Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Rose and A Hummingbird

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
~Les Brown

I didn't make it to the moon yesterday, but I definitely made it among the stars.  I had a very productive day for a change.  Even with my cleaning lady scrubbing my home from top to bottom, I managed to get quite a bit done.  A few blocks were made and a Christmas gift was cut out.  And that's not counting the time taken by the computer to answer email and reading blogs.  (I really wish you all would quit writing such fascinating posts out there - I can't keep up with them all and am sad every time I miss a posting! *sigh*).  Hopefully the rest of the week will be just as productive!!



My Japanese Maple

Now that we are heading into winter, my Japanese Maple is finally in full autumn color.  I wish the sun had been on it but I think you can still see the deep red color.  Autumn is another word for fall. It is defined as the season when the leaves change the color and fall from the trees, leaving the ground with a splendid array of brilliant red, yellow and orange dried leaves. It is the season the marks the end of the summer season and the beginning of the winter season.  It occurs approximately at the same time when the sun is close to the winter solstice.  Pretty soon all the leaves will be off of the trees and winter will be visiting us here in central California.  Winter here means bone chilling fog and no sun for days on end.


Yesterday I stretched my brain's creativity to its max.  I am a member of Block Lotto and as a thank you to our administrator, many of us are creating Rose Blocks to help her complete her rose quilt.  I think I've stated before how my brain does not do wonky well.  It took me three tries to get anything that I thought was even near acceptable.
I really struggled making this.  Looking at examples helped but I'm still not sure about it.  Maybe there should have been more variety in the reds.  Maybe it should have been bigger.  I won't be disappointed if Sophie should decide that this will not work in her quilt.  And, besides, how will I ever know - lol!  Give me instructions and measurements and I am a happy camper.  I supposed it was good to stretch myself a little.


Yesterday I also made a block for the International Friendship Quilters mosaic swap.  Nellie sent me a 4 1/2" block of cute frog fabric that I had to work from.  There is a set pattern for making this block.
After making the wonky rose this was a breeze.  I matched the colors in some of the frogs and went from there.  I hope that Nellie likes her block.


I also cut out this fabric by Hoffman International.....

I purchased this fabric several years back and each piece was missing the name of the line.  I am going to make a Reusable Market Bag that I found on allpeoplequilt.com.  This will be my cleaning lady's Christmas gift.  She loves hummingbirds so I thought this would be a perfect match for her.


Janet over at A Hug Delights is having a birthday giveaway.  She is giving away three books to three lucky winners on Friday, December 10th.

Emily, over at Em Celebrates! is having another fun giveaway.  You have to go over to blog to find out the details but involves sending her a picture involving a word from a book that is soon to be released.  How fun!!

There are still a few days left to enter my Big Giveaway!  Remember to enter by Friday, December 10th.  It looks like I might have to have another giveaway before Christmas if I reach 300 followers!



Some days are just made for work.  The phone doesn't ring and no one comes to the door providing peace and quiet, allowing thought and creativity.  I certainly could use several more days like yesterday.  I even prepared a crock pot meal so I didn't have to do much prep work right before dinner and could work right up until the DH gets home from work.  It was one of the few days that I didn't feel totally exhausted after being in the sewing room all day.  Hooray for that!  I hope your day was productive too.

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.

Be thankful it's Tuesday - you still have most of the week to accomplish your goals.


Mary Lou Casada said...

Don't you love those kind of work days!!? It's been a while since I've had one and I'm eager to get into the ZONE. Love the Japanese maple (kinda ironic on Pearl Harbor day, huh? :-D)! And I think your rose turned out beautifully! I would be in the same boat as you on the wonky bit. Even Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery has me stymied with random strings! EEK! I'll keep working at it. :-)
Mary Lou

Lynda said...

I think the rose is lovely. Love the frog fabric and your Japanese maple is beautiful.

Vesuviusmama said...

Here's hoping you have another productive (yet not exhausting) day!

Hilachas said...

It sounds like you get a lot done each day. I start my day by reading your blog as it really inspires me. I really like the wonky rose. The maple is beautiful. What part of the country do you live in? Here's to productive days, may you continue to have many of them.

Megan Harmeyer said...

I'd love to have a day like that. I have so much stuff to do - the hubs is at the studio tonight, so maybe I'll get some quiet and have some time to start wrapping. And now that Storm Chasers is finished, I don't have to sit and watch that. LOL I liked the rose square. I like the reds - they're different but not so much that they clash.

julieQ said...

I just love those days when I get a lot done...so satisfying! I really like your rose block...very pretty!!

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Em said...

You are so WONKY with the rose and give yourself a pat on the back!!! THank you for linking to my blog also, Em

lisa said...

I am in the block lotto too, and this wonkey year has killed me, most months I can't even submit the blocks I tried to do. I need control. I want to try for the thank you blocks but really feel overwhelmed at the freeness of it! (if you need a good heart warming story, read my post from last night. I don't post every day so it will be on teh top for another day or two)

Melissa said...

I used to have a Japanese Maple and though they are sold here, they just don't do well through our winters. Thanks for sharing a picture of yours. It's beautiful. I think your rose will be a hit.

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