Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Flower Made & Challenge Met


Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
~Kin Hubbard

When we walked outside last night I could smell rain.  Rain?!?  It's not supposed to rain!  Well, it rained just enough to make all of the cars look like they had the measles.  Just enough rain to dirty all of the windows.  The cement wasn't wet but there were still a few drops clinging to the windows.  It must have just flown through.  Sort of like those flock of birds you always seem to be under just after going through the car wash.  Plip, plop, spit, splat.  It's going to start warming up again - or so they say.  Then another very slight chance of rain on Saturday.  Guess it keeps the car wash people employed :)  Here it is the second week in May and we still haven't seen 100 degrees.  I'm not complaining, mind you.  I love every bit of the cool weather we are blessed with this time of year.  The heat can wait until June!

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PHOTO FACT OF THE DAY

Twilight Zone Day

The day starts off in the normal fashion. Alarm, coffee, shower, clothes and more coffee. You kiss the family goodbye and head off to work. There's a signpost ahead, one which you don't recognize. You've entered the twilight zone. One of television's most rightly revered series, The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64) stands as the role model for TV anthologies. Its trenchant sci-fi/fantasy parables explore humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama cannot.  Creator Rod Serling wrote the majority of the scripts, and produced those of such now-legendary writers as Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont. The series featured such soon-to-be-famous actors as Robert Redford, William Shatner, Burt Reynolds, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Carol Burnett, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Peter Falk and Bill Mumy, as well as such established stars as silent-film giant Buster Keaton, Art Carney, Mickey Rooney, Ida Lupino and John Carradine.  Each episode was a self-contained sci-fi, fantasy story and almost always ended with a surprising twist. Like maybe today isn't Twilight Zone Day after all. Or is it?

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FLOWERS

Today is One Flower Wednesday.  Yesterday I did get one flower made....

This is a more sedate flower than I usually make but I liked the color variety in the fabric I used for the petals.  It just might tone down all of those bright flowers a little when I add it to the GFG quilt.  A big shout out to Karen (Journey Of A Quilter) for keeping our little group organized.  If you would like to see more hexie flowers out there in blogland, you can click the link above or the button on the right sidebar.

I also received two beautiful hexie flowers in the mail.....

from Elizabeth in Australia.  She also included a cute little butterfly and a great postcard.  Elizabeth was my swap partner for May in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.   A big Thank You has to go out to Jane for keeping us all in line for this group!  And thank you for the wonderful hexie flowers, Elizabeth!

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BLOCK RECEIVED

I'm also involved in the Quilting Block Swaps Australia swap group and received an envelope from Canada....

This beautiful block was made by Debbie.  The colors are so dramatic in this block and I really like the blue and black leaf print fabric she used.  Thank you so very much, Debbie!

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CHALLENGE MET

Do you remember me asking you to join the Charity Quilt Block Challenge - Call For Action being hosted by Sew Cal Gal?  Well, it would be rather rude of me to ask you to contribute if I didn't contribute something myself.  So yesterday I made a few blocks......

First I made these two blocks.  But I thought they looked rather lonely.  So I made.....

Two more blocks.  These worked up quickly and easily.  It took almost a 1/2 yard of the white on white but less than a FQ each of the reds and blues.  I will be sending these out in today's mail.  If you would like to join the cause for the Quilts of Valor, just click on the link above for the Challenge.

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TODAY'S GOAL

Today I will make a block for the Americana WIP and try to finish the binding on the Layer Cake QAL quilt.

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GIVEAWAYS

Sew 4 Home is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Girl's World by Jennifer Paganelli.  A winner will be drawn on Friday, May 20.

House of Henrie is having a giveaway.  Becca is giving away a blog prize package.  This giveaway ends Friday, May 20.

Leona's Quilting Adventure is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win a GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and your choice of three dies.  This giveaway ends Saturday, May 21, at midnight EST.

Little Miss Shabby is having birthday giveaway #3.  This time you could win a Fat Quarter bundle of Ty Pennington’s Impressions in the ice/persimmon colorway.  This giveaway ends Monday, May 16.

Fabricworm is having a giveaway.  You can win Fabricworm Custom Circa 50 Bundle in Fat Quarters.  This giveaway will end Monday, May 16, at 8:30 am PST.

