Monday, October 18, 2021

Monday Meanderings 10 - 18 - 2021

For some reason I either don't think to write my Monday blog post on Sunday or I consciously choose not to.  I've been reading a lot lately. I have a few things to share from the week.  Most have to do with my goals or upcoming goals.  

Here's what I did last week. 

10/11/2021

Sew 16 patch sawtooth stars together — blocks are together, sashing chosen.

Embroider Halloween shirts for grands — one done, 3 waiting

Make RSC blocks for October — So this one was completely changed. More about that below.  

Continue making blocks from turquoise jelly roll — two or three finished

Border the economy blocks — No pictures yet but completed


I decided before I make more blocks for the RSC I needed to see what I had on hand.  Here's a tentative layout. My thought was to do horizontal rows of each color.  I ran into a problem -- I have 8 colors appx but I didn't want to make a lot more blocks.  Hum, how else could I lay this out?


So I moved everything around and came up with rows of color...


I've already made 3 or 4 new blocks and have 2 more to go. I like this better but I did move several out of the quilt -- most of the pinks a few of the turquoise... I've also chosen to make this a smaller quilt.  Ideally I'd like it 7 x 8 or 42 x 48." And I would have had to make a lot more blocks.  So for right now I'm planning to do a 6 x 6 setting that would make the quilt about 36 x 36." I may change my mind as I finish the last two blocks and then retire them for a bit of time.  My other issue was I used the more "colorful" background fabric in only 1 block.  I've added a couple of more using that fabric to make the one not stick out like a sore thumb.  Any suggestions? Maybe I'll try a random placement of the colors.  But not today. NOTE TO SELF - pick a bigger block than 6" next year! 


Let's see what I think I want to work on this week. 


10/18/2021

Embroider 3 more shirts 

Bind pink pig quilt

Try to quilt unicorn panel, bind, and give to guild by Wednesday

Make FCQ Equilters blocks

Continue sewing turquoise blocks together

Road trip to pick up sewing machine


That's enough to keep me busy for the week.  I've got a lot of projects I could be working on but these are the ones I'll try to focus on. (Yes, sometimes I check my list in the middle of the week so I don't go chasing squirrels!) 


Here are the linky parties I'll be joining: 

Oh Scrap

Monday Making 

Design Wall Monday

To Do Tuesday

Grab a cup of tea and enjoy surfing these sites. I've got a quilt to finish loading!  


Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 



Friday, October 15, 2021

Not a Finish Friday!

No, I didn't finish a quilt this week but I have moved two projects forward.  I put the borders on the Economy blocks but I'm saving that picture until Monday. What I'm sharing is getting all of the 16  patch sawtooth star blocks finished.  And the layout was pretty easy decision. 

First, here's what a pile of unfinished Flying Geese blocks looks like. These are ready to be cut in half and then ironed to look like Flying Geese then trimmed with Studio 180 Wing Clipper ruler. Easy peasy to make exactly the right size units. 

See below to see what they looked like while I was deciding about putting in a sashing.  It definitely looks good with the blue sashing using a nice blue from my stash.  I had some red but it just didn't go with the various colors of reds in the blocks.  The blue makes it sparkle.  Now the question is what size sashing.  I'm thinking a 2" finished sashing would work well plus it would make the whole quilt a bit bigger to fit size requirements of Leashes of Valor.  (Click on the link to learn more about this program with the motto "One Leash Saves two Lives.") One other question.  I have 2 blocks that definitely have beige in the Sawtooth units.  My thought is to  not try to "match" the locations as shown below.  I'm thinking of putting the bottom one in the 3 row down second block in.  What do you think? 


I'll be working on the blocks probably next week as I have a bit of Halloween embroidering to do.  Guess what I bought today! 


Hint -- I was at Joann today and took advantage of a buy 3 get two free sale.  Another hint -- it's really dark in the laundry room which we walk through from the garage. Have you figured it out?  Ok, there are 3 spools of glow in the dark thread in the bag.  I got such a kick out of the bag glowing away when we walked into the house I had to take a picture.  Hopefully Monday I can share some Halloween t shirts going to the grands later this week. 

Here's are the blogs I'm linking up with today. 

