began her J.P. Beaumont series. I didn't care for it much as it reminded me of those 1950's macho detective stories. Perhaps it will grow on me but I much prefer the Brady books. 

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

A Finish for a Friend

Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace within difficulties.
~ C.S. Lewis


The quilt is finished and gifted to a young man who's been waiting patiently a couple of years. The design looks masculine to me and blue is his favorite color. About a quarter of the squares are still scrap squares but the rest was pulled from my stash. 

Postage Stamp quilt with blues

I wanted the back to reflect his love of blues so pulled more yardage from my stash. The largest dark blue is a yard printed with boat-making blueprints. The rest of the navies are quarter yards that have been lurking around for a few years. On the left are several white fat quarters that continue the marine theme. More ships, crabs, and lighthouses. It was hard to pull them because they were intended for a different quilt... that has never been completed. 

The light blue is a remnant from the Shadow Star quilt back. It's long enough to join the different sections and reprises the back from a previous baby quilt. I like the way it outlines the different fabrics but I kind of wish the middle strip was as narrow as some of the others. I just used what I had. 

Back of Postage Stamp quilt with Blues

The blue and white stripe was chosen to bind the quilt. I thought about using some leftover binding strips but decided a single print here adds more cohesion. {Something this quilt could use.}

Postage Stamp quilt with Blues detail

A final view of the quilt.

Quilt Specifics
Size: 60" x 72"
Design: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Aurifil blue cotton thread
Quilting: walking foot grid
Approximate yardage: 13.5 yds


I just finished the second Baby Ganesh mystery by Vaseem Khan and enjoyed the development of the characters. The Koh-i-noor diamond is stolen from a Mumbai museum while Inspector Chopra and his wife are in the room. With both India and the UK determined to recover it, Chopra and Baby Gansesh are drawn into the mystery.

PS: This wasn't my final view of this quilt. My son sent a photo of the quilt with its new owner. Utter joy for a maker to see how the recipient appreciates the work.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

SF Giants Baseball Quilt Finishes with the Regular Season

A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.
~Humphrey Bogart


I pushed and finished the quilting, the signature, and the binding of the SF Giants baseball quilt. Hooray. I began thinking about it when the season began in April and now there are only six more games in the regular season. The Giants already have a spot in the post season but need five more to win the division. 
My husband is thrilled to finally get his own baseball quilt and thinks it’s bringing the team good luck. No one is more superstitious than baseball fans. 

The colors and the black and white fabrics make it very graphic and the variety of greens set off the skin colors of the various players. Plus, they add more interest. Most of my quilts have many more fabrics than this. 
SF Giants baseball quilt

Changing all the threads took more time - a couple of weeks more. And burying threads is one of my least favorite tasks, even with Sench self-threading needles. These have a side slit instead of a closed eye and they make it easier to make a single stitch such as thread-burying. They aren't for multiple stitches. Mel Beach introduced me to them. Read what she says here

We have more favorite players than can be fielded so I didn't add their numbers. Lefties and righties are included...

Left and right-handed Giants baseball players

along with players wearing knickers instead of long pants. Kaja informed me that word means underwear in the UK rather than America’s definition as “men’s pants that end at the knee and usually worn by boys.” Years ago I read an article about divergence of a common language in different regions. Here’s some evidence supporting the thesis.

Giants baseball players in long pants and knickers

My last minute decision to add a catcher in his chest protector livened the quilt up some more.  Can you see that he's throwing the ball?

SF Giants catcher

Watching baseball is DH's idea of bliss... and mine, too. We've been fortunate to have seen many in person over the years. I enjoy watching on TV, too, because they replay events frequently and use multiple views. I don't, however, enjoy seeing players spit on TV. TMI with a high definition TV. Yuck.

Back of the SF Giants baseball quilt

After making a long list of possible phrases for the back, I chose to modify the 7th inning song. The back has the alternate {leftover} diamonds from the front. I made some adjustments to match the length of the back to the front but still needed some additional fabric for the sides. Hence the grunge black. The diamonds don't match up point to point with the front and the thread changes are more visible here. 

One of the ballplayers in knickers is visible underneath the capital T. 

My only regret is that I wish I'd made one for me, too.
Quilt Specifics
Size: 71" x 71"
Design: Original
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Superior 50/3 green and white cotton thread, Gutermann orange cotton thread
Quilting: FMQ
Approximate yardage: 16.5yds

Previous posts:

A Quilter's Practical Guide to Color
by Becky Goldsmith

Becky Goldsmith's Quilter's Practical Guide to Color was available at the library. Somehow I'd missed it when it first came out. I admire her work and enjoyed learning about her ideas for using fabric. As the title says, it's practical but also enjoyable and readable.

Monthly FUR (Fabric Use Rate) 

Two finishes this month and one is this lovely baseball quilt DH has been patiently waiting for several years. September = 24 yds. YTD = 124.375 yards. 

