Applique & Quilting and a bit of family too

It has been awhile ( life happened ) but I returned to some applique work. I’d started making Little Baskets in 2016 and thought to follow the Rainbow Scrap Challenge monthly color suggestions in 2017 for them as well as for another applique project….Airship Propellers.

I fell behind…I did not do any applique whatsoever for a good six weeks.

I started with the baskets…one months’ color was red, another month was use your variegated fabrics, and the month of May is green.  For the Airship block I just tried to combine all three suggestions :) I had finished up a green themed block on Scrappy Granny and threw that into the collage as well…

A bit more sewing later…

My DIL took the girls to a well check visit the other day, and I visited in the afternoon after that.

My niece came down later and it was a rainy day….perfect for reading to the kids. She posted this photo on Facebook.

My DIL caught another shot and as you can see, Merle was listening to the stories as well.

While Merle was laid back down the street during story time, here at my house despite the rain, my youngest sons’ dog Koopa was still full of energy.

As a background…..we’ve already cut down lower branches that he reached and pulled down,  and my son purchased this fencing to keep him away from chewing the bark off of the tree trunk. He’s just aiming for the higher branches now.

I don’t know why pit bulls love to jump so much but at this point, the higher branches are a good 7-8 feet up and he’s reaching them…I can see where he’s bitten the bark when he jumps…

He is 70 pounds of pure muscle. To put this into perspective, oftentimes he gets bored around 4:30 a.m. and leaves my son and comes and jumps onto ME in my bed, and begins to lick my face off with love and devotion. Well, they won’t be here forever, ha ha …this is just temporary.

As you can see in the photos the frequent rain here has everything growing like mad and there is lots of green. I still have a bit more of green that I can work on this month ( RSC related ) and that is some stems and leaves….I don’t have all of the prep work done for this block but I have enough to make a start on the applique. It’s been quite awhile since I worked on Elizabeths Pride.

I have some Slow Stitching ahead of me ( as well as more prep ) for this block. As to hand quilting after I finished that green block I moved on to another, finished it and currently have the perle cotton stitching done on another and am ready to outline the block with regular smaller quilting stitches.

Getting there! :)

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26 Responses to Applique & Quilting and a bit of family too

  1. Karen says:

    amazing how that dog jumps so high. looks like you are having good family time and the quilting is progress – love your little baskets.

  2. Pat in WNY says:

    That dog’s jumping ability is amazing, oh to have that kind of energy! Your little appliqued baskets are looking good. I’ve completely dropped the ball on mine, made 7 at the beginning of the year and nothing since, guess it is going to be a lifetime quilt! I love the way your handquilted one is progressing, and like your idea of using both big stitch and regular quilting together in the same piece.

  3. Doreen JOHNSON says:

    Your little baskets and propeller blocks are wonderful. So sweet to see the kids all together reading. Koopa cracks me up with his tree obsession. Amazing how high he jumps!

  4. Connie says:

    My goodness is that dog part kangaroo?? Love your attitude about it…”they won’t be here forever…” You have really put in a lot of work with your quilts! They look so nice. My hands were hurting so much I stopped sewing for a couple years and can’t seem to get back into the rhythm though my hands are doing fine now.

  5. audrey says:

    Ahh.. the quilt in the hoop just makes me want to go pick mine up and get busy!

  6. Kyle says:

    Green has been a good color for May especially after some good rain. Your quilting shows some more progress. Relax and enjoy.

  7. Chantal says:

    Maybe you haven’t done much in the last six weeks but you’re sure catching up very well. Love the little baskets and the pictures of the family. Enjoy! ;^)

  8. Gretchen says:

    All your blocks are so pretty. I like how on the baskets you are adding a little circle instead of reverse appliqueing a diamond.

  9. Beautiful projects. You have a good attitude toward the pup. I must admit my door would be open for the son but might not be for the pup. LOL My daughter has one that could be his sister. I don’t volunteer to walk, take care of, or sit hers either. :-)

  10. That’s quite a picture of the dog jumping, and I love the one of the kids in the reading nook! Glad you’ve been able to get back to some stitching, too. All of your blocks are looking good!

  11. Ivani Vieira says:

    WOW it is amasing how high Koopa jumps. I am sure he is a sweet dog and know how much your family love him. Love the picture of the kids and the other dog together and the phrase on the wall, perfect!
    You did great appliqué and wonderful hand quilting.

  12. barbara woods says:

    our dogs love to eat wood to, i wonder why?

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Barbara my sister had a dog like that…he wanted to eat their mulch. I have found that Koopa will eat anything from the bark off of my poor tree to banana and cucumber slices :)

  13. dog, kangaroo, potato, potah-to

  14. Deb says:

    Love those little baskets. Boy – can that dog JUMP! So glad you are able to stitch a little bit now. Your projects are beautiful.

  15. Jumping dogs, cute kids and pretty makes, a happy post altogether.
    Amalia
    xo

  16. Gail says:

    Glad to see you are back to doing some sewing. We spent hours reading to our daughter when she was little. I love the propeller blocks that you have been making

  17. I think Koopa must be part kangaroo!!
    Enjoyed seeing the photos of the children reading!
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  18. Kaja says:

    Boy, that dog can jump! Lovely little baskets, and I am always impressed by how many projects you can juggle at one time.

  19. Robin says:

    I didn’t know dogs could do that much jumping. Do they outgrow it? He’d have a heyday here with out low hanging branches from the weeping birch. Hope he doesn’t launch himself over the fence. I love seeing your quilting progress.

  20. I have big dogs too and while they have lots of antics, I’ve never seen them jump like that. Amazing. Good family time it seems. And great blocks and stitching too.

  21. Susan Nixon says:

    Busy times in your neighborhood! I love that the children like books! And Merle, of course. =) A friend of mine owns two pit bulls and sometimes fosters a third one. It is so funny to see them walking down the street. She has them trained, but sometimes they still get a little enthusiastic for her small frame! And she’s a vet, too. I like your quilty progress, especially the small baskets. My best friend was working on those same ones when she died. She had such fun with them!

  22. rue says:

    I think his name should have been Kanga ;)

    It’s so nice that the grandkids love story time. I used to love it when I was a kid too.

    I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day!
    xo,
    rue

  23. Melanie says:

    As always, greatly admiring your beautiful quilting work.
    Can’t believe how high Koopa can jump – wow!
    Love the pics of everyone reading real books. So refreshing after usually seeing people with their noses stuck to their phone screens!

  24. That’s quite an impressive fur baby! What a character Koopa is :). He must be fun to puppy sit for.

  25. Joyce says:

    I love how your life covers extreme ranges and everything in between! There’s the craziness of Koopa eating trees contrasted with you peacefully piecing a quilt – and the kids both wildly riding scooters down to see you one minute – and snuggled up to read in the next! What a fun, happy life!

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