Second, a pattern from my friend, Kimber, at Heirlooms by Ashton House. I was so excited I just had to make one up. I am sans transportation, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to get some black seed beads to replace the pins, but isn't it adorable. Great gift idea with the holidays around the corner! Her easy to follow pattern is available for purchase at her blog, where you can email her your request. And this morning's cup of coffee produced the next block in the SAL--Evening or North Star Variation. You will find the instructions here.
Now for the 'word of the block.' As I venture far and wide in blogland, I have discovered that generosity, creativity and concern for others is ubiquitous among quilters. It just confirms my belief that quilters are some of the kindest, most sharing individuals you will ever meet.
Two days ago I decided to add a visitor counter to my blog. When I first started my blog, I was so focused on the number of followers I had. I bet I checked hourly for new ones and sighed when no one came. While reading a post at Quilting Daze, she pointed out that many people visit blogs without ever leaving a mark. So I decided to see just how much action came my way. I started my counter at 0100. In less than 48 hours, I have had over 300 visitors. I wonder where they all come from and whether they find anything of interest to them. So I will not worry about the # above my followers gadget anymore. What I like is the comments. Beware what you ask for! I get a maximum of about 8 comments with every post and try to reply to each one. What would it be like if all 300 visitors had left comments--Yikes, mayhem.