Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday = Flowers

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. 
~George Santayana

After taking two weeks off from blogging it's a little hard to get back into the routine.  It seems like I posted just yesterday.  Oh it was - I don't usually post on Tuesdays - lol!  I don't know what the weather is like in your little part of the world but here it is BORING.  We have been about 10 degrees above normal (or more) for the last 3 weeks and haven't seen a drop of rain since early December.  The only variation we have is a little morning fog.  I keep telling Mother Nature that it is still January and we need the cold.  The mountains have no snow and the ski areas that are open are having to create their own snow.  I have never liked La Nina and that's apparently what is controlling it all.  Give me rain, give me cold........I'm not ready for spring - lol!




Today, January 11, is Milk Day.  How about some fun facts about the white liquid and those wonderful cows who provide it........
 * A cow can't give milk until she has given birth to a calf.
* The average cow produces 90 glasses of milk each day — or about 200,000 glasses of milk throughout her life.
* A cow's udder can hold 25 - 50 pounds of milk
* Cows were first brought to Plymouth Colony in 1624
* Most cows give more milk when they listen to music
* Yak's milk is pink.
* It takes 10 pounds of milk to make a pound of cheese, 21 pounds of milk to make a pound of butter, and 12 pounds of milk to make a single gallon of ice cream.
* Milk was delivered in glass bottles until plastic containers were invented in 1964
* Milk would not be frothy without its protein content.
* Milk is the official state beverage of North Dakota
* Camel's milk does not curdle
* Cows have an amazing sense of smell — they can smell something up to 6 miles away, like food



Today is One Flower Wednesday.  Even though I missed two weeks of sharing, I only  managed to make one flower for myself......

These Hawaiian kitties insisted that they be made up into a flower.  I don't have a lot of kitty flowers so this will be a great addition to my GFG/I Spy quilt.
Thanks to Karen (Journey of a Quilter), you can visit blogs from all over the world to see what hexie flowers have been created by others.  Just click on the link HERE.



This month in The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap, I was paired with Jan, who happens to also live in California.  This may be the first time I haven't sent flowers to another country.  Monday I received....

these two adorable flowers!  Jan followed my preferences for kid bright flowers with a fussy cut center perfectly.  Both flowers are soooooo cute!  Thank you, Jan!!

I have made Jan's flowers too.  She requested brights so I created .....

this one in bright greens, turquoise, and yellow.  Then I created.....

this flower of bright pinks, oranges, and yellows.  I don't think you could get much brighter than this one.  I hope Jan likes these.  They are heading up north in today's mail.



Today I hope to put together a Loving Hands quilt.  The guild is down to two little quilts and the hospitals are calling.



SewCalGal is having a giveaway.  You could win a Sewline mechanical fabric pencil.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 13.

We Love Quilting is having their monthly giveaway.  You could win the game, Quilt-opoly.  This giveaway ends January 31.

Leona's Quilting Adventure is having a giveaway.  You could win 5 assorted cuts of Moda Birdie Fabric and one panel, 4 packages of Artgilz wool felt precuts, one Aurifil wool color chart and several spools of Aurifil wool thread,  and one copy of "Spring Cleaning" by Atkinson Designs.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 20, at midnight EST.

Such A Sew And Sew is celebrating both her blogiversary and her birthday.  You could win a collection of things to either get you started with embroidery, or to add to your existing embroidery tools.  This giveaway ends Thursday, January 19, at 10:00 pm MST.

Diary of a Quilter is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win a $25 gift certificate to Quilting In The Rain.  This giveaway ends Friday, January 13, at midnight MST.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters.  This giveaway ends Saturday, January 14.

Red Pepper Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win 10 fat quarters of Kaffe Paperweight from Canton Village Quilt Works.  This giveaway ends Thursday, January 12, at 9:00 pm Australian EDT.




Vroomans' Quilts said...

Loved the milk/cow facts - oh, yes they can smell things very far away. More than once our heifers would walk thru the fence, thru town, down the main rt.#30, and to the grainery when the corn trucks came in to unload - 6.5 miles away. Great hexies coming and going - love hopping over to the link to see all those flowers.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Welcome back!! LOVE the hexies!!

Lynda said...

Always love the hexies. If I had them I would just sit and marvel at all the wonderfulness of them. They may never make it into a quilt!

Maria said...

What beautiful hexies. I am finding it hard to get suitable fabrics for fussy cutting.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Love your hexies!

The cartoon is cute one, thanks!

Hugs, Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Too Cute! Love yours made and sent and received! I'm enjoying this warmer than "Normal" weather here in MO. I'm a transplant. Welcome back to blogland!

Needled Mom said...

The hexies are all wonderful. I LOVE the brights for the flowers too.

I would love to live in an eternal spring so guess I am boring. I do hope the resorts get some snow. They do need it so badly.

I hope you are enjoying a quiet and creative day.

Barbara said...

Love the Hawaiian kitties! :)

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Love the bright hexies especially the cute Hawaiian kitties! Always enjoy reading your fact of the day.

Raewyn said...

La Nina is always very good for us dairy farmers in Northland, NZ - summer rain :-) Love your hexies... the kittens will look so good in your eye-spy quilt - your fussy cutting is so effective.

sunny said...

Very cheerful flowers! It's good to have you back.

Polka Dot Classic said...

welcome back! missed your cute hexies :)
its 75 here and kind of cold for us LOL

rubyslipperz said...

The UDDER pounds...really hit me! YIKES...I'm glad that (even when nursing)I never had to carry around that much in an udder! =P
Okay..sorry, maybe TMI

You always have the mostest, funnest, purdy-est hexie flowers. I LUV to see them EVERY time.

Yeah, I can relate to that prom dress..funny!! I never made a quilted one...but, I made lots of them...having to create a pattern to fit from several store bought ones. =)


Lots of Fabric 2 said...

Welcome back love reading you thought for today. I was raised on a farm and did not know that about cows. Did a lot of milking by hand. Love your flowers. Happy quilting jinnie

Karen said...

Happy New Year Linda! LOVE the kitties and all the other bright, happy flowers.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

It is hard to get back for me too. I missed my blog reading but there were so many to weed through. I finally gave up and am just reading new posts. sigh. At least I'll be caught up!

Welcome back to me and you :)

Richard Rose said...

You're wondering what has happened to your winter and down under we're wondering what happened to our summer. It's been 5-10 degrees cooler here than we would normally expect and the forecast yesterday indicated snow on the mountains. This is just crazy!

Susan said...

Your kitty is so adorable! I love the bright fabrics you are using in all of these. I have a giveaway going this weekend at, too.

Vesuviusmama said...

I, for one, am glad you took 2 weeks off from blogging, because I haven't read blogs in ages, and I don't want to feel like I've missed, too much. Looks like you and Jan have very similar preferences for your hexies - they are all lovely!

Linda in Calif. said...

I was just thinking today it's been so warm here and what a shame it is as I can't wear my winter clothing. Which only consists of 4 blouses! LOL!! Beautiful hexies.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for the shout-out! I love all your quotes and fun facts and interesting tidbits.

Also, your hexies are amazing! Love them!

xo -E

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