The Quilt Block Cookbook review

Do you ever find one of those books that you want to share with the world?  That you think that literally everyone should own because it is so awesome?

Or a book that speaks to you in a way no other book has?  It grabs you with it its words, its photography, its story, its very nature.  It says what you have always been trying to say but you didn’t even know you were trying to say it.  It explains who YOU are and how you see the world.

And is that EVER a QUILTING book?  I’ve been moved by books before, but I’m not sure a quilting book has ever truly moved me the way that Amy Gibson’s latest book, The Quilt Block Cookbook, does.

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When I first saw Amy’s book, I just gasped with delight.  I might get a bit gushy here, but I say all of these things with TOTAL honesty.  I did indeed gasp.  First off, the size of the book…it’s square.  But not one of those teeny tiny ones you can hardly read.  The perfect size square.  And it is a hard back book.  That is pretty rare to find in quilting books and it is one of the reasons that this book is just so stunningly beautiful.

The photography inside is really just amazing.  I adore the layout and the ease of finding information.  Each picture makes my mouth water….and again…I’m not overstating my view.  This is honestly what happens when I look through this book.

I can go on and on about the book, but I need to get to my project from it (yes, I even USED the book already! ANOTHER sign of a great book).  Bottom line is this.  BUY THIS BOOK.  It is THE book to have in your home to hand to someone when they ask what you do and you answer “quilting”.  When they look at this book, they will understand the beauty of what we do (and maybe not think we are such odd ducks for liking quillting…well at least it might help a bit!)

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On to my project! Sorry for the long post, but stick with me.  I promise it’s worth it.

Amy’s book is on Sampler quilts.   She gives 50 different blocks PLUS some fantastic layout ideas for using those blocks (plus lots of other info).  And I really adore her layouts for the samplers.  I’m not going to lie.  I don’t really love samplers.

Yep.  I said it.  I’m a quilter and I don’t like Sampler quilts.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the blocks, designing and making them.  I can enjoy other people’s Sampler quilts.  But they just don’t resonate with me all that often. So when I saw one particular layout Amy has called Celestial I was surprised at how much I loved it.  And immediately I knew what blocks to use for it and that I could make this right away.

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These blocks are a set of blocks that I made over 6 years ago for my very first publication in the book, 99 Modern Blocks.  I had made all 11 of my blocks (plus an extra) in coordinating colors and fabrics as samples in addition to the ones published in the book.  But here I am, years later, and I have had no inclination to do anything with these blocks.  I had intended them to go into a quilt together…but nothing caught my eye.  Until Amy’s layout.

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The layout makes the quilt 80″ x 80″ or so.  And I used a lavender solid for the background.  I pieced this quilt on the upper deck of my friend’s beautiful lake house in Canada on a girl’s quilting weekend, so the quilt is FULL of happy memories for me.

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There is a person on each side holding this quilt up!

I did end up piecing it slightly differently than Amy suggested but I’m not sure it worked any better…I was just trying to accommodate the little cutting area that I had.

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Now it’s off to a long arm quilter for some quilting love and then back home for snuggles.  Too bad I don’t have my own lake house to take it to. 😉

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Congrats to the winner!! Patti C “I’ve made the same sampler twice with different fabrics of course so this looks interesting to me. I can recommend Stranger Things on Netflix, only 6 parts so not a huge commitment.”

 

124 thoughts on “The Quilt Block Cookbook review

  1. Your top looks great. I’m not one for great surgery advice. Just go easy on yourself as you take time to recover. And i wish you all the best. I enjoyed the PBS series Lark Rise to Candleford. It was good, clean fun.

  2. I love your quilt. Really nice job. Surgery tips, go slow, it’s trauma to your body so it takes a lot of time to recover no matter what. I always say 6-8 weeks before you are back to full speed.

    1. Take your recovery as slow as you need to. Don’t worry about anything that “needs to get done”. Just take it one day at a time. I do love the layout and I agree with not being a huge lover of samplers this is probably more about me not have the patience for them haha. Take care

  3. Sounds like an amazing book! Good luck with your surgery. You might try Call the Midwife if you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix!

  4. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Keep your fluid intake up and it will help your body heal as well as help ward off constipation that can be caused by narcotic painkillers. Be patient with yourself, give your body enough time to heal before it’s back to business as usual. Have you seen the series Haven? It’s on Netflix.