Lots of inspiration in those blogs.  See if you can find a project you might want to start soon! 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Monday Meanderings 10 - 11 - 2021

Monday really snuck up on me this week.  I have been able to stitch nearly every day this week.  Sometimes my motivation was low but I still made steady progress.  Here's the deal. 

10/04/2021

Quilt purple and pink baby/charity quilt -- it's waiting to be trimmed and bound.

Finish last 3 economy blocks and start sewing together -- all sewn together. 

Finish flying geese for 16 patch sawtooth stars -- all geese are done, some blocks sewn.

Read and lounge around -- finished 2 audio books and 2 books on Kindle. 


Here's the plan for this week.


10/11/2021

Sew 16 patch sawtooth stars together

Embroider Halloween shirts for grands

Make RSC blocks for October

Continue making blocks from turquoise jelly roll 

Border the economy blocks


Here's the economy blocks with a suggested border.  In person it works really well with most of the blocks.  The noticeable exception is the top right hand pale pink.  But that is the only block of that color. 


Next up is some of the big Sawtooth Stars blocks.   The blocks will finish at 16" which means I don't have to make too many of them.  These blocks are leftover from a quilt I made from the 16 patches that were sent by the FCQ Equilters. I tried to find a pic of the finished quilt but all I found was one in progress.  First the 16 patches.


And here are a few of the 16 patch sawtooth star blocks. 

I'm making steady progress on the projects I had precut and taken to the retreat.  I should have all of them to top stage by the end of the month.  Which means the last week of the month I need to cut a couple of more projects as I'm going to the beach house and down to Sharon's in early November.  More sewing opportunities. 


I'm linking up to these great linky parties! 

Oh Scrap!

Monday Making 

Design Wall Monday 

To Do Tuesday


Hope you have a great week and make progress on your goals. 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 



Saturday, October 9, 2021

It's a Finish!

Truth is, I finished this quilt in mid to late September.  I kept forgetting about taking pictures.  So today I figured out a new place to take smaller quilt pictures -- one wall of the new sun room is perfect (after I move two pictures, three plants and one basket....) 

Here's Tumbling Doggies. 


This quilt measures 38.5" x 40". 
Made and quilted by Bonnie (that's me!) 
Quilting Design Squiggle Wiggle Edge to Edge by My Creative Stitches
Thread So Fine 504 - a light grey


Take a look at the backing and the cool black and white stripe binding.  I found the backing at JoAnns at a Fourth of July sale -- Whoop! 50% off. 


Generally, a small quilt like this would go to one of the NICUs my guild support. But I really like this one.  I think it is going into a bag for the possible future great-grand children. (It's years away as my oldest grandchild is only 11.)  And, I strongly suspect there is another Tumbling Doggies in my future. 

I'm sorry for the quality of the pictures.  All of them look great on my computer.  But when I uploaded them to Blogger they have gotten "mushy." You can enlarge them by clicking on them but I'm not sure they will look much better.  

I'm linking up with these parties: 


Enjoy some surfing time! 

Happy Quilting All.  Bonnie 


Monday, October 4, 2021

Monday Meandering 10 - 4 - 2021

What a great retreat!  It was so wonderful to see so many quilting friends this past weekend.  I suspect we all chatted way more than we normally do since a lot of us hadn't seen each other for years!  

First here are 2 photos of my fabric purchases.

The two bottom fabrics are the Ombre Fabrics I am using for my long cabin -- a lighter green and lighter pink.  I have 51 blocks finished but I want to make it bigger than the pattern shows.  I hope to get more made soon. 
The right hand side fabric will be the Glorified 9 Patch border.  The original border just detracts from the quilt way too much.  The other two fabrics were on sale and spoke to me.  I have used up a lot of my oranges-yellows so that explains the taxi cab yellowish orange. Hum, it goes with the border so  maybe the two fabrics will go into something else together. Black and white?  Doesn't everyone need those colors together? 

Sharon won some of these blocks and made more.  She was able to make her blocks, sew them together and border them.  Voila finished top! 
I was able to put together most of my economy blocks.  I realized I hadn't cut several of the cream fabric on on the straight of grain so the resulting pieces were slightly short.  Sigh.  I'll get those done this week, hopefully.  (It's hard to see but 3 blocks are missing the rest of their pieces.) 

