Stars and Spools Finish

I finally finished up the binding on the Stars and Spools quilt. This is just something that I made up as I went along, and I enjoyed working with the reproduction era fabrics or ones that seemed to mimic that color scheme and look. All of the applique and hexies and quilting was done by hand.

Quilting continues here and there on the Scrappy Granny quilt…I took a photo when the morning sunlight was streaming in.

Then this has nothing to do with quilting but I got a good laugh. I put these plastic nubby protectors on the furniture at night or when I am going to be out for awhile.

My sons dog just made his own arrangement to avoid the protector and still be up there! My dog Lily is on the floor in the corner thinking what a bad boy Koopa is to not play by the rules :)

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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

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