Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mat Math

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Yesterday's post seemed to have a lot of complaining in it.  I apologize for that but I must have thought it was necessary - maybe.  Yesterday was better.  I let myself relax and complete a project that had been waiting for me for a couple of months.  I was able to prep for another quick little project.  I opened envelopes with all sorts of beautiful blocks.  The sun came out and we saw the blue sky.  The birds were out singing in the sunshine.  It was a much better day.



Hand blown glass orbs

These glass orbs were created from the volcanic ash of Mount St. Helens.  Do you remember seeing on TV the eruption of May 18, 1980?  It doesn't seem likes it been over 20 years ago that we were watching rivers of ash and mud cascading down the mountain side wiping out everything in its path.  Even causing flight paths to change and altering a river's flow.  Mount St. Helens is 96 miles south of Seattle, Washington.  The eruption of Mount St. Helens was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.  Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed.  I have been to Mount St. Helens since the eruption and it is still a beautiful site to behold.



This year we will experience 4 unusual dates, 1/1/11 (Jan 1, 2011), 1/11/11 (Jan 11, 2011), 11/1/11 (Nov 11, 2011), and 11/11/11 (Nov. 11, 2011).  Now I have a little math test for you.  Take the last 2 digits of the year you were born, and how old you are going to be this year, and the total will be 111.  No matter how old you are or when you are born the total will always be 111.  (Me 55 + 56 = 111)
Just a interesting little tidbit for your day
Yesterday I did accomplish my goal of finishing up the candle mat I started back in November (or maybe October).
I only had to do the quilting, attach the binding and hand sew the binding in place.  I went with a decorative stitch for quilting as I had before on the two other candle mats that I made.

Here is a close up of the decorative stitch I used.  I used a variegated brown to cream thread to do this stitching.  I was happy with the way it turned out.  One more project actually completed :D



Monday's mail brought these four beautiful blocks to me from different members of Let's Bee Together

#1.  This block was created by Jadie (she doesn't have a blog).  I believe that it is an original design.  The picture just doesn't do it justice.
#2.  This bock was made by Debra of Easily Distracted Debra.  She included a little note and a wonderful fat quarter of a fabric I had never seen before but I'm sure I can find a good use for it.
#3.  This block was made by Bailey of  Bailey and the Boys.  She said she had a little trouble with it but I think it will be lovely in the quilt I will make.
#4.  This block was made by Tamera of  Tamera Quilts.  She included a darling little note card with it.

These blocks are all so much more beautiful in person.  Thank you all for you hard work and creativity!!  I only hope I can do them justice when I combine them, along with the others, into a quilt.



I plan to work on a little stitchery for the miniature quilt stand I have.  It is for the month of February.



Tomorrow's the big day! Do you like fabric made for David Textiles? Then you better come back tomorrow to see all of the yardage in my new giveaway!!

Hawthorne Threads is having their weekly giveaway.  This time they are giving away a half yard bundle of Tammis Keefe's reproduction prints.  There are two chances to win.  The winner will be selected on January 26th.

Tiffany over at Pinks Sweet Treats is having a wonderful giveaway.  You could be the lucky winner of diaperdoo clutch made by her!  Tiffany will pick a winner on Monday, January 21st.

Mama Spark's World is having a great giveaway.  She is giving away a Moda Bella Natural Basics Layer Cake - now who couldn't use that?  Hopefully this one hasn't already ended as she didn't give an ending date.

Gen X Quilters if having a giveaway for labels.  Not just any labels but 25 personalized labels from Sweetwater.   This giveaway ends Wednesday, January 26th.

Allie Kat Mom is celebrating reaching 100 followers with a giveaway.  She is giving away a charm pack of Max & Whiskers and a darling pin cushion she made.  And since I was the first one to leave a comment, I probably won't win and I really, really want a charm pack from that line.  This is another giveaway that I'm not sure when it ends.

Everything Etsy is having a giveaway.  She is giving away a $30 gift certificate to Pretty Little Prints (cute fabrics can be found there).  This giveaway will end January 25, at midnight.

Sewplicity is having a fabric giveaway.  Jennifer is giving away two yards of coordinated Michael Miller fabric.  This giveaway ends Monday, January 24 at 11:59 PM.



