Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.
~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Gosh! What a week! We were gone for 5 days and I just can't seem to get back into the sewing groove. We were in Las Vegas attending the PBR (Pro Bull Riding) finals and were they ever exciting. We stay at South Point away from the strip and downtown where many of the riders and member of the PBR stay. It such a nice hotel and definitely calmer than the strip casinos. We didn't win big - of course, it's hard to win big on penny slots :D And then the other day I spent time online looking for a new cell phone. Who knew it would take 2 1/2 hours to finally make a decision. I'm hoping today that I get back to sewing. How was your week?
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
What do you think of when you think of cows? Milk? Leather? Here are a few interesting facts about cows:
* A heifer is a young female cow that hasn't had a calf yet. A cow gives milk for the first time, only after she gives birth to a calf.
* Cattle is the name for the entire "cow" family
* A cow can climb up the stairs, but cannot climb down. This is because her knees cannot bend properly.
* There are about 920 different breeds of cows in the world. Cows were domesticated about 5,000 years ago.
* Humans and cows have the same gestation period which is about nine months
* Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red.
* Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans
* A cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.
* It takes about 350 squirts for each gallon of milk from a cow.
* When galloping through boggy, soggy places or deep mud, cattle can run faster than horses. They have cloven hooves and their toes spread so their wide feet do not sink as deep as those of the solid-hoofed horse.
MUG RUG SWAP
I am a member of a yahoo group of 10 ladies that swap mug rugs every other month. Wednesday I received the best squishy in the mail from my swap partner, Sunny.
First off, I just love the adorable rug Sunny made for me with the cute embroidered snowman faces. A little while ago I had seen the beautiful cross stitch piece, FAITH, she had made for someone else and told her how much I liked it. And she made one for me! I really like what it has to say and Sunny did a fantastic job with the variegated threads. Sunny also included two yummy biscotti, a fat eighth of Christmas fabric and a darling little handmade card with a hexie snowman. Thank you so very much for everything, Sunny! And thank you for being such a wonderful swap partner. I will have the rug out for the next few months.
This is the mug rug I made for Sunny. Full of snowmen front and back. The snowman on the left is paper pieced and so easy to do. It was supposed to have embroidered eyes, mouth, and buttons but I went with real buttons all the way.
Last month my guild (Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County) held their annual quilt challenge. This year the theme was monochromatic. There were 10 entries this year and they were voted on by the membership. Here are the ten quilts that were entered:
This adorable little quilt was created by Nancy Palmer. And, yes, it is all in the color range of blue (according to the Ultimate 3 - In - 1 Color Tool)
This beauty was created by our guild president, Marilyn Smith. She is a fairly new long arm quilter and her work is amazing.
Isn't the embroidery work on this quilt precious? It was created by Celia Ho.
Sorry this is blurry but I love this Convergence pattern. This was created by Nancy Erskine.
This amazing quilt was created by Jim Rupp. It looks so 3 dimensional!
Another beautiful convergence by Nancy Erskine.
This one reminds me Valentine's Day. It was created by Mary Jo Henry.
"Where It Rains". This green convergence won 3rd place and was created by Nancy Erskine. I love the colors in this one and the quilting was beautiful.
"It's Spring" won 2nd place and was created by Char Emery-Neabeack. I really like her use of embellishments on this wall hanging quilt.
And, finally, my entry for the Challenge. I called this "Purple FANtastic". And I won 1st place! I am so happy that my fellow quilters selected my little quilt - the smallest entry of the bunch. Our membership is around 150 so to have my quilt selected by them was very thrilling. In case you didn't see my description of this quilt on Wednesday, it measures 13 1/2" square and is entirely paper pieced.
Oh, and while I'm talking about my little quilt, I've also entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Nominations are currently going on (thru November 4) and I would certainly appreciate your vote. There are over 500 quilts entered! Mine is about 3/4 of the way down #553 - just look for the purple. There are some amazing entries this year. Thank you for your consideration!
FINAL THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Don't you wish the stores felt this way?