Blooms & Little Baskets

I saw a funny meme on Facebook today with Forrest Gump showing astonishment.  The text said ” The snow melted and then it was 80 degrees.!” 

We went from cold weather to   77 degrees then on to two 85 degree days here in Southwestern PA.

Those two days felt like July, and were hard to adjust to. Rain is moving in and we’ll have a cool off and more spring-like temperatures.

My crab apple tree has bloomed and my youngest son’s dog is jumping at an 8 foot high branch that he reached last fall and we had to saw off…

Pit Bulls just love to jump!

The pink blooms have turned over to white and when a breeze kicks up it begins to ‘snow’ blossoms all over the yard :)

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month is rose or pink. I appliqued two gold baskets for April’s color and moved on to some pink little baskets for May. Hand quilting on my Rose of Sharon certainly fits in with the pink / rose theme for the month as well :)

See what other Rainbow Scrappers are up to at So Scrappy on Saturdays and join us Slow Stitchers at Kathy’s Quilts on Sundays.

You might also enjoy : Vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt 

Slow Stitching, Twins & Dogs

We had a round of snow early Friday morning….enough for a school delay. Before my DIL brought the kids down to me, she took this photo of the twins.

How cute are these shirts!

For those of you that may have twins in your family I asked where she’d purchased them ( if online somewhere ) but they were custom made by a friend from church.

My youngest son’s birthday is on Sunday and we’ll all go out to dinner. On Friday night he went out with friends and left Koopa here. On Saturday afternoon the middle son, DIL, and the kids took Koopa and their dog Merle ( both are young ) a few blocks down to the fields behind the American Legion to let them run. They have some launcher for balls and the dogs run and run and run but in this case, my DIL sent a photo of them attempting to play tug of war with a “stick” that might have been a wee bit too big for them :)

( This is the same area that I showed not too long ago which was flooded / HERE )

While Koopa and Merle play non-stop when they are together, my dogs are old and he’s very adaptable. He just cuddles up. Here, he and Jugsy are snuggled up in a patch of sunlight in the dining room.

They were at my feet when I was sewing at the dining room table. I finished up two more Little Baskets, using Angela’s  Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month suggestion.

I generally try to join up with others on Sundays at Kathy’s Quilts where she hosts Slow Sunday Stitching.  There’s a nice variety of handwork to view and enjoy every Sunday, ranging from quilting activities to embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, etc.

I have a number of things that I can work on. I started another EPP Starflower, I have an applique block to finish prep work on, and I am ready to move the hoop and mark some more fans on Rose of Sharon in regards to hand quilting, which I’ve not touched for a good week. Hopefully I can work a bit on all of them or at least one, as the mood strikes! :)

Meanwhile, Easter is coming up….if you are planning menus or looking for a special dessert,  here’s one that I have had great success with :)

Raspberry Coffee Cake ; a Recipe Winner