Tuesday, March 8, 2022

How is HOGS a Baby Word?

See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.
~Wayne Dyer


Just one letter change and it’s a whole new quilt. This one for the baby of a University of Arkansas graduate {and friend of one son.} Lucky me. These are all easy letters so everything can be rotary cut.

Cardinal red and white are their colors and Razorback {feral hog} is their mascot. All of these were red and white fabrics but something ran in the wash. Funny how only a couple of the whites picked up a pink cast. I washed it four times {including twice with colorfast bleach} but they stubbornly remain  tinted. 

Arkansas HOGS baby quilt

The border is a stripe purchased a few years ago. I thought it would be the binding but it worked perfectly here.

Lots of hogs on the back. My sister sent this half yard when she found it on vacation. It was supposed to be the border but didn’t look right. The red and white print is yardage I commandeered from her, too. She purchased a couple of yards for backing but when I told her how perfect it would be, she graciously allowed me to take it. I need to find something special for her in return.

Back of HOGS baby quilt

Now the binding is leftover red strips. They were the right widths and easily available.

Quilt Specifics
Size: 46" x 46"
Design: Coin or String quilt
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose cotton batting
Thread: Superior 50 wt white cotton thread
Quilting: Spiral with walking foot
Approximate yardage: 5.5 yds


Over the past few months I’ve read three “bookshop” books, generally a light and easy genre: a woman buys or inherits an old bookstore and finds love with a new life. Definitely escapist since we know how few bookstores exist these days when even the large box retailers struggle. Nevertheless…

In Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan after being laid off as a web designer, Clay starts working the night shift at this store and notices how odd the books are and how the few customers come in regularly to borrow very obscure books. He decides to investigate along with some code writing friends. I enjoyed the San Francisco/tech company setting. A male protagonist and not a love story.

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs is also set in San Francisco. Natalie inherits her mother's struggling store as well as the care of her elderly grandfather. She finds amazing items inside.

Jenny Colgan’s The Christmas Bookshop finds Carmen trying to rehabilitate an ancient Edinburgh shop whose owner really doesn’t want to sell his merchandise. 

Physical therapy takes much of my days so quilting is even slower.

Enjoy the day, Ann

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