Monday, April 25, 2011

Quilting For A Baby

Life is one long experiment in learning. Who can be perfect all the time? Sometimes I feel half-wise, sometimes half-stupid.
~Terri Guillemets

As I traveled around blogland on Friday, it seemed to be a day of finishes - mine included.  There were a lot of us out there that were happy to be able to say "I finished my quilt!".  Such a wonderful feeling.  Now it's time to get on with other UFOs and WIPs or even to start something new.  It also is time to start up another month's worth of swap blocks.  Finally finishes and new beginnings.  Almost the end of the month, Easter is over, and a new week has begun.  As one flower whithers another blooms.  The circle of life.  Even in sewing/quilting there is always a beginning and an end.  And so goes life!



World Penguin Day

On the 25th of April every year, the Adelie penguins in the Antarctic begin their annual northward migration. The Adelies start migrating in the Antarctic fall season and won’t return to their colonies until the following spring. In true synchronized fashion, the Adelies dive into the frigid waters answering their Nature’s call to migrate. They will swim north for only a few hundred miles (around 600km) and stay among icebergs that are floating about, feasting on krill and other penguin delicacies. So really, these penguins don’t actually go anywhere when they migrate. They’ll bob around in the ocean and rest on the ice until it’s time to head back home to Antarctica. The reason they do this is because the days in Antarctica are becoming darker during this time of year. Adelies do not see too well in the dark so they migrate north so they can hunt for food, otherwise they would starve.

Friday I worked on the first of two baby quilts.  I had it mostly finished and was able to hand stitch the binding during some quiet time over the weekend.

  Can you tell it's for a girl?  I quilted this with just a simple diagonal straight stitch.  Here's the back.....

  The back is just one piece of fabric but I personalized it with the little one's name.
Now to make quilt number two.
Over the weekend I took a walk through my backyard.  There are a few flowers blooming and other promising blooms in the future.
As you can tell I do not have a color scheme.  If I like it, I plant it and to heck with the color police - lol!



Today I will make a block for my Block Swap partner for May. And, if time allows, I will start assembling the second baby quilt.



Quiltstory is having a giveaway.  You could win a one month membership to Ole Frog Eyes (a virtual design wall) and 4 fat quarters of Sweet Nothings Riley Blake collection.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 27.

Oops-Lah is having a giveaway.  You could win a Hullabaloo Layer Cake by Moda, or a Bali Pops Strawberry Fields, or a Modern Workshop Jelly Roll by Moda.  This giveaway ends May 9th.

Patchwork Underground is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Pat Sloan's newest book, What A Novel Idea.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, April 26.

Patchwork Underground is having a second giveaway.  You could win a pair of Gingher spring-action dressmaker’s scissors.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, April 26, too.

Hawthorne Threads is having their weekly giveaway.  This time you could win a Cut Out & Keep fat quarter bundle.  The winner will be selected on Wednesday, April 27.

Stray Stitches (that's me!) is having a giveaway.  You could win 10 fat quarters of Classic Cottons - beautiful spring colors!  This giveaway ends Sunday, May 1 at 8:00 pm.

Leona's Quilting Adventure is having a giveaway.  Leona is giving away 4 Lapel Sticks.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 29, at midnight EST.

Dawn's Quilt Corner is having a giveaway.  Dawn is giving away two fat quarter bundles of DS Quilts Collection.  This giveaway ends Saturday, April 30, at 6:00 pm PST.

My Go Go Life is having a giveaway. You could win 4 half yard cuts of some darling Heather Ross fabric.  This giveaway ends Thursday, April 28.



I hope everyone had a glorious Easter.  We did!  The weekend was a nice one.  It flew by much too fast.  Saturday we did our Easter celebration meal - it just fit our schedule better.  DH fixed the main course - smoked brisket - mmmmmmmm - it was so good!  He had to have the meat on the fire by 7:30 - that's in the A.M. on a Saturday - and then stoke and watch the fire all day.  We had our DD#2 and SIL, my Mother and sister, and a family friend for dinner.  So much good food.  Lots of conversation and happiness.  Sunday was more relaxed with just the kids (even if they are over 30 I still call them "the kids" - lol) - visiting, watching a little tv, and just enjoying each others company.  Oh, by the way, my daughter loved her quilt :D  Two days gone in a blink of the eye.  Only memories are left of the weekend.  Until next time.

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
~Joyce Brothers

Make your Monday magical!


Anonymous said...

Your Easter weekend sounds wonderful! Bet that brisket was yummy! Thanks for giving OleFrogEyes and our Quiltstory giveaway a shout out. I love the baby quilt you finished, and your closing quote is great.
Sure hope I can win those Classic Cottons! Have a pleasant day!
Jacque in SC

Lynda said...

We had a good Easter weekend too.

I love the way you added Grace's name on her quilt. Do you do that freehand or do you have patterns for the alphabet?

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Linda, that little baby quilt is adorable with her name on it. Love the font you used for it too. You sure have some pretty flowers in your yard. Have a great day. How did you like all that wind we had yesterday?

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the baby quilt with the personalized back. I plant my flowers the same way - my SIL is a little more 'orderly' so you can tell which beds got planted by whom. I love finishes - and now I can treat myself to new beginnings.

Donna said...

Love the baby quilt. Your Easter sounds lovely. My family had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated 3 birthdays, shared all the trimmings of Easter and stood in line to be the next to hold our newest family addition - 10 day old, handsome baby boy (my great nephew).

Karen said...

I love the baby quilt. Thanks for another idea with the name applique on the back. I like this idea.

em's scrapbag said...

Love the Grace on the back of the baby quilt!
Monday is a good day to start a new project.

Toni said...

WOOHOO...another finished quilt, man Linda you are soo rolling along - I love this little baby quilt!! Great job!

NOW I UNDERSTAND the movie "Happy Feet"....seriously, I didn't know about the penguins migration. I love reading your facts.

Great list of giveaways! I just don't have the time to enter them all! :)

Needled Mom said...

I can imagine how much your DD loved her quilt. Was she completely surprised?

I could never guess your pretty quilt was for a girl ;) !!!! It will be loved.

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