RSC Scrap Quilt, Blooms & Dog Sitting

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for May is pink, and my pink Canterbury Bells have been in bloom for a good 2 or more weeks now.

I managed to get 3 pink blocks for my “Blend” project pieced this week and added them on to the existing ones. I call this RSC scrap quilt “Blend” because I was looking for blocks that would blend in with each other in a graduated manner….I was asked awhile ago what the block actually is, though. It is a Jinny Beyer BlockaWeek pattern called “Peekaboo.”  There are 37 little pieces that go in to each block. 

There’s that saying about April showers bringing May flowers…. how about May thunderstorms bringing the Iris in to bloom :)

When the storms rolled through it really cooled off to the point of needing a sweater in the early morning hours. I loved that break that we had for two days :)   It’s back to hot weather for Memorial Day Weekend. It was close to 90 degrees on Friday.

My middle son and DIL took off on the motorcycle for Washington D.C. and the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom 2018. If you are unfamiliar with this you can visit a short informative article about it HERE.    They were riding with a local veteran’s group to D.C. where they’d then join up with the larger group.

They left this morning. I got the twins and Javis off of the bus and organized until her sister came for them and then I took Merle home with me. While my two dogs despise getting wet, on a hot day Merle likes nothing better than getting sprayed with the hose  and then he takes off and runs through the  yard…we call it the ‘zoomies’ :)

I told my son to buy him a new bone and a few squeaky toys to have here…he’s so thrilled with new toys and it makes life easier.

I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend including all of the Rainbow Scrappers that routinely link up at Angela’s on Saturdays and the Slow Stitchers for Kathy’s party on Sundays. I’ll be linking up to both…now that I have these Blend blocks done and finished the Baby Quilt ( HERE ) for Kathy’s, I am still hand quilting my Rose of Sharon quilt.

I am almost finished with another Baptist Fan stencil section and ready to mark more on the quilt. I love this stencil of Barb’s and you can find hers  HERE.

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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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