Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fun Flowers

Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. 
~Edgar Cayce

I have been dreaming a lot the last couple of nights.  This in itself is unusual because I don't normally dream.  Monday morning I woke up and could remember two of the dreams I had the previous night.  Just stupid dreams that made no sense at all.  Last night I dreamt a lot too.  Couldn't tell you what the dreams were about this time.  However........there was one very odd component to one of the dreams.  In my dream, up in the upper right corner was the sign you see on tv shows for the hearing impaired.  Now that is strange.  Why remember that above all other aspects of the dream.  Does that mean we listen to our tv too loudly - which, according to DD#2 with the super sonic hearing, we do.  Does it mean I was having trouble hearing something in my dream?  Whatever it was, it made me wake up and shake my head as I got out of bed this morning.  I'm sure I will never figure that one out - lol!



Ice Cream Soda

Today is Ice Cream Soda Day.  Doesn't that sound good in all of this hot weather?  The ice cream soda was invented by Robert M. Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874 during the sesquicentennial celebration. The traditional story is that, on a particularly hot day, Mr. Green ran out of ice for the flavored sodas he was selling and used vanilla ice cream from a neighboring vendor to keep his sodas cold. His own account, published in Soda Fountain magazine in 1910, states that while operating a soda fountain at the Franklin Institute's sesquicentennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1874, he wanted to create a new treat to attract customers away from another vendor who had a fancier, bigger soda fountain. After some experimenting, he decided to combine ice cream and soda water. During the celebration, he sold vanilla ice cream with soda water and a choice of 16 different flavored syrups. The new treat was a sensation, and soon other soda fountains began selling ice cream sodas. Green's will instructed that "Originator of the Ice Cream Soda" was to be engraved on his tombstone.
  The beverage quickly became very popular, to such a degree that it was almost socially obligatory among teens, although many adults abhorred it. According to some accounts, it was banned, either entirely or on holy days, by some local governments, giving rise to a substitute treat, the sodaless ice cream sundae. As soda was marketed as a miracle cure, it was often considered a substance that required oversight and control like alcohol, another controlled substance that could not be served or purchased on Sundays in many conservative areas. Many soda fountains had to figure out a way to turn a profit on Sundays when selling soda was considered illegal. The solution was to serve ice cream on these days, as it is merely a food product and not a controlled substance. Soda fountains then coined the term "Sundaes" for the ice cream concoctions that they served on "soda's day of rest".



Yesterday I created two new flowers for One Flower Wednesday and for my GFG.....

This flower was made with DD#2 in mind.  She has played the trumpet since she was 10 and even went on to graduate with an MFA in music performance.

This flower was made by fussy cutting part of another flower.  I couldn't really decide which way to place the petals and this is what I ended up with.

While I'm showing you flowers, I thought I would show you my traveling case.  The petals on the left are the ones I made going down to L.A. and back this weekend.  Lots of stepping stones for my GFG and petals for next month's swap partner.  I do make sure to take matching threads to the petals if I plan to assemble flowers while we travel.
If you are interested in seeing other flowers around blogland you can, thanks to Karen, Journey Of A Quilter, who has provided us with a linky to connect up with each other.  Thank you, Karen!



Just had to share a photo of Snickerdoodle and Weasley.....

Both of them were sound asleep on their backs - baring their bellies helps to keep them cool.  It's not often I see them laying like perfect little parentheses - lol!

This little funny was sent to me by Jennifer.  Thank you for the little laugh!!


FMQ - DAYS 5 and 6

I had a lot of fun with this practice.  Leah calls this Wandering Clover.  It's meandering with some petals thrown in.

Yesterday's was more of a challenge.  I divided the piece in half and definitely had more success with the second (right) side.  I still didn't blend the stitching very well in the middle.  This practice piece is called Flowing Glass.  I know I had trouble relaxing with this one and could feel the knot in my shoulders when I was through.  I don't think this will be added to my future quilting.



Today I will work on a mug rug for a swap that needs to be in the mail by the end of the month.


Our Busy Little Bunch is having a giveaway.  You could win a Fat Quarter bundle of Hoo's in the Forest by Doohikey Designs, some fun Riley Blake trims and buttons, and a Layer Cake of Sugar & Spice by the Quilted Fish.  This giveaway ends Saturday, July 30.
Vrooman's Quilts is having a giveaway.  Sharon has made up 100 Cookie Crumb blocks to giveaway.   This giveaway ends Sunday, July 24.

Freda's Hive is having a giveaway.  You could win a GO! Baby Cutter from AccuQuilt.  This giveaway ends Friday, July 22.

Lily Pad Quilting is having a giveaway.  You could win a seven fat quarter stack of Lola's Posies by Lila Tueller, in the rose colorway, a $20 credit to Dewberry Lane, a set of Quilter's No Melt Press Bars, some thread and a new package of quilting needles.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 26.

