Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Sign of the Twisted Candles

"Oh, Nancy! I'm afraid to go any farther, and I'm afraid not to.  Won't you speed the car up?" Nancy Drew smiled grimly to herself, despite the awe-inspiring situation with which she had to battle. "Which shall it be, Bess?  Shall we stop or shall we try to go faster?"  Nancy asked the girl beside her in the sporty little roadster.  


I have read every single Nancy Drew book several times over.  Now this was a looooooooooong time ago but the memories are so strong and so good that I had to participate in the Get a Clue with Nancy Drew blog hop!

Bess's answer was drowned out by a peal of thunder which followed a blinding flash of lightning.  Nancy cast an apprehensive glance at the sky, where black and lead-colored clouds writhed and twisted, although not a sign of breeze fluttered the tree leaves along the country road up which the automobile was running.


I lined the bag with another print - showing the silhouettes of Nancy, George and Bess.


l also fussy cut Nancy and appliqued her to a small pouch.  The reverse side is the bookshelf fabric.




"Look how yellow the sky is getting in the southwest," exclaimed the third occupant of the car, George Fayne, who, despite the name, was an attractive girl of about the same age as Nancy and Bess Marvin, her cousin.
I still own one Nancy Drew book - The Sign of the Twisted Candles - which has a 1933 date inside the cover.  I got the book from my grandmother - my dad's mom - so my guess is my aunt was the first to read.  She would have been just the right age in 1933.  



The three chums had gone for a ride this sultry August afternoon to seek relief from the heat.  Some thirty miles from their home town of River heights, while traversing an unfamiliar cross-road, they had noticed the suddenly darkened sky.
My new bag is the perfect size for trips to the library.  In fact, I took it out for a spin to my local library as soon as it was done!  The bag dimensions are 12" by 12" by 6".  I used a double layer of iron on batting and did some straight line quilting on the bottom of the bag.


"I guess we are in for it," Nancy cried,, as the trees and shrubs bent before a blast of hot wind.  A peculiar yellowish tinge spread over the sky, tinting the landscape with a ghostly pallor.  then, without further warning, as if a gigantic bucket had been inverted overhead, the rain poured down in torrents.  In a second the road was obscured, and a few minutes later it became a stream in which the wheels, sending sheets of water fender-high, skidded sickeningly.

Now pick up your magnifying glass and join me in visiting the other sleuths I am sharing today with:

                                                   Simple Sew
>>>>>>> A Stitch In Time   <<<<<<<



The full schedule for all the other sleuths can be found here on Carol's blog Just Let Me Quilt.   Thanks for Mdmn Samm and Carol for organizing a fun hop!

P.S.  To find out what happens next, you'll have to pick up your very own copy of The Sign Of The Twisted Candles!  But you had better look for one with an original print date.  The more modern version you can find - see page excerpts here - is very, very different.   Now, I'm off to keep reading!



Happy Stitching!

88 comments:

  1. Loved both your projects! How neat to have your grandmother's book! You got me in the mood to read the book again, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great read! Thanks for the book quotes. Yes, the books were changed over the years, weren't they? I liked the original ones the best. Your new bag is fabulous and the pouch is sew cute. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  3. Love your short story Patty! I love your bag. I will have to try double batting my next bag. I love how your bag holds up sew well! Thanks for sharing. Judith, Texas

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  4. Love your Nancy Drew book bag! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. The bookspines make a great totebag! Perfect for a trip to the library!!!

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  6. How clever and I like your picture with the magnifying glass at the beginning of the post :) The book spine fabric was among my favorites in the collection!

    Jenn:)

    www.nancydrewsleuth.com

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  7. Nice job. What a trip down memory lane!

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  8. Very cute "Book" bag. Nice ti have a family book with history.

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  9. What a fun bag! Thanks too for the excerps.

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  10. This is a wonderful bag! You'll get lots of use out of it. I love your first photo... through the magnifying glass.... very clever!

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  11. Fun bag, and the story bring back memories! :-)

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  12. Love your bag,it`s super cute.Thanks for sharing!

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  13. wonderful tote! Love the applique idea and it looks great

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  14. I absolutely love your bag.

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  15. Oh your bag is just great and nice and roomy.....I love how you used the shadow of Nancy Drew on the inside....thanks for hopping along.

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  16. Ohhhh Patty, your bag is pretty amazing construction...love the inside too..great shot of it by the way...love the story too lol

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  17. Your project is fantastic, but I would be amiss if I didn't comment on your photography skills in getting that shot through the magnifying glass!! AWESOMENESS!

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  18. Love your cute tote and the excerpts from the books. They bring me back!

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  19. Great bag! I really like the book fabric.

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  20. I didn't need a magnifying glass to see how perfect your book bag is...love it! Thanks for sharing the little story lines, too. :O)

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  21. Love your tote bag. Great idea for going to library to pick up more Nancy Drew!

