Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stones In My Garden

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.
~Vernon Howard

I finally got around to cleaning up my sewing room.  Well, maybe I shouldn't call it cleaning as much as straightening.  I did put all the scraps away in their colorway totes and removed the piles from my cutting table.  It's  so nice not to have to move piles just to cut fabric.  I also started two new projects this week - one counted cross stitch and a raw edge applique.  It's always fun to start something new.  What are you working on this week?




I've never been a wearer of lipstick.  I can't seem to find a color that I really like.  And, besides, it gets in the way when you have to lick the end of a thread to get it through a needle's eye.  However, I did find some interesting little bits of information about lipstick:
* During the revolution wearing lipstick of any kind was taken as a sign that you sympathized with the aristocracy and could get you sent to the guillotine. This ended the era of men wearing lipstick. 
* During her heyday Elizabeth Taylor was so known for her siren red lipstick that, on certain movie sets, no one else was allowed to wear the color.
* Most lipsticks contain fish scales
* The first recorded evidence of lipstick use dates back to the Sumerian city of Ur, 2000 B.C.
* The most important ingredient which creates a shiny film after drying that does not smear easily is the caster oil.* Cosmetics giant Max Factor began life as a servant to Czar Nicholas. Max wasn't that into that. He needed to find a way to escape from the Royal household, so he used tubes of lipstick to make himself look sickly. He was taken to the infirmary, from which he escaped, and made his way to America



Once again I didn't get any hexie flowers made for One Flower Wednesday but I did make stepping stones.....

Not a lot of fun but a necessary part of a garden.  And with some of these stepping stones I was able to  add to my Grandmother's Flower Garden/Eye Spy quilt top.......

The garden is growing ever so slowly.  Maybe a dose of fertilizer is necessary - lol!

This is where I worked in the garden over the weekend.  I see that the peace/rainbow flower didn't go on facing the correct way.  Oh well.  I think it will stay that way for now.

I was surprised to receive two hexie flowers in the mail.....

These flowers came from Beverly.  She was not my swap partner for February's Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap so it was quite a lovely surprise to receive these.  Beverly says that she is "hooked on the no template method of piecing" her hexagons.  She is much braver than me.  I need those templates to make sure everything stays accurate.  Thank you so very much, Beverly!
If you would like to see flowers that have been made this week, Karen has created a linky that will take you all over blogland to view beautiful flowers HERE.  Thank you, Karen!



Today I will continue with the raw edge applique I'm working on.



Fresh Lemons is having a giveaway.  You could win  10 fat quarters from Art Gallery’s Modernology line, sponsored by Jacqueline of Canton Village Quilt Works.  This giveaway ends Thursday, February 9.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her weekly giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters.  This giveaway ends Saturday, February 11, at midnight MT.

Quiltscapes is having a giveaway.  You could win a kit to make a Drunkard's Path Table Topper.  This giveaway ends Saturday, February 11.

Quilting Ranny is having a giveaway.  You could win a cute tape measure, a pattern, or a darling bag.  This giveaway ends Saturday, February 11, at noon PST.

Hanging On By A Thread is having a giveaway.  You could win a needlebook.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, February 14.

Richard Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win something handmade by Richard and his wife.  This giveaway ends on the day of his daughter's birth.

Cloth Stitched is having a giveaway.  You could win 4 FQs of the Far Meadow colorway of Aunt Edna by Denyse Schmidt or Picnic Parade FQs.  This giveaway ends Saturday, February 11.

All About Applique is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Quilt Fiesta by Cheryl Lynch.  This giveaway ends Friday, February 10.




krisgray said...

LOL - love that cat pic!! Your garden is lovely and I had no idea about Max Factor's beginnings in Russia - thanks for teaching me something so early on the morning. Have a great day!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I love how all your flowers are fuzzy cut. I think that adds even more to the quilt top. One day I will start me a hexi quilt. Just not right now.

Pokey said...

It's nice to see your garden coming along so well, Linda! The white "stones" may be boring to make, but they sure make your flowers sparkle that much brighter!

Jodi said...

The thought for the day is hilarious, Linda!!!!

Annie said...

Oh lordy! I would not have the patience to make enough of those for an entire quilt! More power to you! But it surely will be lovely.

Needled Mom said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous! I love the bright colors that the quilt will be.

Inteesting lipstick facts. Who knew???? It's not worth dying over!

There have been a few mockingbirds in my life that I could have needed some information on how to eliminate them. Guess I won't look there for the "how to" instructions. ;-)

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Your garden is growing nicely and the stones are necessary - I have to make more next week. I love you fussy cut hexies, it's fun to see all the beautiful bright hexies you've made over the months in a quilt top.

Impera_Magna said...

Oh your flower garden is looking great... it's going to be a gorgeous quilt when done... I'm sure the stepping stones aren't as much fun and the print flowers but they do set off your flowers perfectly!

Tiffany said...

What a pretty flower quilt you've got going on there! I also love the tinkerbell hexie that you received. I am not good at fussy cutting, but it's always nice to see inspiration of others being able to fussy cut and make gorgeous thing.

Barb said...

Your hexies are fabulous, it is going to be an awesome quilt.
When I clean or straighten my sewing room, I can't for the life of me find anything...I was just griping at myself yesterday.

aubirdwoman said...

Fabulous Hexies, I love them.

Maria said...

Your I Spy flowers are going together nicely.
Interesting facts about the lipstick....
Love the Cat picture.

Raewyn said...

Ohh how exciting - those hexies coming together!! Your quilt is going to be so much fun...and I love the Tinkerbell flower you were sent.

Mrs.Pickles said...

your hexies are beautiful!!

Karen said...

White stepping stones around your flowers is just perfect, it makes them pop.

laurawilson25 said...

That quilt top is going to be so awesome!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I found a vintage Grandmothers flower garden quilt last week. I thought of you when I found it. It's posted on my blog. It has a great secondary pattern with diamonds in it.

rubyslipperz said...

I really want to do a hand project that I can take along in the car. Regularly seeing all of your wonderful hexies...really makes me want to try it. I'm so glad that you shared pictures of your "stones". Do you have a special container that they fit in?
Do you put the Hexie-flowers on a design board when putting them together? I probably would want to do bigger ones... tho. "Inchies" scare me! =P

LUV the cat and mockinbird book...


Kris said...

Linda - Your garden is lovely!!! So cheery and I love the white spacers!! Whew, glad I never enjoyed lipstick either - it always gave me cold sores!! And your reading kitty is priceless!!!

s♥ndr♥ said...

Hello Linda! I need to clean my room too! Your works are wonderful!!!

Hugs - sandra

Char said...

Oh that kitty is too cute. Love your work in the garden.

Connie said...

Love all your little hexies! I would love to see pictures of your sewing room!

Susan said...

I love seeing some of it together and how it's going to look. I have so many of those filler pieces to do! Mine are black triangles made with three hexies, and it surely gets boring after a while. Your new ones are great additions, though the stripe makes my eyes dizzy. LOL

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