Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blocks, Blocks, and More

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."
~Lyndon B. Johnson

Let me preface this by saying if you work for a publishing company I'm not necessarily pointing a finger at you.  Do you ever get tired of listening to the news?  I sure do.  It seems as if they try to sensationalize everything that is bad and ignore the good.  For example - The birds are flying south for the winter - watch out, they may cause hazards to aircraft.  The reporters seem to take just the tiniest bit of truth and stretch it into a worst possible scenario.  Yes birds do fly south for the winter, and yes, there have been collisions with aircraft but if you compare the actual events, this is a very rare occurrence.  I would like just one day where they report only the news as it happened - no additions, no what-ifs and no dooms day possibilities.  I wish I could share a correction in our paper recently with you.  They had to follow it up with a correction of the correction.  That's our local paper for you - lol!



Frozen Food
Did you know that March is National Frozen Food Month?  Well, neither did I until I did some reading.   We think of frozen food as a new invention, but it is actually one of the oldest methods known for preserving food. From the days when man first inhabited cold regions, he froze fish, game and other meats for future use. The first known patent for freezing food was granted as early as 1853 in England. The method used was to immerse the food in ice-and-salt brine. Many other patents were granted for freezing food at that time, all using ice-and-salt mixtures.  But frozen foods could not be used extensively until the development of mechanical refrigeration. This made it possible to freeze and transport meats over long distances.  In 1916, experiments in Germany showed that foods could be frozen by the quick freeze method, which meant freezing the food in a few hours instead of in several days. In 1917 a man called Clavence Birdsage began to work on methods for freezing food in small containers for sale in stores. It wasn’t until 1919 that the first commercial pact of this type was put on the market.  As the result of his experiments and the work of others, it was found that many vegetables could also be preserved in this manner, and the frozen industry was on its way.  I know I would be lost without my frozen foods!



Yesterday I made the 11th block in the Layer Cake QAL hosted by Moose on the Porch

This block was designed by Vanessa Wilson of Crafty Gemini and is called E-ccentric Quilt Block.  I'm not wild about this block but I do think the fabrics from Sweet and Sour worked up nicely in this design.  Only one more block to make in two weeks and then I will be putting the blocks together for a quilt top!



The other day my mail box was overflowing in swap blocks, purchases, and winnings.  I received my first 7.5" Barn Door Swap blocks.....

These two wonderful blocks were made for me by Karyli.  I love the fabric she selected for the blocks.  You can check Karyli's blog out at Sew and So On...

I also received.......

I just hate it when I see this envelope in the mailbox.  The postal people always make it sound like this couldn't have ever been their fault.  YUCK!

But luckily Kate had slipped the contents of the envelope into a sealed bag as I had suggested to all of my Bee members.  None of the nasty, icky, sticky, who-knows-what-it-is stuff could get through to the precious fabrics.

Kate was a bit behind but the wait was worth it.  She made me this wonderful block and included a cute little note.  Love the block, Kate!

I am currently involved in Leona's Mug Rug Swap Adventure and she recently had a giveaway for the members of this group.  I was one of the lucky winners of.....

QuiltPink for hope published by Better Homes & Gardens.  There are some awe inspiring quilt designs and 50 quilt block patters in this book.  Each quilt in the book has a story attached.  Leona also included some wonderful charm squares.  Thank you so very much for, Leona, for this and for hosting the swap!

I recently placed an order with Connection Threads.  They had some batiks on sale that I just couldn't pass up.....

Aren't these beautiful?  I was sadly lacking in batiks and since some of the members of the swaps I'm involved in seem to request batiks I decided it was time to increase my stash.  Once again I'm blue heavy.  I really need to work on that.  If you are in the market for batiks, check out Connecting Threads.  You certainly would have a hard time beating their prices and their customer service is outstanding!  And they still have a selection of batiks at 30% off!



Today I hope to finish the hot pad for the swap I'm in.  I definitely have to prepare emails for swap partners in the Block Swap Adventure as they are do tomorrow!



A Bowl Full Of Lemons is having giveaway.  You could win Silhouette SD Machine.  This giveaway ends March 25th at 11:59 pm.

Green Fairy Quilts is having a giveaway.  Up for grabs is a Punctuation Jelly Roll.  This giveaway ends Friday night, March 25.

Cut To Pieces is having a giveaway.  You could win a Hawthorne Threads Scrap Pack.  Ends?