Val Laird is having a giveaway.  You could win your choice of one of her very own wonderful patterns.  This giveaway ends Sunday, May 15, at noon.

The Blog Of A Thousand Faces is having a giveaway.  You could win a gorgeous quilted mermaid wall hanging, two Dunkin Donuts mugs, two pounds of coffee, and One framed print of any face on this blog or of any image from Beena's website of the winner's choice .  This giveaway ends Sunday, May 15.

I Candy is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win 5 yards of fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Not sure when this giveaway ends :(

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FINAL THOUGHT

My thoughts are all over the place lately.  Swaps, Mom, WIP's, projects I want to start, my DD#1 and family arriving in just over a month, my DD#2 and hubby coming for a visit weekend after this..........  It's sort of hard to concentrate.  To help this I have been listening to books on CD while I sew.  I have it loud enough that the neighbors are probably listening too.  But I don't want some important part to be drowned out by the sewing machine so it has to be loud (I do keep the windows closed ).  I'm listening to The Union Quilters.  This is Jennifer Chiaverini's newest book.  I have read every one of her books and this one is just as good as all the rest.  She writes such wonderful novels and I really like how she throws some history in there too.  I was really surprised that I was able to check this out at the library so quickly.  When I signed up to reserve it a week ago Monday it said there were 12 people in front of me.  I don't know what happened to those other 12 but I  was lucky and was able to pick it up last weekend.  Listening to a book is so much better than listening to talk radio.  It occupies my mind while my hands keep busy.  Do you listen to books, music, radio or just silence while you sew?

You cannot open a book without learning something.
Confucius

29 comments:

Brita said...

I always enjoy my morning trivia, thoughts for the day, and your musings :-) Thanks, Linda!

Melody said...

Beautiful work on display this week. I adored the Twilight Zone when I was in my late teens. Thanks for reminding me about it.

Lynda said...

I loved Twilight Zone. It was my weekly fright night with a couple of friends.

Another great hexie flower.

I too look forward to each morning with your blog. Always interesting and and amusing with your fun sense of humor.

Staci said...

Always a happy day when the library materials arrive sooner than expected, isn't it?
I like silence when the machine is running and usually music when I'm doing the other quilting things, except hand work. Then I catch up on TV programs, or turn on a much loved DVD that I can listen to (rather than actually watch) while I'm working. Interesting facts about The Twilight Zone. I didn't realize Rod Serling wrote the episodes!

Impera_Magna said...

I loved The Twilight Zone... though I only saw some of the reruns. I remember them quite clearly.... even after all these years... made quite an impression on me at the time.

Hmmm... mebbe I just figured out where my love of sci-fi/fantasy came from...

:)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Always watched Twighlight - wow... You make the pretties hexies, but you also have been getting some very lovely ones,too. I LOVE the blue oak leaf print fabric in the swap block - very dramatic indeed.

I like background noise on the TV while doing basic sewing, but my handwork just has to be done to my music

annmarie said...

Good morning! Rained here last nite too - big thunderboomers but less than 1/4 inch - darn, we need the mositure.

I always have a book on CD going. I transport it back & forth from the car to my sewing room & sometimes the kitchen if I'm going to be there awhile. Couldn't live without it. I also borrow mine from interlibrary loan & always try to have one "in transit" so I don't run dry!!

Still need to make my SewCal blocks - thanks for the reminder.

Needled Mom said...

Your RWB blocks look wonderful. As well, I always enjoy seeing your completed hexie on Wednesdays. You amaze me with what you accomplish each day.

Twilight Zone was a favorite of ours when it was on TV.

I can imagine how your mind is all over the place. You have a lot going on there. I know how you look forward to visits from your DDs. I usually have my CDs playing in the background, but books are a great idea.

We got rain here too - .007 in. What a shock that was as it wasn't even in the forecast. We were watching The Kings Speech and thought the DVD had a sound issue!!! We kept saying how it sounded like it was raining. We muted the TV and sure enough, the "sounds" continued. Hmmmm.

WoolenSails said...

I like how you get so much done each week, I think I need you to come kick me in the rear and get me moving, lol. I am so disorganized lately, so need to work on some projects and put the rest away.

