Saturday, March 18, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Really Red

It is sad not to be working on green on St. Patrick's day weekend.  Still, we are still working our way through red.  Unless you feel like cheating?  Either way, share with us all.  Misterlinky is below

Sunday, March 12, 2017

OMG Quiltng progress

 Lizzie was ready to try out the new quilt the minute I pulled it off the frame.
 I quilted the top border first thing, but wasn't crazy about it, so I haven't done any of the other borders yet.  I am thinking of leaving the braid, but filling in with a stipple in the background to distract from the less than pefectness of it.
While I ponder those choices, Lizzie will help me to by inspecting the rest of the quilting.
The laundry is done and it is time to shift into school work.  I think I'll just sit here first and procrastinate a bit longer while I admire my quilt.  Sydney is off at lacrosse practice while Anna and Ryan are both working on makeup work for school.  Anna's is from being gone for her concussion, and Ryan's is from being gone for his robotics tournament.  Going to school is so much easier than being absent.
First though, I'm linking up with Oh Scrap.  Because nothing could be scrappier than a quilt made primarily from 1 inch strips.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rolling in Red

The weeks just get busier and busier right now.  All good though, so I am thankful.  Ryan's robotics team qualified for worlds!  He is off again this weekend to another tournament, the bus has been taking back and forth to Orlando each day.  Unfortunately, that means that I am waking up at 4:30 automatically now.  Anna is recovered from her concussion.  She isn't allowed to play again yet, but she is working her way through the protocol and should be fully cleared by the end of next week.  School is always a rush of course.  The quarter ends on Tuesday so all the end of term odds and ends are getting cleared off my desk now.  I'm sure there is lots more, but all this typing is cutting into my sewing time.  Lots and lots of red nine patches made it through last weekend as I worked on the tiny nine patches.  If I can get some framed out today then I can add another row to that quilt.  
What have you been up to in the sewing room?  Misterlinky is below.  Be sure to share with us all.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Ready for Red

The start of a new month is always fun here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Hopefully you all made great headway on your teal scraps and are ready to shift gears.  Red is on the agenda for March this year.  I've got a few tiny log cabins to get started with, but am off to see what other red projects need more progress.
I'm home today with Anna while Kurt and Sydney are volunteering at a Lego Robotic tournament and Ryan is off at a Robotic competition of the big boy kind.  Anna thinks she is all better, but she isn't of course, and getting her to rest is not an easy task.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

New Month -- New Color

Thanks to a random drawing from my crayon box, the new color for March will be RED.  So sorry that I didn't post it yesterday.  Anna took a stick to the head at a lacrosse game on Tuesday night and so we spent the day yesterday with doctors.

A CAT scan takes only two minutes, but the doctors visits added up to 7 hours, mostly of sitting in various examination and waiting rooms.  All is well though, no brain bleeds at all, no skull fractures, and her symptoms are slowly improving with complete "brain rest".  Apparently resting ones brain is incredibly boring though and grumpiness has set in.  It will be a while before she is back into lacrosse, the concussion recovery protocol doesn't even start until the doctor clears her, hopefully next Wednesday.  Until then, lots of naps in dark rooms and trying not to do anything mentally stimulating.
Has anyone managed to finish any quilts in February?  I can do a special month-end round-up post if there are finished quilts to share.  Let me know!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rounding out Teal

There are just a few more days to finish off the last odds and ends of teal.  I've got some more tiny nine patches to play with.  How about you?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I spent last weekend carried away with tiny log cabins.  In between rounds though, I added two inch squares to some more nine patches.  There should be enough now to frame out and add another row to to my 9 Carat Diamonds quilt.  First though, I am off with the girls to the Hundred Acre Hollows to check on the camera traps.  There is a workday going on.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I got a little carried away with little log cabins.
When I say little, I mean really little.  
What scraps did you get carried away with this week?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slowdown Sunday

What a week it has been!  Kurt was out of town all week on business to Denver.  His company was bought out and the new guys have their main offices out there.  He said it was a little cold, but really pretty.  Some weeks are pretty calm, but this was not one of those easy ones.  Lots of evening meetings, from Academic Team to AP night along with all the usual kids activities.  It was so nice to finally make it to Friday and take a deep breath.  
So amongst all the frenzy, Wednesday was World Hijab Day.  It was not a holiday with which I was familiar, but one of my Muslim students told me about it several weeks ago and offered to loan me a Hijab.  I wasn't aware at the time, but several teachers were also participating along with about 20 students.  The idea is to wear a Hijab for a day as an effort to try to see the world from someone else's point to view.  It is supposed to foster tolerance and understanding of people from different cultures and traditions.  It sounded like a worthy cause to me.  We have several students who wear a Hijab on a regular basis and I never thought much of it, assuming that our school campus is a safe place where students can express themselves freely without fear of backlash.
We took some group photos and students shot some footage to do a news article for the morning announcements.  A very nice Muslim mom thanked me for participating and offered hints as to how to get the scarf to stay put without choking.  I thought it had all gone well.  
Apparently people were so offended by our participation in World Hijab day that someone set up an anonymous e-mail accounts to send a complaint.  People are also, by the way, upset that we will be teaching Arabic next year.  The claim was that Hijabs make students feel uncomfortable.  They thought that our participation was politically motivated and that we should not be expressing those views to our students.  Oh My Gosh.  It wasn't politically motivated in any way, but I was informed that our freedoms need to be held in check given todays politically charged environment.  I don't even know how to respond to such a claim.  So I took a deep breath and moved on.
You might notice that I don't often express political opinions on my blog.  I don't like to offend and good people can disagree on issues.  I did notice a lot of political comments yesterday, and I think it is safe to say that some issues transcend party or politics.  Some things go beyond who you voted for in the last election.  As I said, moving on.....
I was working last weekend on finishing up the prep work for last years circle quilt.  I can really see the finish line ahead on this one.  Sadly though, I ran out of spray starch.  Though I tried to get the circles prepped without starch, the fabric just didn't want to stay put nicely without it.  If I can't make it out the store this morning I will dig out a recipe for corn starch and water and give that a try.  It would certainly be cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the store bought kind.
When taking breaks from quilting the OMG yesterday I was working on some tiny log cabin blocks.  I think these will finish at 2.5 inches.  Each one has 13 pieces in in it.  I made it all the way to 9 yesterday before it was time to go and have dinner.  I think I'll go put a load of laundry in and add a couple more rounds before starting on school work.  These blocks might take the place of the tiny nine patches now that OMG has moved on to the quilting phase.  It's important to have a way to use up tiny little scraps, right?  
Be sure to visit Oh Scrap and Slow Stitching Sunday.  Oh, also, enjoy the Superbowl.  I don't really care which team wins, but it is always festive.  I think I'll do a little applique between commercials.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Aquamarine

Welcome to February.  The best thing about a new month is the chance to pull out a new basket of scraps.  This month's color is teal, aqua, anything between blue and green.  I used to try to group these scraps in with either blue or green, but I love the fresh tropical feel that they have as a group.  
Misterlinky is below.  Share your plans and progress for aqua, or feel free to share the end of your purple scraps is you are still there.