Cotton Cocktail's is celebrating her second blogiversary with a giveaway.  You could win 4 beautiful fat quarters.  This giveaway ends Monday, July 25.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters in your choice of colors.  The winner will be announced Monday, July 25.

Keep Me In Stitches is celebrating her one year blogiversary.  Peggy is giving away all sorts of cross stitch goodies.  The winner will be selected on Friday, August 5.

I Have A Notion is having a giveaway.  You could win a Village Green & Portraits Of My Garden Patterns by Amanda Murphy Design.  This giveaway will end Thursday evening, July 20.

Quilting With Debi is having a giveaway.  You could win one of four (4) sets of 200 - 5" charms (2 of 100 different fabrics).  Debi will draw four names on Friday, July 22.

1 Choice 4 Quilting is having a giveaway.  You could win an Amelia Jelly Roll or an Amelia Layer Cake or a Hometown Jelly Roll.  This giveaway ends Monday, July 25, at 10:00 pm EST.

The Colorado Lady is having a giveaway.  You could win one of two 1 year subscriptions to Taste of Home.   Suzanne will draw the winners on Sunday, July 24.

Pigtales and Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a Quilters Depot goody bag.  This giveaway ends Monday, July 25.

Me and My Stitches is having a giveaway.  You could win either a piece of jewelry or a scissor fob that Julie created.  A winner will be drawn on Monday, July 25.

Fabric Worm is having their weekly giveaway.  This week you could win  Monica Lee Now We're Going Places, Orange & Lime in 8 Fat Quarters.  This giveaway will end Monday, July 25, at 8:30 am PST.



So far I'm enjoying this three day a week blogging schedule.  Monday I was able to sew all the way until 4:45.  Mind you, it did feel strange not stopping at 3:30 to prep for a post on Tuesday.  I was able to spend the afternoon putting borders on quilts made by others of our guild for the QOV project.  It's interesting to see the work of others that you don't normally see - seam allowances, stitch length, etc.  I also was able to prep for the sew-in at Thursday's guild meeting.  We are going to be doing the jelly roll race and since I don't happen to have a jelly roll on hand, I had to finish cutting the pieces to have enough strips.  It's amazing what I can do with a free hour every once in awhile.  I hope you are enjoying your week so far.

One must learn a different... sense of time, one that depends more on small amounts than big ones.
~Sister Mary Paul


501 Quilt Blocks said...

As always, I love your flowers. Great job on your 'wandering clover'. I might try that one today.

krisgray said...

I missed having coffee with you yesterday morning but Zi do understand that posts take time, hence my weekly posts.

Enjoyed the soda and sundae story! Love those hexies!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

An ice cream may be in the day as we are to be the hotest day! Love the bugles hexie - very cool. You are doing well with your practic pieces of FMQ. Can't wait to see your Jelly Roll Race quilt. Have fun and enjoy your new found time.

Impera_Magna said...

Your hexies get more and more beautiful... truly amazing!

Glad you're enjoying your break from posting all the time... no guilties, now!!!

Maria said...

As usual loved reading your post and the hexie look great.

Cheryl said...

Your FMQ is really progressing. Keep up the practice and breathe.

Oops-Lah said...

I often wondered why it's called ice cream sundaes. Now I know! Thanks for enlightening me ;).

Mariliz said...

Happy to hear you enjoying your new blogging schedule.

Marsha said...

I love your PHOTO FACT OF THE DAY, it is always so interesting to read. You really never think about who and when something wade made. I love it

Thanks for sharing!

Sallie said...

Love your hexies and work box! I'd never seen Wandering Clover - will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Teresa said...

Love your flowers. Husband favoritee is a hot fudge sundae had to share your fact today. He was facinated.
New meaning to "dog days of summer"
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Barbara said...

More "thread-painting" in those FMQ pieces, some worthy of framing now!
Dreams, to try and analyze mine. Anything about hearing that comes to mind might be your dream's motivation. LOVE, Love, Love those dachsies all curled up with bared belllies. Makes me miss mine so much.

Needled Mom said...

The parentheses are adorable!!!!! I love the nose to nose.

We used to have a soda shop in our town when I grew up. We would walk down, sit at the fountain counter and order a suicide. It was a mix of everything and was delicicious, but a root beer float at A&W was heavenly too.

Your hexies look great and I love your portable sewing kit. It looks like you were ready for a LONG road trip! ;)

The Mayo Family said...

Morning Miss Linda~
Glad to hear I am not the only one working on my "Mug Rug" today for the swap! ;)
It is so warm by us, that Christmas just seems so far away...
I know it wont be! :)
I linked you on my blog today...
I posted a few mini-quilts!
I am having f-u-n!
Have a wonderful trip to LA
we lived in the SanFernando valley when my sis (Lisa) & I were teens...
Our parents thought it best to move beck "home". Lisa has been back to California...I have not-yet!Beautiful area!
Have a wonderful day!

Sandra :) said...

HAHAHAHAHA sweet puppy bellies - I want to rub them, lol!

