Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday?!? Already?!?

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.  
~Gerard de Nerval 

Wednesday came much too quickly this week.  The days just keep flying by and I don't seem to get much accomplished.  Monday I did some stitching and had my hair cut.  Tuesday was spent catching up on some blogs, a bit of sewing, and a visit from the bug man (we get sprayed bi-monthly to keep the creepy crawlies under control), and our bi-weekly grocery shopping excursion.  I guess that's a lot to have completed in two days but I just don't feel I have much to show for it.  Well, I better get to the sewing machine instead of sitting here in front of the computer or I won't be getting much done today either.




I have several different kinds of flowers blooming in my garden right now.  Daffodils, tulips, gerbera daisies, freesia, and more.  I don't plant toward a specific hue so my garden is a riot of color.  Here are a few facts I found out about different flowers:
Almost 60 percent of fresh-cut flowers grown in the U.S. come from California.
Pinks are so called not because of their color but because of the ragged edges, or pinks, on each petal. The color pink is actually named after the flower.
Sunflower stems were used to fill life jackets before the advent of modern materials.
The Daisy got its name because the yellow center resembled the sun. It was commonly known as the “day’s eye” and over time, was eventually called daisy
The city of Mt. Vernon, Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland
Every plant in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is edible
The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or “corpse flower”. It is a type of malodorous lily that can weigh up to 15 lb and be close to 40 inches wide. It apparently smells like rotting flesh.
Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep cool. He changed it every two innings.
White flowers tend to be more strongly scented than their colored kin.
Angiosperm is the scientific name for flowering plants. It means “seed bearing.”



Thank you to all who participated in this quick giveaway for the traveling stash.  With the help of the winner is.......

Kim said "Every time I see your stitching update, I think that I need to get that pattern! It would be perfect to hang in my guest room!
I would LOVE the chance to receive a stash box!!! I was away from quilting for a couple years. However, I continued collecting fat quarters whenever we found a quilt shop! LOL 
Now, my style and the colors I am drawn to have changed. I would love the opportunity to add some new and trade some that are no longer in my color schemes. Thanks for the chance!"

Congratulations, Kim!  I will be sending Kim an email to get her snail mail.

Come back tomorrow for the Leap Year Traveling Stash giveaway!



While traveling up the valley on Saturday, I was able to create two more hexagon flowers.

I called this one Pink Hawaiian.  The pinks are so vibrant and I like the way the orchids fit onto the petals.

Doesn't this one remind you of a hunting lodge?  I know it's really a Christmas print but I went with it anyway.  
Thanks to Karen, you can see many more hexie flowers out there in blogland.  Just click HERE to start your journey.



Last week I finished one of two Loving Hands quilts.....

The sun didn't come out Sunday for quilt picture time so the colors don't show up as vibrant as they really are.  Bright pinks and warm greens went perfectly with the little heart fabric.  I think you can see the free motion hearts along the border.  I just did some straight line stitching and stitch in the ditch for the rest of the quilt.  I used the block pattern, Squares Upon Squares, to make this one up.  I still have to do the quilting on the other little one I'm working on.



If you would like to be amazed by a young man's voice (he's only 17), take a listen to this



Today I hope to finish the Doll Quilt I've started for the swap.



Sunshower Quits is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Finish Almost Any Quilt by Marguerita McManus.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 1.

Arrow Sewing Cabinets is having a giveaway.  You could win a Reliable V50 or V100 iron.  This giveaway ends Monday, April 9, at 5:00 pm.

World Of Charity Stitching is having a giveaway.  You could win Happy Butterflies kit by Yiotas XStitch.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 1.

Kathy Davis and Where Women Create is having a giveaway.  You could win a ten yards of fabric of Wildflower Fabric Collection.  This giveaway ends Thursday, March 29, at 9:00 am EST.

Traceyjay Quilts it having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of her new pattern and a layer cake of Rouenneries Deux.  This giveaway ends ?

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters in your color choice.  This giveaway ends Saturday, March 31, at midnight MT.

Vroomans Quilts is ready to send another of the Traveling Stash on its way.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 30, at midnight.

It's Sew Kiki is having a giveaway.  You could win a polie of Millie's Closet.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 30.

My Go-Go Life is having a giveaway to celebrate her one year blogiversary.  You could win a moda Chrysalis jelly roll, a charm pack tin of the Summer In The City, one sampler pack of Aurifil thread, and an Omnigrid Half-Square Triangle Template.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 30.




Sue B said...

Wednesday has almost finished here, we have one hour and 6 mintes left of Wednesday :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the info on flowers, cannot wait for mine to start blooming. Wow - fancy fussy cutting with the little bears! And do I see one of the FMQ challenge on the little quilt? Have a lovely 'hump' day.

Kim said...

Woohoo!!! I am so excited! Receiving your email totally made my day! I have already been looking through my stash--seeing what I want to trade out. Thanks!

I love your hexie flowers. The way you fussy cut to get the designs in the hexies is awesome!

Josie McRazie said...

Tears in my eyes! Thank you so much fro sharing that Video! I could listen to him sing all day long!!! (oh, and tears because I did not win the stash LOL) But he is so wow! Simon Cowell eat your words... he said ' I didn't think it could get any worse'!! Did he not learn anything from Susan Boyle???

Needled Mom said...

As usual, your flowers are just gorgeous. I would not have known that that was a Christmas fabric.

You did a wonderful job on the FMQ on the small quilt. It's a wonderful pattern too.

The rains have brought the snails out in force and they are feasting on many of my flowers. GRRR. Like you, I do not plant in color sorts - just a hodge podge of color everywhere.

Thanks for sharing the video. I have not seen it beofre and it is gorgeous. They do get some great voices, don't they?

Maria said...

Yes nearly Thursday here...
Interesting facts about the flowers.
Lovely hexies and the bears look great walking around the hexie.
Beautiful little quilt and thanks or the link. I enjoy making Quilts of Love and would like to use this pattern.
Hope you got your dolls quilt completed.

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

Linda, I'd hate to see what you accomplish when you REALLY get things done! LOL....The hexies are magnificent, as usual...The orchids look like a Hawaiian Lei...and, yes...the bears look Hunting Lodge all right.....Love the "Riot" going on in your garden too-:)

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

I love your hexie flowers - someday I want to make some hexies. Your small quilt is beautiful the colors are lovely!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Gorgeous Pink Hawaiian hexie and I agree, the bears look like they belong in a hunting lodge - I love Christmas colors all year round. The Loving Hands quilt is beautiful I'm sure it will bring warmth and comfort. Thank you for sharing the video...beautiful voice.

Lots of Fabric 2 said...

Your flower is beautiful, love your last flower everything matched up. happy quilting

Karen said...

Interesting flower facts and love your flowers! And, a very sweet little quilt too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway links. The hexies are as wonderful as you always make them. What a fabric collection that has taken! I didn't know about the sunflower stems, that was very interesting!

Becky G said...

Absolutely stunning hexi flowers! The orchids just sing & the circle of bears are amazing... Well done.. Each one its own little work of art...thanks for the wonderful post... Most inspiring! Happy stitching! B

Hillbilly Tonya said...

What angers me is how they looked at that young man before they'd heard him.

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