Many times Linda comments that today's quilters have so many wonderful tools at their disposal it's hard to keep track of all of them. And there are constantly new innovations hitting the market.
Quilters seem to be divided occasionally over whether or not it's "truly" quilting if an item is machine-pieced and quilted versus hand-sewn and quilted. I say "poop" to that argument. Both have their place and it completely depends upon the joy that the person who is doing the work receives. What a silly human debate! We cats would never sink so low as to denigrate another cat just because she shows a preference for dry food over canned. And if our foremothers had ways of making their jobs easier, you can be sure that they would have used them.
Today's rotary cutters, mats, sewing machines that will also bake a cake, automatic shut-off irons, templates, quilt designing software, the list is endless. In addition to the above, one of our favorite quilters' friends is the audio book.
Audio books are a godsend when you're cutting, ironing or chain-piecing. Those tasks are repetitious and don't require a lot of brain power. There are times when we're chain-piecing that Linda prefers just my purring and the hum of the sewing machine. She feels in tune with God and the universe. It's a meditative time. But the audio book is a frequent companion.
Linda's tastes are pretty eclectic, and she's an avid reader by nature. Always has been. She can read just about anything but romance novels, and even some of them have drifted their way into our listening pleasure.
We've enjoyed the entire Outlander series by Diana Galbadon, all of the Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay, When Character was King by Peggy Noonan, Shiloh read by its author the late-great Shelby Foote, and we're going to be re-listening to Max Lucado's It's Not About Me. We've listened to plenty of others as well. Murder mysteries, biographies, inspirational stories, everything.
The skill of the narrator can make or break how engaging an audio book might be. The narrator for the Dexter series for instance is beyond perfect. Having non-fiction books read by their authors is a distinct pleasure. I Feel Bad About My Neck, written and read by Nora Ephron is a riot and any lady nearing or in middle-age can relate to it.
We always get our audio books from the library. For those of you with IPODS or MP3 players, there are a lot of services you can download.
In our queue right now are The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones was fantastic) and Body Surfing by Anita Shreve.
The rest of the day will be spent organizing the stash by color and working on a log cabin quilt. Our CD player is ready and waiting for us.
Have a purr-filled day.
9 months ago