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The Library Stack (and a little EPP)

The “tierney” in tierneycreates, has not done a lot of creating lately. I wonder if I am stuck. I have been reading about creating and I have been preparing to create (does that count?) but more about that later in this post.

The (Sort of) Current Library Stack

I am continuing my series of posts on the latest stack of books borrowed from my local library. At the time of writing this post, my stack has dwindled and I only have a couple books left – primarily the Vegan cookbooks and the book Why Write by Mark Edmundson.


I have enjoyed all the book except for the interior decorating book, Dreaming Small: Intimate Interiors by Douglas Woods. The book has a five-star rating on but I thought it was a snoozer (and yes I literally fell into a sweet little nap in my chair while reading/browsing through it).

The problem may not be the book, the problem may be that I am just completely burned out on home decorating books. They used to be a wonderful source of daydream but now many of them irritate me (except for the home decorating book The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith, which I discussed in my previous Library Stack post).

Terry the Quilting Husband, does not usually comment on my Library Stack sitting on the table next to my reading chair in the front window. He just accepts that his wife goes kind of wild on borrowing books from the library (there are worse habits to have in life). He did however tease me endlessly about a book called Mason Jar Nation (by JoAnn Moser).

Terry picked up the book and said: “Wow! A WHOLE BOOK about Mason Jars – WOW! Can I read it after you are done – it sounds SO exciting!” Through my laughter I heard him say something like: “No, no don’t tell me how it ends, I don’t want you to ruin it for me. I can’t wait to find out what the Mason Jars have been up to!”

I guess he does not fully appreciate all the options for craft related books and that yes, there are many people who enjoy making crafts with Mason Jars. The book was moderately interesting and did provide a nice history of Mason Jars. It did not inspire me to run out and buy some Mason jars and start crafting with them but it was fun to read while sipping my tea.

You might ask – why all the Vegan cookbooks? Are you Vegan or are you going Vegan? No to both questions. I love the idea of being Vegan, but there is one thing that keeps me from being Vegan, a little thing called B-A-C-O-N. Why live if you can never have bacon again? (Apologies to any Vegetarian or Vegan readers).

I work from home as a telecommuter for my pay-the-bills-job and so I eat lunch at home most days. Although I might be having meat and dairy with my dinner, I want to explore eating Vegan for lunch. I like the idea of “eating clean” for my mid-day meal. Terry the Quilting Husband has no interest in Vegan but you never know what I can slip into his diet (I have been very successful with slipping things years ago he said he would never eat like broccoli, spinach and kale! Oh wait, he reads my blog, now he will know what I am up to…)

Getting Ready to Create

Speaking of “library stacks”, I really enjoyed a book from my previous library stack (my August 23rd Library Stack posting) titled All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought it. 

This book covers the fundamentals of English Paper Piecing (EPP) as well as options for creating cool pieces using EPP. I have been getting ready to EPP and will have a future post on my Adventures in EPP.

There is a reason why I wanted to pick up EPP and I will discuss that later when I do my post on EPP (it has to do with trying to break an evening addiction to playing iPad games).

In addition to the book from the library, I was also influenced/inspired by one of the blogs I follow – Alice Samuel Quilt Company and a post the blogger did on recycling her old wedding invitations into EPP templates – A Box Full of Junk. I love the idea of using unwanted paper for something creative!

So here is what I have put together so far – a whole lot of hexagon templates using my new punch:


But more in a future post, first i need to make sure I do not completely embarrass myself trying to do EPP (if you never hear me mention those three words/three letters again you’ll know it did not work out…or I could post about “Misadventures in English Paper Piecing”!)


Someday I will follow up on all the other projects I have discussed and shared my start on. Right now I seem to just be building up my stash of “UFOs” (if you are not a quilter, refer to my post Lexicon of Quilters’ Acronyms).

Feature Photo Credit: Gary Tamin, free

18 thoughts on “The Library Stack (and a little EPP)”

  1. I haven’t been working much lately on my EPP quilt – Patchwork of the Crosses. I can’t tell you why, but I enjoy sewing the elongated hexagons more than the traditional hexagonal ones. My only unsolicited advice is Aurifil (thin) thread, and tiny stitches!

    I have a gazillion mason jars for my kombucha and kefir. My husband isn’t too happy about me “growing” either one of those – haha!


  2. We don’t eat lots of meat. It’s almost never the main attraction of the meal. But I’m not interested in giving it up, either. I won’t give up butter or eggs, either. 😉

    Creating — it’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to not have a high volume of output. I don’t worry about “quilters’ block” anymore. It comes and goes, just like interest or energy for almost any endeavor.

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    1. It is genius – I did not even know it existed until I saw it in the book and then a local craft store had it on sale. I had fun punching out the templates! I have so much unused cardstock lying around form when I was into card making. I am so glad to use it.

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  3. The mason jar conversation with your husband….um….I could hear his eyes rolling with your words. Quite funny! I reckon you are schooled in mason jars enough to surprise him one day with something neat.

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    1. Thanks for your comment on that – oh yes his eyes were rolling out of his head but he was having fun teasing me. I should for his birthday surprise him with a whole collection of Mason Jar art! 🙂

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  4. I don’t mind adding in a vegetarian or vegan meal here and there. After all, “variety is the spice of life.”

    I hope your epp experiment goes well. It’s fun to try new things. Even if it turns out to not be your thing at least you tried. Better to have tried than not.

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  5. My grandma just brought me some “mason like” jars to paint at some point. They have handles on them. I giggled when I read the mason jar part of the post.

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