Books, Documentaries, Reviews: Alice Munro’s RUNAWAY

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  January 4, 2013

Alice Munro’s Runaway


Alice Munro is from Canada.

She is the 2013 Nobel Laureate for fiction.

Munro writes short stories.

Here’s a link describing her work, etc.:  Where to start with Alice Munro, the newest Nobel laureate for fiction · The A.V. Club.

The third book I downloaded from the library and am listening to while I quilt is Munro’s Runaway.

I’m a bit into the story of the title and am really impressed with how Munro writes, what she says, and the characters she draws.

She has been compared to Chekov.

Personally, I think so many good writers come from Canada because they have a real winter.

That winter gives them time to reflect and to think.

Oh my goodness!  What they dream up!


Quilting Information: Red Flannel Pantry Blog’s Modern Table Runner

Quilting Information:  January 4, 2014

Red Flannel Pantry Blog’s Modern Table Runner

I’ve not been drawn to making a table runner.

Until now.

Take a look at Red Flannel Pantry Blog’s hostess gift for the family who will host the family’s daughter (in Ireland, lucky girl) for a semester:  hometown gifts for out-of-town hosts | red flannel pantry.

And what a terrific gift!

I can see myself making a table runner like this one…

Yes I can.

I would choose different colors–though I LOVE these colors together.  They just would not go in my house.  They might go in someone else’s though–as a gift.

This table runner lies in the “modern” quilt movement:  bits of piecing combined with big sections of plain fabric that can showcase quilting.

If I could start all over, I would move in this “modern” direction:  spare lines, different colors than I’ve surrounded myself with my whole life, pottery, candles, woven rugs, simple, simple, simple.

I do love red and green though…

And blues and oranges and reds…

I am a true Pisces it seems…


Quilting Information: Sew Me A Song, Etsy store

Quilting Information:  January 4, 2014

Sew Me A Song

Becca Babb-Brott’s Etsy Store

I love the connections in a small community.

Neighbor Susan McBride of Golden Brook Farm told me her friend Becca Babb-Brott, who lives on a nearby street where other people I know live, has an Etsy Store of quilting fabrics.

Here’s the url she sent:  (I can’t get this url to “take,” so you may have to copy and paste it into your search engine.)

I took a look at it and loved how Becca is putting together fabrics.  In particular, I loved her unusual neutrals–which can be hard to find.  I, for instance, have looked for neutrals in five (aren’t we lucky) of our local quilt shops.

As an official  Bonnie Hunter groupie, I need lots of neutrals–especially for the quilts I have planned for this year.  Bonnie’s world divides quilting fabrics into neutrals (nothing darker than a brown paper bag) and colors.

What’s also interesting about Sew Me A Song is Becca’s collection of contemporary and Japanese fabrics.  And she has since told me that she is a “modern” quilter. 

Take a look?

Becca is putting together a collection of neutrals for me.  And I look forward to meeting her next week some time.

Thanks, Becca!

Books, Documentaries, Reviews: WATERSHIP DOWN, Richard Adams

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  January 4, 2014

Watership Down

Richard Adams


The second audio book I streamed from the Maine library system was Richard Adams’ Watership Down.

I’ve always been a prolific reader, but I think this book fell into a period of my life when I was working a lot and had small children.

I think I was working retail, which included some nights.  And I think I was tired as I was juggling a lot.

So, it was really fun to circle back and “read” this book while I quilted through this daunting Maine winter.

It’s kind of fun to see some of the many Watership Down covers that this wildly successful book has had:  Watership Down cover – Google Search.

It’s even more fun to listen to the introduction where the narrator describes how difficult it was to get the story–written for the author’s two children–published.

I really enjoyed the book.

Why wouldn’t I?  It’s one of those stories we in what we call “Western Civilization” tell ourselves over and over.

There is a foretold life-threatening crisis, and only a few of the “rabbits” take heed when the rabbit with second sight warns.  There is a leader who is wise, thoughtful, and brave.  There is a warrior who puts himself into situations where his life (and the good of the tribe) is threatened over and over.  There are timid rabbits who rise to the occasion.  The wisdom of tricks, not always brute force, wins out in the end  Freedom is an issue here.  Freedom and a safe “home” ground.  The sacrifices of these few and brave “rabbits” ensure the well-being of countless generations that follow them.

What there is NOT is a female rabbit with more than a slightly supporting role.  This society is fun by males, but males who cherish their females.  Hmmmmm.  And this story was written for two little girls.

I told my oldest grandson, who is already a deep reader, that I thought he’d love this book.

And he would.

And I plan to discuss the lack of a female role with him after he’s read it.