Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Little Bit Of Wonky

Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.
~Author Unknown

Lately I've been thinking of food.  Salty, sweet, multi-grain, name it, I've probably thought about it.  I am not fond of cooking so I don't know where this is coming from.  It's a little late to blame it on the winter survival thing.  I especially think about fast things to fix - frozen meals, quick fix meals, something totally easy but tasty too.  Hopefully I will get out of this line of thought soon.  I can see an ever expanding waistline if it doesn't stop.  Most of what I think about is actually good for me.  I've even been craving fruits and veggies.  Perhaps I have not had enough of the fresh stuff lately.  Thank goodness we get to go to the Farmer's Market this weekend.  How do you overcome thoughts of food.

Yesterday, March 2nd, was Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Now how could I have missed that?!?  My favorite childhood author and I'm sure a favorite to many of you, too.  Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ted's father, Theodor Robert, and grandfather were brewmasters in the city. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.
At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children's books, including such all-time favorites as Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world.



I can't believe I forgot yesterday was One Flower Wednesday.  I guess that it is what happens when you skip a day of blogging.  Today just can't be Thursday because this is only my third post this week.  So pretend with me.  Welcome to my Wednesday.

Here are four hexagon flowers I made over the weekend.  I made them all for different people.  They are for swap partners in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.  I had two partners this month but now I am caught up through May.  Hopefully I will remember where I stored the flowers for April and May when it comes time to send them off - lol!  As you can tell, each partner had their own preferences when it came to colors and fabric desires.  If you would like to see some of the other beautiful flowers created for One Flower Wednesday, just click on the link or on the button on the sidebar.



Tuesday's mail brought me my first pair of 12 inch blocks in the Barn Door Swap

These wonderful blocks were made for me by my March swap partner, Carol.  The one on the left has the prettiest rose fabric and the one on the right is full of dainty little flowers.  Thank you, Carol!!



Yesterday I expanded my horizons in the quilting world.  I made my very first Wonky Star block.  And then I made another.

First I made this wonky star with fabric sent to me by the March Let's Bee Together hostess, Tiffany.  I don't know if you can see it, but right in the center of the block is a tiny red heart.  This block was something totally different for me as I don't do 'wonky' well.  Too much freedom, I think. 

Snickerdoodle is checking out the second wonky star block I made.  This one is made from fabric sent by the March hostess of Bee In Oz (a yahoo group), Jessica.  I really like the contrast of the bright colors against the dark blue.  These have been fun to make, more fun than I thought they would be.  However, I don't know if they will become a regular in my quilting line-up.  It is nice to know that I can make a wonky block after all.



I did manage to accomplish my goal for the day yesterday.

Here is "It's Spring Again" all bound and hung.  If you are interested, this pattern is by The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs.  This pattern was fun to do and I'm feeling just a tad bit more confident in my blanket stitching.  I'm still not real happy with the Steam A Seam 2 as it seems to gum up my needle.  I think I will go back to Wonder Under - guess that means a trip to Joann's this weekend.



My daughter has been concerned that my grandson at the age of 21 months has not yet spoken a single word.  Well, that changed yesterday.  Did he bother with a simple word like 'momma' or 'daddy'. NO!  He said "I see it".  Why bother with the easy stuff when you can start talking in sentences.  Now she probably won't be able to shut him up - lol!



Today I plan to complete a couple more swap blocks.


Sew In Peace is having a giveaway.  You could win a darling doll quilt!  This giveaway ends Friday, March 4, at 9:00 EST.

Canton Village Quilt Works is having a giveaway.  Jackie is giving away a copy of Modern Basics by Amy Ellis.  This giveaway will remain open until March 6th at midnight.

It Seams To Be Sew is having a pattern giveaway. You could win a pattern from B. Bumble & Company.  This giveaway ends March 14th at midnight.


I have so many projects waiting in the wings.  I'm trying my best not to start another stitchery project until I'm done with the one I'm working on.  I keep thinking of quilting projects that I would like to make.  I also have a hand applique project waiting for me - I even have all of the fabric bought for it and the background squares all cut.  I just can't seem to find the time to do it all.  Of course, writing this blog takes about 1 1/2 hours to put together each day but I'm not ready to give it up to allow more time for creating.  Isn't writing a creative process?  I know it works the mind and makes the fingers dance across the keyboard.  Sometimes it feels like my eyes will cross or that my mind is a hollow wind tunnel but it does get done.  I have thought about cutting back a day or two but that doesn't even sound appealing to me.  Maybe I should just give up cooking and eating instead - lol!

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.
~Baltasar Gracián

Enjoy your Thursday and remember "A person’s a person, no matter how small." by Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears A Who


A.J. Dub. said...

That hexie flower with the print petals is really cool!

Good job on finishing your goal.

Natasha said...

Do not give up your blog! Your blog is very creative so that is definately one of your creative outlets.

Your hexies are beautiful.

