Moving Forward on the Baby Quilt and Starflowers

After the extended period of bitterly cold temperatures we had a warm up.  There was quite a lot of snow and ice to melt, but most of it is gone now.  Monday, January 22  went up to 60 degrees and completed the job.

Everthing is a muddy mess.  Kind of like the political climate the last few days with the government shutdown :) Glad they got it resolved for the time being…

There are three dogs here so after cleaning up “What Lies Beneath” all of that snow ( Ugh ; almost 2 weeks worth ) I managed to negotiate the muddy spots and hang the baby quilt on the line for a photo  since I finished up the second border of applique.

I decided to make the top and bottom borders all sailboats if I can come up with enough variety in their colors, etc.   On Saturday my youngest son and I took a road trip with his friend to look at a used car and I sat in the back seat of the friends SUV with some sewing. I managed to finish most of that little red dog in the photo above and then realized that I had forgotten to bring more red thread.

Out came the other project and since I’ve been trying to keep up with the connector pieces these three blue starflowers are all sewn together.  Also in the collage is a little sailboat in progress for the baby quilt:

The Starflowers are BLUE for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month.  Visit So Scrappy on Saturdays to see what others are up to :)

Then if you would like a laugh, my DIL posted a photo on Facebook a few days ago which I took and cropped and edited a bit. I think that the twins were ready for bed and snuggled up to my son who conked out and she wondered where SHE was going to sleep that night?   But the look on one of the girls’ face as well as Merle’s when Mom turned on the light had me laughing :)

The weather forecast for tonight is 100 percent rain to add on to my muddy mess here :)

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Baby Quilt Progress & Small Slice of Life

At the end of 2017 I knew that I wouldn’t start any new projects.  I’d made progress on my 17 in 2017 list ( which was actually 2o) and I was not going to add on to that in the upcoming  year.

Here I am in the middle of January on my 3rd or 4th new one! :)   Here is some progress on the baby quilt… I remember my grandson Brent always going for the bright reds, blues and yellows when he was a baby so this one, for dear friends of our family, is as bright as I can come up with :)  I have the center and first border done thus far.

I threw the quilt out into the snow for a natural lighting shot but took some closeups of the simple shapes that I am appliqueing.

If you are a regular reader here, you might recall that my youngest sons’ dog Koopa loves to jump. I do not know why pits love this but they do.  Here he’s hitting the stump of a branch that he finally nailed / knocked down in the fall. It is a good 8 feet off the ground :

Once he’s gotten some of that energy out of his system?  He’s mellow and cuddly and ready to watch a kids’ show on Amazon with Aiselyn, cuddled up under Scrappy Granny :)

Meanwhile the local grocery store occasionally has special bargains in a 2-day sale. I ventured out in our what-now-feels-like-balmy-weather-since-it-went-to 28 degrees today.. and tomorrow there will be a shoulder roast in the crockpot and the following day a turkey breast.  Some will be eaten and some will be frozen for future use.

The turkey leftovers can be used in recipes such as  Winter Fare:  Chicken / Turkey and Biscuits

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I will be appliqueing more shapes on to the second border for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts.