If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort.
Thank you so very much for all of your kind thoughts and the prayers sent for my Mother. We found out yesterday that she will be having surgery Saturday morning to fix the 90 to 95% blockage on one side of her neck. They will be using a vein from her leg to replace part of the artery in her neck similar to the way they do heart surgery. They have decided the blockage is being caused by scar tissue. This is the side that she had surgery on in September. At one point she had expressed the desire not to have surgery but when the doctor said "It's either surgery or death" she opted with the side of life. That's a good thing! I just hope this isn't a reoccurring problem and that she will have to have surgery every 4 1/2 months. The other side is 70% blocked but surgery will be put off to a later date for that one when it becomes more serious. Thank you again for all of your support and warm wishes - they mean more to me than you can ever know.
PHOTO FACT OF THE DAY
Though it's hard to imagine, chewing gum is one of the oldest candies in the world! For thousands of years, people of all cultures have enjoyed the many benefits of gum. Here are a few chewing gum facts:
*The average American chews over 300 sticks of gum each year.
*In the early 1860s, doctors advised patients to stop chewing gum, often telling patients it would cause their intestines to stick together.
*Over $2 billion of gum is sold in the United States each year.
*Dried chewing gum can be removed from hair using peanut butter.
*The Wrigley's company originally sold scouring soap and baking powder. Today, they are known only for their gum.
*While the sale of chocolates and other candies has gone up and down over time, the sale of gum has always remained strong.
*Most gum is purchased between Halloween and Christmas.
*Sugarless or sugar-free gums hit the marketplace in the early 1950s
*Pink remains the most popular color for bubble gum
*In 1951, the Topps Company reinvented the popularity of bubble gum by adding a stick of it to a package of baseball cards, replacing their previous gift of a single cigarette.
WOOL PREPARATION & A QUESTION FROM A NEWBIE
Yesterday I traced all of the pattern pieces for my Garden Fancies table runner onto fusible web (per instructions). I then pressed it onto the appropriate colors of wool.
I had hoped to cut out the pieces but I ran out of time. I have a question for you wool experienced stitchers out there. When it tells you to "trace the words" onto the wool, what method do you use? I can't see the words through the wool to be able to do that. And how do you do that if the wool is dark (I will be doing a dark one soon too)? I sure would appreciate any guidance that you might be willing to share with me
ORIGINAL BEE BLOCK DESIGN
In yesterday's mail I received my second to last Bee block for the January Let's Bee Together.
This wonderful block is an original design by Colleen Yarnell. I just love the way the fabrics are displayed in this block. Thank you, Colleen!!
BLOCK FROM BRAZIL
Also in yesterday's mail, I received my first ever anything from Brazil.
This beautiful block was made by Gina, my January swap partner for the Quilting Block Swaps Australia. You can check out her blog, Catwhiskers, to see some of her wonderful work. Gina included a beautiful little note and apologized for the less than perfect craftsmanship. I think a little imperfection in a quilt block is what makes it special and unique. Thank you, Gina!!
Today is sort of a continuation of yesterday. I will finish my Birdie Stitches BOM #2 that I had intended to complete yesterday. I also plan on cutting out hexies so that I have some hand sewing to do while waiting for Mother to come out of surgery.
Mom Loves 2 Quilt is having a Round Robin Book Giveaway. If you've ever wanted to read the Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini here's your chance. Patty will be 'doing the random.org thing' on Monday.
Shauna is celebrating the opening of her store, 1 Choice 4 Quilting, with a giveaway! She is giving away a jelly roll of your choice. Plus, there are all sort of specials going on too. This giveaway will end on Monday, February 7th, at 8:00 PM EST.
U Create is having a gift certificate giveaway. You could win a $50 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat. This winner will be announced on February 9th.
Quilting In The Rain is having a February fabric giveaway. Jera is giving away a Giddy Jelly Roll and
a Fairy Frost charm pack - there are two chances to win! This will end on Monday, January 7th.
The week is finally coming to an end. What a long week it has been. Ups and downs, trials and tribulations. A week that I hope doesn't repeat itself too soon. A week that started out with such promise and high hopes. The hopes are still high but the promise sort of went 'poof'. The weekend will be busy but manageable. I hope for some down time and DH time on Sunday - watching the Super Bowl, I'm sure. Do you have big plans this weekend? Will you be attending a Super Bowl party or will you be shopping or sewing away? Me? At home, probably doing the wash and hopefully a little hand stitching.
Watching football is like watching pornography. There's plenty of action, and I can't take my eyes off it, but when it's over, I wonder why the hell I spent an afternoon doing it.
May your Friday be fantastic, your Saturday satisfying, and your Sunday super!!