Snow, Snuggling, Playing & Sewing

It’s been such an unusual winter here in Southwestern PA.  Bouts of bitter cold, then springlike breaks in the 50 degree range here and there. More rain than snow. This past week we went from an unusual February high of 60 degrees one day, to this, two days later…

( around 5 a.m. several hours prior to dawn, taken with no flash )

If you live in a snowy climate you are familiar with this; if not…even when it is dark outside, with cloud cover and no moonlight, the snow brings the light and it is possible to get photos like this with no tripod ( which I do not have )  or any special equipment or lenses.

We got a good six inches overnight. I shoveled all of the walkways, cleared the car, etc. Later on we had squalls and it was all covered again. In the late afternoon when things had settled a bit I took a walk down to see the kids and Merle…Merle has loved the snow since he was a young puppy. He was just reveling in it. Running around burying his face in it / sliding through it / excited when we threw snow at him…

Here, the older animals are happy with shorter visits outdoors and longer snuggling times indoors.

The day after that I had to pick Brent up at his school and meet the other kids when they got off their bus. I took my camera along that time.

Indoors, the children were enjoying some Paddle Balls. At .99 each, I had hoped that they’d last at least 5 minutes. Aiselyn was the best at it….hers going a mile a minute and making Merles’ head spin. I think that hers died within 4 minutes or less.

As to sewing, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month is teal / aquamarine, seafoam…whatever we can come up with. I finished appliqueing an Airship Propeller block for that.

Awhile back, I had mentioned discovering Acorn TV  ( HERE ) which has a lot of quality programming and many of you commented and mentioned that you had been enjoying “The Crown” on Netflix.

I know that my son and DIL have Netflix and I asked her if she’d watched this series. She raved about it. On Saturday morning I thought to start a free trial and watch one episode of “The Crown”.

FOUR episodes later I came out of my engrossed stupor and discovered that we were going up to 60 degrees, most of the snow was rapidly melting, and that I had better do something with the rest of my day :)   Later on down at the kids’ house I watched my son giving poor Merle a bath….snow is much easier on him than mud :)

You might also enjoy : Blue Snow, White Snow, & Merle in the Clouds  or  Mary Magdalene  or  Cut Flower Bouquets From my Garden   or  Early Morning Entertainment

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Back to School Humor & Some Sewing

With a few days of cooler weather, I caught up on some yard work…the grass was so thick from all of the recent rains and we had that sideways-growing grass that shows up at this time of year.

Don’t catch it in time and it sprouts little seed heads…I have always called it “Twitch Grass” and I Googled that.  The technical name is Couch Grass. Well the entire neighborhood had it springing up everywhere within the last week. Most of our yards are back in control which we accomplished in the space of the milder temperatures.

I have 5 grands ; 2 school districts. Brent and Kate started back to school on two of the days where it was nice and cool in the morning and it truly felt like ‘back to school weather’. They were with their mama on the morning of Day One, and overnight at my son’s house after school. The DIL posed them for some nice Day Two morning photos. I just took them and put them side by side.

kate and brent side by side back to school second day

These are the typical photos that all of the friends and family were posting on Facebook this week when their children were heading back to school; listing name, age or grade.  Very nice to see but I told my DIL I wanted to do something funny on Javis, Aiselyn and Mya’s first day.

So while we did take some normal, serious pictures like this….

girls by flag

We also did several with some Back to School Humor….I am showing her favorite one here. When she shared this with their friends, it was a big hit.

scott talli and kids funny

The cool weather is history. It’s back to a wall of heat outdoors ( and upstairs here ) and some sewing under the ceiling fan with the window A/C blasting from across the room again!

  •  I have added a few more berries and leaves to the Floral Basket
  • Made my way down another row of spools and am catching up on the cable portion now of the Stars and Spools quilt.
  • Stems and leaves sewn down on another applique block ; just need to prep the flowers now.

collage quilting and applique

The little applique block will be my 5th one and there’s a backstory to this.

Back in 2014, Audrey over at Quilty Folk had challenged any readers that were interested to start on an Eagle Quilt that we’d hopefully complete by July 4th of the next year. ( or at least we’d have the top done )

Well some of us went looking around at Eagle Quilts and patterns…this was not a sew-along with any particular one ; just do what you liked.

In the end, after looking at more Eagle quilts than I could count, on Pinterest, etc., I settled on this one and ordered it : Elizabeth’s Pride by Lori Smith.

Elizabeth pride pattern pic

I did not pay much attention when I was ordering it; discovered that the original was made in wools !   Well, I made a few of the floral blocks and a variation of the eagle and then it morphed into a sampler quilt to present at as Christmas gift to my son and DIL.

I’d never done anything like this before…it was like making your own jigsaw puzzle, albeit a simple one :) I am not as talented as many of the quilters out there whose blogs I visit and who inspire me so much, but this is just a journey for me and this was part of it. 

It ended up as a tribute quilt; names were embroidered of fallen comrades in Iraq and a baby that she’d lost.  I dug up some old photos and made a collage for this post….some photos are from October of that year when it was almost done prior to adding a border. Some are from December when I had finished tying it.

EAGLE SAMPLER NEW COLLAGE

So here I am back to the original Elizabeth’s Pride pattern and I’ll follow it this time :)

You might also enjoy : NOTHING says Fall Around Here Like a Wooly Bear Caterpillar  or  Cut Flower Bouquets From my Garden  or  Hopple Popple ( recipe )  or Making a Rag Rug on a Loom ( Completed ) 

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