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 :)