Friday, January 27, 2012

A Little This and That

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
~Danny Kaye

I turned in my two entries for the quilt show on Wednesday afternoon.  We will be attending the show tomorrow and I hope to take lots of photos (I will share on Monday).  I will be working the admissions desk in the morning and then we will view the show in the afternoon.  There are 205 entries and over 20 vendors for the show. Luckily we don't have a lot of running to do over the weekend.  As far as I know, we will only have our weekly visit to the farmer's market as our only errand.  The weather has turned boring once again with nothing but sunshine and highs around 60.  I know I shouldn't complain but I like variety when it comes to weather.  Guess I live in the wrong place for that.  Do you  have big plans for the weekend?




I was a total blank when it came to the 'fact' for today so I decided to share a little trivia and obscure facts about my state, California. 
* In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California's Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation's national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.
* Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
* In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.
* Demonstrations on making toothpaste from orange by-products were popular attractions at the Los Angeles County fair in 1922. The fair is held in Pomona
* Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.
* The Country Store in Baker has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any outlet in the state.
* Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. It isn't uncommon for the summer temperatures to reach more than 115 degrees.
* Inyo National Forest is home to the bristle cone pine, the oldest living species. Some of the gnarled trees are thought to be over 4,600 years old.
* San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
* One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
* It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.
* The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another. Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.



I was able to get a bit more stitching done on my Cirque des Carreaux.....

You can see where I was last week Here.  I've started a new section and hope to have the entire piece completed by this time next week.



This week the mailman delivered two wonderful blocks.....

This beautiful wonky star block was made for me by Karen P.  I just love the colors in this block!  Karen was my January swap partner in Block Swap Adventure.  Thank you so very much, Karen!

This darling block was made for me Lynette.  I just love the colors and the adorable little birds!  Lynette was my January swap partner in Quilting Block Swaps Australia.  Thank you, Lynette!



Today I will make 2 Bee blocks.



Abby Lane Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Simple Choices and 4 yards of Ric Rac.  This giveaway ends Sunday, January 29.

Sew Can She is having a giveaway.  You could win a jelly roll of Prairie Paisley II from Fat Quarter Shop.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, January 31, around midnight.

Fairy Face Designs is having a giveaway.  You could win a Scrappy Pouch pattern and a Zipper Pouch pattern. This giveaway ends Sunday, January 29, at 9 pm Irish time.

FabricWorm is having a giveaway.  You could win a neutral custom bundle with 12 Fat Quarters.  This giveaway ends Monday, January 30, at 8:30 am PST.

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a giveaway.  You could win some beautiful hand dyed floss.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, February 28.

Hopeful Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win a bundle of Sweet Lush.  This giveaway ends Monday, January 30.

My GIVEAWAY ends this Sunday, January 29.  If you would like a chance to win 2 charm packs from Fat Quarter Shop, go HERE now!




Vroomans' Quilts said...

Sounds like a huge show - cant wait to see the photos and good luck. Just love that stitchery, so close to finishing. Enjoy your weekend.

rubyslipperz said...

Finally, I get to your blog and get to make a comment...NOT at the waaaay bottom. =) yipeee. =P I guess it's cause I got here early. =)

Those were some fun facts about California. I was born and raised there. It's changed aLOT since we moved away in 1987.

You got some really nice blocks in your swap. I LUV doing the swap.

My weekend isn't too busy. I have plans to sew...and more organizing. We do have a fun visitor coming to stay a week with us...our 13yr Granddaughter. She is home schooled, so she can travel pretty much anytime. She's coming to help grandma in the sewing room and she just might make her second quilt. =) Is gandma excited?... you BETCHA!

I hope YOU have a great weekend, Linda!


Maria said...

Good luck with your quilt enteries... Look forward to seeing the photos of the show.

Cheryl said...

Wow, your stitchery project is just about done. Beautiful, btw!

Staci said...

Your counted cross stitch project is gorgeous. It is so much fun when the end is in sight, isn't it?
Checking the map for Alpine County...
I was born in Kings Co.
Happy Bee Blocks today!

Needled Mom said...

Unlike you, I am loving this weather pattern.

The CA facts were fun to read. We visited the Bristlecone forest last year.

Your stitchery is fantastic. I can'r wait to see it finished.

The colors in the star block ARE wonderful!!!

Have a great show this weekend. Looking forward to the pictures on Monday.

Barb said...

Good luck with the quilt show!!! Your stitchery is soooo awesome, I could never see myself doing something like that....amazing!

Sheila said...

Your stitchery is amazing , can't wait to see that finished .Best of luck with your quilt show , sure would be nice to be there . Love your blocks !

Bethany said...

Your stitching is absolutely beautiful!!!! I haven't cross-stitched for a long time - I should pick it up again. I know I saved a few bits when I did a stash cleaning - I should hunt them down this weekend.

Raewyn said...

Great progress on your x-stitch - it's going to be lovely. What cute blocks you've received and love your OFW flowers from your previous post!

Quiet Quilter said...

Sounds as if your weekend will be full...enjoy.

Don't let your fingers get too sore working cross stitch....

Melody said...

Your cross stitch is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Deb said...

Hi Linda ~ love, love, love your cross-stitch! It's gorgeous. And the purple wonky star block has such great colors! And by the way...the answer to the cat cartoon question about what day this is? It's Visit Your Local Fabric Store least that's what a friend told me. But I didn't get out today unfortunately.

Susan said...

Your cross stitch is growing pretty fast! Your star collection is growing, too. Thanks for the CA facts. That's interesting. I was born in Sacto and have lived in CA off an on throughout my life, mostly SoCal.

Lynda said...

Looking forward to seeing the show. Your stitchery is coming along beautifully. We haven't had snow this year except once so far. Not even enough to stay on the ground. It is very cold but no snow. That D word has crept into conversations here too.

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

Reading your facts about California made me a little homesick today - I will be spending some time there this summer and I am really looking forward to it :) Have a great weekend Linda!

Char said...

Your stitchery is gorgeous. Love the blocks especially the purple wonky star.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Well--I'm three days behind in reading, it is now I might as well just get down to the show post! hope you had fun :)

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