Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Colors Of Spring


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


Wonderful Wednesday.  Hump Day.  Middle of the week.  It all fits.  Today is a great day to continue my projects.  However, it is also grocery shopping day - not my favorite thing to do but rather a necessity.  Spring is here in full force and almost all of my plants are sprouting leaves or have flowers bursting forth.  With that comes allergies as our pine trees are overloaded with pollen this year.  Thank goodness for allergy medication - it at least puts those sinus headaches into a manageable dull ache.  It's time to head for the sewing machine and to continue listening to an adio book.  What are your plans for today?


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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Pomegranates

Although this has never been one of my favorite fruits, it certainly is interesting.  I remember my girls in old cloths sitting on the sidewalk during the summer with a pomegranate and a hammer trying to reach the inner seeds.  Here are some facts I learned about pomegranates:
The word “pomegranate” in old French language means “seeded apple”. True to the french meaning, pomegranate look similar to apples. The fruit is a very rich source for a number of plant chemicals and also contains Vitamin C, fiber and niacin.
* Pomegranate remains dating back to 1000 BC have been found in Transcaucasia
The ancient Romans used pomegranate rinds as a form of leather
A pomegranate tree can grow up to fifteen feet in height and may live for more than one hundred years
Once the pomegranate fruit is picked from the tree it stops ripening but will become more flavorful after being in storage
The antioxidant potential of the pomegranate fruit is thought to be up to three times higher than that of green tea and red wine
In Greece it is traditional to break pomegranates on the ground at weddings and on New Year's.

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GROWING GARDEN

My garden continues to grow both with flowers I made and flowers I've received.  Of course, the garden would look better if I would add some of the blooming beauties to the small 'plot' (aka GFG) that I have started.  Here are a couple of flowers I created recently for One Flower Wednesday...

DH said this reminded him of looking into a kaleidoscope.  I just wish the colors had been a bit brighter.

This one is perfect for a spring flower.  We don't have all the dragonflies yet but I know they will be visiting soon.  This was made from some leftover fabric that I used on a Loving Hands quilt.
To see more hexagon flowers out there, Karen has provided a linky giving us a one stop place to look.  To visit just go HERE.


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HAPPY BLOCK

I recently received a block from Barbara, my March swap partner for Block Swap Adventure.....

So many bright and happy colors and filled with jelly beans, too!  This "A Gaggle of Pinwheels" will work up wonderfully into a child's quilt.  Thank you so very much. Barbara!

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TRAVELING STASH UPDATE

Yesterday I received the Traveling Stash from 16 Muddy Feet.  It was absolutely crammed full with all sorts of wonderful fabric and a couple of quilt books.  I honestly don't know how Ann taped it closed.  Per the instructions, I'm not to have the giveaway until the 29th of the month in honor of leap year.  I will be looking through all those great fabrics and replacing equal amounts from my own stash.  Just remember to come back on Thursday, March 29, if you are interested in the Traveling Stash!

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TODAY'S GOAL


Today I am going to work on a applique project I've recently begun


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GIVEAWAYS

Janome is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of the Artistic Crystals software.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 31.


Quilting Gallery is having a giveaway.  You could win a pdf pattern, Miss Kyra, by Erin Russek.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 16.


World Of Charity is having a giveaway.  You could win a $25 gift certificate to Spice Berry Cottage.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 16.


Granma's Charms is having a giveaway.  You could win a box of fabric (she's destashing a bit).  This giveaway ends Sunday, March 18.


Quilting By The River is having a giveaway.  You could win a strip tube ruler.  This giveaway ends Thursday, March 15, at midnight CST.


McCall's Quilting is having a giveaway.  You could win 2 pairs of Simplicity Scissors.  This giveaway ends Monday, March 19.


Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having a giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 17, at midnight MT.


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FINAL THOUGHT





20 comments:

Barb said...

I just love your growing garden and block. The colors are so fun in all of them.

Sara Lyn said...

Cute hexes! And fun to learn more about the pomegranate. I remember the first time I ever had a pomegranate. It's still one of my favorite fruits.

Kris said...

Great hexie flowers, Linda!! Can't wait to see your applique project and good for Escape - it's about time!! Have a wonderful day!! Kris

Needled Mom said...

The hexie flowers are so cute this week. I like both of them.

The jelly bean block is wonderful. It would be perfect for a children's quilt.

Those pomegrantes are such a messy fruit. Good think they have some great health qualities to them, because it would not be worth the effort.

Plans for the day - the zoo!!! I hope they don't leave me in the monkey cage!!!

Maria said...

Love promegrantes, nice to know they are good to eat.
Love your hexies and the lovely bright block is great.
LOL the cartoon too.
My plan is to shower and go to bed as it is midnight down under.
Goodnight.

WoolenSails said...

Love the lady buy with dragonflies, you really do wonderful fussy cutting.

Debbie

Sheila said...

How cute are those hexies , you will have a gorgeous quilt! Love the escape , that made me smile :-)

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Your hexies are just beautiful....love the kalaidescope and how the leaves match up so nicely....and the little lady bug in the pink is adorable!

Linda in Calif. said...

LOL!! The esc key joke is too funny! It's always nice to come to your blog and relax.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Love the hexies. Great as always.Your ESC escape is the funniest thing I've seen lately. Where do you discover such wonders?
Hugs,
Teresa

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Love your Spring hexies - beautiful fussy cutting. As always, I enjoy reading your blog and the "escape key"

Gene Black said...

I love pomegranates.but they sure are pricey!

Patty@Granma's said...

Thank you! For mentioning my give-away on Granma's Charms. I've had bunches of visitors...

Karen said...

Both your flowers are perfect for spring!

Shannon said...

Love your flowers. So cute. That is a fun block you received from your partner. I can't wait until the 29th so I can have a crack at that stash!

Nancy said...

Thanks for that quote, I love it.

sandra said...

The dragonfly hexie is beautiful. Love the escape button too.

Kris said...

Me again!! I used to love pomegranates when I was a kid - not not so much anymore!! Kris

rubyslipperz said...

pretty hexies.

would you believe that I've never eaten a pomagranite fruit? I LUV the color of them!

hugZ,
annie

desertskyquilts said...

I love pomegranates. My dad used to make the best syrup from the products of the many trees we had. I was so spoiled! Another week's hexies that are wonderful. I love that cartoon at the end. Thinking outside the box. =)

Wonderful post, as always!

Pincushion giveaway on desertskyquilts.livejournal.com

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