Applique and the Ever Changing Weather Forecast

Many of you may already be experiencing winter storm Liam …he’s on the way here as well. The forecast keeps changing. Yesterday they said 1-3 inches of snow on Tuesday night and 1-3 on Wednesday. Then that changed for 3-5 on Wednesday. Then it changed to 1-3 / freezing rain…now it is at 3-5 / freezing rain.

On Monday I had just been up for a wee bit, when around 6:00 I received a text from my DIL asking if I could watch the kids due to the 2 hour school delay. What? I didn’t see much snow out there. However under it was ice, so this seems to be a common pattern lately.

For those of you who do not have this experience, let me tell you…. it’s so much fun to take 5-6 inches of snow off of your steps, walkway and car just to discover ice underneath, all in bitter temperatures :)

At time like these I am glad to be a dog” says Koopa, my youngest son’s dog, a blue nose pit bull.

Recently I finished up a Little Basket, the last two sections of this EPP  Starflower, and the last little Elizabeth’s Pride applique block.

Elizabeth’s Pride has a large center applique block with an Eagle. I am not sure if I want to make that block or a floral alternative so I’ll think on that for awhile :)  One reason is that I used the Eagle block for a different quilt a few years ago. There are plenty of other things to work on while I come to a decision :)

And whatever I have to shovel or scrape in the morning I remind myself that this will follow eventually :)

For those of you in the path of Liam I hope that you are safe / will be safe.

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Blooms : Applique, Quilting, and the Garden

While the rain was not forecasted, we had off & on showers all day on Wednesday. It had been three days of rain by then and yes, I’ll need to mow the grass again! Here is a morning glory covered in raindrops:

This is my Peegee Hydrangea, whose white blossoms deepen to pink in the fall, against the neighbor’s tree whose leaves end up all over my yard, even though he tries to keep up with them.

Because the forecast for Wednesday night was for the temperature to drop to 30 degrees, I took a few shots of the remaining flowers in the event that this was their last…

It was not. I woke to 37 degrees and still have all of the blooms.

As to other blooms, I’ve made a nice amount of progress in regards to the hand quilting in this block of the Botanical quilt :

Then while I had the freezer paper templates traced out ages ago, I finally cut them out and started the prep work for another Elizabeth’s Pride block :

There’s a story behind Elizabeth’s Pride. Several years ago, Audrey at Quilty Folk had suggested that some of us start an eagle quilt.  Visit Audrey here and see on her side bar that her lovely Eagle quilt rendition is currently in the hoop :)

Well I had decided to do this, and join Audrey & friends,  and found the Elizabeth’s Pride pattern by Lori Smith. I was attracted by the deep rich colors in her quilt. When the instructions came, I discovered that it had been made in wool. No wonder it was so deep and rich.

Elizabeth pride pattern pic

I started out with fabric, and made a few of the floral blocks and the Eagle center but then it morphed in to a sampler / memorial quilt for my son and DIL…I made it up as I went along. It was to memorialize her little baby that died at 4 months, and the fallen friends of my son in Iraq when they served together there.  It ended up being a holiday gift.

remember the fallen

I TIED it so that they would use it, and they do. It’s in their family / TV / all purpose room along with the 1857 quilt .

EAGLE SAMPLER NEW COLLAGE

Later on, I pulled the original pattern out and began again :)  I work on them sporadically. This will be the 10th little block.

I am not sure if I’ll make the center eagle block or not. I toy with the idea of a floral block there instead. Plenty of time to mull it over..

Having nothing to do with blooms or sewing, I am going to move on to ELEPHANTS! :)

The little twins wanted to be elephants for Halloween this year. My DIL’s friends made the tutus, and she came up with the rest of the outfits….this is equally cute & hilarious! :)

They are dressed up for their school parade and party.  Their mama took the photo before school.

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