Sew Many Ways is celebrating her one millionth visit with a giveaway.  You could win a beautiful 24 inch Sterling Silver necklace.  This giveaway ends ?



The passing of Elizabeth Taylor brought a sadness to my heart.  Such a regal and beautiful woman.  She was in so many great movies and supported some great causes.  I even remember her bit parts in General Hospital and also in All My Children - quite the surprise.  I think the movie I most remember her in is National Velvet.  I saw this as a child (no, not when it was first released) on TV.  Even through all of her health issues she remained a lady, a star, and an international beauty.  Elizabeth Taylor will be missed.

Elizabeth Taylor was an icon — the mortal Hollywood actress for whom the grand Greek word might as well have been invented.
~Lisa Schwarzbaum

Will your Thursday be full of thread?


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love those HOle in the Barn Door blocks - going to be a great quilt. You have been on a winning streak. Oh, I had a box arrive like that - rather smashed and gooy - and luckily everything inside was in shrinkwrap or sealed bags.

I need to get on my hot pad too. Thank you for the reminder.

jennifer said...

I never have watched International Velvet but I will. My favorite is Giant

Lynda said...

By the looks of my freezer, some of the stuff in there is from 1852!

I too love Connecting Threads now. The Sweet and Sour fabric is so vibrant. Love the Barn Door exchange you are in also.

What a good idea to put the fabrics in plastic bags. Sure saved you a lot of yucky cleanup.

Have a great day!

Barb said...

Lots of fun mail....wonderful swaps....and so glad the package had the baggie inside....

Needled Mom said...

I am so with you regarding the news. They really beat the stories to death.

Lots of fun swaps there!!! Glad the inside bag was still intact on that package.

That was a nice win from Leona. Congratulations.

I love Connecting Threads.

Mariliz said...

Oh my goodness, that envelope looks like it was dragged through the mud (literally). Thanks goodness the contents were in a baggie.

Joanna said...

I love the block Kate made. Thank goodness it didn't suffer damage. And the barn door blocks are sweet. There must be a course on how to stretch the truth in journalism school;)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the block Kate made. The colors are great. And yes, it would be wonderful to hear some GOOD news.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love batiks and your choice...beautiful. Lovely blocks too. Hugs

Staci said...

So glad your block was safe! I hate it when I get one of these post office notes and it turns out the envelope is empty and they've lost whatever was inside of it. I am so glad they didn't lose your block!

Chuckled over your comments about the media! It is silly how they search for bad news, and how they spin everything to BE bad news. It drives me nuts. I also really hate that they treat us like we are all fools. The broadcast a speech by the president or other leader, and then take 10 minutes to explain to us what the leader said!! Like we are too stupid to understand the words they first time we heard them!
Okay--off my soap box for the morning.

And yay for frozen foods! ARen't freezers one of the greatest appliances ever made?? I adore my freezer, especially when I have it packed full of homemade soups and breads and casseroles!

Maria said...

Ah!! That is why I avoid looking at the news.
Love all your great mail. Lucky Kate used a sealed bag. I often do but sometimes I forget.

Megan Harmeyer said...

When I saw that pic of the frozen foods, I thought it was block glycerin soap at first. LOL Good thing that fabric was in a baggie - that stuff doesn't look very good. Ugh! Those batik squares are so pretty! Maybe you could get some more and make me a cool scrub top? *hinthint*

Ann Marie said...

My stash is also very blue heavy, and will always stay that way, as that is my favorite color. Love connecting threads.

Barbara said...

When we got home from our trip, there was a shipment from Amazon that was supposed to have come by mail. Our mail was being held. This one came by some other carrier, and they had left it outdoors in the rain just on the other side of our locked gate. Even though the envelope was lined with plastic, the book was ruined. I called Amazon and they wouldn't replace the book because I was past the 30-day limit for a replacement (how that makes sense, I don't know). Instead, they gave me a full credit on my credit card so I could purchase another one. Way to go Amazon. I hate getting such things in the mail too. And I especially hate finding them on my doorstep.

Love your batiks (my personal favorite), BTW.

Gene Black said...

Your LCQA block came out much better than mine did.

I have to laugh about the messed up envelope. Right, someone just wandered into the postal facility and poured something on the mail. Of course it wasn't a postal employee. It couldn't possibly be their fault could it???

Kate quilts... said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so glad the block got there in one piece. I never ship fabric without it being sealed in a plastic bag, but I think this is the first time it's ever actually been needed.

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