Monday, January 30, 2012


Life is not about how fast your run or high you climb but how well you bounce.
Vivian Komori

It's a new week and I'm ready to catch up on some obligations that I'm a little behind on.  I also hope to try something new this week.  The weekend was pretty typical but with some fun thrown in on Saturday (see below).  The fog decided to settle in over the last couple of days but the sun did manage to peek out on Saturday to create a little warmth and lots of glare.  Do you have your week planned out or are you just going to do whatever strikes you at the moment?




Don't ask me why but I'd thought I'd do a little research on volcanoes today.  Here is what I found:
The word volcano originally comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan
Volcanoes are usually located where tectonic plates meet. This is especially true for the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area around the Pacific Ocean where over 75% of the volcanoes on Earth are found.
Hot liquid rock under the Earth’s surface is known as magma, it is called lava after it comes out of a volcano
While we certainly have some big volcanoes here on Earth, the biggest known volcano in our solar system is actually on Mars. Its name is Olympus Mons and it measures a whooping 600km (373 miles) wide and 21km (13 miles) high
* Volcanoes can be found on the ocean floor and even under icecaps, such as those found in Iceland
Volcanic eruptions can send ash high into the air, over 30km (17 miles) above the Earth’s surface.
Pumice is a unique volcanic rock that can float in water. It can also be used as an abrasive and is sometimes used in beauty salons for removing dry skin.
The biggest volcano in the world is Mauna Loa in Hawaii.
The rock debris carried by the blast of Mount St. Helen’s eruption traveled as fast as 250 miles per hour



Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  You are all winners in my book but unfortunately there could be only two winners of the Good Fortune charm packs.  So without further ramblings, the winners are:

Vesuviusmama said...
Sunny Lush - love it! And I'm not at all surprised that you are at 700 followers - your blog is so inspiring and informative and fun!


ShirleyC said...
It's so hard to choose. I think my favorite is the Fly a Kite bundle.
Each of you will receive 2 charm packs of Good Fortune.  I will or have sent you an email to get your snail mail information.



Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County held their bi-annual quilt show over the weekend.  There were 205 entries.  I worked at the admissions table in the morning and then DH and I spent over two hours admiring all of the beautiful creations.  And, yes, for those of you wondering, my sweet DH really does enjoy looking at all the quilts and sharing his thoughts on them with me.  I also bought a couple of new patterns with dreams of the future.  Here are just a few of the ones we really liked.....

We really liked use of scraps on this quilt.  DH couldn't get back far enough to photograph the entire quilt but I think you get the idea.  This quilt received a first place in the Pieced-Large, Professionally Quilted category  and was titled Eye Foolery.  It was machine pieced by Fran David and professionally quilted by Sandi Collins.

This was a beautiful little quilt received second place in the Pieced-Wall category and is called Space Saver Star.  It is pieced and quilted by Cece Westerfield.  Cece does some amazing long arm quilting and quilted many of our members quilts throughout the show.  If I remember correctly, this little quilt measured around 18" square. (Sorry it's a little blurry).

We both really liked the use of so many bright colors in this quilt.  It received a first in the Art Abstract division.  The quilt titled The Sunny Wide was made and quilted by Patti Young.  It is a paper pieced project she started in our of our guild's workshops with Deb Karasik.  Unfortunately, I missed this workshop because it was full before I even knew about it.

This was a 'Display Only' quilt.  There are so many things I really liked about this quilt called Circles Squared by Cindy Seitz-Krug.  Cindy does amazing work and has won lots of shows including the  2011 AQS Quilt Show & Contest at Paducah with her quilt titled Simply Sante Fe. She said this quilt was made entirely from templates (no paper-piecing).

Isn't this quilt adorable?  Vintage Christmas won a second place Applique-Wall, Professionally Quilted category.  It was appliqued, pieced and stitched by Pamela Gavin with Lynn Douglas doing the machine quilting.

Isn't this stained glass quilt gorgeous?!?  This quilt titled The Window That Colors My World placed first in the Applique-Large category.  Everything is done by Celia Ho and it was her first attempt at reverse applique.  Just beautiful.

Oh no!!! Blurry!!!  Just squint your eyes and it doesn't look quite as bad.  But I just had to show you my quilt, A Gardener's Journal won a ribbon!  I received Honorable Mention in the category for Mixed-Wall quilt!  Woohoo!  I'm so pleased :D  (you can see a better picture of it here)

And this third place quilt - it's mine too!  It placed third in the Pieced-Wall category.  It is titled African Triad Variation.  I created this from the block I made from the workshop by Sylvia Davis in November.  I just did straight line quilting and stitch-in-the-ditch quilting on this quilt.  The finished quilt measures 28.5" square.  You couldn't erase my smile Saturday.  Two quilts entered and two ribbons earned :D  I'm already thinking ahead to t
he next show in two years - lol!



Today I have a swap block to make.



McCall's Quilting is having a giveaway.  You could win Heritage Stars Blocks & Fabric.  This giveaway ends Thursday, March 1.

A Turtle's Life For Me is having a giveaway.  You could win a $25 gift certificate to Poppy Seed Fabrics.  This giveaway ends Thursday, February 2.