  5. I hope you’re soon on the mend. I don’t have any ideas on getting post surgery tips, other than rest, bump up your fluid intake and read quilting magazines. Love your quilt great colors. Thanks for the generous giveaway, I do love a square book! ;-> Toni Anne

  6. Great review! Last time I had surgery, the worst part of the recovery was clearing the aenesthetic (totally spelled wrong) out of my body. Drink a lot. Going under made me nauseous post op. I found icy cold drinks/smoothies helped me want to drink (and helped clear the gunk out of my bod).

  7. I have been having a lot of health issues and my two new Netflix buddies were Jane the virgin and stranger things. But often i like re watching old series when I’m sick.

    Mint os a good anti nausea and ginger but i have real nausea prescription zofran is the best

  8. Wishing you a speedy recovery (my tip: when you think you’re ready to get back into the full swing of things, give yourself another week!). I’m not a fan of sampler quilts either, so I am rather intrigued by the lovely comments you made about Amy’s book!

  9. I’m very intrigued by your descriptions of Amy’s book!! I’m another who is not a fan of sampler quilts, but I do really like the layout you did! I’m also wishing you a speedy and easy recovery and sending healing thoughts. My tip is not to try to do too much too soon – even if you feel like you can! Re Netflix – have you watched Bloodline or Stranger Things???

  10. I’m doing my first sampler with 100 days 100 blocks and I’m enjoying the process but to much of a beginner quilter yet to know whether samplers are for me or not. I’ve only made two quilts so far! My advice? Don’t feel guilty about taking the time to fully recover. Your family will thank you for it!

  11. Angela I do have some advice about what NOT to do after surgery- Do not go shopping on the internet while on pain meds. I After my foot surgery a few years ago, I spent $200 ‘shopping’ on things I had absolutely no use for. Good luck with your surgery and recuperation!

  12. I’m with you about samplers. I’ve never liked them but maybe this book would change my mind! Best wishes for a speedy recovery from your surgery. We loved Stranger Things! My daughter watches Netflix alot and she liked The Office, Criminal Minds and Sherlock. Check them out! As for books my FAVORITE go to author for light easy feel good reads is Mary Kay Andrews. Her books are light, fun and quick reads. Check out Spring Fever, Summer Rental, Beach Town and The Weekenders from her. Also I just read Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon which I liked. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert was cute too. That was a fun read to me because it takes place in Milwaukee and I could relate to the locations since I’m in SE WI. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. I will definitely check out this book. For surgery, my tip is to “stay ahead of the pain”. Don’t be shy about taking the pain meds, especially the first few days. It will help your recovery in the long run.

  14. I love samplers, and this book sounds very very inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win. Another quilt book I love is the Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration by Denyse Schmidt. I also really love the book by Anna Graham from Noodlehead. Both include projects that I see myself making, which is a good thing for craft/quilt books :). If you are looking for a light read, however, I can really recommend the Harry Potter books. I’ve always set these aside as being childrens literature but you know what: they turn out to be clever and fun and enjoyable to adults too!
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  15. Love reading your blog. And your quilt layout is real different.
    I just finished reading ” Mrs Grant and Madame Jule” by Jennifer Cheverini.

  16. For your recovery I recommend getting up and walking frequently, even if it just a few steps. It helps everything start to get back to working!

  17. Best wishes on your surgery. After my surgery in 2007, I enjoyed paging through the latest copies of quilting magazines. There are the Louise Penny mysteries, and if you enjoy YA lit, I highly endorse the Olympian series by Rick Riordan (10 books ) The Raven Boys series (4 books).

  18. I have never wanted to make a sampler. I will pick out the blocks I like and make an entire quilt instead. Good luck with your surgery and just take advantage of the time off and relax 😊

  19. Get plenty of rest during your recovery. When you feel ready, get moving, but take it slow! Love your new quilt, a lovely layout.

  20. Beautiful quilt! Sorry I can’t help on the post-surgery but I’m reading all the suggestions since I’ll be in the same boat in mid-October. I do plan to take advantage of Netflix and similar entertainments. I also plan to stock up on the easy to fix goodies that I know I will enjoy eating. Good luck!!