Debbie

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

First, before I forget ; ) I listen to audio books while I hand quilt. I either watch TV or listen to the (music) radio while I machine sew. Second, and most important, what is the block and where did you get it for the pinwheels for QoV? This would be great for our local chapter to do. I have lots of reds and blues, and most of a bolt of white on white.

Shannon said...

If my DD#1 is sewing with me we turn on my iPod and crank up the music. If it is just me most of the time it is just silence. I like to use the time to blank out. No thinking no focus no ideas but fabric, seams, and color. Have a good day!

LynCC said...

I love your challenge blocks. :D

Megan Harmeyer said...

I like the blocks you made for charity - and I think I like the solid centers better. I *think* we got some rain overnight because the cars were a little more spotted than usual, but you definitely can't tell on the ground. Can't wait to see you in a month!!

Christine said...

I love the flower blocks. have read all of the Elm Creek novels but the thought of having someone reading them to me. exciting. I am going to have to give it a try.

Jen said...

Great blocks! I love the pinwheels! I normally keep one eye on Hulu while I sew. I just caught up with all my House episodes. While I'm at work though I listen to podcasts and audiobooks. I have an Audible account and get audiobooks from the library. I couldn't survive without my "enertainment" everyday!

Joanna said...

What do you think of this weather:) Love your QOV blocks. I'm enjoying making them, too, and they do go so quickly.

merumo said...

Pretty royal blue hexie flower! And look at how much you have acomplish these days!! Another Hexie flowers and a quilt block from your friends are looking nice so as your charity blocks!! I was just thinking about making a block for another Linda in Australia for her charity raffle...

Raewyn said...

Love your hexie flower/s,and your pinwheel valour blocks. The block from Debbie is also stunning. I'm part way through the Union Quilters too - I was a bit slow to get into it as I am not so familiar with the civil war history...however I am enjoying it. have a good day!

Barbara said...

Beautiful blocks. I need to get busy on my charity blocks. I always listen to NPR while I'm sewing, but books on CD is a good idea. I might try your Union Quilters. I like books with history. I liked Jimmy Carter's novel "The Hornet's Nest" about the revolutionary war. The story wasn't a big page-turner, but the historical references were fascinating.

Christine M said...

Hi Linda. I've read all of Jennifer's books too. I love them. After originally borrowing them from the library, I've now started collecting the books. I've just started reading the first one again!

soren2go said...

I used to babysit when I was in junior high. I would call up a girlfriend from where I was babysitting and we would stay on the phone and watch Twilight Zone so we wouldn't be scared. Twilight Zone is a classic.

I put thequiltshow.com on my computer and watch their shows while I sew. Only problem is that the screen has to be turned just so.

I've read Jennifer's books also though not the current one.

Sandra said...

Cute little flowers in your hexie fabric this week. I also really like your challenge blocks.

I usually have a movie playing while I sew, but I'm listening more than watching.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

How many times can I come in here and tell you how much I love your blog? You're going to quit believing me one day.

I still love to watch Twilight Zone when it comes on TV. I can remember being so enthralled watching those shows, and now they look so hokey. (Is that a southern term, or do you know what it means?)

And I'm loving the swaps you're in - I'll have to try to get involved with one of those in the future. What a nice way to make friends and learn new skills.

Karen said...

A pretty flashy flower this week! Beautiful!

Sarah Craig said...

I loved the Twilight Zone - one of my favorite tv shows when I was a kid! And I don't like to sew in silence - I usually stream old tv or movies from Netflix, or pop in a video, all over my laptop which can move around with me in the sewing room! I've found that some headphones with a very long cord work well so I can hear over my sewing machine, too - the long cord seems to keep out of the way of my scissors....

Renate said...

Your hexieflower is very beautiful.
Here in Germany it is warm and sunny. Nice to sit in the garden. But we need rain.

Birdie said...

Love your flower, the fabric is beautiful.

Kate said...

Beautiful work and a great blog.I too have learnt the pleasure of audio books...in fact just come back from the library a short time ago with 2 of them.I have recently started my journey on the Elm Creek series and read them in my "Spare" time ..have a great weekend, xx

Wendy said...

Your flower this week is beautiful! And I agree, the blue and black leaf print in the block you received is great!! Can't believe it's back to being cool and rainy again. At least its not blistering heat! Hope you're having a great weekend.

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