I love that you write the technique name on your FMQ trials - what a great way for extra practice, and to remember the name, lol! Tree roots is quite intriguing, and wandering clover is quite feminine and flowery!

A Girl said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying your new blog schedule. I often find the more I am blog the less I sew and vice versa...I long for the happy meduim of both worlds, and less interuputions from my little one, if I could complete a thought I would get so much more done. :)

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Your flowers are beautiful as they always are.
I know what you mean about crazy dreams, I have them all the time and never do understand what they mean.
Have a great day :-)

Wendy said...

Ah...your doggies are so cute trying to stay cool. Seems hotter today already...ugh...I have enjoyed the unusually cooler temps the last few days and don't relish the thought of it heating up again!

Oh, and I've been so out of blogging that I missed some of your FMQ posts. Are you taking a class? Your Wandering Clover looks awesome!!

Erica said...

Love your hexies! I'm still working on mine, but I've been too busy and too hot to mess with a blog post. I also stole your corn cartoon. Gonna upload it to my facebook. Temps here have been 105+ every day for over a month!

I've also had a few weird dreams lately, maybe it's the heat. Go to to interpret yours. I don't take it seriously, but thinks it's fun to read up on.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

LOL Loved the corn funny! Your traveling case intrigues me~ what is wrapped in rubber bands? Your FMQ is looking good! Have a happy day!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I love ice cream sodas, sadly not many ice cream shops know how to make them anymore. Whenever I ask for one they ask what soda I want. Sigh, I must be getting old.

Cottage Tails said...

Ahh that traveling box is wonderful!
Loved how you fussy cut the petals - turned out great.
Love Leanne

Anne said...

Adorable photo of Snickerdoodle and Weasley! How precious! Love the hexie blocks -- fussy cutting at its best. Looks like you're tooling right along with your FMQ. Practice makes perfect!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

I have not had a soda float (which is what we called them growing up) since I was at least 15. My brother and I used to always make them. Very interesting how they came up with the Sundae due to not being able to serve soda on Sundays. I never knew that.
I like your meandering with the little petals, looks like a great technique to do a fast project but making it look like you put much more effort into it.
I'm glad to hear too that you are enjoying your extra time! Sounds like you are using it well. =)

Vesuviusmama said...

I'm glad the new blogging schedule is working out for you. I'd hate for you to burn out from blogging and have us lose you forever!

Paula said...

Hi - I love your flowers, especially the pink one. Your dogs are so cute.
Happy stitching.

Linda said...

The puppies are just too cute!!!
I had to send the little cartoon to my sister. They are in the middle of harvesting corn in the 100+ heat! It was just too perfect!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

i'm glad you adjusted your schedule but didn't stop posting. I love to read your blog. Your flowers never cease to amaze me and this week was no exception, they are really awesome.

Melody said...

As always, a post full of wonderful things. Irresistible little hot dogs.

Shannon said...

Dreams are funny things. I read in a magazine that scientist believe that dreaming happens when the brain makes connections for memories. Also it is not so much what you dream as it is the emotion or feelings when you dream. I love your hexies. You always amke great ones. I like your box. Mine is to big I like the size of yours.

Karen said...

Your flowers always put a smile on my face! :) Love the popcorn joke!

Barbara said...

Your flowers are so cute. Does your daughter play professionally? Your FMQ is looking good!

Amanda said...

I love to read your posts, so I'm glad that you cut back to give more time for your sewing without quitting altogether! It's important to make time for you :)

LynCC said...

Your hexie flowers WOW me every time. :)

Madame Samm said...

love your take on the snapshots of your life...makes me chuckle...great giveaway section are amazing...

Birdie said...

Another WOW page, I am amazed with all your great fabrics for your fussy cut hexies. Great travel case with the dividers, I'll be on the look out for one like it.
Your dogs are too cute. I thought they were a couple piles of fleece until I saw their faces.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love your puppies!!!

Talin's Corner said...

Puppy picture is too cute. I really like your fussy cut hexies.

Deb said...

My gosh, you had so much to talk I end up with so much to comment about! First off, I love the musical hexie. I have two sons who were/are in marching band. It would be fun so sneak a band instrument into one my hexies! My youngest is playing tuba!!

You puppies are so sweet!! They have figured out how to both snuggle and beat the heat.

And finally, I love your quotes! I am kind of a "quote a holic" if there is such thing. I started a journel with quotes, but haven't kept up with it. I will be writing down your quote by Sister Mary Paul.

Thanks for a great post.
Deb from

crafty pug said...

LOVE the trumpet flower - you are great at choosing fabrics and fussy cutting!

Christina said...

Sure do love your fussy-cut flowers!!

Tonya said...

That was very interesting reading about Soda floats. I love Soda floats...especially strawberry!

Love your flowers as usual. You have me rethinking all my fabric stash.

Your system for storing and carrying your flowers is wonderful!

Loved the dog photo. Had to show my hubby.

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