  21. Good reads – Marie Bostwick Cobble Court series or any of her books. I’ve read them all
    Protein – I learned that a higher amount of protein helps tissues heal faster…of course I’m no MD but it made sense and I recovered quickly.
    Get well soon

  22. I am with Amy M rest, rest, & drink plenty of water. My all time favorite from Netflix is Endeavour. If you can watch Luther on Amazon. Allrecipes.com is a favorite for recipes that have ratings. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

  23. Your quilt is beautiful! Can’t wait to see what your long-armer will do with the negative space! And good luck with your surgery. Don’t try to be productive. Sleep, ask for smoothies or milkshakes (whatever your body allows) and occasional hugs. 😘

  24. Best wishes on surgery recovery. I’ve had a lot of surgeries and of the best things to do is rest, drink, manage pain and don’t over do it even if you start feeling like you can/want jump back into life. Favorite Netflix series is Longmire.

  25. i don’t think it’s actually the sampler quilt that I like but the fun of making a variety of blocks. The blocks you made look very interesting, and the colors you chose added to that interest. I was reading through the advise that people gave and can’t think of anything to add. It has been more than 20 years since I last had surgery, but my husband had surgery last May. It took him a long time to recover — longer than we thought it would. Yes, Call the Midwife is good. We are reading a book by Chris Favry. It is “The Promise of Jessy Woods.” We are about half way through it, and I am really enjoying it. Ron and I read a novel together when we go to bed at night. This one is hard to put down.

  26. Love your quilt and this looks like a fantastic book. Surgery tips – “milk” it for as long as you can. This is the time when your should be waited on. On, a more serious note – don’t rush it. Your body needs time to heal, so take it easy and one step at a time.

  27. Beautiful quilt! I really like that layout! Not surprising at all that Amy’s book is so amazing 🙂 Sending good thoughts for recovery from your surgery. My recommendations: Make sure that someone who loves you is there to do everything for you. I’m loving Grace and Frankie on Netflix! Catch up on your favorite blogs! Do some hand sewing 🙂 Sometimes I wish I would be sick enough to have to sit still (but not too sick) just to rest and relax.

  28. I recently had a surgery and found it was OK to accept help from anyone that offered, groceries etc. Also, if you have a pet..hug them a lot! Good luck with your recovery. This book looks great. Thanks for the contest.

  29. Love that quilt. I did Amy’s first BOM, but with moving, renovating and moving again, I’m finally back to sewing/quilting. I have many things planned for the “new home look,” and a bridal shower for my nephew’s fiance (next Saturday), so I’ve been busy. So far finished several UFO’s(with more to go) a “Kirsten loves Joe,” reversible “Joe loves Kirsten” banner and now starting a wedge table runner.
    I’ve never had surgery so I can’t give you any recommendations on that, but I am doing Moda’s Bee-tiful blocks (embroidery) at night. So you might want to get ready some embroidery to do while you recover, if you’re so inclined. I love embroidery and incorporated it into my teaching whenever I was able. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Rosemary

  30. I love Amy and would love to win a copy of this book. Amy taught me to sew with her Craftsy BOM 2012. Good luck with your surgery and try X-files for a good Netflix binge. David Duchovny has great hair. 😂

  31. Don’t set any expectations for your recovery time! Listen to your body…. I just watched two movies on Netflix “the time traveller’s wife” and “Tallulah”

  32. Praying for a speedy recovery from your surgery. Just get lots of rest and don’t feel the need to do any housework!!! Let your family take care of you. As far as movies, the Downton Abbey series is a good one, or Murder She Wrote on Netflix. Also reading the Harry Potter books or the Amish Quilt Mysteries by Isabella Allen are good series. Thanks for the chance to win the sampler book, it looks great!

