Tuesday, 15 October 2013

A Wonderful Surprise!

Last month I joined in with Friday Night Sew In hosted by Wendy from Sugarlane Designs. A couple of days later I received a lovely surprise when Wendy e-mailed me to let me know I had won one of the prizes she had on offer that night. I was so excited as it was my first win since joining the blogging community!

Well, I have been waiting and waiting and waiting (not so) patiently and today my prize arrived. Hooray!!! Doing my happy dance :-). Look at the beautiful, bright fat quarters that Wendy so generously sent me, all wrapped up with this very pretty ribbon. Thank you soooo much Wendy, I can't wait to use them.

Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) is on again at Wendy's this Friday night. If you'd like to join in you can sign up at Wendy's blog. Who knows, maybe you could be the lucky winner of this month's prize!
Now, for all those readers out there, I thought I'd share what I'm currently reading. Some of you may already have discovered this series but I only came across it through an article in one of my magazines (Down Under Quilts, I think) earlier this year.
The series is 'Elm Creek Quilts' written by Jennifer Chiaverini. The first book I was able to get hold of, 'The Runaway Quilt' is actually number 4 or 5 in the series. I borrowed it from the library and took it to Marble Bar.

Normally I read horror (Stephen King, Dean Koontz), crime/thriller (Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Tom Clancy, Michael Conway) or historical fantasy (Barbara Erskine) type novels so I wasn't sure whether or not I would enjoy a series about quilting. But after reading the first one I'm hooked! I am really enjoying them and have gone back to try and read the series in order. Unfortunately my library doesn't carry the first 2 novels and there are gaps along the way, but I am doing my best.

Jennifer is a wonderful author who has created a range of captivating characters. Her novels are a mix of historical based fiction and a contemporary quilting community. She shares the stories from the different perspectives of her characters which is a style I am really enjoying. I am currently reading 'The Quilter's Homecoming' and also have 'The New Year's Quilt' on my bedside table ready to go when I get a spare 5 minutes (ha ha, not very often).If you get a chance I would definitely recommend them.

Anyway, I must head off to bed as tomorrow will be a long, busy day. Hopefully I'll see you at FNSI on Friday.

Have a great week,
Tracy xx


Raewyn said...

Congratulations on your win!! Yes, I've enjoyed Jennifer Chiaverini's books as well. Another great fiction-quilting author is Marie Bostwick. I'm sure you'll enjoy those as well!

Anonymous said...

congrats Tracy and i havent read any of these books yet.xx

Maria said...

You won some lovely fabrics . what are you going to make with them?
enjoy reading Jennifer's books.

Narelle said...

Jennifer's books are a great read. Fortunately you don't have to read them in order...enjoy and congrats on you win too :o)

Wendy B said...

so glad it got to you in one piece.....your photos really show the colours perfectly!!!! Love the Elm Creek series too! Enjoy! xox
sugary hugs :o)