Wrestling: Kids, Pups & Quilts

Awhile back I had mentioned that the two grandsons had started wrestling two years ago. Their twin sisters sat on the benches watching them.

But this year because the coaches’ daughter and a few other girls were involved, my son and DIL enrolled the girls, along with their brothers.  Here is a photo of them, the coaches’ daughter and another girl in their age group. The twins are on the far right and left.

When this was shared on FB, I loved the lady photographers’ quote : “A Strong Girl looks a Challenge in the Eye and Gives It a Wink…”

Meanwhile I finished up the gradient quilt. I am not fond of binding and had some inner wrestling in regards to keeping at it, but since there are two more quilt projects to finish up and bind, I am happy to have this off the list. This is for my youngest son; it’s a tied quilt.

I started it last year using color suggestions from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

On Sunday they were all to be away at a wrestling match ( cookout later ) so I brought Merle down here to play for awhile. The weather was like spring and while dogs don’t really wrestle…tug of war is something like it :)

Running some laps around the  yard at full speed…

After all of that a few treats were needed.

I mentioned earlier that we were to have a cookout after they got back from wrestling. WHO HAS A COOKOUT in the middle of February in Southwestern Pennsylvania?  Well this Februarys’ weather is very strange and it was around 63 degrees yesterday. The grill was on! Today I was down there for awhile and we were all out on the back deck, with some neighbors and friends and the children were playing outside in the yard in just long sleeves and pants and needing no jackets.

While this is very pleasant and feels like spring I am a bit alarmed. Typically in May we worry about bushes, flowers, fruit trees etc. coming into bloom too soon and being destroyed by a freeze or frost later on.  I have never encountered that worry in February; in winter!

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Handmade Christmas and Hand Quilting

One of the things that I worked on this week was something for the kids. It did not turn out perfectly ( HA!  what are the odds of that here, anyway: ) but they liked it. I didn’t plan it out.  Initially, I thought to make a Christmas-y star pillow and two thirds of the way through the star I decided to do something entirely different with the grandkids names in a picture frame….I had a heck of a time getting it to work well in the frame but of course being little kids, they didn’t notice the flaws.

I went down to see them after school..all sitting around doing homework and I asked their mama if she thought that I had the cutest grandkids? ( Yes )  The handsomest? ( Yes )  The smartest ? ( Yes )  The nicest? ( Yes )  Were they STARS? ( Yes )

Now they just loved this dialogue and then I showed them the piece. Javis said it was “like the world and we are on top, Oma!”

stars piece for kids

I am keeping up with Quilty 365. The top section is filled up, moving on to the side ( which will be split into manageable  sizes for applique. ) I added another circle to the tree of life glyph center panel this week as well.  Once a month, rather than a circle, I am putting a crescent moon in to indicate the New Moon, so this is a lunar as well as solar record of the year.

circles collage

I have some applique projects going on ; I started a rendition of the latest Shenandoah Botanical album quilt block, and last week I showed the beginnings of a pineapple applique block that I was working on. I am almost done with it but I think that my Slow Sunday Stitching is *just* going to involve hand quilting.

Here is where I was the other morning.

quilting closeup

The colors certainly go with the season:)

reindeer on wall by tree

The current weather does NOT go with the season! We are having very mild weather for my area right now. My favorite place to quilt is in a wicker chair out on the front porch and I took the quilt out there on Saturday afternoon and finished the cross hatching on the block that I was working on.

I initially decided to go with a two inch cross hatch, thinking that since the blocks were so big, it might be just right. I could always add more down the line but I think the two inch works with these. At the end of the afternoon I merrily traipsed across the lawn to hang this on the line for a photo. Wearing nothing but a cotton top. No winter coat, no jacket, no hoodie or even a sweatshirt. Ho Ho Ho, who needs snow! ? :)

HQ Progress Collage Dec 12

On Sunday I’ll decide which block to start on next…

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