Happy Birthday, Miss Austen!

Today marks the 233th birthday of Miss Jane Austen! I think I am more a Pride and Prejudice fan than a die hard Austen fan. But I do greatly admire Miss Austen for being the author of my all-time favorite fiction, and for making a mark for herself as an acclaimed novelist during her life time, and continues to do so posthumously.

Though probably less known for her other womanly pursuits, Miss Austen was by no means a wimp when it came to quilting and needlework. The famous Austen quilt in Chawton House is a quilt many quilters aspire to accomplish. I think Miss Austen would definitely make Mr. Darcy’s notion of an “accomplished woman”, don’t you?

So, to celebrate Miss Austen’s birthday, I will be working on my “Daughters of Longbourn” today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Miss Austen! Before you leave, I thought you might enjoy some of these Austen quotes:

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

“Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”

“My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”

“What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.”

“What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!”

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Getting ready to start…

… on another quilt using the PARK LANE fabrics by RJR. The quilt will be featured in “The Quilter” later this year:

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Meanwhile, I finished Book 4 of “The Chronicles of Pemberley”, and started on Book 5. I was told Book 5 is the last one. I am a little sad because I will surely miss following the lives of the Pride and Prejudice-inspired characters as I have in the past few weeks.  I have truly enjoyed the wholesome and uplifting Pemberley Chronicles books!

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I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.  Mine was slow and relaxing.  I need to catch up on some work this coming week.  I will be quilting the Christmas quilt — will show you pictures later!  Have a great week, y’all!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 11

At long last, my Gameboard Sampler is looking more like a sampler in that the alphabets have finally emerged:

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I try to squeeze in some stitching time everyday even though I would normally only get a few stitches in. But with every stitch I put in, I am one stitch closer to the finishing line! :) You can see that the neighborhood is sporting some new critters – a squirrel and a bumblebee:

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When I get a few moments with my hands free, I have also been enjoying Book 3 of the Pemberley Chronicles, “Netherfield Park Revisited”. This book is mainly about Jonathan, the son of Charles and Jane Bingsley, and his purchase of Netherfield — the place that held sweet memories for his parents:

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Have a productive day, everyone! I will catch up with you later.

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 10

I made a little bit of progress on the Gameboard Sampler last night:

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You can see the construction of the fence around the neighborhood has begun:

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On another note, I was able to check out Book 2 of The Pemberley Chronicles “The Women of Pemberley” from the library. I can’t wait to get started. This book picks up from where the first Chronicles book left off, and ushers us into the Victorian era. That’s as much as I know for now:

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Have a Terrific Thursday, Everyone. I will catch up with you later!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 8

Happy Monday, Everyone! I had a bit of a time to squeeze in a few more stitches on The Sampler Gameboard:

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I have a bit of a “bird’s nest” on this house — as I made a boo boo. So, I am in the process of un-stitchimg to rectify the situation:

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Also, I have an update on “The Chronicles of Pemberley”. Some of you have asked me last week if I liked the book. I didn’t know the answer back then because I hadn’t read the book. I started on the book over the weekend, and found it to be a very delightful read. So far I am into about 80 pages — my summary of the pleasantly executed plot is that the happy ending of “Pride and Prejudice” just got happier. Chronicles mainly picks up from after the marriages of Jane and Elizabeth, and focuses on their lives thereafter. The usual suspects of the original Pride and Prejudice are woven into the story with mastery, with the addition of new characters. I have also enjoyed the snippets of life for the gentry class prior to pre-industrialization in Great Britain.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week got off a stupendous start!