McCall's Quilting is having another giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter pack of Blueberry Crumb Cake fabric by Moda.  This giveaway ends Thursday, March 1.

A Hugs Delight is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Threading The Needle by Marie Bostwick (used copy).  This giveaway ends Wednesday, February 1.

SewCalGal is having a giveaway.  You could win a set of heart buttons from ButtonMad.  This giveaway ends Thursday, January 2, at midnight PST.

Cat Patches is having her Fun Fact Friday Freebie giveaway.  You could win fat quarter.  The winner will be announced next Friday, February 3.




Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations my dear friend!! Oh how exciting for you and I am just thrilled. Also, congratulations to the winners of your gracious give away. Is my week planned? Gracious no! I'm going with the flow.

marth225 said...

Congratulations on your quilts. I know how excited you are - such an accomplishment.

Lisa Marie said...

Congratulations on your quilt show ribbons. So exciting!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your ribbons!

Sheila said...

Congratulations on your ribbons , very much deserved ,wonderful work! Some gorgeous quilts to see , thanks for sharing .

Sarah Craig said...

Congratulations on all those ribbons! Great work!! And while my week is planned, I'm prepared to go with the flow, as things always change!!

Sunnybec said...

Congratulations on your ribbon! and congratulations to the winners on your giveaway.

Barb said...

Those quilts are amazing.....

Congrats to the winners!

Maria said...

Congratulations Linda on getting an Honorable Mention for your Gardeners Journal quilt.
Also congrates to the winners ofyour giveaway.

Hope you got your block made.

Kathy H said...

there were some really pretty quilts at the show. Congratulations on your ribbons. I had really liked the gardener's journal when you posted it before so glad that won. The other one looked complicated.

corina said...

Congratulations! Well deserved ribbons!

Jen said...

Congrats Winners! And that includes you too! How very exciting for you. Well-deserved and very impressive :)

Impera_Magna said...

Congratulations to you! Your quilts are gorgeous and deserve the ribbons!

Do you think that you needed to research volcanos b/c VesuviusMama was one of your winners?


Needled Mom said...

Oh yeah, Linda!!!! That is such wonderful news. Both pieces are lovely and I am glad they were awarded. Now the pressure is on for the next show!

I really enjoyed seeing all of the quilts. I can't believe that one was done with templates. Oh my!

Have a fun week catching up.

Staci said...

Yay for you! It took a lot of courage to enter your quilt, which I really admire, and you won a ribbon! That is just great!

Char said...

Congratulations to the winners and a big congratulations to you! I enjoyed seeing the quilts, thanks for sharing.
I'm going to do a little sewing room cleaning this week.I need more space for yarn.

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations to the winners and to you!
Enjoyed the quilt show, always fun to see quilts from shows that I wouldn't attend.


gill said...

Congratulations on your quilts! You must be thrilled!

ShirleyC said...

Thanks so much! I'm so excited! Sending you an email.

Linda in Calif. said...

Clap, Clap Clap!! Your quilts are beautiful and I'm so happy for you that you won ribbons. That is really grand!

And Congrats to the winners of your giveaway.

Joanna said...

Congratulations on your ribbons! You must be thrilled. Your quilts are beautiful. The others you show are so advanced and gorgeous.

Vesuviusmama said...

I love it when others go to quilt shows and share photos with us! It makes me feel better about not getting to go to many myself. And how exciting to win! Partially in response to winning, I am having a giveaway on my blog! Share the wealth! (actually, making room for the new stuff...hee, hee, hee!)

quiltercaroline said...

Well done Linda! Wow two ribbons - you must be thrilled. I love going to quilt shows but we don't have many here in the UK and I am currently house bound - so seeing your photos was lovely. Thanks. C

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

2 winners- thats awesome :)

Christine M said...

Congratulations on your wins Linda. It's very exciting when you see a ribbon attached to your quilt, isn't it!

Cheryll said...

Congrats to both winners... and THANKS for the chance to win Linda! :)

Christine said...

Congrats on your wins! I am so happy for you.

Gene Black said...

Congrats to the giveaway winners and to YOU for your wins!!!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your quilt ribbons! Fantastic!

Connie said...

Congratulations on both of your ribbons Linda! I'm not surprised as your work is always beautiful! Congrats also to the winners of your contest, I posted a runner I made using the Pure charm pack I won from you!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Congratulations. Two ribbons in a row, that is wonderful. you deserved them, your quilts are fantastic.

free indeed said...

Congrats on those ribbons! They are sure going to be a wonderful focal point for the sewing room as they increase in number over the years! Enjoy them! THanks for sharing pix of the show for those of us who will never get to a real life show in our lifetimes...there are a few of us out here :)

ANudge said...

Oh how exciting for you! Congratulations on you double wins.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats on your ribbons. How cool!

Lynda said... won! Congratulations. Lovely quilt. Congrats to the winner of your giveaway too.

Susan said...

Two ribbons! Good for you! Congratulations. I loved all the quilts you showed, and that scrappy first one is just gorgeous. Wish I'd been there to see it in person.

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