Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Flowers Are Blue

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. 
~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland

It was a great three day weekend.  Well, for me it was but not so much for my DH.  He ended up having to work on Monday but he did get to come home and share lunch with me.  We did have a fairly relaxing weekend with only one errand to run.  The normal amount of wash was completed and we had out of state friends over for dinner on Sunday.  It was so nice to catch up with them as we hadn't seen them for several months.  I'm ready to continue the week with a bit of sewing and some stitching.  How has your week been so far?




Onions - great flavor that makes you cry.  Here are a few facts about that tear producing vegetable:
* Our word "onion” comes from the Latin "unio" meaning one or unity, because an onion grows
as a single bulb
In ancient Egypt, the onion was a symbol of eternity because it is a circle‐within‐a‐circle. The
Pharaoh Cheops paid workers who built the Great Pyramid in onions, garlic, and parsley and
onions were painted on the walls of the pyramids. Mummies were even buried with onions
*Everybody who has ever had to cut up a lot of strong onions knows what happens. It is literally a job that makes all of us cry. That is because onions contain sulfur, and when you cut the onion sulfur is released into the air. This air‐borne sulfur reacts with the moisture in your eyes and creates a mild form of sulfuric acid! Your eyes tear up to flush this substance from your eyes
* Native Americans ate wild onions and the Pilgrims brought onions with them on the Mayflower. Onions were eaten at the first Thanksgiving dinner
 * The largest onion ever grown weighed 10 pounds 14 ounces. It was grown by V.Thorp of Silsden, England
Onions originated in Asia in some place around Iran and have been cultivated and eaten since prehistoric times
*If you need only half of an onion, use the top half. The root will stay fresh longer in the refrigerator
* During the American Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant sent a telegram to the War Department, "I will not move my army without onions." The next day he got them.
 In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no female wearing a “hat that would scare a timid person” can be seen eating onions in public



Over the weekend, in between stitching and visiting with friends, I was able to create two hexie flowers...

This is some fabric that seems to always work its way to the top of my 'possible hexie' fabric pile,  so I finally gave in and made a flower.  It's not quite as bright as I like but I do like the design it created.

And now it's time for some fun!  Time to head out to the island and visit the monkeys and palm trees.  Looks like those monkeys have plenty to eat with the banana center.  
To view more hexie flowers, the wonderful Karen has created a linky for us each week.  Hop on over by clicking HERE for one stop hexie viewing.



Recently I won a giveaway held by  ? .  I'm so ashamed!  I can't remember where I entered the giveaway!  I won this......

adorable panda bear tape measure.  Isn't he cute?  You just pull on his right ear and the tape comes out.  This is definitely the cutest tape measure I've ever had.  Thanks, ? .  Please, please let me know who had this giveaway so I can fill in the blanks properly.  I can't believe I didn't keep the email letting me know I won.  If I did, it certainly was filed under the wrong folder. 

Edited 7:50 am:  Thanks to Irene of Hilachas I now know where I won the Panda tape measure.  I won it over at Quilting Ranny!  Thank you so very much!!!!!!



Today I will continue with the quilt I'm making.



DMC Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win  a pack of 36 skeins of DMC’s new Color Variations Thread.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 9, at 11:19 am EST.

Gen X Quilters is having a giveaway.  You could win a Kona Color Card.  This giveaway ends Saturday, February 25, at midnight EST.

It's Sew Kiki is having a giveaway.  You could win a set of Connecting Threads newest Essential Thread, or a fat quarter bundle of Tulane, or Peardise, or Sweetgrass Prairie.  This giveaway ends Monday, February 27.

World of Charity Stitching is having a giveaway.  You could win 2 Lapel sticks.  This giveaway ends Monday, February 27.

The Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden Patterns.  This giveaway ends Monday, February 27.

Cat Patches is having here weekly FFFF giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter.  This winner will be announced Friday, February 24.

Contemporary Cloth is having a giveaway.  You could win a remnant pack of Henry Road Fabric.  This giveaway ends Friday, February 24.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters in your choice of colorway.  This giveaway ends Saturday, February 25, at midnight MT.

