Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm Back And Ready To Go

Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone.  
~Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie, I'd Kill for a Cookie

I'm back and feeling a little better about how everything is progressing.  I took a couple of days to catch up on some projects and finish a quilt.  In all honesty, I didn't take much time to read many blogs so I'm way behind there but hope you don't mind if I don't take the time to catch up.  I started reading a bit on Friday and that's where I'll continue from.  We had a roller coaster of weather last week - everything to freezing at night and high winds to very spring like weather with highs in the upper 70's.  It's quite the challenge to know how to dress from day to day.  Hope all is well with everyone and that you are ready to start a new week!

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY

Ostrich

Ostriches are a bird of a different feather.  I don't think I would call them cute but they are definitely unique.  Here are a few facts about this amazing creature:
Ostrich do NOT bury their heads in the sand. It only appears so because when they can’t run from danger, they flop to the ground and lay still. The color of their head blends in with the sand
Ostrich only have two toes—all other birds have three or four toes.
An ostrich egg can weigh about 3 pounds. That’s equivalent to 2 dozen chicken eggs
An ostrich’s eye is almost two inches across—the largest of any land animal. It has 3 sets of eyelids.
Ostriches never need to drink water. Some water is made internally in their system and the rest of water is extracted from the vegetation they eat
Ostrich is the fastest two-legged runner in the whole world. It can attain a speed of 45 miles per hour which is about twice to what the fastest human can attain
Ostriches generally live up to 60 years
Ostriches skeletons and fossils have been found which date back over 120 million years; ostriches are a true dinosaur
When fully grown an ostrich has one of the most advanced immune systems known to mankind.


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WINNERS


Thank you to all who participated in my Time Off Giveaway.  There were comments left from people all over the world!  It was so much fun seeing where you all visit me from.  So who are the winners you ask?  


After putting all the names on paper and drawing the winner from a bag, Cecilia won the $10 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.  
Cecilia said "I hope you enjoy your "vacation". I live in Georgia, where the temperatures are in the 80's. I would love to win the gift certificate. Thanks for the giveaway."

and 

With the help of my husband picking a number between 1 and 5,  Vrooman's Quilts won the Counted Cross Stitch Kit.
Sharon said "Rest, breath, enjoy - be safe and well dear friend. I would love the stitchery - we finally had snow in New York"

Congratulations to both winners!  I have sent you both emails for your mailing info.  

Once again, thank you to all who entered and please come back on Thursday, March 16, as I will be participating in the Blog Hop Party with a giveaway.
   

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NEW SWAP



I need to join a new swap like I need another hole in my head.  But I couldn't pass up the one of the newest -  Doll Quilters Monthly.  This is a monthly swap hosted by Barbara, of Cat Patches.  There will be an optional theme assigned each month, but you can make whatever quilt you like.  If you decide to stick with the theme, it may be interpreted in any way you like.  You may decide on an applique design that fits the theme, or you may express it with the fabrics you choose.  Interpretation of the optional theme is always open to the quilt maker.  Quilts should be at least 12 x 12 inches and no larger than 30 x 30 inches.  Any dimensions in between are fine.  Doesn't this sound like fun?  If you are interested in joining you can contact Barbara at dollquilts@gmail.com.  


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QUILT FOR A FRIEND


One of the reasons I took some time off last week was to finish up a quilt for a friend.  This friend was recently diagnosed with a very rare form of pancreatic cancer.  Here is what I made....


Each square was made with a prayer while I put it together.  It is quilted with a lot of hearts hoping that she will feel the love I'm sending her each time she uses it.  The colors are really washed out in this picture but I think you can get the idea.
This was a pattern from Connecting Threads called A Piece of Cake.


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TODAY'S GOAL


Today I need to work on the second of two Loving Hands quilts.  They need to be ready for the guild meeting on Thursday.

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GIVEAWAYS

Hancock's of Paducah is having a giveaway.  You could win Need for Trees Quilt Kit.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, March 13, at 10:00 am CST.


123Stitch is having a giveaway.  You could win a "Bunnies Galore" by Brittercup Designs.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 31.


Quilting Block Swaps Australia is celebrating its second birthday with a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Australian Quilters Companion.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 1.


Everything Etsy is having a giveaway.  You could win a $50 gift certificate to Contemporary Cloth.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, March 13.


Everyday Beautiful is having a giveaway.  You could win a 1/2 yard fabric bundle of Sugar Hill by Tanya Whelan.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, March 14.