I think I finally figured out what my funk is all about.  The hectic rush of the holidays is over.  I have finished up this month's swaps and BOMs.  Nothing is pressing.  It makes feel sort of like I'm just floating aimlessly.  No set directions!  No deadlines!  Nothing to stress over!  Shouldn't I be glad that I actually have time to do what I want?  I should be happy to have this freedom, shouldn't I.  By the time I get used to all of the leisure time it will be time to amp it back up for the swaps and BOMs.  I'm ready!  But in the meantime, I'll will just have to learn to relax.  Are you in a rut or a funk?

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
~Douglas Adams

Enjoy your Thursday - turn it into something beautiful!


Melissa said...

Love that cute stitch on that candle mat. Looks great!

Tracy said...

I'm glad you've found yourself in a better mood. :) I hate getting into a funk. It seems harder to get out of them than it does getting into them. I love that candle mat you made. That's so gorgeous! And the stitch on it is so pretty. :)

And the math thing is weird! I'm going to have to tell a few of my friends about that today! :) That's cool! It only doesn't work for those born in the past 10 years. (My son was born in 2008 and he'll be 3. HOWEVER, it WILL add up to 11. :P)

Well, you could view your WIP as deadlines, if you wanted to feel crunched. :) I just see it as Christmas is my deadline. :) And I'll just plod along until then. :)

I hope your Thursday is fabulous.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I loved that candle mat pattern. Your colors and fabrics are great. I like to see people use 'all' their stitches on their machine. Sometimes those fancy stitches make it so much easier, yet we forget them. Love the varigated thread too - gives great texture to the pattern.
Well you must have relaxed a little - you actually mentioned the word FUN in a sewing project. Want stress, start a christmas project. LOL Hey , if you start now, you can really fidget in November.

Needled Mom said...

Isn't it amazing what a little sunshine can do to the attitude????

Your candle mat is lovely with the sdditional stitching and I always enjoy the mail call.

Cyndi said...

Linda, your candle mat is darling...I love the decorative stitch you used. And the blocks you received are all interesting...I think you quilt will be cool! And yay...a math test that I didn't flunk! LOL!

Yeah, I've been in a funk for a while...I think it's just the winter with the lack of sunshine...gets me every year!

Have a Happy day!



Staci said...

Now you know I had to stop reading and do the math problem!
I know what you mean about the funk! I've been doing the same thing, but finally am settling down into some kind of routine again and am getting things done around the house and the sewing room. Seems like January is often like this, doesn't it? I've spent waaaay to much time blog reading and tv watching on Hulu because I couldn't get myself in gear.
Your block will finally go out in today's mail. After I put it in the envelope my cat kept trying to get it and tear the tape off, so I put it where the cat couldn't get it and have spent a good week trying to figure out where that was. I FINALLY found it today.
Happy Thursday!

quiltzyx said...

WooHooo to you for finishing the candle mat! I wish my machine had that stitch too - I really like it.

And I've been meaning to say Thank You for all the wonderful giveaways you point us to!

Have a terrific Thursday Linda!

Megan Harmeyer said...

"Is it a roll, now, or is it a rut"? LOL I know what you mean. I've always loved the Mount St Helens glass. It looks like you got a lot done!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Linda, Just stopped by to say hello! We are still in the renovation mess...about 3 more weeks. *sigh* LORD, how I want to spend some time in my sewing room. Hugs...

Sue said...

OK love the math, works a little differently when like us down under put the date, then month and year 11/1/11 11th January 2011 rather than your 1/11/11 month, date, year. BUT any way which month do you turn 55, I'm 22nd October

WoolenSails said...

I think the holidays wear me out with the swaps and gift making, so I need to recharge before my brain gets back to working again;)


Cheryll said...

I was actually travelling near Mt Saint Helens JuSt after it erupted. I still remember the landscape vividly!

Barbara said...

My son was 8 months old the day Mt. St. Helens erupted. He pulled himself to stand for the first time that day. I'll always remember the day because of it. We watched the volcano erupting from Council Crest in Portland. I wrote in his baby book, "first witnessed volcanic eruption, May 18, 1980." How many people have that written in their baby books?

Megan said...

Is there a pattern for the Candle mat?

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