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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Applique & Quilting Mid-March

Here in southwestern PA, we were not to worry about Stella the blizzard very much. We were *just* to get either 3-6 or 4-8 inches of snow. In the end, something changed and we got very little snow on Tuesday. Just enough to cover the ground.  We did have the wind.

There was a constant steady wind, percieved  by hearing the bamboo wind chimes out on the front porch. Then a gusty wind would come up ( we had up to 40 mph gusts ) and the howling and whistling through the cracks and crannies of the house was heard.

Next perhaps a minute or two of stillness, and just the ticking of the kitchen clock and the sound of the needle & thread as I pulled stitches through on the quilt, and then the chimes and the howling / whistling would start up again.

Meanwhile, as to applique & quilting, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge suggested color of the month is red. I finished appliqueing a Little Basket and another Airship Propeller block, and also finished hand quilting a red colored block in my Scrappy Granny quilt.

I am using perle cotton in the colored portion and regular quilting thread and smaller stitching in the other areas. This is the first time that I have done this and it makes for an interesting texture.

The nine blocks in the center of Scrappy Granny are all finished so as to the border blocks I can pretty much pick and choose what to do next. I decided to move on to another block with reds and birds.

Wintry birds to match the weather :)

Like this little titmouse…

In this case it is a cardinal and chickadees.

Real chickadees :)

Chickadee Collage

Real cardinal…

cardinal 2

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