Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A More Relaxing Week

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.  
~Russel Baker

Who would ever think that I would celebrate having 3 days in a row below 100 degrees.  We crested at 98 and 99 degrees over the weekend.  I know it's all psychological, but those few degrees make all the difference in the world.  Last week was more busy than I care for.  We had something going on three out of the five evenings and then I had a full day work shop on Saturday.  It felt so good to be able to stay home on Sunday.  Luckily this week will be much more relaxing.  So far I don't think we have anything in the evenings to attend.  I'm looking forward to some serious sewing and stitching time.  What are your plans this week?



Julia Child

Last week was Julia Child's 100th birthday (August 15, 2012).  What a wonderful lady, so full of spunk and the creator of so many recipes.  Here are a few fun facts on this amazing lady:
* She was the first educational television personality to receive an Emmy
* Julia was 6'2" tall and played basketball at Smith College in Massachusetts
* The French Chef was the first cooking show on PBS, premiering in 1963.  Julia had new cooking shows air over the next five decades.
* She donated her home to Smith College and her kitchen to the Smithsonian Institution.
* While filming the Baking with Julia series, she used 753 pounds of butter.
* In 2003, Julia was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush
* She wore a size 12 shoe
* She was a breast cancer survivor
* Her nicknames were Juke, Juju, and Jukies
* Julia has a rose named after her that she chose herself.  It is butter-colored.



Over the last couple months, I've made two Bee blocks for the hostesses of Let's Bee Together.

This was the block Bailey chose for us to make.  It is called Carpenter's Star.  I thought it was going to be hard to make but it went together easily - as long as you followed the instructions.  The fabrics were gorgeous - the camera did a very poor job of picking up the beautiful colors no matter what kind of lighting I used.

Charlene was the hostess for August.  This block is called Butterflies' Delight.  This was such a bright and cheery block to work on.  I love the fussy cut hummingbird and butterfly.



I have been working on my counted cross stitch project.  I try to do at least a little stitching every day.

I know this doesn't look like much but sometimes you have to work the boring to get to the exciting.  Wait until you see the next update.

Design:  Desert Mandala
Designer:  Martina Weber / Chatelaine Designs
Fabric:  Antique White Belfast 
Stitched:  2 strands of DMC floss over 2 threads
1 strand of Treasure Braid over 2 threads

This is the latest block I made for WOCS.  It is a piece going into a special quilt for someone recently diagnosed with cancer.  




Anonymous said...

lovely blocks Linda,well done.xx

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Beautiful blocks, Linda.

Enjoyed your delightful post. Julia was one of my favorites too!

Carolyn :)

Frog Quilter said...

You put a smile on my face this morning while reading your post. Thanks.

Hilachas said...

Beautiful cross-stitch. I miss doing counted cross-stitch, especially on linen, but it's so hard for me to see those little-bity holes in the linen now. I once did one on black and that is really hard. I guess I could do it on 11-count Aida, haha. I love your updates on the cross stitch and I see the quilting blocks are coming along quite well also. I just got back from a trip so I did some hand-stitching "on the road" and will be getting back to my sewing machine today.

Linda said...

I can relate to the temperatures! We've also had a "cold front" come through and the temperatures have dipped into the 90's. :)
I have a rose that is a cross between a Julia Child rose and some other rose. It is called the Cinco de Mayo rose. It blooms constantly and the roses turn from bright red orange, to red, to dark pink, to light pink during their bloom. Since there are many, many blooms on the bush at one time all in varying stages of bloom, it looks as if there are different types of flowers on the same bush. It has been my favorite rose bush since I put it in last spring! Julia would be proud to be associated with it.
Enjoy your cross stitch and quilting. Stay cool!

LynCC said...

That counted cross stitch looks promising. :)

Barbara said...

I think we had your heat over the weekend, but we're back to regular temperatures this week. I love Julia Child.

Needled Mom said...

I just read yesterday that Lancaster had broken the old record of succession of days over 100*. Glad it cooled off slightly for you.

Julie Child was just charming too. We used to see her at the S.B. Farmer's Market and she was gracious and witty.

I think the cross stitching is delightful. You do such a nice job on your stitching.

That blue block looks quite complicated. Both are very pretty.

Vickie said...

What beautiful blocks. Thanks for the walk down memory lane it's always fun to read your posts there's something for everyone. I remember seeing Julia Child on our old black and white TV when I was a kid. Back then I didn't know or care but now that I'm older it means so much more that I watched history being made.

Barb said...

That Bee block looks difficult but wonderful.

Linda in Calif. said...

You're right 3, 4 degrees doesn't sound like much, but I sure can tell the difference! It was much cooler to me over the weekend. MUCH! And I enjoyed it too. :-)

Teresa F. said...

I totally understand you Linda, we had two very hot days here. It's impossible to do anything specially work.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a little bit cooler.
Love your bee blocks but my favorites are your cross stitch specially the last one. Amazing!!!

sunny said...

We've had a few days with temps in the 80's and it feel downright chilly! I love your cross stitch.

Sarah Craig said...

BEautiful blocks, and I love your cross stitch! I can't wait to see the next update on the X-stitch.....

Kris said...

Linda - Great post!!! I love the facts about Ms. Child - especially that at 100 years old she is a breast cancer survivor!! That is amazing!!! Your cross stich projects are so inspiring and ahhhhh, yes, this is the life!! :-)))

Quilting Mom said...

Maybe fall will be around the corner! Your counted cross stitch is gorgeous!

Sue B said...

I remember seeing the movie, Julie and Julia such an amazing woman. Great stitching too Linda

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I started the 'As Ye Sew So Shall Ye Rip' stitchery in June, while I was on a trip. I'll have to find it and get working on it again. I only got the handle of the seam ripper done.

Kelli said...

I love your bee blocks, and I totally understand about a couple of degrees making a difference. It has been warm up here, but cooling off in the evenings more, so that's so nice! I finished up a quilt on Sunday night, and have just sewn a couple pieces of some scrap blocks.. the rest of the week so far has been consumed with my son's first day of KG, which was today. Have to go pick him up soon. The grow too fast!

Vesuviusmama said...

I've really loved the variety in the Let's Bee Together blocks this year!

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