Friday, May 9, 2014

the novel bakers present the forgotten seamstress~

today the novel bakers would like to share a new book we hope you will all enjoy, the forgotten seamstress~

when mlee suggested this book i knew it was something i would have most likely missed, i was so pleased she brought this to our attention. i confess, i am not the type that wants to share a story line, to me, the joy of reading is the unknown that propels me to turn the pages fast and faster. i like to know nothing about a book when i pick it up for the first time, i just want to be transported by the authors words into unknown places, times and emotions...

i will tell you this, i read it one sitting. i was eager to take it all in. i rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. it was a wonderful read, sitting outside on a blustery day by my fountain while the hummingbirds drank freely, the dogs laid quietly at my feet and my minds eye wandered freely...

***i just must intervene before the next group of pics, personally i am mortified, but i did what i did... i baked the cookies days before, i was getting ready to decorate them when i realized i had no powder sugar to float my pretty designs. after searching through my pantry, to no avail, i came across dozens of icing tubes at least fifteen years old! i was going to throw them all out when i thought why not save myself a trip to town and just get this quilt over and done! i remember buying pinks and purples for a friends flamingo party waaaaaaaaaay back when...

this is a far cry from the tasteful blues, rust and white quilt i had planned. i should also mention it was 100 degrees standing in my kitchen, it just ain't pretty! my intent was to show a quiet elegant moment sipping tea and quilting in the midmorn by the fountain, instead it looks like a clown car pulled up and shared some of their endless hankies. bottom line is this book needed a quilt, and by gosh you got one! just don't hold it against the book~

i hope you enjoyed our preview of the forgotten seamstress, it's no secret i love to recreate visually scenes from the many books i read, truthfully, it can enhance your life, from food to activities, i have enjoyed countless vignettes that i would normally never have experienced.

for me, playing with books comes naturally, but i have to hand it to the special readers of forgotten seamstress that made the ultimate commitment, they recreated the beautiful quilt at the heart of the story. if you check out her blog you can see the links to their handiwork.

paulines quilt

judy and liz with their quilt

for more information about the author and her books visit her web page, i was fascinated by her own family history, enough so that i quickly bought her first book.

"Liz Trenow's family have been silk weavers for nearly three hundred years, and she grew up in the house next to the mill in Suffolk, England, which still operates today, weaving for top-end fashion houses and royal commissions.

It was the recollections of Liz's father about how, during the Second World War, the mill worked night and day weaving parachute silk, that inspired her first novel, The Last Telegram. It is the story of Lily Verner, a young woman who has to grow up very quickly and learn to manage the stresses and trials behind the Home Front in the Second World War. The love story at the heart of the novel is also based on real life events and characters."

we are so glad you stopped by to visit the novel bakers, we hope you too will be able to enjoy a stitch in time with the forgotten seamstress.

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