Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flowers Are Free


Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
  ~Mark Twain

Well, it's Wednesday.  The middle of the week and I'm in the middle of lots of projects.  But then that's nothing new.  Life has been pretty calm around here lately.  Not much happening - just day to day life.  So where am I going with this?  I'm really not sure.  So it's off to the sewing machine for a little mental therapy and hopefully get to get closer to the end of a project instead of stuck in the middle.  I think I need a little bit of the top quote today.   Hopefully Wednesday is where you want to be.

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY

Mules

Today is National Mule Day.  A mule is a hybrid animal, which is created by the mating of a jack (male donkey) with a mare (female horse). A female mule, known as hinny, is formed as the result of the breeding between a jennet (female donkey) and a stallion (male horse). Hinny is much rarer in comparison to a mule, owing to the fact that it is difficult to produce hinny. Though the breeding process is different, mule and hinny look similar in appearance. Since the prehistoric times, the mule is being used as a ‘pack and draft’ animal. It is also used for riding, farming and transportation of agricultural products. The animal finds great use in United States. It was George Washington who first bred a mule in the United States and now, it is mainly found in the southeastern states.
* A mule has hard skin, which is not much sensitive to sun and rain. It has hard hooves and can carry large weights on its back. It is naturally resistant to diseases and insects. Hence, it is more preferred to horses.
* Mule is similar to both donkey and horse, not only in terms of appearance, but also in nature and behavior. It is highly patient, sober and tolerant like a donkey and courageous, vigorous and strong like a horse.
* In comparison to its parents, mule is more intelligent. It is highly curious in nature and generally does not allow the rider to lead it into any dangerous path.

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SWAP FLOWERS

Last weekend I received late blooming flowers......

Lori was my July swap partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap and got a little behind in flower making.  To make it up to me, she made me a bouquet of flowers.  Aren't they great?!?  I especially like the cat flower in the lower right corner.  Those faces are just adorable and I like the way Lori fussy cut the names, too.  Thank you, Lori!!

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FINAL HALLOWEEN HEXIES

For One Flower Wednesday, I made two more Halloween flowers....

Bats, bats and more bats.  These are rather evil looking bats but they made up into a great flower. 

Here's Looking At You, Kid.....They Eyes Have It......sorry, I couldn't resist.  This is just a fun flower with eyes galore.  That's the end of my Halloween flowers.  I think my Grandmother's Flower Garden/I Spy quilt will have plenty of Halloween themed flowers in it.
Don't forget to give Karen a shout of thanks when you click on the link to see more hexie flowers out there in blogland.

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FREE MOTION QUILTING

Yes, I've been practicing.  For some reason I forgot to share one on Monday.  Didn't realize it until I hit the Publish Post button and then I was too lazy to go back and fix it.  So here is what I've been doing.....

Friday's practice piece is called Grapevine.  This was fun but some of my grapes look like they've already withered into raisins.

This practice called Heart Vine went rather quickly.  My hearts ended up being fatter than they should have been.  I wasn't at all happy with my tracing over the vine lines so I added lots and lots of thread lines, adding texture to the vine. 

Mitosis was my favorite practice of the three days.  Mine turned out a bit different than Leah's but I still like the effect.  I can see this pattern used in a sashing.

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TODAY'S GOAL

Today I hope to get a little more organized.  I have mega piles once again and can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

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GIVEAWAYS

A Crafty Fox is having a giveaway.  You could win a $30 gift certificate to WestWoodAcres on etsy.  This giveaway ends today, Wednesday, October 26.

Craft Buds is having a giveaway.  You could win a $50 gift certificate to Mountain Of The Dragon.  This giveaway ends today, Wednesday, October 26.

A Stitch In Time is celebrating her first year blogiversary with a giveaway.  You could win a charm pack of Rose Parade by Moda.  This giveaway ends Monday, October 31, at 7:00 am EST.

Love Affair With My Brother is having a giveaway.  You could win 4 charm packs of Etchings.  This giveaway ends Monday, October 31, at 11:59 pm PST.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her weekly Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters in your favorite color.  This giveaway ends Saturday, October 29, at midnight MT.

The Pickledish Patch is having a giveaway.  You could win a GO! Baby Cutter and 3 dies of your choice.  This giveaway ends Sunday, November 6, AEST.

Quilty Habbit is having a giveaway.  You could win MyMemories software.  This giveaway ends Sunday, October 30.

Jackie's Art Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of The Devil's Puzzle by Clare O'Donohue.  This giveaway ends Monday, October 31.

The Mad Quilting Librarian is having a giveaway.  You could win two charm packs of Chez Moi for Moda.  This giveaway ends later this week?

The White Weathered Hutch is having a giveaway.  You could win set of burlap placemats.  This giveaway ends Monday, October 31.

I {heart} Nap Time is having a giveaway.  You could win a $50 gift certificate to Poppy Seed Fabric.  This giveaway ends Saturday, November 5.

Living The Dream is having a giveaway.  You could win a $25 gift voucher to Intrepid Thread.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 1.

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FINAL THOUGHT

Thought I would leave you with a chuckle today......





32 comments:

Cheryl said...

Your blog always makes me smile, but especially today. Thanks for the chuckle and good luck with your goals.

Sheila said...

