Easter, RSC Blend, and Back to the Flower Basket Medallion Project

While I have very clear memories from my childhood as to what we did at Thanksgiving and Christmas, in regards to our Easter dinner it must have been informal….or fluid in regards to custom.

As a young adult raising small boys some of my best Easter memories in regards to dinners were when my husbands’ family all gathered together at a restaurant in Prosperity, PA, called The Mansion House. This was a family style restaurant…it was almost as if you went to some super-Grandma’s house :)  We’d all be seated at long tables with lace cloth and beautiful china, and there would be nut breads and other appetizers, then the soup and salad would come, followed by the traditional Easter ham, turkey, etc. dinner.

This went on for a few years and I think it closed down or something, and after that Easter was usually about a home-cooked dinner.

A few years ago, though, the kids thought that I was joking at first when I suggested that we go out for Chinese food, versus cooking the same things that we’d basically just had at Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Well I wasn’t joking and we did that. It was wonderful…no food to prepare ourselves and no dishes to wash.  My DIL’s family has a large gathering early in the day, and then going out for Chinese in the evening works just fine.

In our area most restaurants now feature both Chinese and Japanese cuisine and the grand kids love sushi! ( No raw fish sushi, but items such as California rolls )  The restaurant that we went to this year has an ‘all you can eat’ feature which we selected for the kids. HA! The restaurant clearly lost money on those kids. Kate and the twins ate normal amounts but Brent and Javis devoured huge plates of California rolls, salad, and miso soup. Javis himself went through FOUR bowls of that soup!

Meanwhile the weather has been back and forth / up and down. Saturday was very cold. Easter Sunday when we ventured out to the restaurant we just required light jackets.  On Monday we woke up to three inches of heavy wet snow, which was pretty but we are a bit over it by now :)

By late afternoon the snow had melted and I could put this Flower Basket Medallion  out on the line for a picture since it’s been so long since I worked on it that this was faster than looking through older photos :)

Back in September of 2015 I’d ordered a Kim McLean pattern  ( some photos of that pattern and finished quilts of it are HERE )  but in the end I opted to make a version of the center but veer off on to my own in regards to the appliqued borders.

It’s been ages since I worked on this and I decided to get back to it. I have the basket and stems almost completely sewn down for the 3rd border, and then I thought to do the same on the 4th one as well.

On the 4th one, I only have the basket sewn down but I’ll continue to work on the stems during the week. I thought that if I completed the boring parts on both borders it would inspire me to continue on with the rest :)

I showed in my last post that I had been working on catching up with a piecing project for this years’ Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I did manage to finish one more green ( for March) block and get the three month’s colors for the first quarter sewn together /Here is my Blend project thus far :

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22 Responses to Easter, RSC Blend, and Back to the Flower Basket Medallion Project

  1. I adore sushi, sounds like a perfect way to celebrate!

  2. Karen says:

    I have the Kim McLean pattern and never used it! I do that with so many buy patterns and in a box they go must stop doing that.
    That is such a good idea to go out to a place that is not the same as Xmas and Thanksgiving. We just do not celebrate Easter anymore with it being just ourselves but because it is just us it would be nice to go to a place that normally most likely has less business on that day

  3. You do such lovely work! Hope that Spring is coming soon-for both of us!

  4. Kim says:

    That flower basket quilt is outstanding and dinner out sounds fabulous! Holidays are a lot of work!

  5. Sounds like you had a fun Easter. I don’t know who is going to be the recipient of that Flower Basket quilt when it is done, but they are one lucky person. :-)

  6. Joyce says:

    Love the pic of Javis! And the older I get, the more appealing holiday dinners out become to me. I’m currently drowning in dishes to wash and put away, table cloth laundering, and serving dishes to return. Well worth the trouble, but still…….!!!

  7. Pat Taylor says:

    Stunning applique project and I am jealous you could get outside – is that green grass I spy??

  8. Kyle says:

    It’s a beautiful appliqué. It looks like spring!

  9. Jocelyn says:

    Beautiful, beautiful appliqué! Dinner out with the family is the best of outings.

  10. Eileen says:

    Hello, we decided next Easter we would go out to a restaurant. It does sound more relaxing, not having to cook or prepare. Your flower basket quilt is beautiful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  11. Ann says:

    Food disappeared at our house while the boys were growing. I certainly relate to your situation. Those bottomless pits. Ha.
    I compared the original design with yours and admire the changes you made. A different feel – accentuated by the fabrics you chose. Good luck finishing the last two borders. Are you going to add more after that?

  12. Melanie says:

    I have fond memories of those family style restaurants from when I was growing up. We went a few times with my grandparents. I love that you went out for Chinese food for Easter. Why not? I only had three people over for Easter, but it was still a ton of work with the food prep, company-cleaning the house, having to rearrange some furniture, then all the clean-up. Your quilts are so beautiful.

  13. audrey says:

    Such a great idea to have a Chinese dinner on Easter! Don’t think I could convince my family, but it sounds lovely.:) Isn’t it fun to work on a project that’s been put away for awhile? Especially one with this amount of hand work already invested. Such a great looking quilt already. Can’t wait to see the ending!

  14. Javis certainly was enjoying his soup and what a cutie! I have fond memories of going out to dinner every Sunday after Church and after spending time with Grandma. We went to The Jolly Inn and gosh I loved that restaurant. Some of only a few good memories of my childhood. Hubs and I were sick with the flu on Easter so I made Easter dinner Wednesday…But next year maybe I’ll suggest Sushi which I love!!! Great stitching as always.

  15. Ivani Vieira says:

    great finish for the First 3 months! Your basket applique is turning out beautifully

  16. Your Easter dinner sounds fantastic! I loved that your kids thought you were joking at first. The medallion quilt is gorgeous – perfect sewing for this time of year when we are all craving flowers.

  17. Kathy says:

    isn’t it the most wonderful thing to spend time with families making memories? Happy quilting time ahead.

  18. val says:

    Four bowls….love when boys eat so well. (Perfect picture too) As always…I love your applique work.

  19. Cathy says:

    Great RSC blocks. Love the basket applique work you have done!

  20. Susan says:

    What a very enjoyable thing to eat Chinese for Easter evening! Especially with appetites like those. LOL How nice they aren’t picky eaters. I have Chinese friends who always go somewhere else to eat on Christmas and Thanksgiving – in Arizona, they usually go for a weekend in Las Vegas!

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