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  22. Cute bag! You have thought that the modern reprints would change the story, amazing! Jane

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  23. Love this bag! My favrotie fabric in the whle collection!

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  24. I love the clever little Wallet you came up with for the inside of the bag, what a great idea! I think the inside bag fabric is just darling!

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  25. Great tote bag , absolutely perfect for a trip to the library , love it !!!

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  26. Great tote bag! Fun fabric!

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  27. Love your tote and cute post!!!

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  28. Thats a great bag. This is such a fun hop.

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  29. This is just gorgeous! You did an excellent job! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Fabulous bag and fabric choices! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Beautiful bag made from my fave fabric of the collection..perfect!

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  32. I like the bag you made.

    senstrings at yahoo dot com

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  33. love the bag! beaufitul liner!
    enjoy the hop and have a wonderful day

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  34. I love your tote, especially filled with mystery books!

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  35. Love your book bag. I, too, read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mystery books growing up. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  36. That is a wonderful tote. I always loved the Nancy Drew stories.

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  37. Great bag,you did a wonderful job on the construction.

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  38. Lovely bag and lovely post! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I love your book bag! Perfect for hauling books around!

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  40. What a great book bag to take to the Library. Everyone there is going to wish they had one just like it. Perfect!!

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  41. Great bag and your photos are wonderful!

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  42. Oh I love your bag and what a fun picture at the library! thanks for sharing.

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  43. That book fabric is just perfect for a book bag. So many bags were made on this hop and yet all were different.

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  44. Your bag is awesome with a wonderful work. Thanks for sharing

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  45. I like your bag. Great job. I think everyone is having fun in this blog, both the quilters and the readers.

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  46. Great tote and wonderful use of the fabrics. Good job!!!

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  47. Your bag is wonderful! Congrats on most creative for the day too!

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  48. Wonderful tote. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. I love this book bag! I wonder how many of my old Nancy Drew books I could fit in there?....

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  50. Your bag is wonderful but the memories from the excerpt were over the top. Thanks so much.

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  51. Fabulous bag! I'm in the UK and I haven't read any ND so I love that you included book excerpts in your post!

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  52. Really great bag... and love the excerpts!! I haven't read Nancy Drew in years, but I may have to reread some of my favorites from childhood.

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  53. Love the bag - especially the blue lining!! Great job!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  54. My favorite of today's great creativities! I am a sucker for totes and for books. Perfect match.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  55. Each blog I'm falling more in love with the fabric. Love the bright colors and the book spine fabric. Thanks for showing us your talent.

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  56. How adorable. You have a great bag for trips to the library. And you have a great treasure in having your aunt's book. I read many Nancy Drew books. When I got some for Christmas, I was allowed to read one a day to have them last through the end of Christmas break. Each book was as good or better than the previous. Just like this hop - each project is as good or better than the previously viewed project. Thanks for participating and inspiring me to read, go the library, quilt, and be entertained.

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  57. Patty, I like your bag, but.....I'm kind of in love with the Tardis at the top of the page! Is there a pattern for this? I think my husband's tablet might need a case.

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  58. A lovely purse you made.
    I love the way you put it on your blog

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  59. Very cute tote and I love the inside fabric so much.

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  60. What a wonderful bag. I love bags too! Thanks for sharing.

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  61. Love your bag and crushing on that bookspine fabric!

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  62. It's a great bag - and I love your photos with the magnifying glass. :) blessings, marlene

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  63. Thanks for the book excerpts... gosh the memories! Love your projects - the tote is awesome!

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  64. the book excerpts are just what I needed today! LOVE IT- your bag is spectacular!

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  65. Great bag! I love that fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. How lucky you are to have an original of the Nancy Drew books and one from the 30s to boot! Love your book bag and you used my favorite fabric in the line for your lining. What a fabulous bag to take to the library.

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  67. Wonderful bag!! And reading the parts from the book....waaaay fun!!! Making me miss Nancy Drew!!! Loved her loooong ago too! lol

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  68. Nice tote! I guess you and I had the same idea, as far as the silhouette is concerned! Have fun with the blog hop... :-)

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  69. Great tote! I think many of us had the same idea...books need totes! :)

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  70. Fantastic photos & post & of course the bag. Well done. I read them all too. You certainly did fussy cut, that's really cute.

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  71. Cute bag and I loved the excerpts! Gonna have to dig out my old books the next time I am at my parents house!

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  72. Your bag is perfect! Wonderful job...and love the book excerpts! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  73. I love the bag, especially the books. I am hoping to find a Nancy Drew book to read.

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  74. I just love your bag. It is perfect for a book bag.

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  75. What a wonderful bag and it looks right at home there at the library. It looks like it so want to check out some of those ND books and carry them in style for you. Thank You for sharing the book inserts and the great pictures.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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