Some EPP, Applique, Quilting & That Crazy Dog

I had several Facebook memories from previous years on this date show up on Thursday of my son’s crazy dog, Koopa.

Here, I had a nubby plastic furniture protector on the loveseat. That’s the signal for my older dogs to stay off of it.  In the photo below, you can see that Lily took the hint and is on the floor in the corner. Koopa however, just worked around the situation!

Like many of you while we had a few warm days ( actually 2 days that went to 80+degrees ) we’ve had no normal spring weather here. Mostly rain, sleet or snow.   My crapapple tree usually has blooms that start out a deep pink, then they turn to white.

Right now, it is JUST budding…no color yet.  This next Facebook memory of Koopa jumping at the tree at the same time as now, only a year or two ago, shows the tree is about done….all white and soon to drop its blossoms. So we are behind for sure.   ( Pit bulls LOVE to jump as you can see :)

I went back on the blog to see some milder spring days in 2016 around this time…’s a favorite photo when the blossoms were opening when they were supposed to :)

Dove closeup by crab apple tree

I added a few more leaves and berries to the third border of my Flower Basket Medallion.  VERY cold and blustery out / I gave up and brought it in for a picture…the wind just kept gusting!

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month is yellow / gold. I enjoyed digging in to all of the lovely reproduction fabric that Susan had sent to me ( see previous post ) and I made an EPP gold Starflower and appliqued it to a background square.

Another applique block in the works from the Dear Daughter project at Sentimental Stitches….and more hand quilting progress on my Rose of Sharon quilt.

To see what others create this month in yellow / gold, visit Angela and other RSC participants on Saturdays.  

To view other hand work projects, visit Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching.

Quilting Projects, Food & A Movie

I had all of the grandkids here on Saturday morning while my son worked and the DIL went to a Bible Study. While it is a few years old, this was a new-to-Amazon movie that showed up and since it had great reviews I selected it for us to watch:


While most children’s movies don’t hold my interest and I wander off to do something else, this one did. It is as interesting for an adult as for a child, as long as the child is at least 6 years old and up. Great story line, ( mystery & adventure ) wonderful acting, and amazing cinematography.

So if you have Amazon Prime, children or grandchildren, I would recommend this one as a keeper.  You don’t even need children, lol…it was that intriguing :)  

In the afternoon, they were off to a fund-raiser and Tallica sent a photo of Javis to me with some Syrian bread. Thankfully they brought a loaf back for me! Yesterday the  youngest son stopped by with some sweets from a bakery and we split a tart and some macaroons. Not doing too badly here in the way of treats :)

I make  Syrian bread from time to time and will include the link to two recipes at the end of the post :) Of course it is always better when someone else baked it and no work involved on my end!

As to quilting projects for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts  I have several to choose from. It’s been ages since I worked on my Flower Basket Medallion ( details in the last post HERE )

I did manage to sew the stems down on the 4th border enough for placement, and sew the stems down completely on the 3rd border. A bit of progress in the way of circles and leaves thus far :

I have the other bird and a few leaves prepped and two or three more circles prepped for sewing and then it will be back to the freezer paper, starch and the ironing board for more once I get those appliqued on.

I truly think that there is more time spent in prep work for applique than the actual sewing time.

A nice bit of progress this week in regards to hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon:

From another angle to show progress : I finished up the bottom corner of one fan section and then marked another and started that one. I am using the fan stencil from Fun With Barb.

As to weather…like many of you, snow again!

What is crazy is that between the snow melt and constant rain, my backyard is full of high spring grass out of control and needing mowed!  Yet yesterday, it was too wet ( and chilly) to tackle and then I woke to snow this morning.

At some point, there will be a dry spell and time to work outside and less time for sewing inside but until then…I’ll just keep on with these quilting projects as time permits :)

I’d like to get this latest star flower finished up on Sunday :

You might also enjoy : Baking : Two Syrian Flatbread Recipes 

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