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A Scrappy Trip Lap Quilt for a Friend

There are only two ways to live your life. 
One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.


A friend requested a lap quilt with some blues last year and this is the first time I have to work on it. Since there are still loads of squares, I combined some of them and pulled some blue fabrics from my stash to emphasize the color he wants. The scrappy variety of fabrics works well. There's not enough of any to run across the entire quilt. Instead, the colors add a twinkling aspect as they values change position. {At least, that's my story.}

Here's what I have after a week.

I'm not sure if this is a postage stamp quilt or just a one-block design. 

The Giants baseball quilt is coming along. Binding is all that's left so it should be finished next week.


Science journalist Chelsea Wald spent several years studying sanitation world-wide. Pipe Dreams amalgamates the history of toiletry throughout human development and looks unflinchingly at the lack of sanitation in countries without sufficient water or infrastructure as well as rural areas in developed countries that lack equal access. She discusses how we waste resources - including water, energy, and nutrients - by continuing to use technology that developed over one hundred years ago. 

She begins the book in Amsterdam where much of the country lies below sea level. Current western toilets depend on gravity to move waste. That's often not possible here. Additionally, they are working innovatively to keep their water clean.

One interesting chapter told of a company creating jet fuel from human waste. At the very least, methane escaping form current waste water treatment plants contributes to air pollution and global climate change. 

As Chelsea points out, there is a huge yuck factor discussing the issue but avoiding something everyone does doesn't make it go away or improve.

I mentioned this book to my niece and found out she it installing a compost toilet to the RV she is building. We had a great discussion about how her toilet works and about details of this book. Have I mentioned how talented she is? No sewing but she can make almost anything.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scrappy Trip Finished

Too often the people complain they have done nothing with their lives 
and then they wait for somebody to tell them that isn't so.
~Charles Bukowski


This was a quick baby quilt and is still pretty. I enjoy using all my sister's scraps {and a few of my own.} So many nice fabrics. It's always fun to find new ways to combine the colors.

Scrappy Trip Around the World baby quilt

With sixteen blocks, the quilt finishes a bit larger than a baby quilt so it will be ready for an older sibling who didn't get a quilt originally. We want these little children to feel included and important when the new baby arrives. 

No large pieces for the back. It's simply some green remnants. I planned to simply cobble them together but then got the brilliant idea of piecing narrow strips of dark brown between them. So much better than the first layout. I'll remember this idea and use it again. 

Quilt back of green blocks outlined with dark brown

It's too hot to spend much time quilting so this is simply a grid with the walking foot. The binding came from my binding remnants and the excess after trimming the back. 

Scrappy Trip Around the World folded

Here are the details.
Quilt Specifics
Size: 48" x 48"
Design: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Superior 50/3 green cotton thread
Quilting: walking foot grid
Approximate yardage: 7.5 yds

The SF Giants baseball quilt is pin basted and quilting has started. When there is narrow sashing I prefer to start with that and get it straight. Wobbles are definitely emphasized here so it's easier to handle when it goes first.  Is it visible in the photo that the stitching goes up and down on the white stripes? 

The ball players are on fields of green and I'm stipple quilting those now. 

A few pieces, such as the cap and shoes, are so small I'm undecided how to secure those. They could be quilted across them or along the seams. 

Then the ballplayers and the borders will need to be finished. My nose will be stuck to the grindstone even though it's still hot outside.


Leah Franqui's Mother Land is one of the best novels I've read in a while. Rachel marries Dhruv in NYC then they quickly move to Mumbai for a three-year assignment. Within a few weeks, her mother-in-law, Swati, arrives saying she's left her husband and moves in with no plan to leave. Next, Dhruv is sent to his home town, Kolkata, for a month leaving Swati and Rachel to work things out.

The book is written from the alternating points of view of the two women. Each of them thinks about the same events but from different sides. And eventually, they begin to understand each other.  

Nann at With Strings Attached recommended this book in an email to me. We seem to have some similar reading habits and I always note what she's suggests on her blog.

We moved all the lighter weight pots and doodads into the garage to keep them from blowing around. A quick trip to the store for final supplies just beat the first rain bands. Now we are hunkered down waiting for TS Nicholas to pass. This will be a nice evening to watch the Giants. If they win tonight, they ensure a place in the playoffs. Good luck, guys!

Post Script: I took the Scrappy Trip quilt to my son's house intending it to be a gift to an {unspecified} toddler friend but once G3 saw it, she reminded me green and blue are her favorite colors. Could she please have it? So it did go to a toddler and our family  acquired another funny story.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Another Scrappy Baby Quilt

Wear a mask. It’s much more comfortable than the ventilator.
~Nicole Zeisig, M.D.


