Friday, February 25, 2011

Getting better at blogging. Maybe.

Encouraging words of the day:
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. ~ Psalm 62:2, NLT

Another item from the interesting book given to me by my sister:
Until the 1700s, there were no machines to make cloth; every single piece had to be spun by hand.  This was considered “women’s work” and consigned to an unmarried female in the family.  Hence the word “spinster.” 

I’m doing somewhat better on my blogging, every-other-day instead of once a week so here I am again.  I worked on my block for the Layer Cake Quilt-Along.  It was pretty easy and very interesting.  For Block Nine with Jovita Goldschmidt you sew up 9 squares and move them around to make different 4 different variations for her block.   Here’s the one I chose:

I received two mug rugs for the Mug Rug Swap  My rug mugs, ummm mug rugs were made by Lisa from Michigan and I am so excited.  She made one of the mug rugs with an appliqué shape of Texas (my state) on one half and the card tricks block on the other half.  I don’t think she has any way of knowing I love to play cards.  Beautiful.  The other mug rug is in hues of blue and green with a heart appliqué and a star block and is lovely as well, not to mention the beautiful hand-made card she included.   Oh, and did I mention, both mug rugs are completely hand-sewn and quilted?  Also included were a hand-sewn pin and a cute butterfly tassel “thingie” which is going to look great hooked onto my NOOK.  Thanks, Lisa.  What an exciting package! Here is a photo showing all my loot:

The main thing that occupied my time in the last two days was working on my blog.  I changed my main photo to the little crooked pink house I made for the “House Block-of-the-Month I’m in.  And THEN, trying to get one of those little “Grab My Button” gadgets on my blog.  That was pretty much a nightmare.  Please try it and see if it works and let me know one way or the other…It's on the top right hand side of my blog over a the little pink house that looks like this. Thanks.

And finally, don’t forget to visit my sister’s blog my sister's blog when you get a chance.  She’s just starting and  “I made her” (or so she says) start blogging.


"Confessions of a Quilt Addict"    is having a great giveaway consisting of 2 charm packs, 13 fat quarters, 4 one-yard cuts, and a copy of the newest "Quiltmaker" magazine. 

Oh.  Don’t forget about my  "Birthday Giveaway"  for a chance to win 9 fat quarters from Connecting Threads, an Olfa 45 mm refill blade, and a spool of 100% Egyptian Cotton Thread. 
And I still didn’t get to those dreadful UFOs.
That is all.


Micki said...

You have been so busy, and I enjoyed seeing your work!

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

I Love your new page and the cool new logo! The loot from Lisa is great and that pink basketweave fabric you used on your block really sets it off. I am going to try the grab my logo thing now and see if it works.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Love the new look. Your block is beautiful!!

Sarah Craig said...

Whoop whoop! I'm impressed with all you have achieved this week - and believe me, I know what a pain making those buttons is!! Blogging will get easier as you go.... Thanks for linking up! I'm off to check out your giveaway!!

Spyce said...

You are so welcome. I really enjoyed coming up with a theme for the mug rugs. Let me explain it to you. Ok. the blue green one represents me here in Michigan, the great lakes state, hence the watery colors. The "heart" applique is really the way children in Michigan are taught about the shape of our state. It is a mitten like those worn on snowy days which we have a lot of here too. The quilt block is me reaching out the star of friendship to you in..... the red/ orange mug rug. That one represents the warm arrid colors of the southwest and I kinda thought the flower in the Texas applique looked like a desert flower. Also, when I think of Texas, I get an image of poker, Texas Holdem, aha cardtrick. The butterfly thingy is a cell phone charm or whatever youd like to use it for. My daughter has hers hanging from her rearvieew mirror. And the other is a little clip just cause the colors matched.

And I must thank you and all the others for helping to make my very first swap such a wonderful success. I received a great mug rug set and gifts for Debbie at If you hear of other swaps please invite me.

laurawilson25 said...

I just found your blog! I'm from Texas too - the southeast side. I'm looking forward to reading your posts!