Last fall I saw many Christian fiction bloggers were reporting on Shelley Gray's new title WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM. I was not on any tour for this title, but when I saw the book featured a Chicago librarian right after the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, I was intrigued enough to request the book from our library system. I have been fascinated by that period in Chicago's history ever since I read THE DEVIL IN THE CITY. Certainly I did not expect the novel by Gray to compare to Larson's detailed nonfiction title. Despite liking the main characters librarian Lydia and the stranger who daily comes to the reading room, I was not thrilled with this book. Gray also authored SECRETS OF SLOANE HOUSE, also set in the fair's Chicago. Both books reveal much about the social class structure of the time, and especially the limiting lives of unmarried women. While much of what she revealed about social class was probably true, it felt too artificial to this reader. Loved the cover though, and I liked that she choose for her "strong" woman to be a librarian and that the hero appreciates her intelligence.
Now onto another reason why I did not take time to blog last week. I have been working on another donation lap quilt and finally finished it. Let me share a little back story on this quilt. I bought the farm fabric shown below several years ago because it caught my eye. I had no idea what I would do with it and I did not purchase any other fabric to go with it. It has only two colors, the tan background and the red of the rather large animals. I could not just cut the fabric for pieced blocks; that would destroy the animal images. I did not want to just pair it with red fabric; that I thought would be too bright.
|I love the piggie and chickens.|
Finally I took a sample of the fabric with me shopping and I purchased some geometrics that somewhat coordinated. Then one day as I was admiring quilts on the web, I ran across this snuggly brick quilt at THE POLKA DOT CHAIR, The 9.5 by 6.5 inch rectangles were just a perfect size for
showcasing the red-line drawn animals. So I plotted out what size to make the quilt and got busy.
|Simple Double diamond quilting|