Let's look at last week's goals: 

9/27/2021

Quilt 1 charity quilt

Take Bernina in for spa treatment

Prep one last kit, sew it together at retreat! -- prep was done, sewed 19 strip sets together

Sew 16 patch sawtooth stars -- started but not finished

Start on economy blocks -- all but 3 blocks done

Have a great time at retreat


And this week's list:

10/04/2021

Quilt purple and pink baby/charity quilt

Finish last 3 economy blocks and start sewing together

Finish flying geese for 16 patch sawtooth stars 

Read and lounge around


I may have put too much on my list.  I'm ready for some down time this week. 


I'm linking with the following linky parties:

Oh Scrap

Monday Making 

Design Wall Monday 

To Do Tuesday 

I'm leaving you with a touch of fall.  The retreat was near Harrisonburg, VA.  The leaves were just barely turning up there.  I enjoyed seeing them, especially the little red leaf that had caught on my bumper. 


Fall is hardly showing at home.  But I bet we'll be seeing falling colorful leave in the next few weeks. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 








Sunday, September 26, 2021

Monday Meanderings 9 - 26 - 2021

Another successful week has come to a close.  Let's jump right in and see how I've done on my goals this past week.  It was a pretty darn good week, if I do say so myself. 

9/20/2021

Finish orange table runner (see it here.) 

Start sashing UFO --  this might be going with me on retreat.

If parts arrive, fix Ruthie

Finish quilt on Ruthie

Put border on curved 9 patch



This was made with the Accuquilt Go! Glorified Nine Patch.  I'm not sure I would have tried this block without having the die.  It was so EASY to cut and sew those curves.  My mind is wondering what other colors I can make these blocks in.  As to the borders, I'm not so sure about them.  When Sharon visited earlier this summer we auditioned all sorts of fabric from my stash. This is the one we thought looked the best. Um, I'm not so sure now. I'm going to take it on retreat this weekend and see what folks say. I might be buying new fabric for the border. (Click on the picture to see it a little bigger.) 

Yea! The parts for Ruthie finally arrived late Thursday afternoon. After dinner I went down and put the new items on her and got rid of the old pieces. I got 3 of the 5 rows done on one of my small quilts. The next morning I finished it up. I put a charity quilt on Ruthie Saturday and got it finished first thing on Sunday.  Hopefully Tuesday I'll put another one on and get it done so I can pass all 3 quilts off to MB to take to FCQ in Maryland. 

Let's look at this week's goals list.  It's loaded with all sorts of things! 

9/27/2021

Quilt 1 charity quilt

Take Bernina in for spa treatment and do a little fabric shopping 

Prep one last kit, 

Attend Retreat! 

Sew 16 patch sawtooth star blocks 

Sew the turquoise strip blocks 

Start on economy blocks


Short post today. You know the drill:  Check out these linky parties to find lots of blogs to read! 

Oh Scrap!

Monday Making 

Design Wall Monday

To Do Tuesday


Hum, I'll be back to link up the other locations. (Did you notice I even succeeded with To Do Tuesday last week?) 


I'm looking forward to retreat this week.  If I can I'll post something on Friday.  If not come back Monday to see what I was able to do on retreat. 


Happy Quilting!  Bonnie 



Friday, September 24, 2021

September Table Scraps Challenge -- DONE!

Orange is the color for September Rainbow Scrap Challenge and the Table Scraps Runner/Topper Challenge.  I decided I would try to make a table runner using my 4.5" tumbler die.  It's a great size to use scraps.  (In fact, the quilt that has been waiting for the long arm to be repaired is a tumbler using some of my doggy fabric. Inside info -- the parts came and I finished that little quilt.) 

I started cutting one piece from all the orange scraps that would fit on the die. Um, that wasn't enough.  So I started looking at the few leftover charm packets I have.   I finally found enough although I did have to cut into some of my yardage.  Isn't it great? Yea orange! 

My oranges go from very light peach to dark rust and from gold to bright orange.  When this was all done I realized my stack of orange fabrics needs some additions.  (But that is for another day.) The inspiration for this was a table runner Sherri, who writes about quilting at A Quilting Life, showed recently on an AccuQuilt Live event.  Shortly afterwards she wrote a whole post about making tumbler table runners.  So anyone who wants to make one check this blog post.

