Applique & Quilting Mid-March

Here in southwestern PA, we were not to worry about Stella the blizzard very much. We were *just* to get either 3-6 or 4-8 inches of snow. In the end, something changed and we got very little snow on Tuesday. Just enough to cover the ground.  We did have the wind.

There was a constant steady wind, percieved  by hearing the bamboo wind chimes out on the front porch. Then a gusty wind would come up ( we had up to 40 mph gusts ) and the howling and whistling through the cracks and crannies of the house was heard.

Next perhaps a minute or two of stillness, and just the ticking of the kitchen clock and the sound of the needle & thread as I pulled stitches through on the quilt, and then the chimes and the howling / whistling would start up again.

Meanwhile, as to applique & quilting, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge suggested color of the month is red. I finished appliqueing a Little Basket and another Airship Propeller block, and also finished hand quilting a red colored block in my Scrappy Granny quilt.

I am using perle cotton in the colored portion and regular quilting thread and smaller stitching in the other areas. This is the first time that I have done this and it makes for an interesting texture.

The nine blocks in the center of Scrappy Granny are all finished so as to the border blocks I can pretty much pick and choose what to do next. I decided to move on to another block with reds and birds.

Wintry birds to match the weather :)

Like this little titmouse…

In this case it is a cardinal and chickadees.

Real chickadees :)

Chickadee Collage

Real cardinal…

cardinal 2

You might also enjoy : Baskets and Laura Ingalls Wilder  or  Spring Blooms, Baby Squirrels and Quilting  or  MARY 

Sharing at So Scrappy : RSC / Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching

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33 Responses to Applique & Quilting Mid-March

  1. Karen says:

    love the quilting, the birds – everything ! glad you did not get the bad snow – I know I would always prefer to not have the wind!

  2. Karen Beigh says:

    I like the use of the birds in your quilt blocks.

  3. Deb, I so love seeing the birds in your quilt blocks, but I also love your photos of the birds…always excellent. Glad you didn’t get buried in snow!

  4. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, your quilting is beautiful. I love all your sweet yardbirds too. I heard Maryland got some snow from Stella. we will be heading home soon and will find out just how much. This cold weather has found its way to Florida. Stay warm. Have a happy day!

  5. Kyle says:

    There’s something soothing to the quietness of quilting. It can even deafen the howling winds. Well, maybe!

  6. Debbie H says:

    So happy you didn’t get the blizzard predicted. Isn’t it nice to have handwork to snuggle down with on a cold windy day. In central Florida we got the wind and temps in the 30s last night but it is warming up nicely for the Spring Breakers and Bikers. Stay warm and cozy.

  7. BillieBee says:

    All my favorite birds….great photos.

  8. barb says:

    love to see your bird photos and your ongoing projects.
    stay warm and safe from that wind!

  9. Joyce says:

    I think most of us have immersed ourselves into such chronic techno-chatter that we’d be deaf to the gentle, unhurried sounds of real life that you so artfully described. Ahh, the sweet sound of a needle pushing its way through a sandwich of pretty fabric!

  10. I don’t get to see near as many Cardinals as I’d like so thank you for sharing yours. :-)

  11. Debi says:

    We felt the full effect of Stella and received 30 inches of snow! Our windchimes and birdfeeders were busy too. I’m glad you escaped the blizzard. I love your bird photos.

  12. Lux G. says:

    Wow. I don’t have the skills to do it but I wish I have. :)
    That’s one fascinating cardinal.

  13. Doreen JOHNSON says:

    Great red blocks.
    I look forward to seeing both of these finished Quilts! Love all the sweet birds you captured on your camera.

  14. MARY WENDLAND says:

    love your photos!

  15. Grandma Kc says:

    I NEVER get to see cardinals so I do appreciate them! When the Santa Ana winds start blowing hard I have to take our wind chimes down. It just gets too loud.

  16. So far I’ve only been seeing the cardinal couple, one robin, a wren and the usual sparrows. I wish I could get the Eastern bluebirds to visit as I did in TX. They were so beautiful.

  17. Arti Mader says:

    Lovely photography of everything!

  18. Teresa says:

    We are seeing lots of Cardinals and chickadees at our feeders here in SC. My mom’s family is from Johnstown, Pa and I always enjoy a visit up there to see my cousins…just don’t think I would want to do it in the winter. Love your applique and quilting.

  19. gail says:

    Your hand quilting is beautiful! :)

  20. Chantal says:

    Very good progress on the quilting. Love, love the birds’ pictures and the ones in your quilt. Too cute. I don’t like high winds as we have very tall trees around us. It makes me nervous at times. Hope it is not your case and you stay warm and safe. ;^)

  21. Kate says:

    Beautiful blocks and beautiful stitching. Hopefully, you’ll miss out on the worst of the next storm system. Love your birdie photos!

  22. Alycia C says:

    Your hand quilting it so pretty! Hope you styed safe

  23. It’s always fun to see your bird pictures along with quilting. We’ve been hearing the chickadees lately, but they aren’t coming to our feeders. Glad you got to stay out of the wind and stitch!

  24. Nell says:

    Now you must have a special camera set up to get those beautiful pictures. My cousin was telling me about his neighbour setting up a camera that took photos every so often and she had some wonderful bird and squirrel shots. I don’t know what’s worse the snow or the winds but the storms we’ve had lately aren’t fun. Some lovely hand quilting completed during the stormy weather.

  25. Love your real chickadee photos and the cardinal. The grandma square with the birds is so special too. Funny how the quiet of winter lets us notice things outdoors that get lost in the abundance of spring and summer. You really showed that.

  26. Mari says:

    We had the wind too. It was awful. It blew the ice right off the tree branches. Your hand quilting is amazing!

  27. Susan says:

    Your quilting projects are all beautiful, Deb. You do such a perfect job of hand quilting.
    I’m glad you didn’t get hit too badly with Stella this week – at least the snow part. Sounds like it was terribly windy though. Just a little over a month until spring.

  28. Lovely quilting projects. I admire anyone who does hand applique and quilting. Your bird photos are beautiful.

  29. Gail says:

    Several very windy days here too! Just a little bit of snow, thankfully… We have had a few robins this week, so Spring must be just around the corner! I admire your ability to get so much hand stitching done each week!

  30. gayle says:

    I think we got your share of the snow…
    Love your quilting and your pictures. (When I was looking at the thumbnail pic at So Scrappy, I thought you were showing a cardinal quilt block, and I got all excited to see if you had paper-pieced it!)

  31. Deb says:

    Love seeing your stitches each post – so fun to watch them change the quilt into a masterpiece! Great bird shots too.

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