Friday, October 5, 2012


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  
~Thomas Edison

Last Saturday was a day of shots - no, not the alcoholic kind.  First thing in the morning we took both pups in for their yearly booster for bordetella so they can be boarded at the "local pet spa" when we travel out of town.  Then we headed to the east part of town where both DH and I received our yearly flu shots.  Every year I react, but luckily mildly.  Sunday I was achy and had a scratchy throat and my upper arm and shoulder hurt like it had been punched (and no, I didn't tense up when the shot was given).  Did DH have any reaction?  Only for about 3 hours mid afternoon on Sunday!  Monday morning I woke up with a two inch welt on my arm about an inch below the injection site.  Each year it seems to be something new.  But I guess it's better than getting the full blown flu.  Have you had your flu shot yet?




Over the weekend I would have liked to turn the moon off.  It in full splendor, it was putting out tons of light and making my bedroom much to bright.  Here are a few facts about that white, smiling thing in the night sky:
The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres
* Only 59% of the moon's surface is visible from earth
* The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth's rotation of 1000 miles per hour. 
* When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons.
* The moon has no global magnetic field. 
* The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.
The Moon is about 250,000 miles (384,400 kilometres) from Earth.
* The surface of the Moon has about the same area as the continent of Africa.
* There is no wind or weather on the moon.
* Footprints left on the Moon by Apollo astronauts will remain visible for at least 10 million years because there is no erosion on the Moon.



I'm still working on my Dancing With The Stars (pattern by Carol Doak) quilt blocks.  

This block is called Samba.  The Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin.  

This block is called Salsa.  Another hot dance with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban rumba).  
I'm still loving foundation paper piecing and have been gathering books using this method.  Have you given paper piecing a try yet?



Recently I purchased the computer program BlockBase.  It is a CD -ROM version of  Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  I hadn't done much with it until yesterday.  The Electric Quilt Company has started a Sew Along using the software and I've decided to join in.  What better way to learn how to use the program and make something at the same time.

This is the first block they selected to use.  It is block #1336  and I've decided to make it up in the 8 inch size.  EQ gives excellent instructions on how to find the block and all the steps needed to get you started.  I selected to make it with foundation paper piecing (no surprise there - lol).  I am using fabric from a line I collected several years ago that has been waiting around in a plastic bag for me to use.  EQ will be doing a new block every two weeks.  At the end of the two week period they are providing a link up where we can see the blocks everyone has created.  I think this will be fun!




Linda said...

I am allergic to eggs, so I can't take the flu shot. I have wondered if it might not be better to take the shot and battle the reaction vs. getting the flu! I wish they would come up with a different medium to culture the virus in so that those of us allergic to eggs can benefit!
Love the Dancing with the Stars. What a terrific name for the blocks!

KIM said...

I too react t o the flu shot, but I have found that it is much better if I put ice in it right after I get the shot. The welt doesn't get so big, and it doesn't hurt so much. But all in all, it's better than getting the flu!

Needled Mom said...

Those stars are just stunning. That is going to make an amazing quilt.

The QAL looks like it will be a fun one. I love the colors you used in this block.

I need to get my flu shot too. I always hate that time of the year as I, too, get a reaction to it - mild, but you just hate that yucky feeling for a day or so. The sore arm is worse than a tetanus shot!

I hope the weekend will be a good one for you - a little cool down too. Rain next week????

doodlebugmom said...

I got my shot already. I am lucky, no reactions. I had influenza once - it was awful.

Dancing with the Stars - great name, great blocks. :)

Staci said...

Your quilt along blocks are wonderful!

Hubby and I both had the shots, but two weeks apart. Both of us had 2-3 days of feeling lousy. It would have been nice if we could have gotten the shots the same day and had all the lousy over with faster! Sure beats having the flu though. Seems like I get it every year I don't get the shot.

Enjoyed your moon facts so much!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I can't do flu shots, so deal with the flu. Your Dancing blocks are coming along smashingly - great color. I am still stuggling with EQ - just need to take the time to sit and study and play. Enjoy your weekend.

Hilachas said...

Nice blocks, Linda. I, too, have fallen in love with paper-piecing. It makes it so much easier for me to match up my corners etc.

Ale jc said...

Yes indeed Happy Friday...your new blocks...well are new to me..and pretty amazing to say the least...paper piecing and I are buds lol ... YOU are family lol

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow lovely work

Gene Black said...

I have had my flu shot this year. I don't ususally get any more reaction than soreness at the site of injection. I usually try to remember to take ibuprophen a couple of hours prior to the shot, but I forgot it this year. My arm was sore the second day, but no swelling or redness. It was just tender to the touch.
Happy Friday to you too!

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

Yes I got my flu shot and I react to them like your husband does...."hardly at all"...(lucky me)
The dancing with the stars blocks are so vibrant and pretty and love the colors you chose for the EQ pinwheel block. Thomas Edison's quote is one of my favorites.

Christine M said...

Your Dancing with the Stars blocks are gorgeous Linda.

Anonymous said...

your blocks are gorgeous Linda,well done.xx

Angie in SoCal said...

Samba and Salsa are so vibrant! Love them.

Barbara said...

Those are all gorgeous blocks, Linda. Great colors.

Lynda said...

Dancing with the Stars is going to be a beautiful and vibrant quilt. Love the colors.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your block base middle is spot on. How do you get it so close?

I've had my shot:( and it bruised.

Lynette said...

Linda, your Dancing blocks look fantastic. Fun to read the moon facts. We just recently watched Apollo 13 - still amazing to see after all these years.

Vesuviusmama said...

I'm getting my flu shot on Oct 22 for free at work. I just signed up this morning!

Shannon said...

I will be getting my flu shot very soon. I ALWAYS react. I am sorry your react as well. That is tough. I love the moon, thank you for the fun facts.

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