AccuQuilt is having a giveaway.  You could win a Go! Baby Cutter Starter Set.  This giveaway ends ?


Hawthorne Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win a Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, March 14.


Blushing Rose is having a giveaway.  You could win a Lost in Wonderland necklace from Shabby Apple.  This giveaway ends Thursday, March 15.


Cat Patches is having her Fun Fact Friday Freebie.  You could win a fat quarter.  The winner will be announced Friday, March 16.

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FINAL THOUGHT




25 comments:

Connie said...

Linda, it is so nice to have you back! I missed my little fact of the day and always the cute little photo at the end of each post.....love those little puppies today! Your quilt is beautiful and your friend will just love it! Congrats to Sharon and Cecilia!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Thank you Linda for the lovely stocking, can't wait to play with it. You have been missed - we are glad to have you back. Your Piece of Cake quilt is lovely and sure your friend will love it. Love the puppy photos/thought.

SeeingStars said...

Welcome back. Love the ostrich photo today. :)

Barb said...

Your quilt for your friends is just wonderful, well worth taking the time off!

Cheryl said...

Welcome back. What a meaningful quilt for your friend. I hope all your prayers help her through her illness.

Kathy H said...

Glad to see you back. Your friend's quilt looks so pretty. Love that color combination.

Needled Mom said...

Welcome back, Linda. Glad to see a post from you this morning.

Your quilt is gorgeous and I know it will be loved and appreciated.

That cartoon is so cute!

Hope you have a good and productive week ahead.

Sarah Craig said...

So glad you're back! Congratulations to the winners, and to you for completing that beautiful quilt! I'm sure it will be a comfort to your friend.

Linda in Calif. said...

Good Morning Linda! Glad to see your post. I'm sure your friend will feel God's love and your prayers as she wraps herself in the quilt. (Very pretty quilt!) Congrats to the winners! I love your little dog photo about anger. I think my sister would like to do that do me sometimes. May I pin that?

Maria said...

Welcome back Linda. so nice to read your post again.
You have made a beautiful quilt for your friend. I am sure it will give her lots of comfort.

Impera_Magna said...

Them ostriches are cool... three sets of eyelids, huh?

Your quilt turned out lovely and I'm sure your friend will feel all the love that went into it...

Barbara said...

Glad you enjoyed your week off. Thatnks for the shout out about the doll quilt swap!

Raewyn said...

Welcome back Linda! The quilt you have made for your friend is just lovely - I'm sure it will bring much comfort. Love the puppy funny too :-)

Sara Lyn said...

That puppy picture is priceless.

Our prayers are sent to your friend with cancer and her family. That's a beautiful quilt you've made!

Christine M said...

Glad you're back Linda. That is a lovely quilt you have made for your friend. I'm sure she will definitely feel your love coming from it.

Linda said...

Your prayer quilt for the friend with cancer is beautiful! What a thoughtful gift!

Sheila said...

Congratulations to the winners :D
I'm glad you are back. I read all your post but do not always leave a comment. Sweet quilt for your friend with cancer. She will be in my thoughts.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

So happy to see you back with us again :-)

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

Welcome back! I love the quilt you made for your friend. I am sure it will be a great comfort for them during their treatments. I have missed your daily facts - glad you are back!

Cecilia said...

Thank you Linda for the gift certificate. I've already been looking at all of the nice fabrics that the FQS has. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation. That is a lovely quilt you've made for your friend and I'm sure she will feel all of the love you have sewn into it.

cq4fun said...

Welcome back! I love the quilt you made for your friend. It looks wonderful. I wish I had the immune system of an ostrich. They also produce wonderful oil for the skin. =)

Kris said...

Linda - Glad you had a good time!! Ha! I joined the Doll Quilt Swap too - like I need another swap!! Hole in the head!!! And your quilt for your friend is wonderful - prayers for her from me too!! Your "Final Thought" is precious!! Kris

Lynda said...

Absolutely LOVE the flower garden quilt from a few posts back. I haven't tried raw edge applique but I think it would be a lot quicker to do.

Your quilt for your friend is lovely. I made a Halloween quilt kind of using the same idea except mine was a little wonky (which I'm quite fond of).

rubyslipperz said...

I missed YOU!! So glad you are back. Congratulations to the winners!

I LUV the puppies...sometimes I feel like my brain is on the seat of my chair and I'm sitting on it!

hugZ,
annie

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Welcome back! I am always behind in my blog reading anymore. sigh.

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