I found an old piece of Halloween fabric to use as the back.  I had to piece the it so it would fit. The plan was to do free motion stipple on my domestic machine.  My first try the tension was off even though I tested it.  Ugh.  Rip, rip, rip.  My second try it started out ok but my free motion skills are totally rusted.  And the tension whacked out.  More ripping.  Eventually I decided that if I ever wanted to finish this I needed to try something else. So I set up the walking foot and did the "organic" lines.  It worked pretty well.  

It's almost October and I'm wondering what color we'll be working with and what type of runner I can make next.  

Here's one last look at it. 

Up next will be to trim and bind the doggy tumbler quilt.  Then, I need to quilt a new quilt that's sitting on Ruthie.  And I have great hope to quilt 2 quilts before I head off on Thursday for retreat.  If I succeed I'll pass them off to a friend from Maryland who attends the retreat and she'll pass them on to the guild.  Lots to do in very few days. (Good thing I've already kitted up a couple of quilts.) 

Here are the linky parties to check out: 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 







Sunday, September 19, 2021

Monday Meanderings 9 - 20 - 2021

Did you have a great week last week?  Get a lot of quilting done and the like?  I did too but it seemed to be a slow week for me. I was successful with my goals so let's take a look at them.

UFO -- Roman Stripes 
9/13/21

Make Table Scrap Challenge runner — cut & laid out. 

Finish cutting out Economy blocks for retreat — finished &bagged for retreat.

Work on UFO blocks (need 2 more) Plan sashing — Trimmed blocks, made 3,  ready to sew together.  This pattern is called Roman Stripes. 

Make a couple of walker bags — Made 3 and turned into the guild (oops no pictures!)

Contact Grace Co. — Ordered new cables and small circuit board.


Here's what's up for this coming week.  It isn't a very long list because as soon as the parts for Ruthie come in I'll start catching up on my quilting.


9/20/2021

Finish orange table runner

Sew blocks together & start sashing UFO Roman Stripes 

If parts arrive, fix Ruthie & finish quilt on Ruthie

Put border on curved 9 patch


Last month I was really good and didn't buy any fabric.  This month I'm going crazy buying fabric and winning fabric.  I won a prize from the Positivity Quilt Along.  I received a squishy in the mail holding these beautiful fabrics. Whoop! Whoop! There were 7 fat quarters and a yard of the burgundy.  I need to start looking for fat quarter friendly patterns so I can make something special from them. 


Did you know Saturday, Sept. 18 was Jelly Roll Day?  I didn't either.  But I did read about it on Facebook.  There was also a link to some jelly roll friendly patterns.  Check them out here.  There are 15 different patterns -- one is probably going to call your name! I shared with my friend Sharon and she's planning on bringing instructions and a jelly roll to the retreat in less than 2 weeks. It's always nice to have a backup project just in case. 

  • I'm linking with my regular parties. Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday. (Ok, I've not been too successful on linking up on Tuesdays. I'll really try hard this week.) Join me in surfing the web.  There are lots of things to see out there.

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 




Sunday, September 12, 2021

Monday Meanderings 9 - 13 - 2021

First up -- August stashbusting statistics.  Oh yes! There was some stashbusting going on during August. Here are the details. 

2021

Fabric In Month

Fabric In Year

Fabric Out 

Month

Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year

August

-0-

80.875

15.125

105.625

24.750


Wide backs are now added or subtracted by total width x total height divided by 1440.  I figured a “normal” yard of fabric was appx 1440 sq inches and have been using that for years.  (36” long by 40” wide equals 1440 square inches. 7/21)


I was strong and didn't buy any fabric in August.  And, the Verdant Serenity quilt used a whole bunch of fabric. My total out has surpassed June's 23.5 yards.  Not much but moving in the right direction again. (True confession -- I've already bought 5 or 6 yards but each has a definite purpose.) 


I'm pleased with my goal success.  Not 100% due to mechanical difficulties with Ruthie.  I'll be calling the Grace Co about these issues of the computer not "talking" with the long arm.  I think by buying new ethernet cables I'll get her to work again. (I sure hope so!) 


