Friday, June 26, 2009

Under the Influence

So yeah, we're all reading the same books it seems like. I've had these all on my footstool pile for months now.. periodically reading, looking at the pictures, forgetting, remembering, needing another look. I kept meaning to post the pictures of them but every time I'd think about it, someone else is talking about them. That Material Obsession Two is straight from Sarah by the way, hand carried by Alex. I know that both Amy and Nanette (and others) recommended the Sugar Sack Quilts and Fool Proof Machine Quilting.

Nanette also recommended the "Pink Book" as I call it. I had it on my ebay watch list for ages, because the cover is so divine, but didn't want to spend the money till I'd seen some inside pages. Nanette showed some here. We need to remember to ask where she gets her Japanese books. I know she's told us, but I'm too lazy to look. I already had the other book when she showed off her copy. I get a lot of mine from my ebay, although I picked up this one at Kinokuniya.

Sometimes Nanette and I are reading or thinking about the same things at the same time. Its a little spooky. JenDuncan showed a lot of wonderful photos of the "Pink Book" today, she's on our same wave length when it comes to most everything. Well I like to think I'm on the wave length, lets face it, I'm trying to catch that wave, they're so clever.

These are all from the not-pink-book, which is lovely. I can hardly narrow down my purchases and still always spend around $100 at Kinokuniya each time. (who am I kidding, $120-$140, its nuts! Thank goodness it's not in the neighborhood!)

I always fall for the pretty vignettes. Like that chair and that.. lets assume skirt. Who doesn't want to see something like that at their house. I would.

And all that cutting and stitching.. I love it. And the lace. It reminds me of the quilt that our friend Anne the Pixie Girl did on a quilt in the Lecien booth. Lovely.

And this gem is on my nightstand. I love a nice cozy English mystery and the Fethering Mysteries fill the bill. Like most books, its part of a series, and I love series don't you? I get all caught up in the lives of my literary friends. I just finished this book and while I'm still mad at the author for killing off a favorite character in a previous book, I'm glad that my series will continue.

So Bret worked late again last night and I had time to read and imagine. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Next week... Moda Bake Shop.


Blogger tina said...

you are a dreadful tease with the MBS thing girlie.

Secondly, please do not encourage me to purchase more books. Not that it will help mind you. Love me the pink book.......... if the truth be told I love all books!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Minick and Simpson said...

Someone in the Inspector Lynley series gets killed??!! Noooooo.
Loves me some Inspector Lynley.

Ooohhh Japanese books. (She smiles. Short attention span.)


8:43 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

Thanks for your so sweet words Pam. If I am on a wave length with anyone I am so glad it is you. Those are great books. So inspirational and so well done. I get my Japanese books anywhere and everywhere. I troll for them like a perv looking for porn. haha I get some on ebay, etsy, superbuzzy, and some directly from Amazon in Japan. I think etsy and ebay have the best prices. The sellers even email me when they think they have a magazine or book I would want. That is nice. I really hate to tell you how many I have. eek But it is a healthy habit I tell myself.
Thanks again, have a great weekend. I am going to do some quilting and try to apply some of the methods from Mary Mashutas book using painters tape. I'll take pics and we'll see how it goes.

8:51 AM  
Blogger jen duncan said...

I have piles of books all over the house. I try to tell myself, "The more you sit here "Reading" about it, the less you DOing it" but I just can't help myself. :-)
I have the Mary M. machine quilting book, too. My one attempt at using contact paper wasn't too thrilling. ;-)

9:14 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I know you're probably askared to loan me a book ever again...
And we will be in the SJ area next week...just sayin'.
Love those books!!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam & Elizabeth, Prairie Queens Quilts on Camden Ave. in San Jose has a nice selection of Lecien fabric and the lovely Japanese sewing/quilting books.

They are worth a visit. web site is


1:07 PM  
Blogger Red Geranium Cottage said...

There's a bunch of goodness going on in this post. I need the "pink book". Now where oh where to find it. I love all those cute books, like you I fall for the adorable display's.
Cant wait for the Moda Bake Shop. I'll be over there to look for you!!!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

OMG - my wallet is growing thinner and thinner with those darned cute Japanese books! Pam you are soo bad to tempt us!!
Ohhh... a new Inspector Lynley - love 'em - and you can watch them on Netflix, too! Tommy is soooo cute - and Barbara much better looking that in the book!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

ooo those Japanese books look delish. Laughing my head off over the Japanese-as-porn comment; sometimes I feel like I have a very real and sick problem when it comes to quilting books. I think I need therapy. :)

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

ooo those Japanese books look delish. Laughing my head off over the Japanese-as-porn comment; sometimes I feel like I have a very real and sick problem when it comes to quilting books. I think I need therapy. :)

8:09 PM  
Blogger julieQ said...

I love to go to the library and just have a stack of books waiting. Especially quilting books!

10:58 AM  
Blogger happy zombie said...

The Pink Book (love how you've titled it). I'm with you and Jen. And I've never gone to Kinokuniya where I haven't at least plopped down $100!

12:04 PM  

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