Funny Critters & Hand Quilting

In my last post I’d mentioned that my son & DIL had gone to D.C. for the Memorial Day weekend with a local veteran’s motorcycle group and they would meet up with the larger “Rolling Thunder” groups there. ( I had the dog and her sister had three of the kids. )

They were going to stay with an Iraq war vet buddy and his wife and I am assuming that this picture that she’d texted me was when they were heading to that area. Stop for the geese!  :)  Hilarious ! On a  four lane highway!

Meanwhile once they got back it was as hot here as it was in DC…temps around 90 or above and feeling like mid-July versus  the end of May :(   I don’t like this kind of weather.

They’d recently had French Drains installed by a friend of the family and Merle the dog’s electrical fence had inadvertently been damaged.  That friend brought food over for an evening  cookout on Monday ( burgers, hot dogs and beans ) and I made a huge bowl of potato salad and the guys labored in the hot sun to re-install the fence in to the ground so that this goofball could be safe and not run off :)

My grandson threw this ball and Merle refused to release it. He carried it around like this for 10 minutes or more and I told my son to get a phone pic!! :)

As to the hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon..here is where I am right now :

I took a break from the fans over the last few days…

Not too long ago Pat from Amity Quilter had asked what I might do with the borders and I’d not thought of it until then. But she got me thinking about it and since I had one section done where I could move on to a border finish I did so :

I thought that a geometric sort of quilting on the borders might be a nice contrast to the fans. I had a plastic triangle tool and I just used that to trace around going down the border and then adding another round after the first.

Back to the fans now! :)

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RSC Scrap Quilt, Blooms & Dog Sitting

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for May is pink, and my pink Canterbury Bells have been in bloom for a good 2 or more weeks now.

I managed to get 3 pink blocks for my “Blend” project pieced this week and added them on to the existing ones. I call this RSC scrap quilt “Blend” because I was looking for blocks that would blend in with each other in a graduated manner….I was asked awhile ago what the block actually is, though. It is a Jinny Beyer BlockaWeek pattern called “Peekaboo.”  There are 37 little pieces that go in to each block. 

There’s that saying about April showers bringing May flowers…. how about May thunderstorms bringing the Iris in to bloom :)

When the storms rolled through it really cooled off to the point of needing a sweater in the early morning hours. I loved that break that we had for two days :)   It’s back to hot weather for Memorial Day Weekend. It was close to 90 degrees on Friday.

My middle son and DIL took off on the motorcycle for Washington D.C. and the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom 2018. If you are unfamiliar with this you can visit a short informative article about it HERE.    They were riding with a local veteran’s group to D.C. where they’d then join up with the larger group.

They left this morning. I got the twins and Javis off of the bus and organized until her sister came for them and then I took Merle home with me. While my two dogs despise getting wet, on a hot day Merle likes nothing better than getting sprayed with the hose  and then he takes off and runs through the  yard…we call it the ‘zoomies’ :)

I told my son to buy him a new bone and a few squeaky toys to have here…he’s so thrilled with new toys and it makes life easier.

I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend including all of the Rainbow Scrappers that routinely link up at Angela’s on Saturdays and the Slow Stitchers for Kathy’s party on Sundays. I’ll be linking up to both…now that I have these Blend blocks done and finished the Baby Quilt ( HERE ) for Kathy’s, I am still hand quilting my Rose of Sharon quilt.

I am almost finished with another Baptist Fan stencil section and ready to mark more on the quilt. I love this stencil of Barb’s and you can find hers  HERE.

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