Friday, July 8, 2011

Finished At Last!

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.
~Author Unknown

Yesterday was a lot of busy work.  Once everything was done I didn't have much to show for it craft wise.  Four packages are waiting by the front door for the mailman.  I actually have a clear spot on my cutting table and another on my spare bed.  I guess that's a good thing.  Must be time to find something to fill those holes - lol!  Thank you all for your fmq instruction suggestions!  I knew I could count on you to give me excellent resources and tool advice :D  I would be lost without all of my blogging friends.



Hot Dog
Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month?  In honor of the hot dog, how about some interesting little facts:
* in 1957 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially designated July as National Hot Dog month
* Baseball fans will consume more than 26 million hot dogs at US baseball stadiums this season. That’s enough to circle the bases 36,000 times
* In honor of the 1996 Olympics, the world’s biggest hot dog was 1,996 feet long, created by Sara Lee Corp
* The most popular hot dog topping among adults is mustard (87.6%). Among children, it is ketchup
* The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites
* NASA has approved hot dogs as a regular item on Apollo moon flights, Skylab missions and space shuttle flights
* U.S. soldiers in military posts around the world consumed 2.4 million hot dogs in 2007
* Babe Ruth once ate 12 hot dogs & 8 bottles of soda between games of a double header. He was reportedly rushed to the hospital after the game with a severe case of indigestion



I finally finished my last Pay It Forward obligation!

I made this candle mat for my third and final participant.  Her favorite color is green.  I'm sure she has given up hope on ever receiving something from me since I started this back in September.  I had one year to complete three gifts so I actually had two months to spare.  I quilted this with a fancy stitch from my machine and used a shiny rayon thread. 

Yesterday morning I added this personalized label.  I covered the name of the recipient so that they will be totally surprised when they get the candle mat in the mail (I'm not sure if she reads my blog any more or not).  I printed that outline design and flowers from a free download at Connecting Threads and printed the label out on my printer.  This one even matches the fabric I used to make the mat.



Today and over the weekend I hope to bind the Mystery BOM quilt!



Quilt Story is having a giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter bundle of Happier by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake and the pattern booklet Happy Hour by Terry Atkinson.  This giveaway ends Monday, July 11.

Nunu's Quilt World is celebrating her blogiversary with a giveaway.  You could win 2 yards (1 yard each) of Summer Breeze by Sentimental Studios for Moda and a pattern book On A Roll by Heather Mulder Peterson.  Not sure when this one ends :(

Bugglebee is having a giveaway.  You could win a GO! Baby Cutter and three dies of your choice.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, July 13, at 11:59 pm EST.

The Vintage Sheet Blog is having a giveaway.  Here is another chance to win a GO! Baby Cutter and 3 dies.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 19, at midnight PST.

Kitschy Suburbia (aka my daughter) is having a giveaway. You could win some wonderful nail polishes or, if your not into manis and pedis, you could win two sets of adorable recipe cards, a pretty pair of earrings and magnetic shopping list/memo pad. This giveaway ends Wednesday, July 20, at midnight CMT.



This weekend DH is going north with his brother and BFF to attend a car race.  It's a 'Guy's Weekend'.  I'm envious only in the fact that they will be in much cooler temps.  Do I want to go to the race?  NO!  My SIL will be arriving on Saturday and spending the night so she can drive her hubby home on Sunday evening (they live about 4 hours away and he will be arriving here on the train).  We will be able to watch a couple of chick flicks and I can get some hand sewing in while she is here.  We don't get to spend much time together because of the distance between our houses.  Who knows, we may even splurge and have dinner delivered to our door - lol!  What are you plans for the weekend?

A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them.
 ~Frank A. Clark


LynCC said...

Good for you, doing a Pay It Forward! That label is so pretty.

Maria said...

Nice to finish your PIF and swaps. I am sure it will not be long and you will fill the empty holes.

Barb said...

Your candle mat is adorable.

Looks like you had a very productive day it is play time!!

Annie said...

I don't have any special plans for the w/e, but you writing of the hubbies being away prompted me to tell you of my dh who is on his own getaway at the moment. He's a motorcycle enthusiast(not me) and on a road trip now. With him being retired it's kind of nice when we have our little separate times off from one another. I think I spend the day on the internet and reading books, eating when and what I want, with no formal meal preps. I just love it, for a short while anyway.I'll be ready for his return in a few days.

Your pay it forward is lovely.
: )

Cheryl said...

Have a fun time with your SIL! The PIF is adorable...I am sure the recepient will be so pleased.

Lynda said...

Thanks for showing your Pay it Forward. I am participating in one and I've wondered what type of things people share. Love it and the label is very pretty too.

My friend and I are heading out to see a Lavendar festival about a half an hour away. Never been before so don't know what to expect. Enjoy your time with your SIL.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely candle mat - I just finished up my PIF, too. Thought it should to be done not only before the year was up, but once the need to start 'holiday' gifts is upon us, I would forget.

I wish I was able to go to the Sister's Quit Show - I will be enjoying the weekend with Sue's Christmas Holiday Weekend Sew In.

Needled Mom said...

The nice thing about the PIF gifts is that they arrive when you least expect them. She will love it.

A nearly 2000 foot hot dog? I wonder how long THAT would take to eat.

Have fun with your SIL!

Megan Harmeyer said...

No plans for the weekend...WOOT! Your mug rug is cute - your PIF person is lucky! Thanks for adding a tag to my giveaway. :) Talk to you this weekend. should change out my button on your sidebar.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Have a good weekend with your SIL. Safe travels for your hubby and friends.

Lana said...

The candle mat is lovely! I hope you DO have dinner delivered to the front door!!!
Have a marvelous weekend! You have earned it!

Anonymous said...

Have fun this weekend! (And I would go ahead and have dinner delivered! LOL)
Jacque in SC

sunny said...

You've been very busy, and it sounds like you have a fun weekend planned. I feel very childish, because I like ketchup and not mustard on my hot dog!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I am working the Quilts of Valor booth at the local Farmer's market on Saturday. It will be hot and HUMID! Yuck! And I have to finish sewing on buttons to my Santa blocks that are due Monday. Enjoy your weekend.

Linda said...

The candle mat is really nice! It's sure to be appreciated!!!
Have fun having a girl's weekend. Stock up on chocolate and put your feet up while watching those chick flicks!

marina said...

Your candle mat is well worth the wait, the colours blend so beautifully.
Love your hexies a few posts back the butterflies looks gorgeous.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

love your candle mat and that pretty machine decorative stitching!!

Margaret said...

Gifts that come in the mailbox are always a nice experience and your pif receiver will be more than happy.

Shannon said...

That candle mat is so pretty. I love the colors!! It sounds like you will have a great weekend. Relax and have a good time. Yes do get dinner delivered. On less thing you have to think about!

Sandi said...

Hi Linda, I think I recognize that candle mat design. :-) Did you participate in the Quilting Gallery swap or are you a member of Seasons BOM Yahoo group. I'm pretty sure that's my design. You did a lovely job and your partner should really like it. :-) This reminds me that I have a Pay it Forward item that I need to finish!

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