Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.
~Author Unknown

My day yesterday was very busy, but good busy (I think).  I really like the new carpet but I will be glad when the 'new' smell calms down.  I think I am in a bigger mess now than when everything was stuffed into the living room and entry.  Trying to figure out exactly where things can go, waiting for DH to be able to move some of the bigger things, and trying to remember where everything sometimes stresses the mind.  And, of course I didn't write a description on the boxes as we packed them.  After all, why would I be that smart and save myself time later - LOL!



Can you see the difference?  On the left is the old carpet - old beige and very stained.  On the right is the beautiful, new Berber multi colored carpet!

The term "carpet" derives from Old Italian carpita, "carpire" meaning to pluck.  Sometimes the term "carpet" is used interchangeably with the term "rug". Only with the opening of trade routes in the 17th century were significant numbers of Persian rugs introduced to Western Europe. Historically the word was also used for table and wall coverings, as carpets were not commonly used on the floor in European interiors until the 18th century.


Today is One Flower Wednesday.  Yesterday I started making two different little hexie flowers but only made the petals.  However, I do have a flower to share with you that I made last month and never remembered to post.

I noticed as I was taking the picture that I missed sewing one of the petal seams.  Guess I better do that before adding it to my GFG.


As the opening quote suggested, I'm trying something new.  I joined Block Lotto a few days ago.  The Block Lotto is open to all quilters. There is no long-term commitment required; you are free to make only those blocks which interest you. On the first of each month, the new block and guidelines are published. Participants make blocks and post photos of them. Each block made becomes a chance to win a set of blocks at the end of the month.  The Block Lotto is currently in its ninth year.  Here is my first block for this group.

November is Quilter's Choice month.  The sampler block will be 8 inch finished size, made from white (solid or white-on white print) and purple (solid, tone-one-tone or predominately purple multicolor) fabrics. 
The liberated twist on our sampler blocks will the scrappy strings added to each side and used to put the purple and white blocks on point, for a final lotto block size of 12 1/2 inches.  I chose the Odd & Ends block for my purple and white part.  If you would like to join me in this fun group just click on the link above or on the button on the right sidebar.

My friend Cathy from Quilt Block Swaps Australia finally received her block I sent her.

This is the second block I made for her as the first one is still traveling around the world - maybe it is taking the storybook way of 'Around The World In 80 Days'. And, then again, maybe it's just lost for all eternity. Cathy requested fall colors made into a Disappearing 9 Block. I think this fit the bill.



My friend, Leona, is having a "Let's Get Ready For Christmas" giveaway.  Visit her blog, Leona's Quilting Adventure, to enter to win a beautiful lap size Nancy Halvorsen 12 Days of Christmas quilt that Leona made herself and a copy of Aunt Bea's Parlor Pattern.  This giveaway ends November 27th.



My brain is fried and my body is exhausted but I will get through my mess!  This is what I keep telling myself every time I look at the jumble of boxes and disarray I currently call my home.  I now have one week to have everything spic and span before Thanksgiving company arrives.  I can do it!!  Maybe things will get back to normal after Christmas.

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
 ~Dale Carnegie

Have a wonderful and wacky Wednesday!!


kgsebor2 said...

love the new Berber, Linda!!

Cheryl said...

New carpet looks great! Our room smells like new mattress.

dj said...

Hello Linda. I loved your block lotto block. I'm a newbie this month too.

Good luck!

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Linda, love the new carpet... the block are wonderful too.

Birdie said...

Love the green hexie, so nice and bright.


I like your green hexie.
Lovely block you made for Cathy and great one too for your new membership with The Block Lotto

Megan Harmeyer said...

The carpet looks great! You'll get things put away - it'll take time, but it'll get done. And what you don't get done today will be there don't stress yourself! How many people do you have coming over for Turkey Day?

Karen said...

Lovely new carpet and the blocks are really nice, as is the flower!

Wendy said...

Wow, I love your flower for this week. So colorful and fun. (Oh and your carpet looks great!)

Lana said...

You are so talented...your blocks are beautiful...
YAY! NEW CARPET! Don't worry the "new" smell will be replaced with Thanksgiving pies, dressing and goodie aromas!
One last mom used to have big projects to conquer and she would say after she had rested a while..."Well, this ain't gettin' it done!" and UP she would go!
Here's to your get-up and GO!

Sandra said...

Love the colorful hexie you have posted this week! Congrats on the beautiful new carpet!

kasthurirajam said...

all r cute

Renate said...

The new carpet looks really good!
And the flower is beautiful.

ELP said...

Your hexies are so bright like a spring day.. The new carpet looks wonderful

joe tulips said...

OMG.....I just signed up for the block lotto!! I decided to wait until December to make some blocks though!! I love the one you made....I hope you win!!

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