I finished reading Sarah's Key on Tuesday I think - I liked it. I think it's as much about atonement and forgiveness as anything else.
I had my Dear Jane class yesterday. We had a tutorial on applique techniques, especially in prepping the pieces. I learned a few things. My teacher suggested a small iron to do the pressing, so I went out this morning and got the one she suggested - it's a Rowenta travel iron that I picked up at Bed, Bath & Beyond - if you go to their website and do email signup they'll send you a 20% off coupon. I tried out the iron today and it worked great. I also learned how to have better "less than 90 degree" angles and I'm happy with how these ones turned out. I also got some tips on getting my paper piecing to not shrink so much - don't use steam cause it shrinks/distorts the paper, and some trimming suggestions. I'll post on how it goes when I try it.