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Saturday, 8 February 2014

what is on my bedside table

There are two books I want to share with you today.

The first one is "RALLI QUILTS -Traditional Textiles from Pakistan and India".
It a beautiful book, a feast for eyes; quilts created in basic conditions, without all that specialised sewing equipment available to us.
I saw this book on Tiggy's blog and it got my attention. Knowing Tiggy, it had to be good. Do pop over to her blog - her stitching is just as colourful.

My book is a "used" one. The previous owner was a library in Columbus, Ohio, and although obviously well read, still in very good condition.

This book reminded me that some time ago I made this small Korak sample. I wonder where it is? I still haven't unpacked all my stuff since our house move.
This is nothing to do with the book above, it was just the colours... Korak is a very different way of making a quilt. May be I should make a large one - some day...

The second book is a novel, "Under the Skin" by Michael Faber.

This is a very unusual book. It is a second time I am reading it, the first time was a few years ago, and I remember I felt "disturbed" when I finished it, this book is unlike anything else I have read, the most unsettling one.
I could not put it down the first time, and I rushed to get to the end, to find out what it was all about.
So, I am taking my time the second time around, to enjoy the writing; it is hard to believe that this was Michael Faber's first novel.

If you like an unusual, a thought provoking mystery, give it a try.

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  1. Hey, the book has arrived. So glad you like it!

  2. Love the look of the textiles in this book Radka. The colours are amazing.

  3. Wonderful colours, and so vibrant! Your second book also looks very interesting so I will investigate both further:)

  4. Ralli quilt certainly is a very interesting textile book. Thank you for presenting it! I'm always glad to get to know new titles.

  5. Very inspiring designs in the Ralli Quilt book. I adore their use of colour.


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