Friday, February 18, 2011

A Day Well Spent

Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.
~William Arthur Ward

I didn't complete my goal yesterday.  Life got in the way.  I had a wonderful visit with my daughter as she dropped off our 'granddog' so that we could doggy sit for a few days while they take care of family matters.  While she was here she was able to join me in going out to lunch with friends.  My DH was able to join us too so there was even some father/daughter time involved.  Then my wonderful DD took me to the LQS where they were having a 50% off all fabric and patterns sale (more on that later).  Actually, I did manage to get a little bit done before her arrival.  I do not consider this a wasted day, just a day with different opportunities.



I was popping around cyberspace the other day and ran across some facts of little use.  Some I thought were fun and others hard to believe - you decide......

*The average driving/car-bus riding person spends about 3 months of their life at a red light.
*Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
*There are more chickens than people in the world.
*On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.
I have since learned since posting that the $2 Canadian bill is no longer produced.  It has been replaced with the 'toonie'.  Guess I should have done more research
*An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
*The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life."
*Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
*In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.



Yesterday I assembled two more blocks for the Barn Door Swap for March.  This time they are 12.5" blocks.  My partner does not have a blog so I had no way to contact her and don't know if she had any preferences (none were listed).

It's a little hard to see but the block on the left has little tiny red apples on the navy blue.  I thought these two blocks covered both the traditional and the more modern version of the Hole In The Barn Door block.  I hope my swap partner will like her blocks.



I have been on a winning streak lately that I'm sure will break since I mentioned it here.  Yesterday I received  my winnings from Connecting Threads.

I won this Freemotion Quilting book and spool of Essential Pro thread in natural.  I won this by simply following Connecting Thread on Facebook.  How lucky am I?



As I mentioned above, I went shopping at our LQS yesterday.  Every piece of fabric was 50% off if you bought a yard or more.  How could I pass that up?  Well, I couldn't.  I walked out of there spending just under my self imposed limit so I was very proud of myself.  I had 29 cents left to spend - lol!

I had noticed that my stash of bright reds was sorely lacking so I picked up a yard of each of those.  And you can never have enough white on white - bought two yards of each of those.  And the green little print was just too cute to pass up.

Brights!  This floral fabric by Keri Schneider for Blank Quilting paired up perfectly with the turquoise by Heidi Pridemore & The Whimsical Workshop for Blank Quilting.

And I couldn't resist this line of Cosmopolitan designed for Exclusively Quilters
There were a couple more coordinated pieces of Hab-i-tat by Michele D'Amore for Benartex that I had to pass up but I loved these three pieces together.

And finally these fun and whimsical pieces of Frolic by Wendy Slotboom for In the Beginning fabrics.  Aren't the little animals just too cute?

So, as you can see, I was all over the board in my fabric selection.  The most I paid was $5.25 a yard and that was only for one or two pieces.  I have no idea what I will be creating with these one yard cuts but they certainly give me lots of options.  It was a fun afternoon!



Today I WILL finish hand stitching the binding on my mini quilt. 



Nutmeg Nanny is having a CSN giveaway!  This time you could win a $75 gift certificate to that great online store!  This giveaway will end on Sunday, February 20, and she will announce the winner on Monday.

Passages to the Past if also having a CSN giveaway!  How would you like to win a $100 gift certificate?  Then you better enter quickly because this giveaway ends on February 22nd.

Hawthorne Treads is having their weekly giveaway.  This week you could win a fat quarter bundle of Nature Walk.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 23rd.

Stitched In Color is having a book giveaway.  You could be the winner of Quilting Line + Color just for leaving a comment.  A winner will be drawn on Sunday, February 27th.

The Project Girl is having a giveaway to celebrate the release of her first fabric line.  She is giving away up to 4 fat quarter bundles of Quite Contrary from Riley Blake.  This giveaway will end Friday, February 25, at 12 pm PST.

The Fresh Cut Blog is having a Cutting Edge giveaway!  But before you enter the giveaway, make sure to read Kari's review on why this new ruler is so great.  You could be the happy winner of one of the rulers or a quilt kit.  This giveaway ends Monday, February 21, at 9 pm MST.

If you are looking for another CSN giveaway, then you must visit An Island Life.  This giveaway is for a $75 gift certificate.  You must enter this giveaway before midnight on March 3rd.

Have you entered?   THINK SPRING GIVEAWAY!



