Hand Quilting ; Moving Forward

Everyone is finally back to school after Thanksgiving vacation ; I had Brent and Kate here on Tuesday for the day. The weather was very mild that day; close to sixty degrees. I did some yard work, they could ride bikes and scooters with just their light jackets on, and my youngest son took them to a local park in the afternoon.

It seemed as if  one day I put out all the Christmas decorations, with snowmen all over the living room, and then next day, Spring arrived!

The hand quilting is moving forward on the Botanical quilt. I finally finished up this block…

I am ready to start on the last one now.  ( There are six large blocks to this couch sized quilt. They are from the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt  project, which has many more blocks to make a full sized quilt. )

I knew that I had some colored quilting thread somewhere leftover after quilting the Crosses & Losses quilt. Naturally, I found it in the last place that I looked :)   I want to quilt the green and purple areas with colored thread.

The family went to a Meet Santa party at a local Elks lodge today. I am not sure who took the photo that my DIL posted on Facebook but I edited it a bit. I couldn’t move that Christmas tree to center it behind them, though, lol ! :)

I will be joining up with other Slow Sunday Stitchers tomorrow at Kathy’s Quilts as I make a bit of hand quilting progress on this latest block.

You might also enjoy : Crosses & Losses Quilt : Finished

Hand Quilting Progress / Slice of Life Early October

While we had rain yesterday and more will arrive in a few days from Hurricane Nate remnants, it’s been quite dry lately. Everything’s rather crispy.

It does not look much like Autumn here in southwestern PA yet. Very little foliage has turned thus far. We had two light frosts….not enough to change things much.

Most of my flowers are still going strong with new ones blooming every day.

I actually have some Cosmos in the back that haven’t bloomed yet!  I picked five tomatoes yesterday. There are still a few left that are ripening.

My tall grasses in the afternoon sun :

Getting used to my son and his dog being here every day again :)

I might be getting used to that, but  I’ll never get used to the horror and carnage , such as went on in Las Vegas and goes on with smaller mass shootings on a daily basis in this country.

And it is always the same pattern. Within two or three days, people start to freak out that “THEY” are going to take away their guns. No, “THEY” are not.  How about “THEY” just take away the ability to sell assault rifles or the ability to turn some rifles into them?

But it is always the same. Simplistic, black and white, and who profits?  Gun sales are always up after a mass shooting.

I have been doing a bit of hand quilting on the Botanical quilt.  I finished the Iris block.

Starting in on the next one :

Harvey, Irma, Maria….too many hurricanes. Here’s hoping that this latest, Nate, weakens and that everyone in its  path will be safe.

Sharing at Kathy’ s Quilts for Sunday Slow Stitching