There's still a bunch more squares. Remember, the shoe box was full. So this time I'm making a Scrappy Trip although every square is laid out instead of making the blocks from strips. Funny. The box holds lots of bright green but very few reds. 

Scrappy Trip Around the World toddler quilt

Plus my sister sent me a few bits this spring. She was cleaning out her house for a remodel and my house was the "recycling bin." Haha. We often prefer different colors so this gave me a wider set of scraps.

My first arrangements were a mess. Sorry; no photos. Then it hit me that not every color goes next to every other… but many can be linked by the other choices we make. Does anyone else remember Jinny Beyer’s color studies? She created runs of different colors to connect her “main choices.” As she originally explained her process, each quilter developed her own fabric runs. Eventually, she partnered with a company to print many of her fabrics and sold a tool with a fan of most of them. Once that idea resurfaced, it was much easier to create groupings. 

This one pairs many of my sister’s scraps, like the magentas, with some almost virulently bright greens I purchased for some strange reason. We both had a range of turquoise as well as cream, white, grey, yellow, and softer greens. Some purples found a home. And a smidge of peaches fit in as well. Using colors out of my comfort zone and planning workable combinations was both enjoyable and a good exercise. Perhaps we should trade scraps with others occasionally to keep us sharp.


Beloved Beasts
by Michelle Nijhuis

Beloved Beasts traces the history of animal conservation and preservation from the late 19th century thru today. The movement started with taxidermy and often killed off species as it collected them. Many of the original groups were founded for sport and tried to keep poorer people from hunting. By highlighting pivotal scientists, Michelle explains the development of our current efforts to preserve the environment and our planet.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

SF Giants Baseball Quilt Back

Close doesn't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.
~Frank Robinson


The back is sewn. At last. There was enough orange for all the words but not quite enough for the entire back. I planned to add some dark fabrics then realized all the leftover diamonds were in the scrap bag. These are the alternate rows that were cut so the front has perfect diamonds. All the tips here are cut off but who cares. It looks good. In fact, I think it looks better than good. The sharp black and white sets off the rest beautifully making a very graphic design.

There's only a tiny remnant of the diamond fabric left. 

Not just the words but the fabric choices make this a graphic quilt. I rarely use black and white because they don't look good with my color choices but they look great here. I need to reconsider them for future quilts, too. Isn't it wonderful to find something new that you enjoy! Just open your mind and try.

Hurricane season arrived with a vengeance. What havoc the storms are wreaking across the country. Places that don't usually see such problems and aren't prepared for the devastation as well as others that are struck repeatedly.

The Invisible Bridge 
by Julie Orringer

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer opens in pre-war Hungary where Andras Levi has won a scholarship to study architecture in Paris. There he meets and falls in love with Klara who runs a ballet school. I've read many books about WWII but none featuring Hungarians who were part of the Axis. Well written and well researched. 

Monthly FUR (Fabric Use Rate) 

Only one quilt finished this month so August = 6 yds. YTD =  100.375 yards. 

Happy Labor Day. We'll be watching Giants baseball. What about you?

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

A Finished Scrappy Baby Quilt

We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand.
~Charles Spurgeon


It took a while but I figured out which squares needed replacement. They weren’t the diamond shapes on the bottom row. Instead they were darks in two X blocks -  six black background fabrics on the left middle block and some reds in the lower middle block. They were easier to locate when seen in the blog post icon. The work wasn't nearly as difficult as feared. Most was finished during the evening news and now it looks much better. Not perfect. The quilt still retains its scrappy feel. 

I wanted the main diagonals to read as the darkest part of the quilt. {A medium-dark "pretty" color might be nicer but with so many brown/black/ dark green squares in the bin, this is how it came out.} Still, the rest of the colors are lighter now and set off by those strong boundaries.

Scrappy Trip Around the World baby quilt

The back is a single piece from my stash. Every once in a while there's enough for an entire back around here. The yellow and green stripe binding was in the leftover binding bin. How nice to use up so many different bits and bobs. It's always fun to find another way to organize our colors, isn't it? 

Now that I'm in Texas it's easier to find Hobbs batting and I chose their natural cotton. It's extremely thin and shrinks after washing. That's the look I prefer and the best weight for tropical climates. 

Quilt Specifics
Size: 42" x 42"
Design: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Natural Cotton
Thread: Superior 50/3 green cotton thread
Quilting: walking foot grid
Approximate yardage: 6 yds

Again, it's perfectly symmetrical. I need to focus on some asymmetry soon. But for now, this one is off to a new baby. 

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The Narrowboat Summer
by Anne Youngson

On Nann's recommendation I read Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson. Eve and Sally meet on a canal path and try to aid Anastasia's dog. He doesn't need help but she does. Somehow they agree to take her boat to Chester for repairs while Anastasia waits for an operation in London. Along the way they meet several of her friends and have time to consider their lives. What will they do at the end of the summer?

Enjoy the day, Ann