Some EPP, Applique, Quilting & That Crazy Dog

I had several Facebook memories from previous years on this date show up on Thursday of my son’s crazy dog, Koopa.

Here, I had a nubby plastic furniture protector on the loveseat. That’s the signal for my older dogs to stay off of it.  In the photo below, you can see that Lily took the hint and is on the floor in the corner. Koopa however, just worked around the situation!

Like many of you while we had a few warm days ( actually 2 days that went to 80+degrees ) we’ve had no normal spring weather here. Mostly rain, sleet or snow.   My crapapple tree usually has blooms that start out a deep pink, then they turn to white.

Right now, it is JUST budding…no color yet.  This next Facebook memory of Koopa jumping at the tree at the same time as now, only a year or two ago, shows the tree is about done….all white and soon to drop its blossoms. So we are behind for sure.   ( Pit bulls LOVE to jump as you can see :)

I went back on the blog to see some milder spring days in 2016 around this time…’s a favorite photo when the blossoms were opening when they were supposed to :)

Dove closeup by crab apple tree

I added a few more leaves and berries to the third border of my Flower Basket Medallion.  VERY cold and blustery out / I gave up and brought it in for a picture…the wind just kept gusting!

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month is yellow / gold. I enjoyed digging in to all of the lovely reproduction fabric that Susan had sent to me ( see previous post ) and I made an EPP gold Starflower and appliqued it to a background square.

Another applique block in the works from the Dear Daughter project at Sentimental Stitches….and more hand quilting progress on my Rose of Sharon quilt.

To see what others create this month in yellow / gold, visit Angela and other RSC participants on Saturdays.  

To view other hand work projects, visit Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching.

A Fabric Christmas from Susan-Santa :)

Several years ago I’d expressed my love of reproduction fabrics, yet my budget wouldn’t allow me to make huge purchases of it. ( I generally purchased a bit on January clearance sales, but in that case I had to buy 1/2 yards….not a way to build up a nice variety ) 

Susan at DesertSky Quilting saw that post and offered to send a bit of reproduction fabrics that she had inherited from a dear friend. I accepted her kind offer and used those in many a project, such as my Stars and Spools and others. There is a wee bit of it left …

At the beginning of THIS year Susan kindly offered to send me more fabric. I sent her postage money and here and there, when she had time, she let me know that she was cutting some out. The Priority Mail shoebox arrived via the mail on Saturday and when I went out to the porch I was amazed at how heavy it was!

I opened it and as I began to take the fabric out I was just blown away. Susan had so many pieces in there…so much variety for me…I was so excited !  What a sweetheart :)  I am so thankful for her kind gesture!!

I have begun the process of pre-washing. Taking all of those lovely folded up pieces and putting them in to the kitchen sink with hot water. The reds had a lot of bleed…4 washings until I was sure they were safe and then I placed those pieces helter skelter on the front porch to dry….hung over chairs and such.

Here is a photo of the fabric when I took it out of the box, and progress thus far on the 3rd Flower Basket Medallion border. I have a few more leaves prepped to finish the left side and then to finish the right side, I am looking forward to using some of the fabrics that Susan sent to me for more leaves and berries ! :)

As to weather this week…we skipped spring altogether and went from bitter cold to mid-80 degree weather for two days.  A few daffodils were happy about that :)

And so was my youngest son’s dog Koopa …basking in the open windows, fresh air and sunlight after running around the yard for awhile:

Meanwhile, however cold the temperatures have been up until the last few days, the snow melt and rains have resulted in my back yard having very high young spring grass in spots. I dragged out the lawn mower late morning and the string that you pull to start it, won’t pull all of the way. It is stuck.

Great! I Googled this and found lots of things to do to fix it.  None that I seem to be capable of :)

AND THEN I walked the mower down the street to my son’s house.  :)

We have a Flash Flood Watch for Sunday…I guess that grass is going to grow higher!

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