Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Little Things

Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.
~Author Unknown

I could carry on a conversation all day and the only ones around to answer me are my little furry companions, Weasley and Snickerdoodle.  But the only conversation is the one in my head.  In the evenings, my DH is home and will listen to me rattle when he would rather have a little peace and quiet after a long day at work.  I'm really not much of a talker.  In a group I will rarely say a word.  There are only two people I really enjoy talking with on the phone.  I have always been known as 'the thinker'.  Please don't get me wrong - I love having company and enjoy time spent with friends.  But I see nothing wrong with enjoying myself and my thoughts for hours on end.  Am I weird?



Can you tell I have nothing pretty to take pictures of?  Today I thought I would share a little about adhesive tape.  The history of adhesive tape dates back to the 1920's when Richard Drew used cellophane paper to create a tape with an adherent, sticky surface. The first "adhesive tape" was created as masking for use with various industrial products. But, Drew's creation showed promise for other uses in packaging as well. The first came to be called "cellophane tape" owing to the first material used to create it.  When the first roll of "cellophane tape" was sent to a customer in 1930, the 3M company was moved to produce a product known as "Scotch", the more familiar name by which the product is known. However, since the early days, the types of tapes sold today are virtually endless in variety.  Now you know the history of tape.



Today is One Flower Wednesday!  However, today I have two to share.....

This little hexie is for my swap partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  My partner requested her flower NOT be made with batiks, dayglo or brights.  Not my usual course for the little hexies I make for myself.  I found some scraps of fabric from the Cheap Talk line from Connecting Threads.  Can you see the little string of birds around the petals?

I made this little hexie flower as a thank you to Possum Blossom Patchwork.  She sent everybody in the swap group a sample packet of Die-Cut Hexagons.  Wasn't that sweet of her?  This will be winging its way across the ocean to Australia in the next day or two.


Mug Rug Swap

Yesterday I completed the mug rug for my secret swap partner in the Mug Rug Swap being hosted by Quilting Gallery.   I received my partner information on Saturday.  Checked out her blog but that wasn't really any help so I went with this.......................

I thought it was cheery with the bright wings of the dragonfly and petals on the flower.  I used cross-hatch quilting on the dragonfly side and straight line quilting on the black and white side (right).

Here is the back side.  You can see the quilting a little better.  Cute little scene, don't you think?  I can't remember the name of the fabric line but I made it from one of the fat quarters that I won a while back.  At the time I wasn't sure what I would be able to use such a big print for - but I guess I found a use for it after all.



Yesterday I also completed my little snowman stitchery.

I'm pleased with how it turned out.  As I mentioned before, I used a Pellon featherweight iron backing before stitching this item.  If you look closely you can still see the little thread ends and knots so I really don't see the advantage to using the backing.  In fact, I found it a lot harder to get out all of the creases and wrinkles caused by the embroidery hoop.  I think I will stick to no backing in the future.



Today I am going to make a block for my partner in the Block Swap Adventure.  If I have some spare time I might be able to cut out the fabric for the Layer Cake Quilt Along.



The Confused Quilter is having a CSN giveaway!  You could be the lucky winner of a $20 gift code if you enter Staci's giveaway by Monday, January 31st.

Cloth Stitched is having a birthday celebration giveaway.  Char is giving away a beautiful tote bag that she made.  She will draw a winner on Friday, February 4th.

A Quilting Life is having a giveaway thanks to Green Fairy Quilts.  They are giving away a fat eighth bundle of La Petite Ecole.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 28th.

And there's still my 400+ Follower Thank You Giveaway to enter.  If you would like to win 6 1/2 yards of coordinated fabric then please click on the link and enter before Monday, January 31 at 7:30 AM PST.



I still have so many projects that I want to work on.  I'm trying to be good this month and finish all of my swaps and bees before starting another project.  And I still have to quilt the brown and blue quilt.  Maybe if I give it an hour a day - at least it would be something.  But I'm itching to start a cute little block that involves machine applique.  I've only done two machine applique projects before and have decided that this year I would like to make a more conscience effort to advancing my skills in machine applique.  Another thing I would like to do this year is some hand aplique.  I love the look of both types of applique and just need to take the leap.  Wish me luck.

Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.
~Don Sutton

May your Wednesday be wise, wonderful and wacky!!


Sue said...

Very lovely flowers.
I really love the one on the bottom. Sweet:)

Lynda said...

I'm having a wonderful Wednesday. Today is quilt group so I get to spend time with quilting friends! Love all your hexi flowers and the bug mug rug. Your little February snowman turned out so cute. PS:I spend a lot of time talking to myself and I think I really love my own company too.

Maria said...

I marvel at how many lovely projects you can get done in a day.
Well done Linda.

Needled Mom said...

I love learning about things that you post such as Scotch tape.

Your inchie flower is just gorgeous. Love the cheap talk fabric.

I was glad to read that you found the embroidery was better with no backing. I found the same thing.

Your mug rug is darling. My partner doesn't have a blog so I am just winging it.

quiltzyx said...

I love the mug rug! It is so cheerful - I'm sure your swap partner will be thrilled when it arrives in the mailbox!

You sure got a lot of things done yesterday - congrats!

Have a wild & wacky Wednesday!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I noticed the Cheep Talk right away - I have that and love it. Hmmm, I have some blocks somewhere? oh, well - The mug rug is just adorable. I'm a bird lover so hope they are coming my way.

My Wednesday is being filled with fabric Valentine cards.

Scrappy quilter said...

I so like that mug rug...very pretty!!

elizabeth said...

Great post! The mug rug is darling...I need to make mine : ) I too decided not to use anything behind my expert I'm not, but I do know what works for me...and you!

Megan Harmeyer said...

The mug rug is CUTE!! Good job at lining up the petals on your flower. The stitchery on your snowman looks good - it looks like a pen drawing from where I sit (that's a good thing). You just reminded me I have to wrap a swap package to send next week!

Saskia said...

Love your flowers! I love your whole post by the way. Always a joy to read about your thoughts,projects and goals.

Janet said...

I use soft white flannel for backing on my embroideries. Easy to stitch through and can't see anything from the back.

I love your mug rug! Your flowers are always so cute.

You make me smile. Love your blog and all your interesting posts.

joe tulips said...

I think the mug rug is so cute. What size are they made at???
When I started doing stitching again, I ironed on the soft stiffener and don't use a hoop when stitching. (such freedom, and I wasn't sure where my hoop was anyway) It seems to work very well for me.
My printer is finally free of clogged paper, but no ink! dang

Talin's Corner said...

I love the way your mug rug turned out. The black and white makes the colorful Dragonfly stand out. Love the backside too.

Karen said...

No, you are not weird! I am a bit of a thinker myself. Great flowers this week and the mug rug is very nice. I use muslin behind my stitchery projects and it works well.

Shannon said...

I do not think you are weird. If you are then so am I. I have three cats and two dogs. The kids are in school all day and hubs is at work. I am always in mid-self-convertation or chatting with my animals. LOL!! The fabric on those mug rugs is great! I love both sides.

Vesuviusmama said...

Who wouldn't want to put their mug on that cute little rug!?! Great job!

Megan said...

Where can I find the feb stich out/pattern that you have pictured on your blog?

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