Funny Critters & Hand Quilting

In my last post I’d mentioned that my son & DIL had gone to D.C. for the Memorial Day weekend with a local veteran’s motorcycle group and they would meet up with the larger “Rolling Thunder” groups there. ( I had the dog and her sister had three of the kids. )

They were going to stay with an Iraq war vet buddy and his wife and I am assuming that this picture that she’d texted me was when they were heading to that area. Stop for the geese!  :)  Hilarious ! On a  four lane highway!

Meanwhile once they got back it was as hot here as it was in DC…temps around 90 or above and feeling like mid-July versus  the end of May :(   I don’t like this kind of weather.

They’d recently had French Drains installed by a friend of the family and Merle the dog’s electrical fence had inadvertently been damaged.  That friend brought food over for an evening  cookout on Monday ( burgers, hot dogs and beans ) and I made a huge bowl of potato salad and the guys labored in the hot sun to re-install the fence in to the ground so that this goofball could be safe and not run off :)

My grandson threw this ball and Merle refused to release it. He carried it around like this for 10 minutes or more and I told my son to get a phone pic!! :)

As to the hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon..here is where I am right now :

I took a break from the fans over the last few days…

Not too long ago Pat from Amity Quilter had asked what I might do with the borders and I’d not thought of it until then. But she got me thinking about it and since I had one section done where I could move on to a border finish I did so :

I thought that a geometric sort of quilting on the borders might be a nice contrast to the fans. I had a plastic triangle tool and I just used that to trace around going down the border and then adding another round after the first.

Back to the fans now! :)

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13 Responses to Funny Critters & Hand Quilting

  1. FlowerLady says:

    Your hand quilting always amazes me, you do beautiful work.

    Love the photo of the geese family and of course the one of Merle with the ball. He does look like a goof!

    Enjoy your week ~ FlowerLady

  2. Pat in WNY says:

    Great choice for your border quilting! And I think maybe a bit less labor intensive after all those fans? We are sweltering here too, though T-storms are predicted for tonight and the next couple days followed by a bit of cooling. Our goofball carries around some deer antlers he dug up from somewhere near the creek. Yesterday tried to plant them in the squash field my husband was preparing – maybe hoping he’d be able to grow an 8-pointer out there?

  3. Barb says:

    Gosh that’s HOT! It’s actually been cool (60’s) at the beach in CA. Go figure… Cute doggie pic. I love your quilt.

  4. Joyce says:

    Add that pic of Merle and his smiley face ball to my list of all time faves from you!

  5. Kim says:

    Beautiful quilt and that picture is hysterical. My whole neighborhood is filled with that scene right now…of course, it’s not a four lane highway!

  6. Kyle says:

    Sounds like you need more fans than just the ones you’ve been quilting. Stay cool, you’re making wonderful progress.

  7. Karen says:

    the rose of sharon is looking great!!! hot here too – such a weird early summer!

  8. barb says:

    your quilting looks lovely and your moving right along.
    I too had to stop in the road the other day to let ducklings cross :)

  9. Sandra Healy says:

    Loving your rose quilt, it’s going to look totally stunning when complete. I feel like we had no spring this year, just winter then full-on summer!

  10. Eileen says:

    Hello, cute shot of the goose family. Merle is so cute!
    I just love your quilt. It is very humid today. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  11. Carla says:

    Love the fans (Amish waves) on your quilt. I have used them on one quilt need to add them to another . Great overall quilting pattern

  12. Cute picture of the dog! The fans add so much texture to your Rose of Sharon quilt – it’s really beautiful! The triangles in the border look great, too.

  13. Glad they had a fun and safe trip up and back. Love that quilt. It has been hot and humid as a swamp here for several days. Suppose to cool down soon. Not fun working out there in the soup.

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