Monday, January 23, 2012

A Day of Little Quilts

Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night.
  ~Terri Guillemets

I'm ready to start a new week.  We had a very relaxing weekend - something I definitely needed.  We were going to head down south to attend the Road To California quilt show but I didn't even have the energy to do that.  And after reading the paper and seeing the route we would have traveled was closed for several hours because of a multi-car accident, I'm even more glad we didn't go.  I missed seeing all of the amazing quilts and visiting all the vendor booths but I will save that for another time.  I've already located two quilt shows this spring (not counting my guild's) within a two hour drive heading north (a much easier drive) and am looking forward to those.  And there's always the big show in Long Beach, International Quilt Show, in July.  Next year we will plan to attend Road To California.  How was your weekend?




Saturday, January 21, was Squirrel Appreciation Day.  Sure when you head to the park you'll feed the ducks, but why don't you save a few scraps for the squirrels? Is it because they look like rats with fluffy tails? Or because they get that crazy look in their eye when they notice you unwrapping your sandwich? Give the squirrels of the world a break. They eat all the crumbs you carelessly leave behind on a picnic, they keep your dog entertained, and they've never asked for anything in return.  Here are a few facts about those cute, little furry creatures:
* Squirrels can jump a distance of up to 20 feet. They have long, muscular hind legs and short front legs that work together to aid in leaping
* The word "squirrel" means "shadow tail" in Greek
* The hind legs of squirrels are double-jointed. This helps them run up and down trees quickly.
* The hibernating artic ground squirrel is the only warm-blooded mammal able to withstand body temperatures below freezing.
* A male squirrel can smell a female in heat up to a mile away. Mating season is February through May with a 44-day gestation period. Typically 2-4 young are born per liter.
* Squirrels eyes are positioned in such a way that they can see some things behind them
* Squirrels in general are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia
* Squirrels can eat their own body weight (approximately 1.5 pounds) every week.
* Squirrels can fall up to 100 feet without hurting themselves. They'll use their tail both for balance and as a parachute



Last week I turned in two more Loving Hands Quilts at my guild meeting.....
This is the second quilt I've made from the blocks made for me by last year's Bee In Oz group.  So bright and happy and definitely boy.

While I was doing some FMQ meandering I made my first BIG mistake.  I thought I was done until I turned the little quilt over and saw that I had caught the excess backing material while I was quilting.  After an hour of picking out all those stitches, I was able to finish it up fairly quickly.  I'm sure that this won't the last time I do something like this.

I was able to make one more little quilt from the left over fabric of Hoo's In The Forest.  So girly and pink!  I didn't have enough of the matching fabric for the binding so I grabbed an apple green fat quarter I had. 

Along with the regular meandering I threw in some hearts, or leaves, depending on how you look at them.  It was fun to add a little something different.
The guild had a great response to their call for Loving Hands quilts this month.  Apparently in December there were 12 preemies born at one hospital and 14 at another here in town and that pretty much depleted our previous stock of little quilts.  I'll keep making my two a month and hopefully others will too.



Today I plan to make a Bee block and two 6" blocks for another swap



Favequilts is having a giveaway.  You could win Aviary Fat Quarter Bundle Designed by Nancy Gere Gifted by Windham Fabrics.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, February 1. (you can enter this one daily) 

Tales Of Wayne Manor is having a giveaway.  You could win 3 half yard cuts of DS Quilts Fabric.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, February 25.

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a giveaway.  You could win any one of a large assortment of wonderful things.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, February 14.

Samelia's Mum is having another giveaway.  You could win a layer cake of Sassy by Sandy Gervais.  This giveaway ends Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 pm AEST.

Qubee Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win 12 fat quarters.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, January 25.

Sew We Quilt is having a giveaway.  You could win a collection of Pellon.  The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 24.

Cat Patches is having her FFFF giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 27.

SewCalGal is having a giveaway.  You could win a Sushi Roll bundle from Hoffman Fabrics.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 27.

Would you like to win 2 charm packs of Good Fortune by Kate Spain?  You must go HERE to enter.




Vroomans' Quilts said...

Such sweet Loving Hands quilts! I like the little hearts thrown into the quilting. Maybe it was a blessing in disquise that you didn't hit the road for the Road show. There are plenty of Quilt shows. Have a great day.

LynCC said...

Ugh!! I just did that, myself, with the edging of the backing fabric. I get off fairly easy, though, since it's a pillow sham that's staying in my immediate family. Nobody'll ever see it unless they take the pillow out and go looking. So I'm not gonna pick it out! lol

Cheryl said...

Your Loving Hands quilts are so precious and I know are deeply appreciated. Great FMQ...especially those little hearts.

Teresa said...

Love the little quilt. I see hearts and think they are wonderful. How very nice of you to provide a quilt for preemies.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

A.J. Dub. said...

Your little quilts are so sweet! I love the pink one. Your quilting looks great!

Maria said...

Sounds like staying home was the better option. More relaxing.
Your wee quilts are very sweet and will be much appreciated.

Barb said...

Love your little quilts!!

Sunnybec said...

Your little quilts are lovely. I have done exactly the same with the backing fabric, so frustrating.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love you little quilts, and your quilting is wonderful. Your little hearts are perfect. I sewed some applique to my finger one day. It was just hanging there.

Fantastic squirrel information. I am one of the few neighbors that love squirrels and blackbirds. I think the lady squirrels around here can attrack the fellows for more than a mile.....grin.

Megan Harmeyer said...

My weekend was very meh. That owl fabric is too cute!! Glad you're able to make so many for such a good cause.

Joanna said...

I love your small quilts; And your heart meanderings.

Linda in Calif. said...

I didn't make it to Road to California either. Where/when is the one that north of us? The loving hands quits are so cute. Love the green binding on the girly one.

Linda in Calif. said...

I didn't make it to Road to California either. Where/when is the one that north of us? The loving hands quits are so cute. Love the green binding on the girly one.

Sheila said...

Your loving hands quilts are so sweet and your quilting is wonderful, I have also quilted the excess fabric like that , it is easy to do .

Val said...

Your little quilts are lovely. I am quite paranoid about checking for anything in the way behind the things I am sewing especially when I use the overlocker with its cutter. Bit hard to patch a hole in the middle of a skirt or blouse. I enjoyed your squirrel facts :)

Vesuviusmama said...

Man, I've just GOT to conquer FMQ so I can do cute stuff like that.

Gene Black said...

LOL, I have caught the backing like that too many times. I keep thinking I will learn better...but I am still waiting for that little miracle! hhaha

Jessica said...

Hi Linda! Your quilting looks beautiful! I love the hearts :) Hope you are doing well! Also glad you had such a relaxing weekend.

Lynda said...

I got onto Sweet P's blog and saw the Road to California quilt show through her eyes. Very nice.

Your little quilts are so cute and the quilting is great. All that practice paid off!

Wendy said...

Great opening quote and funny closing cartoon! Kinda made my day with both of them. Also I was wondering which quilt shows you were referring to that are north of you?

Susan said...

I love that quote! It reminds me of the time my husband and I chased the last train going to NYC. The cartoon cracked me up, too.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I've done that with backing far too often. UGH.

Love your heart quilting. It looks so good!

Rest up lady, hugs. xx

rubyslipperz said...

sweet quilts...from YOUR loving hands to "theirs".

I've sewin in stuff underneath...not just once, but several times... UGH!

I've been just like that squirrel that jumped oudda da tree, thinking I could fly and....wooops!


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