Applique & Quilting and a bit of family too

It has been awhile ( life happened ) but I returned to some applique work. I’d started making Little Baskets in 2016 and thought to follow the Rainbow Scrap Challenge monthly color suggestions in 2017 for them as well as for another applique project….Airship Propellers.

I fell behind…I did not do any applique whatsoever for a good six weeks.

I started with the baskets…one months’ color was red, another month was use your variegated fabrics, and the month of May is green.  For the Airship block I just tried to combine all three suggestions :) I had finished up a green themed block on Scrappy Granny and threw that into the collage as well…

A bit more sewing later…

My DIL took the girls to a well check visit the other day, and I visited in the afternoon after that.

My niece came down later and it was a rainy day….perfect for reading to the kids. She posted this photo on Facebook.

My DIL caught another shot and as you can see, Merle was listening to the stories as well.

While Merle was laid back down the street during story time, here at my house despite the rain, my youngest sons’ dog Koopa was still full of energy.

As a background…..we’ve already cut down lower branches that he reached and pulled down,  and my son purchased this fencing to keep him away from chewing the bark off of the tree trunk. He’s just aiming for the higher branches now.

I don’t know why pit bulls love to jump so much but at this point, the higher branches are a good 7-8 feet up and he’s reaching them…I can see where he’s bitten the bark when he jumps…

He is 70 pounds of pure muscle. To put this into perspective, oftentimes he gets bored around 4:30 a.m. and leaves my son and comes and jumps onto ME in my bed, and begins to lick my face off with love and devotion. Well, they won’t be here forever, ha ha …this is just temporary.

As you can see in the photos the frequent rain here has everything growing like mad and there is lots of green. I still have a bit more of green that I can work on this month ( RSC related ) and that is some stems and leaves….I don’t have all of the prep work done for this block but I have enough to make a start on the applique. It’s been quite awhile since I worked on Elizabeths Pride.

I have some Slow Stitching ahead of me ( as well as more prep ) for this block. As to hand quilting after I finished that green block I moved on to another, finished it and currently have the perle cotton stitching done on another and am ready to outline the block with regular smaller quilting stitches.

Getting there! :)

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Naan Bread, Cabbage Indian Style, Yard Work, Kids & Reading

I made Naan Bread recently, using the recipe that I found HERE.   ( there is a printout version there as well. )

Note : I did not knead in any garlic, nor did I grill it, but just used my skillet, and I only used 4 cups of flour versus the 4 1/2 ( you can always add more if needed. )  

It was a very easy dough to work with and rather than having to knead for 6 minutes it was more like half of that time. I used bread flour.

This was my first time…a few were too thick, the dogs enjoyed two burnt ones, and the rest were wonderful. I kept a few here and took the remainder down the street where my son said that they were perfect and to make more soon.

I haven’t posted about using Indian spices in cooking since I wrote ages ago about using them in the summer and making Tandoori Chicken.  I’ve used them off and on since then when I roast vegetables in the oven.

Recently I was in the mood for Cabbage & Noodles or Cabbage & Potatoes ( a skillet dinner that I typically just use cabbage, onions and olive oil to prepare ) and I thought why not try that with some Indian spices as well? I used mustard seed, cumin, chili power, tumeric and garam masala in addition to the cabbage, onions and garlic. I added boiled potatoes and a few cut up cherry tomatoes and it was a great success, and nice to have something different. Having used an entire head of cabbage, about 2/3 of this went down to the kids along with the Naan bread.

Half of mine was gone before I remembered to take a quick photo :

For days on end now, the weather has been more like April or May than February. I headed out to the yard. The privet bush got a drastic trimming ( a vine with poisonous berries landed there a year or two ago). I started on the snowball bush as well. ( a wild grapevine landed there ). Thank you, birds, for dropping all of this crap on my bushes! :)

This is all done manually with a hand held trimmer. I stopped when it felt as if my hands were going to cramp up if I did not. What is here in the yard will go into two garbage cans for pickup week after week for several weeks and then I’ll tackle the snowball bush again.

Meanwhile I have started reading this book…amazing! :)  Equally amazing is that I took the photo out on the porch, where I was reading it, during a 66 degree day, in February.

Last but not least, I showed a photo of the girls ( wrestling ) in a prior post.  The family photo of all four of the youngest grands was made available online recently. The photographer does such lovely work!

Today, Friday, is to be our warmest yet….in the 70’s. I can’t recall a February like this! Over the weekend we will have a cooldown and be a bit more ‘normal’ here in southwestern PA.

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