Thursday, November 10, 2011


 The Mercy by Beverly Lewis

‘Tis a gift to be simple.  The Amish people have always fascinated me and I loved this book, which is book 3 of The Rose Trilogy.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t read the first two books, but that didn’t really matter as this book stands on it’s own and enough information was given about past events to be able to understand what is going on with the characters.  Rose is the main character, a devout Amish young woman, who feels she might end up never marrying.  The Amish usually marry in their late teens and she must be around 20 to 21.  She is happy living on the family farm with her parents and grandparents and she handles a lot of the household chores as her mother is paralyzed from the waist down due to a buggy accident.  Eventually, her brother and sister-in-law introduce her to a nice eligible Amish man who lives five miles from her and they start going out on buggy rides.  She wants to stay true to her Amish beliefs and is unhappy when she finds out that her boyfriend is enjoying some worldly pleasures such as owning a car.  Rose and her family go through many trials and tribulations during the course of this book.  The simple life can become as complicated as the life of the English people.    The story comes together nicely and I don’t want to give it away, so I will just recommend this book to you.   I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for writing a review.  

Sunday morning we discovered that someone had smashed out the driver's side window of our truck and stolen a tool box and our camera.  What a bum deal!  At first we didn't realize that our camera had been in the truck also, but it dawned on us the next day.  So, I scanned these pictures.  

We have been busy looking for a 5th wheel camper and Monday we found one!  Yesterday, we picked it up.  In the mean time, I decided it was about time I used this camping fabric (which I bought in California in June) and I made new pillowcases for our new (to us) 5th wheel.  

I had found a piece of some other camping fabric, so I am making a table topper with the camping fabric in the center.  I scanned it below so you can see what the fabric, corners and borders look like.

You can see 2/3 of this little item.  It is a toilet tank topper!  I made one of these for my bathroom earlier this year and now I made this one for the guest bathroom, which is decorated in a patriotic theme.

I also made several other sawtooth stars - they and the ones above measure 4" from point to point.  I love these stars.

Today will be another busy day.  We're going to take a bunch of stuff out to our new camper and try to figure out what other things we might need.  I plan to make new curtains for the bedroom.  The colors in the camper are grey and beige, so I need to look at my stash to see what I can come up with for curtains.  Maybe something with a little color to it!  We want to give it a test run next week for a few days.  I can't wait to see Jonah's reaction when we take it to his house!


  1. I love books by Betsy Lewis, for one, you get no surprises in them as far as content, she keeps it clean. I too love the Amish.

  2. How fun to have a new camper and be sprucing it up!!
    Sawtooth stars are one of my favorite blocks.

  3. I love those stars too! I'm guessing there will be a new camera in your very near future as well as the joy of the new camper. You must have the camera to get a picture of Jonah's eyes and mouth as he says, "Oh, wow!" Those are cute camping fabrics. Have fun, and good luck on your first outing in the new rig! ---"Love"

  4. Sorry to hear about your break in.
    Your quilting os wonderful - I too love those stars.
    Have fun in your new camper.

  5. Sorry about the truck, but WOW on the camper. What fun. Have thought it would be a lot of fun to have to travel the country, and still have my sewing machine!!

  6. What fun camping fabric--and you are putting it to good use.
    I do love your star blocks--and what a clever way to get quilting into the bathroom!

  7. I have read several books by this author and enjoyed them all.

  8. I'm sorry to hear your truck was broken into. I just don't get that, but hopefully your insurance will help cover the damages and losses. Good thing you have a scanner so you can show off bits of your latest projects! They're all great and I bet you'll fix up the new camper beautifully...color is definitely in order with beige and grey. Is it bigger than the last one?

  9. I will have to check out this author. The book sounds good.
    Your little stars are very cute.
    Sorry about the break in.
    Any trips planned in the new 5th wheel camper?

  10. I have that camping fabric!!! Picked it up in Oregon last! fun! fun!
    Happy Quilting!!

  11. Love the camping fabric and what you have done with it.

    I also admire the Amish.

  12. Sorry to here about your truck.Hope they catch the bad guy who did it!!!! :(

    Love your fabric and your darling little stars...I sure you will have this little quilt finished in no time!

    :) Carolyn

  13. That's a real shame about the theft and damage. Those stars are wonderful. Love stars. ann :-)

  14. How horrible that your camera was stolen! I am so sorry! Glad you posted about the new camper, and also showed us what you have been working the sawtooth stars! Thanks for your comment on my quilting blog, also! Hope you are able to replace the stolen items!!!