  33. Sampler quilts are not really y thing either, in fact the very first quilt class I took we made a different block for each technique I ripped them all apart and made something else. I have had 12 yes 12 surgeries since 1997 my tip is a quiet space, lots of books to read, hand piecing projects and letting people wait on you. The hardest part, staying down as long as you need to

  34. Love the book! It’s on my list. My surgery experience is limited, so I asked my five-year-old, who is a seasoned pro. He says to bring a stuffed animal, sing the ABC song whIle they’re putting you under, and bring a new Lego kit to the hospital to do whIle recovering. And movies. He recommended Daniel Tiger. Always ask for orange popsicles in post op, and make sure they use the orange spray when removing tape, etc. 🙂

  35. This looks like a great book. I follow Amy’s blog and love her ideas. Good luck with your surgery and I think everybody has great advice about taking it slow but getting on your feet as soon as you can, it just somehow makes you feel better. I’ve just started EPP and relax in front the TV at night and take it with me when I know I’ll be waiting. Loved Call the Midwife on PBS.

  36. So sorry to read the other day that you needed surgery 🙁 But I suggest taking full advantage of any pampering and getting waited on that comes your way. One really great idea is to do some positive affirmations as many days as you can before and after the surgery–post it notes, recordings, thoughts–all concentrating on successful surgery and gentle, rapid healing. For entertainment–I have a really weird sense of humor, but if you can stand laughing after your surgery–Netflix–Arrested Development–always makes me smile. Thanks so much for the giveaway–live Amy Gibson’s work–AND yours,

  37. Love the layout. It really lets the block shine! Good luck for your surgery and recovery. I’m sorry I have no tips for you, other than give yourself plenty of time, even when you think you are feeling better. It is too easy to have a relapse when you rush it

  38. I wish I had good tips! I’m facing a likely c-section here in a couple of weeks, so I’m going to need tips too! I guess I would say to get some easy freezer meals made before surgery so you can get dinner on the table easily. This one’s hard for me because I’m gluten free, too (which makes it tricky to accept well-intentioned meals from friends). But we’ve got about 8 meals frozen and will get some more frozen in the next week or so.

  39. This looks like a great book!
    Surgery tip: don’t be afraid to let other people help you :). Easier said than done, I know, but your family and fri da are happy to do it!

  40. Wow, this book looks great, I’d love to win a copy but if not its going on my wish list.
    when I went into hospital for a knee replacement a friend (male, gay) made me up a kit – baby/hand wipes, penis shaped jelly sweets, a penis straw, penis pen & book etc etc…..you get the idea. I didnt open it until after the surgery and it really cheered me up.

  41. One of the talented ladies from my guild has a block in this book. Give yourself time to heal after surgery, walk if they tell you to, and know that you have a lot of people cheering you on.

  42. My surgery tip- don’t get dressed too soon. Once you get dressed everyone thinks you’re better and expects you to take up your load again. Stay in PJs as long as you can! I like Louis LAmour for recuperating. Always a good story line, clean, not too involved and it doesn’t matter if you fall asleep, you can always pick up the story again. Love your blocks, speedy recovery. Thanks.

  43. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SURGERY KEEP IN MIND IF YOU FEEL GOOD THE FIRST DAY, THE SECOND IS THE HARDEST SO HAVE YOUR PAIN MEDS AND TAKE THEM A RELAXED BODY HEALS SO MUCH BETTER

  44. Good luck and here is to a speedy uneventful recovery. My surgery tip listen to your body. If in pain do take your pain medication, rest, and get some movement daily. Thanks for letting us know about this book. It looks great.

  45. My tip post surgery is to “enjoy the down time”. I can ditto or echo all of the above as well – especially to tune-in and really listen to what your body is trying to say to you. Love your layout! It gives all the blocks plenty of space to shine! I’ve seen this celestial layout before and really was drawn to it as well. The book looks like a sure winner! Maybe it will come to my home! Thanks so much for your excellent book review.
    PS: Call the Midwife, Longmire and Turn are recent favorites. I also love all things British – so any BBC dramatic or history based series is great for me to connect with! Just finished the Final season of Inspector Lewis.

  46. Best wishes for a speedy recovery…get lots of rest and follow your doctor’s advice. Thanks for sharing your review of this book…looks like a great one for every quilter.

  47. HI, love your quilt top! (Don’t like Samplers either!) Go slow>whatever your surgery is:Heal+Be WELL!
    This Book looks great;like to win it! Thanks for sharing on your blog+in this giveaway!

  48. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a blessed surgery. Listen to your body, don’t rush your healing, eat light fare such as baked or grilled fish, sauteed veggies, light salads, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. You probably do not want to eat too heavy if you find you are resting a lot.

