Warm & Cozy : Applique and Quilting

After the gas and water line issues on Friday ( previous post ) and it being so very cold outside, I was happy to stay indoors on Saturday. It seemed so peaceful and quiet after hearing the banging and clanging of construction equipment for several days.

With great appreciation for the utility workers who must brave all sorts of weather to provide us with running water and heat, I enjoyed the warmth and coziness of my little bungalow on Saturday.  I settled in to work on some applique and quilting.

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On Friday evening, I had prepped some pieces that were initially sketched out on freezer paper. On Saturday I worked on getting a start on those. These will go onto the sides of the flower basket medallion center. The center is from Kim McClean…the rest will be MYdallion :)

These don’t look very pretty right now…just the baskets and a partial on the stems is sewn down.  After this, I will start on one with the other being put away. They can be similar but not the same…I will just play around with birds, berries, and leaves …

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I hadn’t planned on this. I had planned on starting the next Elizabeths’ Pride block. I had it traced out on freezer paper. I had planned on appliqueing a few more little baskets…they were already prepped.  If you are a quilter you know how it goes though, sometimes. As the mood strikes and time allows…

Meanwhile, I almost always join in with others at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching…and whether I am in the mood to applique or not, there is always a quilt in the hoop…

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Occasionally Kanga Kitty the inspector comes around.  ” Are you STILL quilting Stars and Spools? I thought that you wanted to finish it in December? You need to get a move on but scratch me first:)

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Do you have a helper or inspector in your family? :)

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Poor Merle, Rose of Sharon & Hand Quilting

The ticking of the kitchen clock…

One of the dogs yipping gently as it dreams…

A little bird outside the dining room window, chirping as it flits from branch to branch on the Rose of Sharon bush…

The sound of the thread pulling through the cloth…

Needle rocking back and forth…

*Just* hand quilting this past week.

At some point over the Thanksgiving holidays and then starting to decorate for Christmas, I decided to simply focus on my Stars and Spools quilt and nothing else for awhile.

I did that again early Sunday morning but then I put it aside. I dragged out the four Rose of Sharon blocks. Earlier in the year I had thought to combine them with Benjamin Biggs blocks but the style was too different; it was not working.

For the rest of Sunday morning I worked on some borders… Here’s a closeup of the fabrics. Barbara Brackman purchased on clearance last year.

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I had debated just doing thin borders and then putting it aside for some time in the future, where I would work on an applique border of some sort. But there are so many other things in the works. I decided to finish this at approx 55 x 55 and call it a day. I’ll hand quilt it at some point.

Then I made a batch of cookies to share with my sons’ family ( he was putting rotors and brake pads on my car at the time. )  My birthday was last week and while they had treated me to dinner, the youngest had given me a gift card to Michaels. After lunch I tested out the new brake treatment and shopped there for awhile. It was a great day…many items were half off and I got a few things for myself and some crafts for the grandchildren to do.

Next it was time to try to get some photos with Merle.  ( If you are not a regular reader, Merle is my middle sons’ dog…just turned 1 year old. )

The local grocery store had these little pet kits for 2.99 of matching Christmas hats and collars. LOL except the hat was a bit small. I cannot tell you how many times I just cracked up trying to get some shots of this pup with the hat on. He thought it was a new toy to chew….Then the cat arrived! :)

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He doesn’t look too thrilled does he? LOL the poor thing…

By now he was saying ” I USED to have fun with you…when did it all go so wrong?”

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As to that hand quilting mentioned earlier in the post… moving along! :)

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I am to that last big hexie star at this point…I just did not get an updated photo.

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