Friday, June 10, 2011


Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
~J.K. Rowling

Sometimes I truly dislike modern technology.  My printer decided it was going to gobble up a couple of sheets today.  It must have been  hungry.  It tried to eat a label I was printing but luckily,  it didn't get too jammed.  I removed the crumpled sheet, closed the cover, and replaced the paper.  And then when I go to reset the stupid machine, it's flashing the message, 'door not closed'.  Yes it is!!!  I pushed the OK button - isn't that supposed to clear it?  I lift up the cover and slam it down - sometimes it just takes some force to dislodge its messages.  Darn!  Still flashing - "close door"!  #*@+ machine!!!  Okay, now you've had it!  SLAM!!  Well, there you go.  Now it's ready to work again.  I guess I showed it who's boss.  And guess who didn't eat the next page I printed?  I won :D



Herbs and Spices

Today is considered National Herbs and Spices day.  What makes an herb an herb and a spice a spice is the part of the plant that's used. Herbs are from the leafy part; spices are seeds, fruits, roots, or bark.
* Sage has been used for centuries to gain knowledge and purity. A strong sage tea is said to clear out the negativity from the house. Bundles of sage can be hung in the house. The fragrance is heavenly. According to legends, it helps in keeping the evil spirits at bay.
* Vanilla is said to have the power to bring love and happiness into your home
* Lemon peel banishes negativity and objectifies freshness. It is quite the mood lifter
* Orange peel is said to kill those germ battalions. Plus, the citron smell is an added advantage. Burn orange peels on the stove when you have a cold or a sore throat.
* Peppermint gives for a soothing effect. Burn peppermint candles to add to calm those nerves
* Cloves are said to promote spirituality and love.
* Eucalyptus is said to kill germs effectively. It is used in various herbal medicines as well. It provides for protection while promoting good health.
* Basil is said to promote feelings of fidelity, love, protection and wealth
* Cinnamon is said to promote safety and happiness.
* Chamomile is said to bring peace and serenity to the soul, while it purifies and cleans the house.



Yesterday I was able to make a Bee block.

This is for Munaiba, our June hostess for Bee In Oz.  She sent instructions and 2 1/2" strips of fabric to make this Jeweled Geese block.  I don't know why it looks unsquare in the photo because it really is square.  Her only requirement was so use the Kaffee Fasset fabric for the large central triangle of each "goose" and the plain fabric for the two outer triangles. 



Yesterday I finished binding the road course quilt.  This was a quick put together - had to get it done before the grandsons arrival on Saturday.

Here's what it might look like in a couple of days when the grandsons are playing on it.  I did fmq in black thread.  Thank goodness you can't get a good close-up of it to see how poorly I followed the lines.

Here it is out in the daylight after it was washed and dried being held by my sweet quilt holder (thank you, my love).  The quilt ended up measuring 53" X 45".  The backing is just plain black so it isn't much to see.
I will be adding this label to the back.  I still need to add a border around it before attaching it to the quilt back. 



Today I will be sewing on two labels - one on the grandsons play quilt and the other on the Loving Hands quilt.  Then I absolutely HAVE TO CLEAN!!!



Quiltstory is having a giveaway.  You could win The Birds and Bees Quilt Kit from The Stitch Sanctuary.  This giveaway runs through Monday, June 13.

A Desert Quilter is having a giveaway.  You could win two Charm packs "Summer Breeze" by Sentimental Studios for MODA.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, June 15, at 10:00 pm PST.

Crazy Quilt Girl is having a giveaway.  You could win a Hullabaloo Jelly Roll.  A winner will be drawn on Monday, June 13, 5:00 pm EST.

Subee Sews Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win an autographed copy of Bonnie Hunter's book entitled Adventures with Leaders & Enders.  This giveaway ends Sunday, June 12, at noon EST.

Miss Print is having a giveaway.  You could win Tula Pink's Designer Select fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 15.

Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win a Fat Quarter Bundle of Calypso Swing.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, June 15.



I will be taking the next week off from blogging.  The machine is in for service but even more importantly, I will be spending the week with my grandsons, my DD#1 and her DH.  We get them for a full week!  So don't miss me too much, I will be back on Tuesday, June 21st.  I will be thinking about you and maybe will have a few minutes to read a couple blogs here and there.  Sorry I won't be able to keep you posted on giveaways or give you any interesting little facts but I'm sure you understand.  So have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful week without me.  I'll be back soon.

Laughter is an instant vacation.
~Milton Berle


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh people will throw things at me, but I am not fond of Kaffe fabrics. It's an illusion from the fabric that makes it look askew. Love the play quilt - how fun, they are going to enjoy it. SO enjoy your time with family, will think of you often, but you need to breath for a while.

Sue said...

Great factoids on the herbs! I love all of them :D

Love your block. The fabric is quite neat looking.

Your road course quilt is so adorable! I love that.I am sure your grandson is going to be thrilled when he sees it :D

Cheryl said...

Have a great week! I am sure the boys will love their new quilt.

Annie said...

The road quilt fun. I must pick up some of that fabric, the kids receiving from Project Linus, that I make quilts for, will love it. Thanks for the idea.