    Try crochet or knitting. Both can be relaxing, a refreshing challenge, satisfy your need to create and hopefully of completing something while you are recuperating. I would love to crochet myself a scrap afghan but haven’t found the inclination to sit still long enough to do it. 🙂

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  49. Wishing you a good recovery. Lots of rest and most important of all listen to your body and don’t rush the recovery process. I would love to win that book, it looks very interesting.

  50. That book looks amazing!!
    Definitely lots of rest and fluids after surgery 🙂 Kinda oldschool, but the canadian series ‘Flashpoint’ is a great one for when you have to have down time!

  51. I just read The Hypnotist Love Story by Liane Moriarity and loved it….she has great books! I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  52. Your quilt top is stunning!!!! I love all things Amy does and I have this book on my wishlist!!! What a wonderful opportunity to win it…thank you!!! My best advise for recovering would be get lots and lots of rest, a big pot of potato soup and when you are up to it, some mindless, silly TV…..just something to make you laugh. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery!!!! 🙏🏻😃

  53. I flipped through that book in a quilt shop and was amazed. I would have bought it but already at my limit with fabric which had been cut. I’d love to win the book. Try the series by Louise Penny but start with book one and read through all twelve. You won’t be diasppointed. You’ll love the characters especially Inspector Gamache. Rest and sleep. A little chocolate would be good, too.

  54. Oh no, surgery does not sound like fun! My tip would be to listen to your own body and don’t try and rush the recovery process, and if you feel up to it take a sketch book and create new designs for your next collection 🙂

  55. Love your top, you are always so inspirational! And the book looks fabulous! My tip for you is to put “rest” on your to do list. Then it will get done. At least that worked for me. I had to actively give myself permission to rest. Best of luck with the surgery.

  56. Your quilt looks beautiful , love the colors! I would go back to Downton Abby , start from the beginning. If you’ve seen it before then it won’t matter if you fall asleep here and there! Good luck with your surgery. Once it’s over it’s all behind you!

  57. I’ve made the same sampler twice with different fabrics of course so this looks interesting to me. I can recommend Stranger Things on Netflix, only 6 parts so not a huge commitment.

  58. Beautiful top! Good luck with the surgery…as so many have already said, go easy with recovery your body has been traumatized. If I was down for a few weeks I think I would re-read the Harry Potter series! or you could watch all the movies again too!

  59. Love your quilt, take it very easy, let people wait in you, listen to books on tape, most public libraries have a app so you can do it on line. I have always loved Amy Gibson’s patterns and I would love this book.

  60. I’m really interested in this book. I’m all about different layouts! Best of luck with your recovery. I love Friday Night Lights on Netflix.

  61. Angela, two things I found helpful when I had my knee replaced a few months ago, both have been listed, but the best advice is to stay ahead of the pain by taking your meds on time, and listen and follow your Dr’s guidelines. On Netflix, there is a lot of possibilities. I like light comedies (old ones with Cary Grant, Doris Day, etc) or there is a British Comedy called Death in Paradise with the best background music, and the solution to who did it has lots of twists, because everyone seems to have a perfect alibi. Best of luck to you, Amy’s book looks amazing!

  62. I just took this book of the library and will probably buy it when my library loan expires. it is wonderful
    My surgery advice– post op needs to be an enforce true vacation from daily tasks. give yourself permission to rest and not do anything– you most likely will be extremely tired and will need a break.– don’t try to rush your recovery but, as I don’t know what surgery you are having— this doesn’t mean not to do any exercises or pt that was prescribed

  63. Your quilt is beautiful. Hope your surgery goes well and you heal quickly. Give yourself lots of time to recover. Perhaps find some audio-books? I would love to win a copy of the book.

  64. The quilt is beautiful and I have some blocks that I plan to do this with as well! Surgery…I’ve had my fair share. My best advice is stay on top of the pain but be very aware pain meds tend to slow things down…way down… Buy you some Milk of Magnesia and don’t wait till it’s to late to take it… How is that for a polite way of saying it??

  65. What fabulous colors !! Maybe what to do before surgery–give your surgeon tips on how to “sew” you back up !!!
    Praying for a quick recovery for you. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Fabulous blocks, so glad you hung on to them – your decision to use them with so much open space really works!

