Friday, December 10, 2010

More Than One Mystery

For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
 ~Doug Larson

I can't believe it's Friday already!!  Wait - I haven't completed everything yet.  The days are flying by - I have to stop and really think about what day it is.  And then I figure out I have even fewer days left before Christmas than I thought.  An occasional look out the window lets me know that it is not evening yet, not time to prepare dinner or feed the dogs.  Good, that means still time to be productive.  Once I'm done with dinner, I'm pretty much done for the day.  How about you - when are your most productive hours?




Three French Hens

The three French Hens probably refer to a variety of chicken from France. There are many varieties of chicken and in the period during which this carol developed there were three main varieties of chickens associated with France.  The fact that they referred to a French rather than an English variety of chicken may be an indication that the carol originated in France or the words French Hens may have just had a good sound.  Unlike some of the other birds in the song, chickens, being domesticated, would be readily available for an evening's feast. While game birds, like the partridge, would only be available on the menu if the day's hunt had been successful.  Hooray for the chicken!!


I believe it's time for another Designer Mystery BOM.  This is block six from the series offered by the Fat Quarter Shop.

This is the first block created.  I bet you could venture a guess but I think it's a bit early yet.

Here are the next three blocks.  Not much help are they.

A couple red and white blocks - perfect for something Christmassy

A simple block but still not much of clue......

Some assembly - and could that be a tree forming?

Ta-da!!!  Here is the finished block - "Hung By The Fire".  Did you guess what it was going to be before this last picture?  Did you notice that I did some fussy cutting on the top and bottom branches of the tree? 
This was a fun block to make and is certainly a great addition to the other blocks already made.  Now I'm ready for the next BOM block to arrive next week!


I have been in quandary for the last few days.  The other day in the mail I received an envelope from ? that contained 6 pieces of fabric that I won in a giveaway.  Now I always keep emails that inform me of winning something.  But this time, no matter how many times I check through my emails, I can't figure out who this came from.  There is a note that came with it but the only letter I can make out of the signature is E.  The return address on the outside of the envelope is no help as it only has an E and the last name starts with We...

I feel so bad..... I really would like to thank the sender/giveaway host.  Maybe one of  you fine people out in blogland can give me some help here.  I hate not being able to acknowledge this person for the wonderful fabrics that I received.  HELP PLEASE ME SOLVE THIS MYSTERY!!



Traceyjay Quilts is hosting a GO! Cutter giveaway.  She would like you to also know about her new charity etsy shop, Quilt Hope In that will be opening soon where all proceeds raised from the sales are contributed directly to Heartline Ministries, to support women and children in Haiti.  For the GO! you must enter by Wednesday, December 15!

Rebecca over at A Gathering of Thoughts is giving away an absolutely beautiful counted cross stitch Christmas pillow.  She will drawing for the lucky winner on December 18th.

Lana over at It Seams To Be Sew is having a 12 Gifts of Christmas Giveaway.  Each day at midnight she will be giving away a "present".  Jump on over there an leave her a comment!

It's the final day to enter my BIG GIVEAWAY!  You have until tonight at 9:00 PM, PST to enter.  Wouldn't you like to win this Thimbleberries BOM (mostly complete)?  You don't have to be a follower (I would certainly be tickled if you did become one) and you can live any where in the world - outer space aliens cannot enter.  Just click on the link above and follow the instructions!!! 
I will do a quick post some time tomorrow to announce the winner!

I will be participating in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day on Monday.  This won't be my giveaway to celebrate having 300 followers (thank you, thank you, thank you for becoming a Stitchie!) - I think I will save that giveaway until after Christmas.  But please check in on Monday's post to see what my giveaway will be.



Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I manage to hurt feelings and bruise egos.  I try my best to always be fair, to be gentle with my words, and to give praise where warranted.  And some days I just beat my head against the wall because it seems that everything I do or say is wrong.  I know it's probably just me being over sensitive....but I just hate it when someone is mad at me or thinks I don't care or thinks that I have slighted them.  But then I remember, I can only do what I can, be who I am, and keep on living my life as I see fit.  So on with the holidays, happiness, and good cheer.  I will try to keep the Grinch behind the door and out of my emotions.

Life's not always fair.  Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow. 
~Terri Guillemets
I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend.


Wendy said...

Hi Linda,
My day starts super early and I'm so glad your posts appear early as well so I can read them with my morning coffee. I enjoy seeing your Christmas BOM as you go as well as the other various blocks you share. Sorry I can't help with your mystery fabric. Hope you have a nice weekend. My son, who can't be here for Christmas is coming to visit this weekend instead, so yay!

annmarie said...

I love your blog. I love the quotes & the tidbits of information. But most of all I love how you are YOU - sharing your thoughts & feelings so honestly.

Funny how people's rhythms are different. My most productive sewing time is after dinner. I get going around 7 pm & need to make myself stop so I get to bed by 11.

We received 6 inches of snow yesterday so everything is white & pretty & Christmasy. Have a great weekend.

Needled Mom said...

Your Christmas BOM had me guessing until the end. It is another wonderful block.

Sorry that I can't help with your win, but it is gorgeous fabric.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

I too love your blog with all the tedbits and stuff you post about... sorry I can't help with the name but to me it looks like it says Elaine. Can't wait to see the mystery block quilt all finished.. have a great weekend. pl

Lizzie said...

I discovered your blog today and think it is very nice. Please enter me in your nice thimnbleberries give away and I will be back often to see what you are up to! Lizzie

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Really nice Christmas BOM! I was trying to guess without looking ahead, but couldn't. Great win~ sorry I can't help with where it came from. Have a happy day!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

My most productive time of the day seems to vary. Lately it is in the afternoon. Especially if I can make dinner in the crock pot.

Love your stocking block!

Quilt Hollow said...

Most productive in the early morning hours and fade ever so quickly after dinner. :-) I can't help you with where your win came from...sorry!!! Wishing you a fantastic weekend with much fun!!!

Carin said...

What a great christmasblock, the sock is realy nice with the tree within !! Sorry can't help you with the name but I do hope the mystery will be solved soon.

Janet said...

Lovely fabrics, but I don't know who sent them to you. I love the Christmas BOM. The fussy cut really adds to the tree--so cute. I love your blog. Don't feel too bad. I learned a long time ago---you can't make everyone happy. It's funny what some people get wound up about. You are such a interesting and generous blogger. Hugs!

Lana said...

Today, I pray you have the opportunity to slow down, rest your body and soul, make peace with your heart about your worries...and then that you let them go...
Linda, your compassion is so evident, and that my friend does not come from someone with a mean spirit.
Take some time for yourself today and enjoy it! Lord knows you give so much to others! :) You are loved. Hang in there!

joe tulips said...

I was wrong on guessing the block...again. I saw the tree but it didn't help me any.
I am most curious about your package! Here is what I am thinking...when you find out for sure you will knock yourself in the head and say "OF course"

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