Here's the list from last week:

9/6/2021

Finish tumbler quilt in progress on Ruthie

Finish cutting out pieces for Sawtooth Star blocks 

Work on Ombre and RSC blocks 

Start cutting out Economy blocks for retreat


I have a good start on making kits for the retreat in a little over two weeks. I finished the Sawtooth Stars blocks and have a start on the Economy blocks.  I've been picking floral fabrics to make these blocks.  The two outside blocks shown below are Simple Abundance from Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I have several more pieces from that line. Maybe I'll pull out all of the pieces of Simple Abundance to see if they would make a decent size quilt. (Which means the other blocks may become another whole quilt....) 

I haven't decided how big this is going to be maybe set 5 x 6 -- 30 blocks.  Or maybe bigger. In the long run the size may be dependent on the Simple Abundance I have or whether I'm mixing other fabrics in.   I'm going to wait to get the blocks made to see if I need to sash it.  My guess is it will help. There's a lot more to be done to make this a kit for retreat! 

Here's this week's Goals List.

9/13/21

Start Table Scrap Challenge runner 

Finish cutting out Economy blocks for retreat

Make 2 blocks for a UFO. Plan sashing 

Make a couple of walker bags 

Call the Grace Co. about cables


Do you decorate with your quilts?  I've been hanging quilts as artwork around my house for 15 to 20 years.  My husband makes beautiful wooden quilt hangers for the walls. We switch out the quilts every few months.  Sometimes the quilts relate to upcoming holidays, sometimes not.  


He also made me a wooden "ladder" to show off several quilts at a time.  Here's the ladder decked out with a lot of the table runners I've made over the years.  Several are from the Table Scraps Challenge this year.  This stands in the corner of our dining room. 


Sometime in the future I will take a picture of the quilt rack he made.  It is in the guest bedroom and has bigger quilts on it.   


Have you seen all the great quilts folks are working on these days? I'm linking up to Oh Scrap, Monday Makings, Design Wall Monday and To Do Tuesday.  Take some time to check these linky parties out. 


That's it for me today.  I'm ready to read a bit and go to bed! 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 





Friday, September 10, 2021

A Friday Finish: Aqua Table Scraps Challenge

I'm late getting this posted as I finished it over last weekend.  It's always nice to have a finish -- even if it is small.

Without further ado here's my finished August Table Scraps Challenge runner.

I decided to use my Accuquilt Go Cutter and the 9" Cube.  I picked a pattern I liked, picked the fabrics and got on it.  I really like aqua, teal, turquoise the whole realm of blue greens.  Surprisingly I don't have all that much fabric in those colors.  Hum, I wonder if I use them a lot?  Could be. 

The block design is called Louisiana. It's basically 4 flying geese with 4 rectangles.  I chose to put these on point as I had just purchased a die called Setting Triangles - 9" Finished.  It's actually a design that will cut the setting triangles on the side and the smaller ones on both sides at the top and bottom.  Since I have the 9" cube it seemed like a reasonable add on for me. 


Did you noticed the floor? We've had a portion of our back deck turned into a 3 seasons room. (Or maybe I should call it a sun room.)  We've had wonderful weather for the past few days -- low humidity and temps below 80.  So much nicer than the high humidity and 95+ degrees.  The window and door in the great room open on to the sun room.  We've opened both and the windows in the new room.  It is wonderful with a nice breeze circulating.  We still need some electrical work done (and inspected) and to have the floor installed. And then add some furniture -- which luckily we already own!  

Back to the table runner....

Hum, I'd agree that the table runner is flat out best! (Of course, all the table runners I've made this year are flat out best!) 

Here's a peek at the backing too. As usual all of this fabric came from stash. It feels so good to use stash especially a few pieces I really like.  I'll enjoy seeing this runner on my table. 

Late but happy to share my August Table Runner with everyone. 

I'm linking up with a bunch of blogs today. Please take some time to visit these Linky Parties to find links to lots of great blogs. Here's the list: Midweek Makers,  Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, and Beauties Pageant. Hopefully I'll remember to link up Saturday to SOScrappy for the weekly RSC party.  

Enjoy your weekend!  I need to keep cutting pieces to make kits for the upcoming retreat. (Less than 3 weeks now!) 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday Meandering 9 - 6 - 2021

The late version.... 