Have a nice w/e with the family

Marcia said...

Great herb facts! I love the road quilt as I am sure your grandson will love it too!

Great quote about laughter. I love to laugh... maybe it is because I am on a little vacation!

Lynda said...

Love the road course quilt and I'm sure Nate and Mason will have loads of fun on it too.

I will miss reading your blog each morning. It always starts me off with a good laugh and interesting facts and great eye candy.

Enjoy your week!

Rhanda said...

Enjoy the time with your family!

LynCC said...

Have a great time with your family, Linda. :D terrific play quilt there!

Maria said...

I am sure your GSs will adore their special quilt you made for them. In fact you may have to make another.One each.
Enjoy every minute with your dear family and look forward to reading your posts on your return.
I also am not keen on Kaffe fabrics. Sorry!!

Mariliz said...

The road quilt is very cute, I'm sure they will love it.

Tonya said...

Enjoy your break! My son is going to be so mad at me for not letting him blog today on Herbs and Spices day. Oh dear!!

Staci said...

Great Finish! Have a really wonderful, fun filled week!

Needled Mom said...

I'll now have more respect for my herb garden!!

Your road quilt looks adorable. I know the boys will have fun playing on it.

We will definitely miss your posts, but I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. See you on the 14th.

Linda said...

The road quilt came out just perfect for two little boys!!!
Have a great week with your family! There's nothing quite like spending time with grandchildren and grown children. Relax and enjoy every moment!

Christine said...

I hope you have a wonderful week. Enjoy the family. The grandsons are going to love their quilt!

rubyslipperz said...

I'll be standing next to Sharon...I'm not crazy about Kaffe fabrics either...unless there is just a bit with plent of "solids".

I am going to miss you terribly!

I must be on a constant "vacation". I LUV to laugh...and make others laugh too!


Sandra :) said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek I love love LOVE that road quilt - the boys are going to have the time of their lives playing with that - just think of the wonderful memories it will give them!

Wendy said...

Modern conveniences can seem to be more work than we like, the on and off switch works great too!. Love the block and the road quilt is cute.

Sallie said...

The boys are going to love that quilt! Have a great time with family. We will miss you!

Jen said...

Great finish! He will have a great time playing with that quilt! Have a fabulous visit with your family!

Impera_Magna said...

Have fun with your grandbabies... I know they'll LOVE their new play quilt!!!

Catskill Quilter said...

Enjoy the boys! They are going to love your road quilt -- adorable and FUN!

scottylover said...

Will miss your posts! Enjoy your time with your family.

Too bad your method of fixing things doesn't work on the copier at work. Believe me, I've tried! :)

See you later!
Sandy A

Michele said...

Your Bee blocks are have some wonderful projects! Enjoy the time with your family :-)

Shannon said...

We will all miss you but you can't beat seeing family. What a great time you all will have. Don't worry about us we will be here when you get back!! I understand what you mean about machines. If they were not so fun when they were working then we would not use them at all. See ya'!

Anonymous said...

Oh, they will love that road quilt! We will miss you and your enjoyable posts, but I'm sure we all want you to rest and relax and ENJOY having your family there! What fun! Make lots of good memories!
Jacque in SC

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I bet that printer doesn't mess with you again.........grin.

Billie in TX

Barbara said...

Enjoy your visit with your family. I think I have that same road quilt panel. Now if I just had some grandchildren, I'd be set!

quiltzyx said...

Enjoy your vacation!

Maybe the swap block appears off-square because of the "wiggly" Kaffe prints. Still looks good to me. :D

Val said...

So glad you finally got the respect you deserve from your printer. I love the road way quilt. A perfect play mat. You have a great time away.

susiloci said...

Que maravilla de trabajo, especectacular.

Anne said...

Congrats, Linda! I see that you won a fat quarter bundle of nature fabrics from "Happy Quilting." I've missed your blog this week. I attended a conference in a nearby city, so I didn't have an opportunity to cruise blogs.

Love the Bee Block! It looks like it belongs in Monet's garden. Hope your grandsons are enjoying motoring little cars on their wonderful road course quilt! So cute!

Enjoy your weekend!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Enjoy your grandsons. By the time you get back, I hope to have posted my first giveaway. You can add that to your 'list' when you get back.

Kimberlee said...

That is a trully unique and fun road quilt.

Fresh Garden said...

Vigorously nodding my head in agreement with all the comments above. :D

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hope everything is okay at your end. Been missing your posts.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Okay, I remember now, you are having family time. Enjoy :-)

Lana said...

Oh, I WILL MISS YOU!!! That's ok, I think I missed some of your blog entries last month that I can find like little nuggets of buried treasures! Have a GREAT TIME!
oh, and your quilt is so fun! They will love it! I know I do!

Myra said...

Ha! I too am having "fun" with my printer!!! I hope to win soon! lol!

A wonderful Bee Block, and your grandson's will love the play quilt!!

Hope you are enjoying your visitors! 8-)

Vesuviusmama said...

I hope you are having a great week with the grands. I look forward to your return to blog and on Tuesday - I miss your posts.

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