Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's All Good

"When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you've got plenty to watch."                              
                        ~Author unknown, from a television commercial

Thursday!  Boy, I sure am having a better start to the day than yesterday - computer's working, I think I have the picture thing figured out, and life is good.  I did end up having a productive day yesterday which I will share with you later in the post.  I hope you are all having a wonderful day so far.  What did you do yesterday?

Photo Of The Day:


The visiting birds in my yard decided I wasn't feeding them enough seed and have planted several plants of milo in my pots of bell peppers.  I decided to let them grow and let the birds have an extra feast.  Milo is actually Grain Sorghum.  Farmers on the hot, dry plains from Texas to South Dakota grow and use grain sorghum like Corn Belt farmers use corn. Large acreages of grain sorghum are also grown in Africa and Asia in areas where the climate is too hot and dry for corn.  Worldwide, sorghum is a food grain for humans. In the United States, sorghum is used primarily as a feed grain for livestock. Feed value of grain sorghum is similar to corn. The grain has more protein and fat than corn, but is lower in vitamin A.  Let the birds enjoy!


Yesterday I was able to complete one more block in Cheryl's SAL.  If you are interested in joining in on the sew along, you can find the blocks by visiting So Many Quilts, So Little Time.  Cheryl gives an excellent tutorial for each block. 
This is block #10.  It is called Noon and Light


Yesterday I was able to work on my Candle Mat Swap from the Quilting Gallery.  I can't tell  you who it's for because it is a secret partner swap.  My partner doesn't have a blog but I don't know if she reads my blog.

  First step was to make the color layout.  The pattern calls for a charm pack and one fat quarter.  I'm using fabric Wrap It Up! from Connecting Threads.

Next came the HSTs

Center completed!

Side strips for the center block

Strippy blocks for all four sides (originally I had only made a 7 strip side because that is what I had counted in the picture.  Dummy me, read the instructions first!!!  It needed 8)

Snowball a corner of the corner blocks

And here is the top completed.  Now I need to sandwich and quilt.  I'm thinking of trying something different this time.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  Each corner will have a little decorative button sewn in it.



My Fall Into Fall Bloggers Giveaway ends tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. PST. You could be the winner of this cute ducky baby quilt kit.
Just click HERE to enter for the this kit!

And if you would like to try to win this fabric from me........
Then you are just click away - HERE!

And, for a final picture - Snickerdoodle. 
"Hey, Mom!  It's time for some fresh air!!"


Final Thought

I've made it through half of the week.  A fairly creative week thus far.  I hope to complete a little more before the week is through.  Sometimes my brain gets a little fuzzy and a little tired, like it is now, but it does come out of its fog and actually works from time to time.  I just need to get moving - on to my one cup of coffee, some breakfast and then it's to the cutting table for one more SAL!  I will leave you with this great quote:

Once you choose hope, anything's possible.     ~Christopher Reeve

Have a bright and cheery Thursday!!


Maria said...

Great blocks Linda and I just adore the fabric you used for your candle mat. Wish I was your partner!!

Cheryl said...

Inspirational as always and thank you for the promotion of my SAL. Your new block looks great. Not an easy one to make! Have a glorious Thursday!

Sammy said...

Lovely post. very enjoyable. I love snikerdoddle.


-Samya :-)

Quilting Mom said...

Oh the candle mat looks so beautiful! Did you use a particular pattern?

Megan Harmeyer said...

Your coming along quite nicely on all your projects. We have that milo/millet spring up from time to time in our yard.

Quilt Hollow said...

I've got to go look at the link for the block you posted! Thank you!! Always fun discovering new things.

Charity said...

The candle mat is adorable!It looks just like a small package. I'm sure your partner will be thrilled with it.

Melody said...

What a great post. So many gorgeous projects.

Brigitte said...

I must give the candlemat pattern a whirl.

joe tulips said...

The candle mat is so sweet...who ever gets it will be so pleased!!

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