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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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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On Sunday I’ll be Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching 

Sharing on Wednesday at Esther’s Quilt Blog