Friday, June 1, 2012

Sailing Away



Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. 
 ~John Lubbock

Boy this was a short week!  I still don't have my mind wrapped around the fact that it is already Friday.  Yesterday was my sweet DH's birthday.  We started the morning off with gifts and then he had to spend it like he does every other Thursday by going to work.  I did make a lemon cake with lemon frosting that tasted oh so good - lol!  Maybe by the end of the weekend my brain will be back in sync with the days of the week.  We have no big plans for the weekend - just some R and R.  What are your plans for the weekend?

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Centipede

The only time I've come across a centipede was in New Mexico at DD#1's home.  Thinking about all those feet crawling on me gives me the willies - lol!  Here are some facts:
The amount of legs a centipede has varies on the species. But, centipedes usually have between 30 and 350 tiny legs.
Some people mistakenly believe that centipedes are insects. However, they are not classified as insects because they have more than six legs. They are part of the arthropod family (that includes insects) and are in the myriapod class.
The length of the centipede's legs increase as you go down the centipede's body. This prevents the centipede from stepping on his or her legs. It also helps them to move quickly in a special rhythm
Centipedes hunt for their food. They search for spiders, worms, flies and other insects to turn into a meal. Some of the larger centipedes will even eat slugs, snails and small lizards. Some centipedes will even eat prey that are as big as themselves.
The majority of centipedes are brown, reddish-brown or yellow. However, in some places in the world, you can find centipedes that are blue, bright orange and red.
The most common place for centipedes to live are forests around the world. However,they also reside in caves, deserts, gardens and grasslands
Some centipedes are only an inch or two in length. However, some centipedes are much longer. In fact, the Peruvian giant centipede can be up to a full foot long
Some centipedes can live up to six years
Some enemies of centipedes are birds, toads, shrews and frogs. Centipedes can try to defend and protect themselves by producing a sticky and smelly substance. They can also pinch their prey using their hind legs.

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A LITTLE FINISH


Last week I was able to finish a small quilt I was working on....

Summer Sailing measures 22" square.  Each sailboat square is paper pieced and measures 4.5" square.  I should have paid a bit more attention to how the sky fabric was going to lay but I'm still happy with how this turned out.  This will be going up to the family vacation home in Santa Cruz - a home located across the street from the yacht harbor so the sailboats are very fitting.

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STITCHERY UPDATE



I wasn't able to get much stitching in this week so there wasn't much to show.  Maybe next time - hopefully.

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BEE BLOCK


Last week I also made a Bee block for the May hostess of Let's Bee Together, Ann......

I love the fabrics she sent for us to work with.  The block she selected was a breeze to make.  Ann should have a wonderful quilt when she receives all of the blocks being made for her.

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FINAL THOUGHT


I will be taking a small break from blogging.  DH has taken a few days off from work and we will be relaxing and enjoying each other's company.  I will return on Friday, June 15.



30 comments:

Belinda said...

What a beautiful sailboat quilt!! I'm in love with it!

Sunnybec said...

Oh Linda did you have to tell me some centipedes can be one foot long!! We have them here they are about 2-3 inches and boy do they move fast...well they would I suppose with all those legs!! The don't live for six years if I find them in my house and their other enemy is... ME!! I Hate them. Linda

Dana Gaffney said...

I love your little sail boats, great colors and it's so cute.
I had a centipede crawl across my foot a few weeks ago, soft and light, but my brain knew exactly what it was without seeing it. The ones here are about 6 to 10 inches and give a pretty nasty bite. Ick!

Sheila said...

Love 'Summer Sailing' quilt. Sky looks fine to me.

Terry said...

Don't like centipedes, but love your sailboat quilt. Enjoy your time with hubby

Linda said...

Enjoy your time with your husband!
I love the sailboat quilt! It's perfect for a vacation home near the water!

Lynda said...

Happy Birthday to your DH! The lemon cake sounds delicious. Love the paper pieced sail boats. They will look great in your vacation home. The Bee block fabric is really cool. Love all the movement it will give the quilt. Enjoy your vacation from blogging. I felt I was spending far too much time blogging and not enough time sewing so I limit myself to a few favorite blogs now and only once or twice a week.

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday to your DH!!! Yum...lemon cake. It sounds delicious.

I LOVE the sailboats. That will be perfect for a "beachy" house. The colors are wonderful in it too.

We used to encounter centipedes when we lived in Hawaii. They give me the willies too. Ick!

Enjoy your blogging break. I can't wait to see what you get accomplished.

Quiet Quilter said...

Enjoy your time off....come back relaxed and ready to go again.

Barbara said...

Your sailboats are delightful! Enjoy your days off.

Sara Lyn said...

Happy birthday to your husband! Have fun over the next couple of weeks with him!

Your sailboat quilt is really cute. I love all the different designs.

Centipedes gross me out, especially after my brother was bit by several when he lived in Samoa. His whole arm swelled up when one bit him on the end of his forefinger! Ew!!!! But they move in a fascinating way. I would trip all over my feet. :)

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

Well that centipede photo on my dashboard certainly got MY attention! LOL....I have to be careful here in Texas after the rain because they love to come inside then....and yes, they give me the willies too! Love the sailboat quilt and also your "easy as breeze" quilt which even looks like the breeze.......have a wonderful and safe time off and will see you in blogland when you return!

Shannon said...

Have a good break. That sailboat quilt is so cute!!

desertskyquilts said...

The little sailboats are adorable, even if it's paper piecing. =) I liked the way those fabrics pieced into the corners on the bee block. Had to look twice to see they were pieced. Enjoy your time off!

dezertsuz at gmail

Maria said...

Your little sailboat quilt is so cute...

Have a wonderful time with your DH and look forward to your return.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Happy Birthday Linda's hubby! Love that sailboat quilt. Sew cute! Enjoy your 'time off'.

Jamie Lee said...

Have a great "break" with your hubby!

Christine M said...

I love your Summer Sailing quilt. Enjoy your little break with hubby.

sunny said...

Enjoy your time off! I love your sailboats.

Cheryll said...

Happy belated birthday... love the sail boat quilt... and most importantly... ENJOY your break! :)

shez said...

Oh Gorgeous sail boats Linda and have a lovely break.xx

doodlebugmom said...

I love your quote today! I have a massage scheduled tomorrow. Doctor's orders (I love my doctor, LOL) Enjoy your together time :)

Pip said...

I just quickly scrolled past the bit about centipedes. Love your Bee block, I could see that in a few other fabrics.
I also love your quote - the first bit is my blog name :) one of my favourite quotes.

Josie McRazie said...

Enjoy your time! See you on the flip side!! :)

SewCalGal said...

Really lovely sailboat quilt. And, I think it will be perfect for your vacation home too!
Great job!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Yea! to lying in the grass dreaming of sailing away in your cute boats......but yuck to that yucky bug that crawls right over you and puff there goes your dream.....giggle.....nasty looking.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Enjoy your break!! Love the sailboad quilt...the centipede section made me squirm!! You forgot the biggest threat to them - people with big shoes!! lol!!

Enjoy the time and your hubbie!!

Ioana-Carmen said...

Amazing blog! Would you like to follow each other? ;X

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Chartreuse Moose said...

Thank you for a lovely blog! So much to inform and inspire! Darling little
boat quilt...just love it! Happy R & R!!!
Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get the summer sailing pattern? thanks
email: Rbert52@verizon.net

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