Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunbonnet Sue Sees 6 Geese!

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Do you feel like a child at Christmas?  Does Santa still visit your house?  Santa will be left cookies and milk this year since we will have a 4 1/2 year old in the house (my little grandson).  Reminds me of when my girls were little..... we left a partially eaten cookie and an antique pair of glasses by the plate for the girls to find in the morning.  They were truly in awe and very concerned that Santa would not be able to see while flying his sleigh without his glasses :)  And then there was the year I was questioning the realism of Santa ( was probably 8).  My Dad used his boot to make a foot print on the hearth coming out of the ashes of the fireplace.  Well, that sealed it for me......there wasn't a Santa!  How did I know?  My dad's boot had a hole in the sole in the exact spot of Santa's foot print! LOL!  Oh, the memories of childhood and of my girls.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY
Six Geese A Laying

So, here we are again, six days into the twelve day celebration and the focus remains on foods for the feasting.   It is thus interesting to note that our lover has given his true love six female geese that are currently laying eggs, thereby providing her with both a supply of eggs as well as the possibility of increasing her flock by allowing them to be fertilized and hatched.  Being larger than chickens, the eggs of geese are also larger than chicken eggs. Goose eggs are also very rich tasting and are good for making deserts. On the downside, goose eggs are extremely high in cholesterol (cholesterol in excess of 1200 milligrams per egg), however, since people in the sixteenth century not only did not know about cholesterol but also were exposed to enough other deadly diseases that killed them long before cholesterol could clog their arteries and cause a heart attack, the cholesterol content of goose eggs was not a concern in those days.

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It's One Flower Wednesday!  I did manage to get my hexie flower made even if it did take me over a week to get it all sewed together.  I started this little flower on our trip back from Disneyland.  But trying to sew the petals together in a car bouncing along a poorly maintained California freeway was next to impossible.  So, yesterday I sat in my recliner, stitched the petals together and produced this....

I usually am not a big fan of Sunbonnet Sue.  But since these little gals are so small I thought they were rather cute plus I could brighten them up with the yellow center.
I would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to Karen, our One Flower Wednesday coordinator, for doing such a wonderful job!! 

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Yesterday I was also able to complete the second quilted block for a Christmas gift.  Perhpas you remember the snowman star I shared on Monday.  Well, that was for winter.  This next one is for spring....

I found this little rose block pattern in my EQ5.  This is the first block I've made with a Y intersection.  I was pleased with how it turned out.  How do you like the the little wire stand that I have it on.  I saw these in one of my quilting magazines recently and ordered from Ackfeld Wire

Here is the back of the block.  You can't really see the stitching but you can see the tiny little sleeve I created for hanging the block.  My next block will be summer.

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GIVEAWAYS

P.S. I Quilt is having a sponsored giveaway for Canton Village Works.  They are giving away a whole fat quarter bundle of beautiful Kona solids.  Hurry on over there as the winner will be drawn on Saturday.

Ryan over at I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts is having a giveaway sponsored by Aunt Bea's Fabrics.  The giveaway is for 8 fat quarters from the Hoot collection.  You must enter by Friday, Dec. 17th.

It Seams To Be Sew is still having her 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway.  Each day at 10 PM, Lana draws a new winner for a special little gift.  There are still several days left so don't miss out.  (I was winner of day 4!)

Simply Solids is having a giveaway!  Her giveaway is a fantastic layer cake - Moda's Punctuation by American Cake.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, December 21st.

Don't forget about Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day.  It is still happening and you can click on the link to take you to the page where there are lots of other participants having giveaways too.

There's just a few days left to enter Leona's Quilting Adventure giveaway.  If you haven't entered this great giveaway yet, you need to by Friday, December 17th.

And, of course, there's always my giveaway to enter.  I'm giving away 5 Christmas batik fat quarters.
Wouldn't love to win this little star of fat quarters?  Just go HERE to enter.  This giveaway will stay open until 9:00 PM PST on Friday, Dec 17th.

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FINAL THOUGHT

Christmas is supposed to be a peaceful time.  Time for happiness, good cheer, and family.  I'm getting there.  Family will be here in just over a week.  I'm starting to feel a little happiness in the fact that I'm closer to finishing my handmade gifts.  And good cheer is something I try to spread throughout the year.  The peaceful time will come when all the gifts are wrapped, the baking is done, all the stockings are filled and I'm in my bed on Christmas Eve.  Until then I will fill every minute with business and move ever so closer to that magic day.

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!
~Author Unknown

Here's hoping you have a wonderful Wednesday - no matter what your goals!!

38 comments:

Cheryl said...

My goal today is to finish the $hopping for store purchased gifts, get them wrapped and then finish th last 3 handmade gifts. I hope to bind a big quilt I made for my son, but he may get it as a work in progress!! Keeping expectations low and therefore holiday stress at bay.

Megan Harmeyer said...

Christmas is supposed to be peaceful? Whoever said that didn't have small children. LOL I will finish my shopping today and hopefully get some gifts wrapped and the most of the grocery shopping done. Oh, and Santa *does* visit my house, and he'll be visiting your house this year, too!

Maria said...

No Santa is not visiting this year as it is just DH and I. I have fond memories of when my girls were little. The look of delight when ,in the morning, Santa had had a drink of milk and a nibble of the cookie. Also the reindeer had some of the carrot.
One year the reindeer even pooped in the driveway. LOL
Lovely Sun Bonnet Sue hexie and your block looks great. What a wonderful stand too.

Needled Mom said...

You have to check out this Sunbonnet Sue quilt. It is hysterical at http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_2001.158.01.html. The Average Quilter had it in her blog today.

Your rose quilt looks so pretty, Nice job on those Y seams!!

Jen said...

What a sweet Santa story! Last night my friend was asking if I was going to spend the night at my mothers house on Christmas Eve. I said "of course! Santa comes to my moms house!" I love your Sue flower! Very sweet quilt holder too. I need to get me one of those. Have a terrific Tuesday!

jmnstars said...

I am a new follower of yours, found you through my sister-in-law's blog, Lilac Barries, and I just wanted to say that I really like your blog. It's really easy to read and yet has substance that is relatable. I love the final thought at the end. Thanks so much! :)

marion said...

wonderfull sue bonnet sue flower. beautifull fabric

Karen said...

A very sweet flower and I love the story about Santa's boot!

Jorie said...

Your flower is pretty cute! Even the hubby said "Wow, that's an awesome one, how come you don't have any with pictures on it?" LOL! He has picked up on most of my sewing/quilting terms, but I guess I haven't taught him what fussy cut means ;)

And I know what you mean about sewing them together in the car! I tried to on the way home from Kansas City after Thanksgiving, but I only got two done the whole time it was still light out!

Birdie said...

Your Sun Bonnet Sue hexagon is really cute.

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