Loved reading about the mule, have always been fascinated by them as well as the donkey.Cute hexies again this week and great progress on the FMQ.Thanks for the laugh :-)

Needled Mom said...

Ha. Ha. Loved it.

Your flowers are wonderful. I just love the bat one.

My grandfather always had mules to help on the farm. He loved them. It was interesting to read about them.

The FMQ is fabulous. I love the mitosis and can definitely see that on a border.

I hope you can enjoy a productive and fun day of creativity.

Jessica said...

Linda, I always feel stuck in the middle on Wednesdays. Don't worry, that rut that you seem to be in - you will get out. I hope you have as relaxing of a day of sewing as you can! (and thanks for listing my giveaway) :)
The comic made me laugh. Thanks!

Linda in Calif. said...

What a joy to come to your blog early this morning and get educated, smiles and laughter! I've always had a fondness for mules and donkey, bats and eyes. LOL!! Oh and thanks for the sun bathing nude warning! (hahaha, that cartoon was so funny!)

Impera_Magna said...

Love that mitosis... what fun that must be! Great Halloween hexies!

Barbara said...

LOL! So true too.

Sue said...

My goodness, I love your trivia! I didn't know that a mule was a hybrid. I just though that they were mules! LOL

Your FMQ is really coming along so nicely! And I love your hexies. The days are going by so quickly, that I failed (again) to produce mine. And to think I thought about them on Sunday. I should have just copied my inklingo pattern then when I was thinking about them. I'm going to do that right now, so that I'll be all ready for next week.

Lynda said...

I always look forward to reading your blog. I find myself laughing through them with the quotes and today the sunbather! Love all your hexie flowers. That quilt is really going to be a masterpiece when you finish it.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Love the last picture. Your 'eye' hexie makes me think of 'One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater'. Cute.

rubyslipperz said...

Well...two things came quite close to describing me! donkeys and the sunbathing tip (good thing I DO wear a suit when doing this 'cause well that cartoon could VERY well be me otherwise!)

Your hexies always bring joy to my days...they are so fun and happy!

miss you yesterday =)

love and hugZ,
annie

Mariliz said...

hh ha that last picture is too funny!

Maria said...

Lol I love the cartoon.

Nice swap hexies but I do love your Halloween flowers Sandy.

Your FMQ is looking really great.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love'n all the flowers! And now my day is made - love the cartoon!!

Cyndi said...

Once again, I love your fact of the day. I LOVE mules...they are very loyal as pets. My grandparents had one when I was a child. He was soooo sweet! But I didn't know that they have their own day! LOL!

Love all of your hexie flowers, and I think you're doing great on the free motion! Also, thanks for the great chuckle from the cartoon at the end! :o)

Have a beautiful day!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Barb said...

Too funny, the last picture....

Raewyn said...

Gorgeous hexie-flowers... and your fmq is looking good. Love The final thought of the day!!

Staci said...

I am still laughing at the comic! That is too funny!
Love your garden. It is kind of a new thing, looking at flowers while they look back at you! Have a great Wednesday!

quiltzyx said...

Fun Halloween hexies! The bouquet you received is nice too. :D

How big are your FMQ practice sandwiches? I'm almost to the point where I can start practicing myself. :D

Hillbilly Tonya said...

LOL, this was a fun post today, from the mules to the eyes to the reminder not to sunbathe ever...even at 40!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

I love the Mitosis quilting! Like feathers - but not. The heart vine looks really good to, I would not say that your hearts are too fat, hearts should be plump no? The extra texture you added for the vine looks really great!
Cheers,
Carolyn

Birdie said...

Cute Halloween hexies, you reminded me that I had Halloween fabric I could have used, maybe next week. Our neighbour used to raise mules. Interesting animals.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Your FMQ looks great, really like mitosis (even though it reminded me of Biology Class). Halloween hexies are CUTE!

Karen said...

Lots of lovely flowers again this week, I'm going to miss the Halloween ones! So cute!

Lots of Fabric 2 said...

Love reading your blog they make me smile,your hexie are beautiful,so what fabric will you use next.

Connie said...

I loved your cartoon so much I had to send it to my husband and my best friend! Also just the other day we were talking about mules and how they were all males so the hinny was a neat surprise! As always, love your blocks and your FMQing!
Quilting by the River

Gene Black said...

Thanks for an informative post (now I am curious about mules!)

Thanks for the laughs too.

I just read today that laughter actually helps keep blood glucose levels down. IN the study people watching a humorous show actually had drops in blood glucose. (they measured participants with both normal blood sugar and diabetics.)
Now I know why I love to laugh, it IS good medicine.

Kelli said...

Love your hexie flowers, and your FMQ! :o) That cartoon is hilarious. Thanks for the laugh. :o)
xo
Kelli

Jennifer Gail said...

I love mules. My papaa use to let me ride his big ole red mule Sam up to the garden.

Riel Nason said...

Love the eyeball hexy flower! Pretty funny stuff. :-)

quilterliz said...

G'day. Great post. Love the mules and the sunbathing picture is just great. It reminds me never to sunbathe any more..........
Take care. Liz...

Shannon said...

HA HA HA So funny!! I showed it to my daughters, they laughed and said gross! What a great way to end a post.

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