Kat at As Kat Knits hosts Unraveled Wednesday each week – a gathering of bloggers who share their current reads and stitching projects. Please visit Kat and the other participants for lots of inspiration! Today I’m sharing six finished books and a nearly finished quilt top.

Finished Reading This Week

Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by Anne Bogel
Despite reading Anne’s blog for years, I’ve never read any of her books! But I snapped up a copy when I saw that it was an Amazon deal (and it’s still $1.59 as of this writing). A lot of the content in this book will be familiar if you’ve been following Anne for a while, but I loved all of the personal stories and anecdotes that she included.


Good Mornings: Morning Rituals for Wellness, Peace, and Purpose by Linnea Dunne
This is the morning ritual bible that I’ve been looking for. It’s full of ideas to help one build the perfect morning ritual for them. Not everyone wants — or needs — to get up and write in their journals immediately like I have been doing. (And it’s only $0.99 as I type this!) I thought about changing things up in my mornings, but decided to take advice from the first book in today’s post and didn’t overthink it. I’ll stick with what I have but know where to turn if it’s not serving me anymore.


Call of the Sound Dragon by Tracey West
This is the 16th book in the Dragon Masters series. My librarian recommended them to me after I signaled that I was burned out on the Magic Treehouse as I returned our 30th+ book. My 7 year old loves them! And I enjoy them, too – they’re quite cozy and the author does a solid job of including a diversity of characters.


Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond
We’ve been reading this one aloud for several months because I usually save it for the times when Colton is around and is not too occupied with other things – that means that sometimes I only read half a sentence before I have to put it away! This is the third Paddington book that we’ve read in this manner so it’s taken us several years to get through the box set that I ordered!! I really enjoy these books – like Dragon Masters, they’re also very cozy. And they are so funny and I often want to scoop Paddington up and give him a big hug.


Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
I’ll be bold and say that this is a whodunit lover’s dream. The plot was rather complex – a persnickety author, Alan Conway, turns in a manuscript right before his murder. To his editor’s astonishment, it’s missing the last few chapters. As his editor looks for the ending to Conway’s book, she learns that he’s been inserting easter eggs into his work for years. Those clues lead her to Alan’s actual murderer. This book picked apart the mystery genre and it was a lot of fun. (And as it turns out, the Kindle edition is also on super sale right now!) After I returned this to the library, I put a hold on the second book in the series.


By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I was on the waitlist for this for over a month, which feels shocking for a children’s book! I’m still working my way through the Little House series on audio, despite the long waits. In this installation, the Ingalls family moves from Plum Creek to the Dakota Territory to work on the railroad until the family can find a new homestead. While there, they meet up with other family members and they all live in railroad shanties until the winter, when they’re asked to move into the surveyor’s cabin. In each book, I’m always shocked by how often the Ingalls have to start over, seemingly from scratch.


Stitching This Week

I’ve finished sewing on the hexies! This is the first picture I’ve taken with natural light in a long time and you can see that I used a different shade of white on the background fabrics in the center – oops! I realized that issue a couple of years ago and decided not to pick those out and replace them. I’m still okay with that decision! I’ve trimmed the outside ring of white hexies so that I’ll have a solid border to bind. Because I trimmed off the edges, I’m left with a lot of frayed seams like this:

That’s okay! I sort of expected it and wasn’t surprised when I saw the seams unraveling. So I’m working on repairing those. After I get all of those seams back on solid ground, my next steps are to remove all the paper templates (I’ve been removing papers as I go, but the last three rounds are still glued in), prepare the backing and batting for the quilt, and then baste. After that, I’ll have to figure out how to quilt it and then bind it. So… maybe another year? Eek!


Happy reading and stitching!

19 thoughts

  1. Your hexie quilt is absolute gorgeous! Next time though, before trimming the edge, machine stay stitch using a small stitch then trim. The darker white fabric adds character.

    On PBS a week or so ago, Laura Ingalls Wilder was the focus on American Masters. Her life was so much more challenging then the books! I urge you to watch the program. Have a great day!

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    1. Such good advice – that could have saved me a ton of time. Thank you! Luckily, I’m almost finished repairing those seams, so it hasn’t been TOO bad.

      I watched that American Masters last night! It was so good and I’m thankful for the additional perspectives on Laura AND on her books. In my post on Wednesday I said that it surprises me how often the Ingalls have to start over from scratch… it seems like I had no idea!! Clearly her books skipped over a lot of the REALLY hard times.

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  2. That is beautiful, honestly. I did notice that they are a tiny different shade of white, but I thought you did that on purpose! It looks very good. Something I have been wanting to ask in forever: What is the paper for, please?

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  3. Beautiful! The split seams…something I’ve noticed when cutting machine sewn seams…cant say I’ve had this issue sewing by hand as I do. My gram always taught me to be mindful of where I would cut and be sure to knot on either side.. Or about every 4 stitches. I’ve kept that practice and have never had my seams come apart. I’m so good at ripping hems on my dance regalia that I knot every stitch. Lol! Finishing… I’d quilt an inner outline in each hexie, but I’m a masochist in that realm. ๐Ÿคก๐Ÿ’– love this quilt.

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    1. What good advice! I should have thought to add an additional knot on all of the hexies that I knew were going to be cut in half! Live and learn ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your kind words!!

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      1. Knowledge gained for the next quilt. Personally, I’m beginning to question why hexies are so easy for me, but a simple triangle is so very stressful. Something about points in quilts just scares me.

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