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 

Little Baskets, More Templates Needed, & Dear Daughter

Time to make some new templates. I iron two pieces of freezer paper together to make them sturdier,  yet still, after a few rounds of use, they start to lose their sticking power…the shiny side says “I’ve had enough” and it’s time for a new round of templates for my Little Baskets, Starflowers, and on the upper left, some applique for the new Dear Daughter project from Sentimental Stitches.

I know I know…I don’t need a new project but Gay at Sentimental Stitches is so wonderful ….her background stories into the projects, the great photos of the quilts and their individual blocks…I had made a few of the Benjamin Biggs blocks, many more of the 1857 Album ….enough for a large sized couch quilt that is down at my son’s house, covering the grand kids when they watch TV, and now this one :)

She started a Facebook group, had over 800 join in and we crashed her website this morning when she let us know that the first set of blocks were ready :)     As with the 1857 Album quilt, I won’t applique every block but simply focus on a large couch quilt size. If you go to the link, you’ll see that the quilt has quite the thick sashing and I do not intend to replicate that.  I don’t want to spend the money on new fabrics for that. I’ll wait until I am done and go from there :)

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month is green. I have appliqued two green themed Little Baskets thus far, with another one prepped and ready to go.  And then those older freezer paper templates have been thrown out and new ones will be used as per the earlier photo.

As to the last item needing new templates, the EPP Starflower, I had such a fun exchange with a reader of this blog today.

Janet is a talented quilter who enjoys EPP and she would like to start making some Starflowers as well. We exchanged a few emails and she sent some links to me with an alternative to my whip stitching…I may try that method out on my next one. I hope that down the line once Janet starts on these that she might send some photos of hers that I can show on the blog  :) We both have a love of reproduction fabrics.

You might also enjoy : Rainbows and Potpies   OR  Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt 

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