Friday, May 4, 2012

Mess Made

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.  
~Robert Louis Stevenson

This week just flew by.  It's hard to believe that the weekend is just a few short hours away.  Mother Nature has been kind to us these last few days blessing us with beautifully cool mornings and temperate afternoons.  If only it could stay this way until fall arrives - lol!  Our weekend promises to be a busy one and includes a 65th birthday celebration.  I probably won't get much stitching or sewing in.  What about you?  What are your plans for the weekend?




You either think pigs are cute or totally ugly.  I personally think pigs are cute and just love their grunting and squealing sounds.  How can you look at the cute face above and not think of Wilbur from Charlotte's Web?  Here some interesting facts I found while researching pigs:
After a baby piglet is born, it will eat so much that its weight will double after only a week
Pigs are generally not mean-spirited animals. They only time they will fight is if a sow's piglets are threatened by some immanent danger, or if a boar gets too annoyed.
They don't like heat. Since they can't sweat from a lack of sweat glands, pigs have to wallow around in mud to stay cool.
Pigs are also fantastic swimmers, which is quite surprising considering the structure of their bodies
Pigs' noses and eyes are very powerful. Their snouts are highly sensitive and their eye balls located far on the outside of their faces, giving them a large range of vision.
A pig's tail can come in three different varieties: kinky, straight, or curly
Pigs are not picky eaters by any means. They have been known to consume tree bark, garbage, dead insects, rotting animals, and other types of refuse. Pigs are also cannibals, meaning they will happily feed on their own kind.
There are four toes on a pig's foot, but they only use two toes when walking
They can live to be 15 years old



I recently received fabric from April's hostess of Let's Bee Together.   There's no way to put this other than to say I made a big mess of some beautiful fabrics.

I thought I had enough to make the block I wanted but I didn't and then couldn't make a 12 1/2" block out of the remaining cuts.  Why is it I only destroy fabric when it is sent to me by someone else?  So I asked Melinda if I could substitute some similar color fabrics and she said she didn't mind.  I come up with.....

This paper pieced block.  As you can see, the colors of the fabric used pretty much match the colors I was sent.  I just hope Melinda is still able to use this block.



This week went fairly smoothly in the counted cross stitch department.  Not too much unstitching was necessary.

It's time to add designs around the original center - lots of cacti.  These are going fairly quickly since there isn't a lot of color changes.

Design:  Desert Mandala
Designer:  Martina Weber / Chatelaine Designs
Fabric:  Antique White Belfast (linen - for those of you who do not stitch)
Stitched:  2 strands of DMC floss over 2 threads
1 strand of Treasure Braid over 2 threads



Recently I was the lucky winner of Cat Patches' Fun Fact Friday Freebie.  Every week Barbara poses a question and then randomly draws a winner to receive a fat quarter of her choice.  Here's what I received...

The note attached said "Happy Cinco de Mayo".  I can see some great fussy cut hexies being made from this fabric.  Thank you, Barbara!



Today I will be working on that table runner.



123Stitch is having a giveaway.  You could win a chart pack for Summer Band Sampler by Little House Needleworks.  This giveaway ends Thursday, May 31.

Fabrics N Quilts is having a giveaway.  You could win a Snap Sack.  This giveaway ends Sunday, May 6. is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Happy Home by Jennifer Paganelli.  This giveaway ends Monday, May 7.

Scarlet Fig is having a giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter bundle of Perfectly Perched.  This giveaway ends Saturday, May 5.

Little Dear Tracks is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Pretty Little Pillows.  This giveaway ends either today or Monday, May 7 (it was listed as Friday, May 7, so you understand the confusion).

Hopeful Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win a Ruffle Swing Skirt & Halter pattern set AND your choice of 2 Fabric Flower patterns from Bumbleberries Boutique.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, May 8.

The Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Geared For Guys by Emily Herrick.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, May 8.

Sew Hooked is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 5.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, May 8.

FabricWorm is having a giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter bundle of Lucie Summers' Summerville in Sea Foam.  This giveaway ends Monday, May 7, at 2:00 pm PDT.




Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

everything I needed to know about pigs...and more !! LOL I think they are cute too!
And congratulations on your win!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Pretty block! I've never tried paper piecing, but I think I'll need to give it a whirl. Your festive fat quarter will make super cute hexies! I suddenly have a strong desire to lie in a hammock. :)

Sheila said...

I happen to think pigs are cute too . Your block looks great and I am sure will be appreciated. Great win and I can see some hexies real soon.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Well I love little piggies! Yes, that will make for some very interesting hexies. I have a couple of small projects that must get done by this weekend - and I am visiting my daughter and grandies. I'd like to get my gladiolas in the ground, but so cold and rainy here.

Needled Mom said...

I am a HUGE fan of pigs too!

Your substitute block is just gorgeous. The colors are perfect.

Your cross stitch is growing so quickly. You do such nice work.

Have a wonderful weekend. Any big plans for Cinco?

Maria said...

Yes another week has flown by...
Love the fabrics you used for your substitute block...
Wishing you a lovely weekend too.

Bobbie said...

Just realized that I visit you often and havent thanked you! I love reading your blog and have found some other friends because of you! Thank you! I used one of your fun facts yesterday at work- I work at a grocery store and one of the kids from church stopped in and was giving me a hard time because I said he owed me three bucks. He said something smart about deer and I was able to tell him about the origin of the term bucks. :)

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to the person turning 65!
I think pigs are cute too - at least baby pigs are. They're not as cute when they're grown!

Barbara said...

Glad you like the fabric. My friend Sue loves pigs. Must make her a pig quilt one of these days.

Anonymous said...

have a good weekend and enjoy your birthday party and congrats on your win.xx

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

I don't know why we manage to mess up fabric that we have very little of to begin with but it looks like to me that you redeemed yourself with that gorgeous block. Looking forward to seeing what wonderful hexie you come up with for us with the Cinco de Mayo fabric! thanks for the giveaways links.........

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Pigs, Puppies, and a're doing great.

Lynda said...

I think little piggies are adorable too. However, when they get big, not so much. Love the paper pieced star block. I'm sure she'll love it.

Quiltingranny said...

Pigs are truly cleaner than people believe and so much smarter!

Bev C said...

Hello Linda,

Thank you for the lovely quote. Lovely fabric win and your cross stitch is coming along so well.
Happy days.

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