Book Review: Birds In The Air Episode #56

Hey hobbyists and crafters. It’s time for another episode of Hobbies Up To Here!


We’ve had a very productive week off for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of our WIPS!

My mom and dad have been working on their own stitching projects. She’s flying through a baby blanket and he’s cranking out some great dollies.

I got the wild inspiration to go ahead and create my own design wall. The guys helped me put it all together and now I have one BIG design wall to play with!


Jake’s Darth Vader quilt is quilted and now the trimming commences! Jake did the top on his own (with only a little mommy help) and I did the quilting. I’m attempting to roll the binding over as opposed to my usual strip method. Wish me luck!

I also wrapped up my box subscription showdown on our Youtube channel.

This episode we dive into the novel Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell. I surprised my mom with a copy for each of us to read and enjoy. And boy did we!

Not only is Frances an author but she is also the host of The Off Kilter Quilt podcast where she talks of life and quilting. Check out her podcast and her website!

If you don’t want to be spoiled, listen through to minute 32 where we take a quick break and then leap into some spoilery goodness.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Birds In The Air Episode #56

  1. Pingback: TGIFF: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt | Hobbies Up To Here

  2. Okay, guys, I finally sucked it up and listened to your review! I knew it wouldn’t be a slam job (or even the least bit mean), but still, it’s scary to hear people talk about your (my) book. Now I’m feeling very, very happy–not just that you liked the book, but because it was fun to hear you talk in such depth about the characters and the story! Thank you! It’s every writer’s dream to have readers like you.

    So thank you a million times! xoxofrances

    • Frances, thanks for bringing the world of Sweet Anne’s Gap into our lives. We really enjoyed the book and saw so much of ourselves in it. We’re even planning to go to a guild meeting, FINALLY! And the book has been passed on for other readers, one to my sister and the other to my sewing buddy. We’re so happy to share our thoughts on Birds In The Air with all our friends and listeners! xoxo Katie

  3. You guys!
    I haven’t finished the book, so I will not listen to the whole episode as I want to avoid spoilers.
    If you are interested in stories with relationships between the quilters, and want to live in a small town while uou’re reading the book I can highly recommend the Cobbled Court novels by Marie Bostwick. She used to live about 2 hours from me and her stories are totally describing this area of New England. I’d be surprised if you didn’t like them as they are very popular among quilters.

  4. Pingback: Comeback Quilters Episode #60 | Hobbies Up To Here

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