RSC Blend Blocks, Applique & Hand Quilting

I didn’t think that I’d post again prior to Easter but I’ve been playing catch-up with some blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I never got around to the purple Blend blocks for February so I made them this month, as well as two green ones, which is March’s color, and this applique block for the ‘Dear Daughter’ project is almost entirely green, so I am including it as well :)

I hope to get another green Blend block sewn over the weekend, as I wanted to try to make 3 per month.

As to hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon, I’ve made some more progress. I usually will echo quilt around applique and then fill in the background with cross hatch, etc. but in this case I am having fun with the Baptist fan stencil from Fun with Barb.

I am using colored thread to go through the larger flowers and leaves :

Progress shots from two angles :

If you wanted to hunt Easter eggs around our area this weekend you’d find them buried in the mud. It has rained all week and there was more this morning.  It is so slimy, slippery and squishy out there that you literally have to watch your footing.  I think we are to have sunshine for Easter Sunday though :) Have a happy one !

merle with bunny ears edit

Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict as well as at So Scrappy and Kathy’s Quilts

 

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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