Have you spent your Labor Day sewing away in your studio? I'm jealous.  I spent my available time today cutting out some pieces for my patriotic Saw Tooth Stars.  These stars are going to be a retreat project so I'm focusing getting all pieces cut out.  I have more to do but I'm making progress. I'm hoping to have at least 3 projects precut and ready to take. 

Sunday we were up visiting our son and family. The guys were working on a house project while I was trying to keep the kids entertained while Aimee did mounds of laundry. Overall it was a good day to visit.  Since I have no pictures from the studio to share I thought I'd share Walter and me. 

Walter is a one year old German Short Haired German Pointer.  A month ago he spent two weeks at "sleep away" camp getting some extra training.  Here he is having climbed up on the chair with me.  Hum, I wonder how much that sleep away camp was!  As we've told our son, we won't be babysitting him for many years. Kevin swears Walter is doing much better. 

On to goals from last week. Not terrible but not all that great either. 

8/30/21

Finish baby quilt started in June

Quilt Table Scraps Aqua table runner (picture to come.) 

Work on Ombre and RSC blocks

Quilt doggy tumbler quilt  — started 

Finish the front of one ornament 


9/6/2021

Finish tumbler quilt in progress on Ruthie

Finish cutting out pieces for Sawtooth Star Blocks 

Work on Ombre ad RSC Blocks 

Start cutting out Economy Blocks for retreat


Not much else to share this week.  I sure hope I can make progress on my goals this coming week.  I may also need to find some more projects to work on -- there's always the Christmas ornaments ...


I'm linking up with my regular parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday.  Please take some time to surf some of the blogs that link up through these parties. 


FLASH -- Linda who blogs at Texas Quilt Gal has taken over To Do Tuesday.  You can find lots more blogs to read by visiting there! 


That's it from me (and Walter).  


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 





Saturday, September 4, 2021

Sigh, Nothing Finished

Usually I have a finish for the Finished (or Not) Friday.  Not this week.  I'm sewing but I don't seem to have much progress to report.  But I do have some pictures! 

Big Stars are a direct response to this post by Nancy at Wyoming Breezes.  I have a quilt (ok, probably a UFO) that I made with various 4 patches.  The shoebox I stored the 2.5" squares still held quite a few 4 patches and I began sewing more together.  

A little later I got to thinking about one of the project boxes I have that was labeled 16 patches.  Upon looking in it I found at least 6 16 patches with red and white/cream squares and a few with blue and white/cream squares.  And a bunch of blue and light strips sewn together.  I realized that years ago I had requested those blocks from the FCQ Equilters and I had already made one quilt from them. Looking at the bounty of blocks I knew I would use them to make Nancy's stars.  They make huge 16" blocks so it will only take 12 and more than half of the 16 patches were done.  

On to the star points.  I took out my trusty Wing Clipper from Studio 180 and got to work.  Evidently I didn't pay attention correctly at one point. OOPS! 
I haven't decided whether I'll be working on these while I work on my Ombre Log Cabins or not.  I'm going to a retreat at the end of September and I like to have projects all cut out and ready to sew.  I may just cut out everything for the other 10 star points and finish them and the top at retreat. 

On other fronts I decided it was time to start up Ruthie and see if she will work for me.  I loaded this cute tumbler top I made with leftover doggy fabric. The first row did fine but the next one has balked.  It won't stitch.  I'll be contacting the company that did the electronics that connect the computer to the long arm and order some new cables and 2 different circuit boards. I'm hoping it will be resolved with a new cable.  Luckily there is no deadline for this little quilt. 

I've been spending a lot of time reading this last week.  The one I'm almost finished with that really struck me is The Premonition by Michael Lewis.  I'm usually not a huge fan of nonfiction but this book reads more like fiction. It is based on real people and the real beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic. In many ways it shocks me -- how inept America's response has been -- way more so than just the last administration's bumbling and denying. The American public health services have been vastly underfunded for years. The for-profit health providers (think hospitals, labs, pharmaceutical and insurance companies) really aren't benefiting people -- they are in it for money. It's a fast read and is only 300 pages (my copy. Although Amazon says it 320 pages.) It's well worth the time and has done a great job keeping my interest.  

I need to get back to sewing.  I'm linking up with Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished (Or Not) Friday, and Beauties Pageant. Take some time to check them out.  

Happy Quilting All,  Bonnie