Friday, November 9, 2012

It's a "B" Day!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Gosh!  I just can't seem to get to my sewing machine lately.  This week I've sewed once so far this week.  Between doctor's appointments, learning a new cell phone (I'm not very tech savvy), and computer work, the week has just flown by.  I want/need/must get to sew today!  I am feeling behind and frustrated.  Hopefully a day of sewing will put everything right with the world.  Has your week gone as you hoped?




This being the month of November, I thought it would be fun to learn about this amazing bird.  Here are a few facts about turkeys:
Turkeys are more than just big chickens–more than 45 million years of evolution separates the two species.
The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds. But restoration programs across North America have brought the numbers up to seven million today.
Male turkeys are called “gobblers,” after the “gobble” call they make to announce themselves to females (which are called “hens”) and compete with other males. Other turkey sounds include “purrs,” “yelps” and “kee-kees.”
A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings–males produce spiral-shaped poop and females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.
 Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.
A group of related male turkeys will band together to court females, though only one member of the group gets to mate.
Baby turkeys, called poults, eat berries, seeds and insects, while adults have a more varied diet that can include acorns and even small reptiles.



I have been working on Dancing With The Stars and here are a few more of those blocks...

This block is called Argentine Tango.  Argentine Tango is a musical genre of simple quadruple metre and binary musical form, and the social dance that accompanies it. Its lyrics and music are marked by nostalgia, expressed through melodic instruments including the bandoneón. Originated at the ending of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, it quickly grew in popularity and spread internationally.

This block is called Fox Trot.  The foxtrot or fox trot is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is danced to big band (usually vocal) music, and the feeling is one of elegance and sophistication. The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is 4/4 instead of ¾ time. Developed in the 1920's, the foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1930's, and remains practiced today.
I have a few more blocks to share but only have one more block to make.  I can't wait to complete the final block and start putting the quilt top together.



I haven't been as active with WOCS lately but I did manage to finish a bookmark while on our travels to and from Las Vegas.

I bought the fabric already made up into a bookmark and then found a chart that would fit it.  This was a fun little bookmark to make.  I've started working on a different bookmark that I do while running errands but haven't gotten very far on it.  Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the year.



Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Beam N Read.  You can enter HERE!  You have until Tuesday, November 13 to enter.




Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Your Dancing with the Stars blocks are lovely! They will make a great quilt.

Hilachas said...

Hi Linda,
Interesting information about turkeys. Beautiful blocks you've made. I like the name, "Dancing With the Stars." Can't wait to see the waltz and the quick step.

Needled Mom said...

I enjoyed the turkey information. Having raised our own turkeys in the past, I would also like to add that they are pretty stupid birds too. We had one that jumped into the food barrel and suffocated. Their brains appear rather small in comparison to their bodies!

Your stars are just amazing. I can't wait to see them all together. I am enjoying the story of the dances as well.

Cute little bookmark and your final thought is perfect for this week! Have a great weekend. I hope you can get to that sewing soon. It is a great mood elevator.

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

I saw the DWS blocks on Carol Doak's web site and yours are lovely. Thank you for the interesting Turkey info. I did not realize they could fly that fast! And ok, I give up....why is it a "B" day???

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the DWS blocks - hope you get to sew today

Linda said...

Your blocks and bookmark are wonderful!
I can't wait to share my new knowledge of turkeys with my grandson, who will LOVE the poop facts. (I once told my class at school that a Koala's poop smelled like a cough drop and I think that is all they remembered from that lesson!)
I inherited my husband's iPhone 4 when he got the new one. I got it Monday and I'm just now feeling confident enough to make calls on it!

Valspierssews said...

Those dancing with the stars blocks are amazing. I love your bright colour choices. I have been drawing and sewing several things this week . I love to play. Your bookmark is cute.

Anonymous said...

what beautiful blocks linda and love your book mark,well done.xx

Unknown said...

those star blocks are lovely, they look pretty tricky

sunny said...

I had to get a new phone a couple of days ago, and I've been getting it all set up. It does everyting except make phone calls. I'm taking it back to morrow to see if I've screwed up some setting, or if it's defective. Good luck with yours!

Barbara said...

Those star blocks are gorgeous. I love the blue in Fox Trot.

Angie in SoCal said...

The DWS blocks are fabulous! The colors are wonderful - going to be a great quilt.

Lynda said...

The Dancing with the Stars blocks are all so beautiful and bright. Can't wait to see them all together in a quilt.

Anonymous said...

I love the Argentine Tango - the colors, the design, everything about it!

rubyslipperz1052 said...

when people say, "why you turkey!", I'll have a different thought of that meaning than I did before all your interesting facts. =)

O! what pretty blocks, I LUV the colors.

I really like your bookmark. Maybe if I picked a real simple pattern, I could cross stitch a leeetle bookmark?


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