25 Mar 2014

Happiness is a Pinwheel

Pinwheel Star quilt block - copyright W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Pinwheel Star
When I was a child and off on a family outing to the fair, it always made me happy when I got a pinwheel. Just seeing it spin in the wind, and flipping through its colours was enchanting for me, since I have always been a lover of colour.

Pinwheels are also a favourite of quilters. Even though the word "pinwheel" does not always appear in the quilt block name, you will see their shapes frequently.  One of my favourites is the Pinwheel Star quilt block.

Happiness quotes  for today

...(And doesn't Albert Einstein's picture just make you smile?)
Albert Einstein - one happy guy
Albert Einstein
"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."
~ Albert Einstein

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon."
~ Winnie the Pooh

"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."
~ Dale Carnegie

More Happiness Quotes...

Pinwheel Star quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Albert Einstein photo - public domain

19 Mar 2014

Ancient Chinese Secret ... ( I just felt the need to say that ...)

Chinese Puzzle quilt block - image © W. Russell
Chinese Puzzle quilt
 I just like the quilt block called Chinese Puzzle. By rotating the quilt blocks, you can produce some really interesting results. The quilt block is made entirely of half square triangles, so there is no difficulty. What makes it interesting is the resultant shape created by the different colour values.

And now ... since we are on the subject of Chinese ... I read somewhere that there are more proverbs created by the Chinese than any other nationality. Let's have a look at a few inspirational thoughts for today.

 Ancient (and not so ancient) Chinese Proverbs:

  • "A book tightly shut is but a block of paper." 
  • "Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults."
  • "A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." '
  • Confucius - public domain image
  • "Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." 

And for those couch potatoes out there ... this is for you.
  • "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."

Chinese Puzzle quilt image © W. Russell patchworksquare.com
Confucius image - public domain

16 Mar 2014

Luck of the Irish

Lucky Clover quilt block
Lucky Clover
St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, and so on that note, I thought it was appropriate to showcase the Lucky Clover quilt block, since the Irish are known to be a very lucky lot.

Although this quilt block is simple to make, it can create some very striking quilts. Check out the sample quilts illustrated in the free pattern.

I'll be wearing green tomorrow. How about getting your own Irish on?

Irish sayings or proverbs

    Image courtesy of Iamnee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • "Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip."
    ~ Author Unknown

  • "There are only two kinds of people in the world. The Irish and those who wish they were."
    ~Author Unknown

  • "If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough!"
    ~ Author Unknown

Lucky Clover image  © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Shamrock/hat Image courtesy of Iamnee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

11 Mar 2014

Abe Lincoln for Inspiration

Abe Lincoln's Platform quilt block
Abe Lincoln's Platform
I was working on a quilt block today called Abe Lincoln's Platform and thought this would be the perfect time to show what an inspirational and thought-provoking man he was as well.

Some thoughts by Honest Abe:
  • "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
  • "It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."
and finally ... don't forget to smell those roses ...
  • "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
    Abraham Lincoln
    Young Abraham Lincoln

    ~ Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln image - public domain
Abe Lincoln's Platform image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

8 Mar 2014

It's All About Diamonds

Who doesn't love diamonds whether we are talking about a quilt block or the gems themselves?
Some wise words:

Diamond Star quilt block
Diamond Star
"Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all."
~ Mark Twain

and what else could one expect from this lady?

"I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back."
~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

Today's quilt block is called Diamond Star, and the nicest part is that you use no diamond shapes to create the quilt block. (For newcomers to quilting, this is huge, because it is so easy for diamond pieces to become distorted while you are in the sewing process.) So, sew this block with ease.

Image © W. Russell

2 Mar 2014

Two Oscars for Today

Oscar image by Danilo Rizzuti

Today is the big night in Hollywood -- the night of the Academy Awards, or more commonly known as "The Oscars". So what about another famous Oscar -- I refer to Oscar Wilde. I would be hard pressed to think of a wittier man, so today seemed appropriate to offer a few of his words.

Quotes for today:
For those receiving an Oscar this evening:
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
~ Oscar Wilde

and some more of Oscar's wit:

Garden Path quilt block
Garden Path
"I like men who have a future and women who have a past."
~ Oscar Wilde

For those who do not win an Oscar tonight, perhaps they were led down the Garden Path. Okay, that was lame, but the quilt block is pretty. .

Oscar Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Garden Path © W. Russell