Barb said...

I am laughing at the thought that you are trying hard not to start a new project....are we all that ways? Are we all insane....I literally have to sit on my hands to stop myself.

annmarie said...

Please don't quit - I love your blog! We all have toooooo many projects started, unfinished & waiting! Just think of it as never being bored! Be careful with those wonky stars too - they are addicting!

Staci said...

7 AM and I desperately want chocolate cake. What a great story about your grandson! Little ones are so surprising! I have to ask, though. What did he see??
I wrote out a list of all my sewing commitments this month. It is a list of frightening length, and most are commitments to other people. Things in my life and family are feeling very stressful right now as well. I don't know what it is about these high stress times, but my mind is extra creative and the drive to start a new project or two is overwhelming. It is my favorite form of procrastination.

Needled Mom said...

NO....don't give up your blogging. I would miss all the fun information that you provide each day.

I love your wonky stars. Aren't they addictive?

Your hexie flowers are terrific. I really like the one with the fabric that makes it look like petals.

Did you get snow at your place last weekend? We had a good frost here which did a number on a lot of our plants, but no snow.

Tiffany said...

Love the wonky block!!! :D Both of them are super cute!

You always amaze me getting so much sewing done!

Maria said...

No You cannot give up your blog as I love to read it all the time.

I love Dr Suess Books even now I am older.I read them to my kids, grandkids and I am sure I will read them to Alexis too.

Lovely Hexies and blocks.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love those wonky stars. I'm going to have to try doing those at some in my quilting journey.

Dr. Suess Books...we read everyone over and over again when our kids were little. And they are still a hit with kids today. Hugs

Karen said...

Wonderful flowers. That first one is just crazy fun! Your Wonky blocks turned out great and love the March Mini.

Peach Rainbow said...

I too think of food, [almost always :(] The only way to overcome them is to not to have anything 'evil' at home. But then, they'll always find a way to enter ;D

Your grandson's story is amazing, I can imagine your daughter's reaction for the first "Sentence"!

Sandra said...

The fabric in the green hexie flower is awesome! I love how it looks like a real flower.

The detail of the small heart in the wonky block is really cool. You must be the fussy cut queen!

Also thanks for posting the link to my doll quilt giveaway. Have an awesome day!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I also have the 'food' cravings. But I can ignore them - it's mostly for salty, which isn't good. Dr. Seuss has touched so many - 3 generations in my house.

All your blocks are wonderful. The Hexie that is fussy cut with the petals is just fantastic. Barn door block is just a great heritage block. I think you did well with the wonky star.

I laughed about your grandson - oh, yes, he probably will be a chatter box now.

I enjoy your daily musings, info, sharing of works in progress - it's like a sewing bee.

Impera_Magna said...

There's a story "out there" about Einstein not speaking until he was 6 or something. Good on your grandson for starting with an entire sentence!

I love your wonky stars... I'd like to try that... but need to get finished with what I'm working on now first! *lol*

Lana said...

I love the hexie flowers!!!! and your finished bird wall hanging is BEAUTIFUL! You are so talented!!!!
Thank you too for posting the giveaway! I hope you have a GREAT DAY OF CREATIVITY!

Birdie said...

All of your flowers are lovely and such wonderful block also.

Linda Big D said...

Thanks for the reminder about Dr. Seuess (Theodore Geissel). In addition to his children's works, he created very interesting propaganda "cartoons" about Hitler and Tojo before and during World War II (other political topics too). They are beautifully assembled in a book called "Dr. Seuss Goes to War," which came out a few years ago. It well captures the time (which was before my time!) Thanks for all you do.

quiltingnana said...

great post today

Cathy said...

love the fabric you have used in the first wonky star - must try that block one day ;-)

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Wow - I absolutely adore that first hexie flower. That flower is definitely awesome!!! I want me one, or two or three. Oh my! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

quiltzyx said...

Your hexies are wonderful! You have inspired me to try some myself ~ I have printed out & cut apart some hexagons. Once I finish a few things I'm going to give them a shot!

You did a terrific job on your birdie mini. It's too bad your SAS2 is giving you trouble. I haven't had that problem with it.
And your wonky stars are a treat too!

Way to go Linda!!

Barbara said...

So many projects, and some of them remind me I should get into some of those fun swaps. I love March Mini-quilt, have always wanted to do a ton of minis. Someday!

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

After having just found you,-please don't stop blogging!
Pics of the wonkies are great; I do wonky by accident every time I sew - does that count?
I was not surprised by your GS's first words. Sometimes they wait until they really want to say something. Ask me how I know.
Blessings to you

Janet said...

I really enjoy your daily ramblings - if that gives you any incentive to keep on with them. I don't have time to finish my projects either ... I think I should just quit my job. :)

Wendy said...

Hey Linda, I'm right with you on the wonky block. I don't do wonky well either but I'm considering trying it for this month's swap. Yours came out great!

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