    Post-op, do not try to be super-woman and do everything. Also, take the prescribed pain meds before you
    “really need them” for at least the first few days.

    Ditto on the last part of Lisa McGriff’s comment, as well.

  67. The book looks great! Thanks for the review. As for post -surgery advice—I like mint when my stomach is sensitive (Jr. Mints.) And lately I have enjoyed a show on PBS called Death in Paradise.

  68. Angela,
    Treat yourself well and indulge in anything that might appeal- Netflix, anything that might spur your appetite, audio books, soft fabric. Best wishes, Laura

  69. Thanks for the chance to win the book! If you haven’t read the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, you should – they are wonderfully complex with a twist at the end of each! (Do read them in order)

  70. Good luck with your surgery. Other then vein surgery or my finger, the only surgery I’ve ever had was my tonsils out at age 19. I read or watched movies after each of those. Try the Aunt Dimity books. Make sure you read #1 first. It’s the best! (Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton)

  71. What a fun book. I had surgery on my wrist four years ago. My best advice? Take care of yourself and take your pain meds. I hooked up my laptop by my bed and watched movies. I read a lot and I let others pamper me. And if you need therapy, decide it’s like a job. My therapist told me that the first time, and it really helped me wrap my mind around what I needed to do. I hope your surgery and recover goes well.

  72. Gilmore Girls is great. I watched all seven seasons during those first few weeks street my twins were born and I was nursing pretty much all the time and I didn’t really have the energy to do anything else… That’s sort of like recovering from surgery right?

  73. Wishing you a speedy recovery! My advice after surgery…lots of rest and sleep. Water and a good crockpot soup. Netflix binges (I a little weird) Stranger Things, Vampire Diaries (told you I was a little weird), The Paradise, Greys Anatomy. 🙂

  74. Beautiful quilt!
    I had brain surgery a couple of years ago. My advice is resting, napping, and drinking plenty of water. And as your body and doctor allows, get moving. I started small by walking to the mail box and then around the yard. That helped me get back on my feet. Good luck with the surgery.

  75. My advice is to make sure you have a comfy place to recover at home along with a quilt and plenty of quilt books and magazines to read. Best wishes to you.

  76. Handwork or a good book is how I would spend recovery time. Also I love, love, love Amazon Prime’s Poldark series by PBS. Season starts the 25th for me. Take care of yourself!

  77. I can’t wait to see this book in person! Post-surgery tips: naps, let others help out, drink lots of fluids, (my last surgery I prepped crock-pot freezer meals ahead of time and they were amazing not just then!), and listen to your own body to set your recovery pace because everyone is different! 💐💐💐

  78. looks like an awesome book!

    my best post-op advice is enjoy mcdonald’s when you’re cleared for real food. after all the worry/prep/etc, something so bad for you is soooooooooo tasty. also, don’t push yourself. especially with how tiny incisions are these days, you need to remember you just had your insides messed with 🙂 good luck! hope it went well!

  79. If you have never read Jane Austen, or watched the movies, now is the time! Also, Call the Midwife! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  80. I do hope your surgery goes well… speedy recovery! I secretly love being sick because everyone leaves me alone and I can soak up as much t.v. as I want 😉
    This book does look beautiful! crossing my fingers and my toes!

  81. Amy’s book sounds fabulous and you’ve sold me! The quilt layout that inspired you to used your blocks turned out so great too!
    You got a lot of great post surgical tips… I hope and pray things went really well for you Angela! My tip is that it’s okay to let things go and not try to do everything to your usual high standards… be gentle and lenient and as understanding with yourself as you would be for a dearly loved one.

  82. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Take it easy on yourself, and give yourself lots of time to heal + a week … and I suggest The Sopranos – it’s an oldy now but every episode feels like a movie …

  83. I’m a big fan of trying new blocks and this book looks perfect for me! My best advice is to take your sweet time to recover and allow a loved one to wait on you hand and foot for as lon as possible! Enjoy the pampering, the daily back rubs, foot massages, gourmet meals brought to your bedside, fresh sheets daily, bouquets of exotic flowers, and endearing songs whispered in your ear while you drift off to sleep. It may take up to a year (or two) to fully recover, so take advantage of those who want to help. Take care!

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