Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flowers and Love


Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.  
~Dennis Wholey

It's definitely warming up here in my corner of the world.  And it's doing it a little bit too fast for my taste.  After all, we had highs in the low 50's at the end of last week and now they are forecasting 90 degrees for Saturday.  I think if will feel more like 110 degrees after such a rapid climb.  There has been nothing normal about our spring so far so I don't know why I expect the temperatures to be normal - lol!  I'll just stay inside and, if necessary, turn on the fans while I sew the hours away.  I'm not looking forward to the summer heat making its appearance and then refusing to leave.  Oh well, thank goodness for the good ol' AC!

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Worms

Does the sight of worms send your skin to crawling?  I remember as a child enjoying having a worm crawl around on my hand.  They are wonderful for the garden and make great fishing bait (and, yes, I put worms on my hook myself).  Here are a few facts about worms:
A worm has no eyes, legs or arms
There are 2700 different types of earthworms in the world
There can be up to 1 million earthworms in just 1 acre of land.
The sticky slime a worm makes helps keep it from drying out. If the worm dries out, it will die, because it ‘breathes’ through it’s skin.
A single worm has both male and female parts. This is called a ‘hermaphrodite.’ But they still need a mate to reproduce.
* Some of the largest worms can live to be 50 years old.  Regular earthworms can live 15 years.
A worm chopped in half will not become 2 worms. Just the head end will regenerate into a new worm.
The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.
Baby worms are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.

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ONE FLOWER WEDNESDAY


During my week off, I didn't find time to make any hexie flowers for myself  for One Flower Wednesday, but I did make two for my swap partner.

Karyli, my April swap partner for The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap, requested yellow petals with black centers.  I checked with her before using a print on the petals and she said that would be fine. I went with bananas and bumblebees.  I tried to make sure the traveling lines on the bee petals matched going from one petal to the next.  These were fun flowers to make and I hope that Karyli likes them.
To see more hexie flowers out there in blogland, Karen, of Journey of a Quilter, has provided a linky for us.  It sure makes hunting for hexies easy!  Thanks, Karen.

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LOVING HANDS QUILT


This little quilt for Loving Hands has been completed for a couple of weeks.

I will be turning this in Thursday evening when I attend my guild meeting.  I used the same block pattern, Squares Upon Squares, that I used to make the pink one.  I really like how this pattern worked up and will definitely be using it for future Loving Hands quilts.  Sorry for the darkness of the photo but it didn't show up well in bright sun light so I went with the photo in the shade.

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TODAY'S GOAL


Today I just might start something new.

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GIVEAWAYS


The Barn Hollow is having a giveaway.  You could win an adorable stuffed doll made from a Craftaholic Creations design.  This giveaway ends Monday, April 30.

SewCalGal is having a giveaway.  You could win two spools of Aurifil Invisible thread with 1094 yards each, or two spools of Aurifil Invisible thread with 16400 yards each, or Pat Sloan's Simple Stitches and  a collection of cotton threads contain 10 spools of 40 wt. Mako thread, 150 yards each.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 20.

Quilting Gallery is having a giveaway.  You could win a pair of Olfa 5" Precision Applique Scissors.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 22.

Quilty Pleasures is having a giveaway.  You could win a 3 pack of Sulky Blendables.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 20.

Gene Black is having a giveaway.  You could win a great package of goodies from Colonial Needle, or a small machine embroidered lace bookmark made by Gene and a pack of "betweens" needles.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 20.

Sarah Beth's Cross Stitch Blog is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Donna Killer's book of Christmas Stockings.  Not sure when this giveaway ends. 

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her weekly Monday Mystery giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters in your choice of colors.  This giveaway ends Saturday, April 21, at midnight MT.

Cat Patches is having her Fun Fact Friday Freebie.  You could win a fat quarter.  The winner will be announced Friday, April 20.

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FINAL THOUGHT




18 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

You threw me with the worm photo! I pick them up, bait my own hook, and love to chase my grandson with them - city boy, need to countryfy him. Very cute hexies - and wow - matched the flight patterns too!

Sarah Craig said...

I love that little quilt - haven't seen that design before, but it's very effective!

Maria said...

Great bright yellow hexie flowers Linda.
Love the wee quilt. thanks for the link.

Tamara said...

im seriously impressed with matching up the flight patterns on the bumble bees. It is something i would WANT to do but i know i would never have the patience to do!

Anthea said...

Your swap partner will be thrilled with these, Linda! The fabrics are just adorable...

Snoodles said...

LOL I'm a country girl....actually liked having a worm crawl in my hand too, when I was small. No problems or squeamishness on baiting hooks. I enjoy seeing your LH quilts - so cute! And I seriously like your goal for the day....seems like a great motto, to me!

Needled Mom said...

I always feel bad when I cut a worm in the garden with my shovel. Glad to read that it will grow back. It's too bad they can't do that for humans with spinal cord injuries.

Your hexies are just darling. I love the summery yellows!

Linda said...

It's warming up here too. We had several days at 97 degrees! Now it's in the high 70's low 80's. More springlike!
When I taught Pre-K, I put out a "worm table" for a week. The kids were able to handle the worms and see how they burrowed into the dirt. (I did this near the sink where they could wash their hands. They loved it!)

Sheila said...

Skipped past the worms , yuck ,haha! Love the hexies though , you always have some cute ones and your little quilt is precious. By the way I am glad you won on your little quilt for spring , I voted for you . I am having a giveaway if you want to post about it ,
http://sheilasquiltworld.blogspot.com
Thanks Sheila

Kelli said...

I love those hexies with the bananas and bees! And you did such a great job matching the bee trails. Cute Loving Hands quilt, too! :o) Happy Wednesday!

Hilachas said...

What beautiful hexie flowers. I'm sure your partner will love them. The little quilt is cute. It's getting hot in Texas too but I'm ready for warmer weather. Have a wonderful day and enjoy it before it starts getting too hot.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Love your yellow hexies, I'm sure your partner will love them! The quilt is adorable, such a cute pattern. I've looked at many "see through" microscopic worms but I have no interest in seeing a 22 foot earthworm, glad they don't get that big around here!!!

Lots of Fabric 2 said...

Your yellow hexies are cute,I love reading all of the infromation. I too am from the country farm life see all kinds of worms,baited my own hook,and dug up worms. happy quilting jinnie

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

Worms are great....love when I see them in my garden. You never fail to impress me with the precision in your hexies! Your partner will love them! Always enjoy your interesting posts.......

Karen said...

Worms are the best, said the gardener! Great yellow flowers, one of my new favourite colours.

Jeanette said...

Your hexies are so cute. I love them. Love the worms. We even have a worm farm for the garden. Hugs,

rubyslipperz said...

I don't mind spiders...but, worms give me the heebie-jeebiez =( When I was about 6 years old, someone put a handful of them squirmie things in my pants pocket. They thought it funny...me, not so much.

Wonderful hexies!. I really like the pattern that you used for your charity quilt. FMQ it? ...looks great!

hugZ,
annie

rubyslipperz said...

I don't mind spiders...but, worms give me the heebie-jeebiez =( When I was about 6 years old, someone put a handful of them squirmie things in my pants pocket. They thought it funny...me, not so much.

Wonderful hexies!. I really like the pattern that you used for your charity quilt. FMQ it? ...looks great!

hugZ,
annie

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