A busy weekend & a little applique

First of all, there was a horrific terrorist attack in London over the weekend and I want to mention that prior to posting the mundane goings on around here.  While many updates and stories and press releases were occuring on Saturday, a recent one from today from the London mayor, Sadiq Khan.

“The Mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services, and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city. He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets,” Khan’s spokesman said in a statement.

Meanwhile there is a benefit concert going on for the Manchester victims of an attack only a few weeks ago. I can only pray that these misguided people who turn into terrorists realize that God is a God of love…this is not something that our Creator, called Allah, God, Goddess, Mother, Father, the Great Spirit, Brahman, or whatever each religion has a name for, wishes!

As to here, I had my little grandson here on Friday and he must be due for a growth spurt. ( blurry phone pics below )

His mama brought him at nine, and while he’d had breakfast, within a half hour he said that he was hungry again. During the course of the day he had two donuts and two bowls of strawberries with milk, then a boiled egg, then a hotdog and pasta salad with chocolate milk, followed by strawberry shortcake ( strawberries were on sale this week :) some cotton candy from the dollar store, chips and dip after we returned from a park, and then cheese and pickles while we were playing Chinese Checkers.  This was all from 9:00 to 3:00! :)

Over the course of the weekend, the grass was mowed to within an inch of its life, the tomato plants and lettuce and spinach and flower seedlings were watered, throw rugs were washed, beds changed, the house vacuumed and dusted, and a strawberry cobbler was baked along with making a big bowl of potato salad for my DILs birthday celebration on Saturday evening.

Here she is with a neighbor of ours…they have become best friends.

Another thing that I managed to do over the weekend was work on a lot of applique prep…the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for June is yellow. I pulled fabrics and started the prep progress for some Little Baskets and another Airship Propeller block.

I pulled out the Elizabeths Pride block that I’d started awhile ago and am almost finished with it. I started the prep progress for another one.

My youngest son just returned from a music festival in West Virginia. Last year he’d been there with his dad…a group of people rent a nice cabin and attend the festival.  His dad had made the arrangements to rent the cabin again this year. He died on April 4.  My son and the others rallied together, collected their money, and went.

He scattered some of his dads ashes in several locations and found it to be both very sad and surreal and also a time of healing.

This is not a political blog but recently in the two instances that I have mentioned something political ( very briefly )  I have gotten a wee bit of backlash.

My response is this : I spend about 200.00 or more on this blog per year, paying Dreamhost, Askimet etc . for it. If I am lucky, I recoup that from people clicking on ads on my sidebar.  This is A Not-  For-Profit blog. It is a personal blog. If I happen to mention something that offends you, I am sorry but you won’t influence what I want to say.

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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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