Ellison Lane Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a Daisy Jane charm pack and 1 yard of coordinating Daisy Jane Geo Grand or 2 Jennifer Paganelli charm packs (1 Dance With Me and 1 St. Croix) and 2 yards of Poodle (Mauve Pink).  This giveaway ends Thursday, February 23. 

Quilty Pleasures is having a giveaway.  You could win a quilt top.  This giveaway ends Friday, February 24, at midnight.

American Quilter's Society is having a giveaway.  You could win a grand prize of a Dream Studio valued at over $15,000 or One first prize wins a trip to the show; ten second prize winners will receive a Quilter’s Library of ten AQS books; and fifty third prize winners will each receive a copy of Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite, edited by Linda Baxter Lasco.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 17, at 5:00 pm CT.




Vroomans' Quilts said...

So glad you had a lovely long weekend. As, always, super flowers - just adore those monkeys. And the closer sent my coffee flying!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Great hexies!

Long weekends are the best!

Carolyn :)

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE that cute tape measure!!

Your hexies look wonderful. I love the blue flowers and the monkey one is darling.

We enjoyed the weekend too. We had some of the little ones here since they had the flu in their family. All are better now.

I hope you are enjoying a nice sunny day up there.

Hilachas said...

Cute hexie flowers you made. I always enjoy seeing the flowers you come up with each week. Congratulations on winning the cute Panda Bear Tape Measurerererer. Uh, measurer? I've sent you an email with the blog where you were posted as the winner :)

Hilachas said...

Cute hexie flowers you made. I always enjoy seeing the flowers you come up with each week. Congratulations on winning the cute Panda Bear Tape Measurerererer. Uh, measurer? I've sent you an email with the blog where you were posted as the winner :)

Maria said...

Nice you had a great weekend Linda.
I like both your flowers. It's nice to do a soft colour sometimes.

Great last photo Love the caption. LOL

Connie said...

Great hexies and what a cute tape measure! I'm glad you had a wonderful weekend!

Megan Harmeyer said...

I think it's funny your post title is "flowers are blue" but it shows a pic of an onion in the thumbnail view on my blogroll. Cute tape measure!! And cute hexies, as always. :)

My Sister Made Me Do It said...

As always, thanks for the little fact of the day, Linda! And your hexies are so pretty. My sister "made me" sign up for the One Flower Wednesday so I'd better go post mine! (If it weren't for my Sis I might have never accomplished anything!...LOL)

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Beautiful blue fussy cut hexie! Three day weekends are great!!!!!! I wish we had them more often.

rubyslipperz said...

My grandson would LUV to have a hexie that cute...with a Monkey. He really likes and collects monkeys.

I'm so glad that you had a great weekend. phew...I was stressing just a bit about your "no-show" Monday. But, then, someone set me straight! lol

Darling measure tape!


Quiet Quilter said...

Glad your weekend turned out well..old friends are the your hexies and love the tape measure!

Raewyn said...

Love your blue flowers Linda-- your fussy cutting is superb! Do you use a special tool to help get it so accurate? Very cute tape measure - glad you found its sender. I always enjoy your funnies but must say your previous one is just great!! probably why my kids roll their eyes at me from time to time - I obviously aren't what I think I am!!

Karen said...

Pretty in blue, from soft and girly to wild and crazy! Always enjoy the final thought.

krisgray said...

Cute monkey hexie! Interesting about the onion!

Becky G said...

Fun post... as I am most fond of cooking, love all the fun info on onions... a staple of course! your flowers are cute as always and I must ay, that IS the cutest tape measure ever. b

Anonymous said...

I love your hexies! They are so different from each other, but each so appealing. I love your fussy cutting.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Love your hexie flowers. The blue is wonderful.
You're on a lucky strike, another win. The panda tape is so cute.
I'm glad you had a great week end, my week has been the usual but I'm hoping to have a good sewing week end.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I am so glad that one can buy frozen chopped onions. And I don't care how lazy that is or that it's cheaper to buy them fresh.

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