Friday, November 11, 2011

One Of A Kind Blocks


An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
~Walter Bagehot

I went to the doctor on Wednesday hoping for a miracle cure.  Instead I received a shot in both arms - one for flu and the other a booster for tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria.  I did receive a prescription for meds that were supposed to help me with my cough at night.  It didn't work and I went back to Robitussin.  The doctor also told me not to talk for 48 hours - not to even whisper because that is harder on the vocal cords than talking.  Really?  Not talk?  Well, that didn't happen.  I'll just keep plodding along and I know this too will pass.  The weekend is almost here and our Saturday seems fairly busy.  Do you have big plans?

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.
In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas man named Stephan Riod the owner of a shoe repair shop, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Riod had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into "All" Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause after determining that 90% of Emporia merchants as well as the Board of Education supported closing their doors on November 11 to honor all veterans. With the help of U.S. Representative John Salper, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

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SWAP BLOCKS

Early this week I sent out a blocks to my swap partner in Quilting Block Swaps Australia.....


Linda Mc (no blog) requested any block made in red, white and black.  I really like how this Card Trick block worked up. 

I also have received a couple of blocks......

Melody of The House On The Side Of The Hill made this darling block for me as my swap partner for October.  I have changed my request to bright and happy (think children) and this certainly fits it.  She also included a wonderful scissor fob that she made and a piece of fabric with Australian animals on it all ready to embroider.  Thank you so very much, Melody!

Sandi was my swap partner for Block Swap Adventure in October.  She made this darling Christmas block with a fussy cut center.  Isn't it adorable?  Thank you so much, Sandi.

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FREE MOTION QUILTING

I finally was able to start practicing free motion quilting again.....

As I started this Spiky Fern, I forgot to pay attention to where the opposite corner was.  As a result, one side of my fern is MUCH larger than the other.  I guess one side received more sun - lol!

There are a lot more flower patterns in the Beginner/Intermediate level than there was in the Beginner.  I really like the affect of Split Petal Flower.

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TODAY'S GOAL

Today I will be working on one of the Loving Hands quilts I need to complete before Thursday.

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GIVEAWAYS

Living The Dream is having a giveaway.  Here's another chance to win MyMemories software.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, November 16.

Lily's Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a one year subscription to Fat Quarterly.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, November 16.

FabricWorm is having their weekly giveaway.  You could win 12 Fat Quarters of Dear Stella Lanakai.  This giveaway ends Monday, November 14, at 8:30 am PST.

KaHolly is having a giveaway.  You could win the pattern Captain's Pond and a craft-size package of Fusi-Boo.  This giveaway ends Saturday, November 11.

Tattered Garden is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Quilt Album software.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 15.

Hawthorne Threads is having their weekly giveaway.  You could win a Daisy Cottage fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, November 16.

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FINAL THOUGHT



24 comments:

Barb said...

Can you tell me what kind of thread you use to keep it from making a thick middle of your FMQ

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Some beautiful blocks - love your choice in the card trick. I haven't quilted in a while, hand or FMQ - probably really sour and my ferns would look wilted! Enjoy your weekend and rest somewhere along the way.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Your card trick is wonderful!!

Your arm is going to be sore today from your shot...take care!

KaHolly said...

Thanks for mentioning my give-away! I admire your courage to learn free motion quilting. I gave it a try just once and decided it was too difficult for me! Learning would be just too time consuming. Loving your bright and colorful block from your swap partner. I've been working with some brights and having a blast! It is Veteran's Day today here in Canada, too. ~karen

Staci said...

Pretty blocks! And your FMQ is really coming along. I've got to copy you and do this. Maybe that should be my 2012 thing? Time to hunt for super cheap fabric so I can practice! Loved your comic, hits very close to home! I'll be doing the Traveling Stash giveaway next week! Thanks again.

Impera_Magna said...

A scissors fob? Hmmmm..... *idea forming*

Megan Harmeyer said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. There's something going around my office and I'm crossing my fingers I don't get it...but I probably will. I like the card trick block - especially since it's in red, black and white! FEEL BETTER!

Barbara said...

I find card trick a hard block, have given up on it. Love yours!

rubyslipperz said...

Thank you so much for the information about Veteran's Day. And, I have to second the quote from "Maxine"...especially, having a little bit more this year to save!
LUV-LUV the card trick block. That would make a great over all quilt.

Your free-motion quilting is really moving up the ladder of success! I'm so jealous! =)

hugZ,
annie
rubyslipperz106.blogspot

Kris said...

Linda - Hope you get to feeling better!! Love from a fellow sickie!! Kris

Sarah Craig said...

Oh, that card trick block is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing that - it's inspirational!!

Needled Mom said...

So sorry to hear the meds did not work. Take it easy this rainy weekend.

Love your blocks!!

Snoodles said...

Wow! Your Card Trick block is awesome! Sure hope you get feeling better soon!

Sallie said...

Beautiful blocks! Love the card trick fabrics! Hope you feel better soon!

Anne said...

Bless your heart, Linda. Seems like those nasty coughing spells hang on and on. I hope you feel better very soon.

Love your gorgeous card trick block. I know the recipient will be thrilled with it.

Take care.

quiltzyx said...

The Card Tricks block looks terrific! It practically glows.
Wonderful bright blocks you got from your swap partners. Happy happy happy!

Hope you're feeling tip top soon.

Barbara said...

I love your card trick block. That is one of my favorite blocks.

shirley said...

your blocks are great. I was told the same thing...not to talk...and the family just laughed....however, it took a few weeks, but I have my voice back...axcept at times it still cracks...so there is hope at the end of the rainbow.

Wendy said...

I love card trick blocks and yours turned out great! And I love the bright colors in the other blocks you received.

quilary said...

Love your card trick block - the fabric choices are lovely. You keep inspiring me with your lovely FMQ - I think it will go on my "must do" list for 2012!

Shannon said...

I love making the card trick blocks. Yours turned out great!

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