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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Blooms Too Soon & the March RSC Color for Quilting is Red

This winter weather has been up & down, as many of you have experienced as well. Cold and snow one day, and temps in the mid-50’s on another. Once or twice we were in the high 60’s.  Well the plants are confused.

They are coming up, thinking that it is mid-April. On March 8th I noticed that my daffodils on the side of the house were in bloom. This is much too early. I had one of my grandsons come down and pick the 10 or so in bloom for his mother.

The weekend forecast is for lows around 12 degrees…the blooms will be happier in a vase of water in a nice warm house :)

There are things coming up such as daylilies and autumn sedum…and my lilac bush started budding too early…something I generally worry about in spring, not winter.

While there is early green growth outdoors, as to indoor quilting projects the RSC ( Rainbow Scrap Challenge ) color of the month is red. Like these roasted red peppers that I made to accompany my chicken dinner…

I have been cutting down on meat quite a bit in the last year or so,  and usually my dinners anymore are a very small portion of it + a good 4-5 veggies )

While I have some red-themed applique that I am working on, I took a look at Scrappy Granny once I had finished hand quilting the latest block and surrounding sashing.

I have nine of these + sashing finished now, so the middle is all done.

Why not choose a red block for the next one? :)

There were several to choose from and the kitty even showed her preference.

I did not go with her choice, however. I chose this one…all set to quilt! :)  I am using perle thread and ‘big stitch’ quilting in the colored portion of the blocks, and regular quilting thread and smaller stitches around the block and in the sashing.  I did not make the perle threads investment lightly…I have at least two other quilt tops that I can use the same treatment with down the line.

That cardinal that is featured in this quilt block, so brilliant against the winter snow when it falls, has now changed his song…in the spring he calls “pretty pretty pretty” and his new call is as early as the plant growth this year. This is why he’s in my hoop now :)

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