The long weekend is but a few hours away.  We have a major storm coming in and fortunately will not be on the road traveling anywhere.  We will be dog sitting as mention before but that is easy as Samson (a corgi) is a sweetheart and loves being with our two pups.  The only time I would like to ship them all off is when they decide to bark in the house - the sound just sort of bounces off the walls and hardwood floors.  The DH is actually working 1/2 day on Monday as his shop will be working the full day.  He likes to be around in case there are any questions that might arise.  So, life will be pretty much normal for us over this holiday weekend.  Will you be traveling or have big plans for this Presidents' Day weekend?

There is little chance that meteorologists can solve the mysteries of weather until they gain an understanding of the mutual attraction of rain and weekends.
 ~Arnot Sheppard

Have a fantastic Friday and weekend!


Sallie said...

Love the fabrics you chose!

Tiffany said...

What a lucky ducky you are! I've been fairly lucky also! Soon our luck will be going to some other people :(

I love the fabrics you chose. What a great deal, I couldn't have resisted!!!

And I love your blocks. I haven't started any of my barn door swap blocks. Granted, I've been sick. But sometimes Linda, you put me to shame. You are on top of it!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love it 'a day with different opportunities'. I think you had a wonderful day - and look at those fantastic fabrics at a great deal!

I have no plans for this 'holiday' weekend - business as usual. I really am trying to get this quilt finished that I am handquilting - then I have 2 lined up for the machine. Once they are all finished I can feel good about starting a NEW project.

Cheryl said...

I love all your new additions to your stash! Yeah, rain and weekends, what is up with that!

Natasha said...

Of course I love the fabrics.

Did you know that the Canadian two dollar bill is no longer produced? It was replaced by a coin we call the toonie, introduced in 1996. Our one dollar bill is also a coin, introduced in 1987, called the loonie since there is a loon on it.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what great fabric! And for 50% off, who could resist??

Scrappy quilter said...

I love the material, beautiful.

As to the $2 bill, that is false.
Here is the link to it.

Also our $2 bills are no longer in circulation. The coins are a perfect way to add to our piggy banks though as they can get quite cumbersome in a wallet or change purse.

Maria said...

What gorgoeus fabrics jumped into your shopping bag. I especially love the little animals one.

Impera_Magna said...

You made out like a bandit at the 50% off sale... AND showed great restraint! *lol*

Staci said...

Hey--speaking of fabric, did you see Connecting Threads has 4 new fabric lines out? Some very cute stuff.

Needled Mom said...

We are sitting tight and enjoying the storm too. Sounds like it will be wild for all of us.

I love all of your fabrics from your fun shopping day. That was a great sale.

Have fun dog sitting!

Joanna said...

The free motion quilting book is a neat prize. Love your blocks and your new fabric. I enlarged your picture and love the apple fabric. The real thing must look great.

Canadian Kristin said...

LOVE the fabrics and CONGRATULATIONS on the win!!! A fun start to the weekend for sure!

kmkeith25 said...

I love the floral fabric by Keri Schneider! I can't wait to see what you create with it since you are so talented!

Lynda said...

I found myself fondling the computer screen just trying to get a feel of those fabrics you bought! We are heading to Logan this weekend to visit our daughter and family. We are all going to see Brian Regan, a funny. It will be a fun weekend.

Quiet Quilter said...

Really like the fabric! Wish my LQS would have a real sale! No plans for the long weekend, other than heading into town today to mail stuff so I won't have to wait until Tuesday....

Megan Harmeyer said... got to see Chicken, have lunch with Dad and Garry? *jealous* LOL I love the bright fabric and the one with the little critters is TOO CUTE!!! You'll make up for lost time don't always get to see Chicken.

krisgray said...

Love that final quote - LOL!!

Great bargains - beautiful - wished I lived nearby - wow 50% off. With a growing stash, maybe it's a good thing I don't live nearby!

Samelia's Mum said...

Love your fabrics. Especially love that dark back with bright pink flowers. Soooooooooooooo gorgeous.

WoolenSails said...

That was a lucky win, I love doing free motion, so have been practicing when I can, but need more. I love that animal print, that is so fun.


Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful fabrics, Linda! And what a great sale! Lucky you.... Be sure to check out my giveaway tomorrow!!

Wendy said...

Wow, somehow I missed reading your friday post. I was out running errands early and guess I didn't get back to my regular blog reading. Anyway, I just love all the fabric you bought. Great choices!!

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