Tuesday, March 8, 2011


A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.
~Arnold Haultain

My Monday was actually pretty darn good :)  I accomplished my goal for the day plus a little bit more.  I even wasted time on the computer (once again *sigh*) trying to figure out a couple of things and trying to locate a brown pigma pen that apparently no place in my town carries.  I did find one and instead went ahead and ordered a full assortment pack.  I also found a few other little tidbits that I will share with you when they have arrived and I have tested them out.  How was your Monday?



International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on the 8th of March every year.[1] It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. 
The first IWD was observed on 19 March 1911 in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Pary of America. The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.
Today, many events are held by women's groups around the world. The UK-based marketing company Aurora hosts a free worldwide register of IWD local events so that women and the media can learn about local activity. Many governments and organizations around the world support IWD.



Yesterday I made the second log cabin block needed for a swap.

Cheryl M requested a log cabin block made from traditional Christmas colors.  She is my Christmas Quilting Block Swaps Australia swap partner for March.  Did you notice the snow flake in the middle of the gold center block?  I'm not so sure about the first strips around the center block on the red side but I couldn't find a lighter color red to go there.  I hope Cheryl likes the block.



Saturday brought me a super great squishy package.  Last week I won a giveaway over at Why Knot?, Wendy's blog.  I opened the envelope and pulled out.....

This wonderful plastic bag with all sorts of goodies in it.  The postcard is a picture of the Bitterroot River in Montana.  Inside this plastic bag was......

A wonderful handmade bucket with the words "Make Life SIMPLE" on it.  I must remember to read that every morning - lol!  Wendy also included a Pure charm pack, lots of little and big Sweetwater iron on labels that will be fun to use, a beautiful mug rug and 1/2 yard Canvas Authentic.  Inside the bag and on the back of the mug rug was......

This cute little label that Wendy had made by Sweetwater.  I'm definitely going to be checking into those. 
Thank you so very much, Wendy, for all of the great goodies!!



Over the weekend I actually FINISHED a project!  Garden Fancies is completed!  Woohoo!  And it's my first ever wool project.

Here is one end of the table runner.  All of the stitching completed including the blanket stitch all the way around.

And here is the entire piece.  All finished and now holding court on our sideboard.  My DH says he really likes it alot but then if he knows what's smart, that is what he better say - lol!  I am happy with my work on this and look forward to my next wool project later this month.



Today I will complete at least one hexagon flower for One Flower Wednesday.  Who knows, maybe I'll even start a new project, too.



Gen X Quilters is having a Fresh Squeezed Fabrics giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter set of Cloud Nine's latest organic line, Nature Walk.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 12, at 11:59 pm EST.

Gone Stitchin' is celebrating having 100 followers.  Cheryll is putting together a package of goodies to giveaway.  Not sure when Cheryll will draw a winner for this one.

The Sentimental Quilter is having a book giveaway.  You could win a copy of American Doll Quilts.  This giveaway will end Wednesday, March 9, at 10:00 pm CST.

The Quilting Pirate is having her Manic Monday giveaway.  This week Toni is giving away 5 different fabrics and about 40 squares....all 5".  Along with the charms she has a pattern she not longer needs called "Roll Out The Charm" by From the Nest Designs.  Toni will select and announce a winner next Monday, March 14.

Pins and Bobbins is having a giveaway.  You could win a Cutting Edge Ruler.  Chelsea will draw a winner on Sunday, March 13th. 

Don't forget about my giveaway - 2 B. Bumble and Company patterns.  You can enter HERE



Why is it that Monday can either start really great or set the pace for a really rotten week.  There just doesn't seem to be any in between.  Don't get me wrong, I have had a week start really well that suddenly takes a bad turn mid week but if it starts bad, it just seems to stay that way.  Maybe it's karma or the alignment of the sun, moon, and stars.  Maybe it's just plain fate.  I honestly think that there are times when it really doesn't matter what you do or plan, your ideals for the week just vanish. Poof!  I certainly wish I had the answer for it all.  A way to predict the future for just a week.  Wouldn't that be cool?  Then you could plan and be prepared for it all.  Oh well.  C'est la vie!  Live and let live!  We'll deal with it when it comes!

The future is always beginning now. 
 ~Mark Strand
Today is Tuesday!  Take the day and make it yours.


Mommarock said...

Love your table runner! It turned out so cute.. and perfect for spring.

A.J. Dub. said...

I could not find that pigma pen either. It is driving me crazy! Where did you find one? (You are getting it for the one star project right?)
That table runner is so fresh and fun and spring-y!

elizabeth said...

I do find shopping on the internet so much easier sometimes, but I know and want to support my local shops....it is a catch 22 : )
I must say that you received the gift from Wendy that I would have picked...I am trying to make my life simpler, and it is not easy, but a good goal!

Cheryl said...

Garden Fancies is just wonderful and so 'Spring.' Sure would look great on my sideboard at Easter! Hope your Monday karma stays with you through the week.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love your table runner...so cute. I never knew we woman had a special day. Interesting!! Hugs

Maria said...

Yes it was "International Women's Day " today and Strove Tuesday too.
Our swimming group had YUMMY pancakes.
Lots of great finishes again Linda. Well done.

Can you please tell me the size of your strips for the gorgeous Christmas Swap Block???

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely table runner. Another 'log' down the river-LOL. Oh, you lucky duck - isn't that bucket just so cute. And all the goodies in it - super.

I have slowed down the last couple of days - a little cross stitch and some pre-cutting of odd fabric pieces into usable state. Waiting on a quilt from the longarmer, fabric order that has a backing, and inspiration for quilting design. You don't suppose I should use the time to clean house?

Barbara said...

Still loving my favorite, but your dreaded, Log Cabin block. The reds are great!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

oh....I'll have to tell my DH it's my holiday.....he says I'm on a holiday everyday.

Love you table runner. I can't believe how much everyone gets done. I can't even finish reading my Google reader.

Gene Black said...

I love the Pigma pens for fabric. I got a collection a while back that has a brown in it. I had no idea it was "precious" and sought after.

Lynda said...

Love the Garden Fancies table runner. Working with wool is so fun.

Wendy said...

I must be dreaming, but I was pretty sure I posted a comment this morning. But I don't see it. Anyway, I really like your runner. And thanks for sharing about the labels by Sweetwater. I want to have some done sometime!

Cheryll said...

You are on a roll with winning! Good Onya! (aussie saying)and it couldn't happen to a nicer person.Congrats linda.
Also just love the wool table runner! :)

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