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Friday, March 1, 2013


Friday means it is time to join SHAY over at Quilting in my Pyjamas to share our favourite things. As I am feeling a bit below par today it occurred to me that when you feel a bit yuk there is nothing more comforting than snuggling up under a special quilt. I have been looking for ages for a book for children about receiving a special quilt just for them and then I remembered "The Calico Jungle" by Dahlov Ipcar. A search was commenced and I found it on line as it is still in print having first been published in 1965.
The artwork in this book is extraordinary as the author is an artist of quite some talent and note. I love the cover as it has one of my very favourite people on the cover. Sorry the photo is not as vibrant as it is in real life. It is the story of a Mother who gives her little boy a handmade quilt. But it turns out to be a fantastical world where animals run, hide play and the little boy joins them. The stuff kids dreams are made of.
I was so thrilled when I opened it up from it's packaging and I love the smell of a brand new book. I hope my Grandkids are going to enjoy having it read to them. So that's my Favourite thing today.
Speaking of quilts and grandchildren, yesterday I basted the 2 baby quilts...
and  Master L's "I Spy" quilt.
I just have Master C's now. 2 rows left to sew plus borders and then it can be basted up too.
Tonight I am joining all my other friends both here and around the world for...
I am not sure what I will be stitching as there are a couple of things I would like to do but you can be assured  I will have the correct supplies on hand. Those biscuits are full of is a herb!!!!
If you haven't joined up pop over to Cheryll's  to see what it is all about and if you have I shall be by to visit tomorrow to see what you got up to. It will be nice to be stitching with you all.
Michelle xxx


  1. You sure have finished a lot for someone feeling a bit under par! I've not come across that book before.. a bit embarrassing for a retired teacher-librarian to admit. Hope the grand-kids enjoy it.

  2. lovely book, and your progress on your quilts is great.
    Wow, mint in mint slice is an herb? Practically health food! lol
    Enjoy your fnsi..

  3. I'm sure the grandies will love the story. Enjoy your night stitching. Hopefully the 'herbs' will help you to feel better Michelle. Sharyn:)

  4. The baby quilts are looking beautiful. Enjoy your night....and those herb biscuits.

  5. My kids are passed that stage but we knew all our books off by heart. Love quilt finishes I plan to finish hand quilting tonight, and I bought binding this afternoon hoping next week I have a finish to report.

  6. My kids are passed that stage but we knew all our books off by heart. Love quilt finishes I plan to finish hand quilting tonight, and I bought binding this afternoon hoping next week I have a finish to report.

  7. Mint is very good for the digestion Michelle and the chocolate always makes the medicine go down. Love the quilts progress and enjoy stitching tonight.

  8. Looks like a lovely book, Michelle. Love your projects pictured too!

  9. Love the baby quilts Michelle and I love the look of that book. Some of the old stories are just magical.

  10. You have been quite busy. Looks like a realy nice books and those quilts ... stunning !

  11. What a gorgeous book! I may have to hunt that one down too because I think Little P would love it (and it would go with an animal quilt I made him a couple of years ago!) That’s one fabulous favourite Michelle!

    You basted three quilts – I bow before your greatness...

  12. Hi Michelle,
    I love the smell of new books too! They're a bit special. Love the work you've done so far on the quilt.
    Cheers, Anita.

  13. What a fun book! You've got some fun projects going too. Hope you are feeling above par soon.

  14. Never heard of the book but it looks like a good one. You certainly have a lot of quilting to do... stunning quilts.

  15. Cackling to myself at your "herb" biscuits. I am so using that one... :)


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