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

  1. Karen says:

    so far all the plants here have survived the cold nights, hope they continue to do so as it will be quite chilly this weekend. I will probably look to see if there are any flowers to cut before Saturday which will be our coldest coming up. the quilt is coming along really well I think

  2. Hello from Idaho and stop in from Judy. Sure plenty of snow here still.
    I’m doing my first quilt.
    If you fine the time stop in for a cup of coffee.

  3. FlowerLady says:

    I love this quilt top that you are working on.

    How many quilts have you made since you started quilting?

    Your work is really nice and I love your hand quilting.

    FlowerLady

    • debralynnpugh says:

      FlowerLady offhand I don’t know how many quilts…I have page tabs on the top part of my blog that show finishes though. I had started quilting ages ago and some of them are there. Then I stopped for a long time and started up again about 3 years, maybe 4 ago.

  4. Jane says:

    I have to go out and check to see if my bulbs have come up. The last time they were early they did awful.

    Love your quilt…so cheery!

    Jane x

  5. Way too early for all those plants. I keep worrying that we may encounter a second year of no peach crop because of the on and off again temps. One thing I know, the theme for the weekend is cold and more cold.

  6. Doreen Johnson says:

    I enjoyed seeing so much more of your Scrappy Granny quilt! The quilting is looking fabulous, this is such a cheerful and sweet quilt.
    We have been having similar weather issues with the Cherry Trees in bloom so early here in northern VA.

  7. I’ve never seen a quilt that a cat or dog didn’t immediately pounce on!
    Brenda

  8. Kyle says:

    Scrappy Granny has developed a lot of texture as you keep getting more and more quilting done, especially, with the perel cotton and the big stitch. Don’t you just love it! Glad you rescued the daffodils.

  9. Nana Diana says:

    Love your quilts- I always do and am so envious that you make such beautiful works of art.
    Your plants are great…we don’t have anything growing here this time of year. It is just so cold….in the 20s tonight. ugh
    Can’t wait to see something growing outside here. xo Diana

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  11. Grandma Kc says:

    Every time I see one of your quilts I am just so amazed and impressed. I have been trying very hard to put more fruits and veggies into our diets. Salads sure help but I would love some of your roasted red peppers!

  12. Deb says:

    Those peppers look yummy! Your quilting on that quilt is just beautiful. So glad the daffodils got saved and put inside for someone to enjoy before the cold got them.

  13. Joanna says:

    That quilt is gorgeous. Here in Minnesota the weather and plants are mixed up too. I have / had daffodils coming up on the south side of the house, however it was in the single digits last night, so I’m sure they were nipped good.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Joanna..the next few nights are to be the same here. I worry for our plants, fruit crops etc.
      Thank you for the compliment and for visiting! :)

  14. Pam says:

    Weather this winter has been so strange. Close to 80 degrees in Nashville TN the last two days, calling for less then and inch of snow tomorrow night. Crazy. Love the quilts. Nice job.

  15. Kim says:

    On Wednesday, I noticed some pretty crocuses blooming in my yard. Today, they are buried under several inches of snow. Poor, cold little blooms…

  16. Mari says:

    Scrappy Granny is looking good! And those peppers look mighty tasty. My plants are confused, too. I fear we will not have flowers this spring, which would be sad.

  17. Your roasted peppers look yummy! We have taken to roasting a cookie sheet sized pan of all kinds of vegetables with a little bit of meat on the side for dinner. One of my favorite meals nowadays! Your red granny block to be quilted is so pretty – love the cardinal in it!

  18. gayle says:

    We had snow all day yesterday, and today there’s a cold wind blowing. It feels even chillier considering we were in the 60’s a couple of days ago… (I keep telling my flowerbeds to wait, wait, wait!)
    I love your Scrappy Granny even more every time you show it! You’ll have me starting one of my own before long. (Thanks?)

  19. katie z. says:

    Your quilting is beautiful!

  20. Those roasted red peppers are perfect for the red month. Lots of pretty red blocks to quilt before the end of the month.

  21. Chantal says:

    Beautiful quilting on a beautiful quilt. Love the cardinal and the Kitten. Sorry about the plants. ;^)

  22. CathieJ says:

    That quilt is so very pretty. My daffodils, though not to the bloom stage yet, are now covered in a couple of inches of snow with more than a foot of snow predicted for this week. I have a feeling that I will see very few blooms this year.

  23. Sally T says:

    I was going to plant my snow peas about a month ago, but am glad I held off. Maybe next week. And I always love to see a cardinal…especially on a quilt.

  24. Sandra says:

    Here in Southern Ontario we had a wonderful February….now it seems we are in for a snowstorm the next couple of days. We, too, are trying to go a couple of meatless dinners per week….so far, so good!
    We have prepared some quite tasty meals!

  25. Deb says:

    It’s be a strange winter weatherwise this year, even here in Florida plants are blooming too soon, and while we don’t get the snow the flowers come too fast leaving us a very sparse showing in Spring.

    The quilt you are working on today is lovely.

  26. Kaja says:

    I find I don’t miss meat, but would miss my veg if I had to do without. Your scrappy Granny is looking great – I love seeing how quilting enhances the piecing and really like your lovely perle thread.

  27. Quilter Kathy says:

    Fabulous progress! I loved seeing where you are quilting today!

  28. Joyce says:

    Love the cardinal block. Its got its own little cozy corner of the world where it can be bright, cheerful, and warm without being bothered by the troubles of the world! (I’m waxing poetic here!)

  29. Kate says:

    The weather has definitely been a bit schizophrenic this year. Love your quilt. Happy slow stitching this week.

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