Monday, March 19, 2012

A New Day and A New Week

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.  
~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard inKathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You 

Friday did not turn out as planned.  Thursday night, our little furry love, Weasley, had another night of focal seizures - over two hours of on and off again seizures.  We took him into the emergency vet around 12:15 am.  Luckily there was no one else there and we didn't have to wait long.  They dosed Weasley with Valium and that did the trick.  They did keep him there until morning but he came home back to normal.  Our own vet gave us a couple doses of Valium for any further seizures so at least we will be able to avoid the emergency vet, hopefully (not to mention the $$$).  As a result I ended up with about 3 hours of sleep.  I didn't attend the scheduled workshop and it's a good thing I didn't.  My brain just didn't want to work all day!  I attempted to cut fabric for two simple Loving Hands quilts and I can't tell you how many wrong cuts I made.  I should have spent the day sitting on my hands doing nothing - lol!  But today is a new day and a new week and I'm ready to go!  How was your weekend?




Isn't the raccoon just one of the cutest creatures there are?  We used to do a lot of camping and having these little guys visit our campsite was always a highlight.  Here is what I found out about the raccoon:
The word "raccoon" comes from the Algonquin Indians and means "he scratches with his hands".
If you give a raccoon a sugar cube, it will first try to clean it (as raccoons clean all their food before eating it). It will wash it and wash it until the sugar cube finally dissolves to nothing
The record life span for a captive raccoon is 21 years
Raccoons are very clean and use a common latrine in the wild
Raccoons never den more than 1,200 feet from a permanent water source
 When walking, they arch the back, walking from heel to toe with non-retractable claws.  The front and back feet have five toes, making it easy to grasp and hold things.
Most people are surprised to find out that raccoons are not only good swimmers but they actually love spending time in the water.
The raccoon's scientific name, Procyon lotor, means "washer dog" although it is a closer relative to the bear family.
Raccoons have a large array of vocalizations. They purr, whistle, growl, hiss, scream and even whinny.
A raccoon's hands are so nimble they can unlace a shoe, unlatch a cage and deftly retrieve coins as thin as dimes from your shirt pocket



Last week I finished up and turned in the two little quilts I made for my guild's Loving Hands....

This first little one is definitely for a baby boy.  I think I should have arranged the blocks just a bit different but I couldn't figure out whether to have the same sashing colors match up against each other (green to green and blue to blue) or to do like I did.  This was made using the 16" block pattern, Philadelphia Pavements.  By the way, the quilt really is square but the breeze kept messing with it as I was trying to take a picture.

Once again the breeze just would not stop for picture time!  I was very happy with the way this little quilt turned out.  Definitely pink and girly!  This quilt was made using the 16" block pattern, Crossed Roads.  I will probably use this pattern again to create a Loving Hands Quilt.
I learned something making this quilt.  My original idea was to make a one block quilt.  The quilt is supposed to measure 32" square.  So wouldn't you figure that you could use a 16" square pattern and then just doubling the size of the blocks used?  I tried that and the quilt was going to end up being 35".  I was totally amazed at that.  Guess I will have to do some sort of math problem to figure it out.  Does anybody have any hints to make this an easy process?



No, I'm not late on sending the block out, I just have gotten behind on sharing some of the swap and bee blocks I've been making lately.  

Christina sent out some great black and white fabrics, along with one red, to work with for February's Let's Bee Together.  She requested that we make a Disappearing 9 Patch block with those great fabrics.  It's always fun to see how a simple 9 patch can be transformed.



I'm going to start sewing next month's Loving Hands quilts so I don't feel so pressured next month.



Fabulous Frogger is having a giveaway.  You could win one of two Little House Needleworks charts.  This giveaway ends  Thursday, March 22.

From Blank Pages is having a giveaway.  Diane is ready to send the Traveling Stash on its way to a new home for a visit.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, March 21, at 6:00 pm MST.

Hawthorne Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win a Rosalie Quinlan Folk Heart fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, March 21.

Don't forget about my giveaway!  You can go HERE to enter.

And you can also access so many giveaways by visiting Blog Hop Party with Giveaways.



Just in case you haven't seen this already......


Connie said...

Sorry to hear about Weasley! With so little sleep it is a wonder you even did any quilting! Beautiful quilts, I would think your quilt would have been 32" also!

Cheryl said...

Hope Weasley is better soon! Great Loving Hands quilts for March.

rubyslipperz said...

I'm sad to hear about your sweet "puppy". =( It breaks your heart when they have to suffer and don't really understand.

I LUV racoons...I've always thought it could be fun to have one as a pet. They are quite smart.

Wonderful quilts! The patterns look like fun to make.


Needled Mom said...

What a weekend it was for you! I am so glad to hear Weasley is doing better, but I'll bet he is still not feeling quite himeself yet.

The racoons are awfully cute, but they are quite pesky here. They can get into everything. I've had a standoff with one over cat food. I was the one to back down!

The D9P block almost has an Asian look to it. It is beautiful. The guild quilts are lovely too.

I hope you enjoyed the winter storm this weekend. Our mountains are covered with snow around us. Brrr! It is 37* right now. Is this CA?

Maria said...

Hope you have caught up with your sleep. Poor Weasley. Pleased you have some medicine at home now.Will save a midnight trip to the vet.
Your loving Hands quilts are lovely.
Nice DP9 patch block too.
Love the cartoon.

Wendy said...

Hi Linda, It's been a while since I had time to visit your blog during my morning cup of coffee. I just love the variety in your posts. Your baby quilts are the cutest and I really like the way the disappearing 9 patch turned out. I've yet to try this type of block but it's on my list. Anyway, hope your little one is feeling better.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Poor pup - hope you catch up on sleep. Love the little quilts, so sweet. Great cartoon.

Kris said...

Cute post, Linda!! Glad to hear that Weasley is feeling better and that the Valium is helping his condition!! Your Loving Hands quilts are darling - I especially like the pink one!! Kris

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