Hand Quilting: Little Hands into Family & Friends Quilts

We went to close to 40 degrees these last two days so a good bit of the ice that winter storm Liam provided us with has been slowly melting, though there are still huge chunks of it here and there.

It was pretty the other day with the icicles on trees and bushes glittering in the late afternoon sunshine.  “All that glitters is not gold” :)

Unfortunately more precipitation is in the forecast…not too much of a break :)

Meanwhile I’ve been tying this baby quilt off and on. I don’t do too much at a time because it is tedious and my wrists hurt if I do too much at one sitting. The middle and one border are done.

The mama stopped over the other day with the big sister and brother and traced their hands on to paper so that I could incorporate some hand quilting in as well.  I cut those tracings out and fit their little hands between ships on the top border.  One is done and I need to quilt the other one, then I’ll get back to the tying. I am using perle cotton to tie this one.

When I was making a baby quilt many many years ago for my middle son, I traced his older brother’s hand into the border of the quilt. I still have that…all hand quilted and I think that it was my first hand quilting endeavor.

When I made a hand quilted simple nine patch for that same son when he was grown a few years ago, I quilted the children’s hands in to it. Here is my little grandson at the time thrilled to find his hand :)

I thought it would be a nice idea to do the same for this family :)    One little boy hand and his older sister will be next.

I am using Barb Vedder’s  large fan stencil to hand quilt Rose of Sharon.

I had traced one of the fans on to a section and am almost done prior to pulling out the stencil to mark more.  If you missed it, there’s more about the baby quilt and Barb’s Fan Stencil in a prior post ( HERE )    There is a visual / where to order, etc.

And then there is FOOD to keep us going through the winter :)  I am digging through older recipe posts for some variety:

SMASHED POTATOES :   I think that these originally started with the Pioneer Woman; not sure, though.  Basically you boil some potatoes until fork tender. Drain.  Cut them in half and then smash them into a pan.  I just put some foil into a pan here and sprayed it with a bit of PAM.

Next, drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and your seasonings of choice. Put them into the oven at 450 degrees. After 10 minutes or so, stir, add a few small dollops of butter and parsley and cook them for a bit more until you hear some sizzling going on.

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Moving Forward on the Baby Quilt and Starflowers

After the extended period of bitterly cold temperatures we had a warm up.  There was quite a lot of snow and ice to melt, but most of it is gone now.  Monday, January 22  went up to 60 degrees and completed the job.

Everthing is a muddy mess.  Kind of like the political climate the last few days with the government shutdown :) Glad they got it resolved for the time being…

There are three dogs here so after cleaning up “What Lies Beneath” all of that snow ( Ugh ; almost 2 weeks worth ) I managed to negotiate the muddy spots and hang the baby quilt on the line for a photo  since I finished up the second border of applique.

I decided to make the top and bottom borders all sailboats if I can come up with enough variety in their colors, etc.   On Saturday my youngest son and I took a road trip with his friend to look at a used car and I sat in the back seat of the friends SUV with some sewing. I managed to finish most of that little red dog in the photo above and then realized that I had forgotten to bring more red thread.

Out came the other project and since I’ve been trying to keep up with the connector pieces these three blue starflowers are all sewn together.  Also in the collage is a little sailboat in progress for the baby quilt:

The Starflowers are BLUE for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month.  Visit So Scrappy on Saturdays to see what others are up to :)

Then if you would like a laugh, my DIL posted a photo on Facebook a few days ago which I took and cropped and edited a bit. I think that the twins were ready for bed and snuggled up to my son who conked out and she wondered where SHE was going to sleep that night?   But the look on one of the girls’ face as well as Merle’s when Mom turned on the light had me laughing :)

The weather forecast for tonight is 100 percent rain to add on to my muddy mess here :)

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