Fidget quilts #3 and #4 (for AD and dementia patients) are finished. Although my goal was to keep from buying anything new and to use only what I have in my fabric stash, I picked up a couple of items at Dollar Tree that will provide added texture to future quilts.
Ears, arms, and legs are loose; butterflies are dimensional; a little soft minky fabric with button and gathered fabric for texture. This one was a lot of fun, and I'll make more like this.
I noticed that I have a number of books from a while back that I haven't reviewed, so here are two brief reviews of those neglected books:
Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham -- This review kept being put off because it is the first book by Robotham that I didn't really care for. I'm a great fan of most of his books, but this one...well, just didn't appeal as much. It is the 4th book in the Joe O'Loughlin series, and O'Loughlin needs to figure out if a friend of his daughter has killed her father. Lots of twists, of course. I'm not sure why this one didn't feel equal to the others I've read by Robotham, but maybe it is because of the continuing saga of O'Loughlin's disintegrating marriage and the fact that his wife annoys me.
Read in Jan. Library copy.
Mystery/Suspense. 2012. 423 pages.
Lewis Carroll: The Man and His Circle by Edward Wakeling. The delay on this one is because there was such a wealth of fascinating material. I highlighted so much and couldn't decide what to include and what to eliminate. The dilemma of too much of interest was overwhelming.
Charles Lutwitdge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was a fascinating man with an equally fascinating circle of friends and acquaintances. Anyone interested in the Victorian period would benefit from reading this book.
The background on Carroll as mathematician, the illustrators of Alice in Wonderland (and how Carroll worked with the illustrators), publishers and publication, his friends among artists, playwrights, and actors, a historical look at his photography--and more, much more. The primary sources are extensive.
A brilliant man with wide-ranging interests, Lewis Carroll has a dedicated biographer in Wakeling. The book does not follow the pattern of most biographies, but is a compelling experience and informative experience.
Read in January
NetGalley/ I.B. Taurus
Biography/Nonfiction. 2015. Print length: 480 pages.