Thursday, July 20, 2017

Border Patrol

I've been cutting border pieces today.  It is pouring rain outside and its just Netflix and I with baskets of scraps.  Bliss!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lazy Summer Days

I've been puttering around the house all week not accomplishing much.  I thought it would be nice to finish some things off though.  These orange peel blocks have been hanging around mostly done for a while now.  Today I finished trimming away the background fabric behind the applique and trimmed the blocks all down to size before squaring them up and sewing them into groups of four.  I had no idea how many block there were until everything was sewn together.  Now I can see that I need eight more blocks to have enough for a small throw quilt.  Somewhere I have the templates still I think.  If not, I can make another from the finished block.  It shouldn't take too long to make that happen.
Ryan is volunteering at science camp again this week.  Anna has three shifts at the hospital to keep her out of trouble.  Poor Sydney doesn't have much on her plate though.  She is taking great pride in sleeping until lunch and staying up until all hours of the night.  School is just around the corner.  We'll have to get her back into routine before then.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday Homeday

Ah, to have a Saturday at home!  No out of town trips or far away lacrosse tournaments.  No errands or have to do today lists.  I think I might sew something.  How about you?  Do you have some time to sew something blue?  Share with us if you do.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

No Place Like Home

One thing about living life on the road is that there is plenty of time for slow stitching.  14 hours in the car, several in airports, then planes and busses.   So many opportunities to sneak in a circle here and there.  
We are finally home again though, with no plans to go anywhere at all in the foreseeable future.  
 I think the green circles are all done
 Red has more than one month, and I need to figure out where one ends and the other starts.
The yellows are all ready to be sewn together.  
Not all the trips have made it into the photo stream, but here are a few highlights.
 We took the kids to Universal for a few days.  We have annual passes this year, so it was a great opportunity to take advantage of them.  This was us at the Blue Man Group.  Anna and Sydney both loved it.  Ryan wanted to know why is was so strange.  We were trying to get a group shot when the lady behind us photobombed us.  I told here I would tag her on Facebook, but I've forgotten her name now, Karen something?
 Anna is way too old, but still wanted to pose with the minions.
Before that was my trip to Kansas City to grade AP exams.  The performing arts center was really cool.  From certain angles, it looked a lot like the Sydney Opera House.  
After that we were off to Atlanta and dropped the kids off with their cousins before heading out to an adults only all-inclusive resort.  So relaxing!  No photos yet, but I'm sure they will show up before too long.  
So now, finally, I am home again for the rest of the summer.  I think there are full two weeks with no major activities or trips!  I can't wait.  The summer list is long, and I'm sure that I can't get to all of it, but I will give it a try!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Cool Blue

Hope that you have found some time to dig into your blue.  Think of water and cloudy skies.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Design Wall Monday July 3

In honor of the July being the blue month for RSC17, I finished off Dear Jane top row triangle 13.  I love the little melons which I prepped and tucked into the seams before the geese got sewn together.  Then it was quick and simple to finish off the little bit of applique to hold them down all the way around.  
Then this last green triangle was all that was necessary to finish off the entire top border.  
 So TaDA!  Here is the top border for my Dear Jane quilt at long last.  The silly triangles seem to take so much longer than the little blocks, but I'm determined to get them finished off.
 Here is my little map of progress.  I've been saving squares and rectangles for each of the fabrics as I finished the blocks.  Getting closer every day to getting this one done.
Saturday Ryan had some friends over for his birthday.  It was a nice motivation to finish off some cleaning and organization projects that had been on the list for far too long.  The kids had a good time too.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Month, New Color

Time to phase out yellow and start to work on blue.  Hope you are feeling energetic, I know that blue is a big color for most quilters.  It sure is for me.  After a month of sparse scraps with yellow, it will be nice to have plenty of choices this month.
 I did get one more triangle done yesterday.  Ignore the odd tilt to the diamond at the top.  It was supposed to tilt the other way.  I am always mystified by paper piecing patterns with inset seams.  Seriously, how is that supposed to work?  Not so well when I am attempting it apparently.  Life is full of imperfections though, and I'm fine with that.

I did manage to dig up enough yellow skinny scraps to eke out these tiny log cabins.  I'll need to generate some more scraps in the yellow bin before there is enough variety for more.  Check out the blues though, no end to variety in the blue bin!
Please link up below with your own progress on yellow or blue.
I'll be back to my scraps soon enough.   First though, Ryan is having a birthday pool party today.  I'd better go and make sure that the house isn't embarrassing before kids start showing up.  Since his friends are also my students, I'll make sure the house is in decent shape.  Once they show up though, I'll be trying to hide.  I think the sewing room might just be the perfect place.  

Friday, June 30, 2017

July Color

Feeling Blue?  I hope so, it is going to be the color for July.  

Top Row Progress

I got a couple more triangles done yesterday.

 I really like this teal one.  The diagonal lines are nice, and it isn't too fussy.
This yellow one wasn't so bad.  I lost one of the sections in the trash can, but it turned up again.  Lots of triangles, but they weren't too strangely angled.  
I'm making excellent progress on the top row.  It looks like I just need three more blocks to finish it off.  That shouldn't be too hard to accomplish.  I say that before looking at the blocks of course, but optimism is a virtue.  
And here is the progress on my color swatch map.  Getting closer every day!
Sydney is going to a mall in Orlando with one of her friends.  Anna wants to go shoe shopping.  Ryan even asked for a trip to the store to buy supplies for his birthday party tomorrow.  Sounds like I busy summer day.  I guess I'd better get a move on.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

More Triangle Progress

 I got a few more pieces put together on the EPP triangle.  My points are still having some issues, but practice makes better I suppose.
 This green triangle was paper pieced.  It seems a bit wonky in the picture.  I'm pretty sure it is OK in real life.  It was paper pieced in 6 sections.
This appliqué block is all prepped and ready for hand stitching.  Not a bad day's work all in all.  I think I am going to the dentist tomorrow, but other than that, it should be another nice calm day.  Those are the best kind of days after all.  Eventually I'll have to start accomplishing real life things again, but for now, this is so much more fun.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dear Jane Again

It has been oh so long since Dear Jane saw any action.  I thought that yellow should get a little progress before the end of the yellow month.  The middle of the quilt is completely done.  All that is left now are the triangles.

 This is number three on the bottom row.  It was paper pieced in three easy sections.
Then came number 10 on the bottom row.  I had paper piecing patterns already printed, but they didn't seem to want to come together without inset seams.  Instead, I thought it would be fun to try English Paper piecing.  Look how much fun!  Just a few more pieces and then I will try to take out all the paper.
So much fun to have a home day!  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Yellow Saturday

Technically, there is almost a week left in the yellow month, but next Saturday will be the first of July, which will mean a new color.  That gives you a few more days to finish off your yellow scraps.  My yellow circles are almost done.  Hopefully I'll find some more yellow scraps to play with before June ends though.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Home Again!

 It feels oh so good to be home again, but wow do I need a vacation!   After spending 8 hours each day grading AP essays, I thought it would be so relaxing to be home again.  Somehow, instead of getting back home to chill, I have switched into high gear.  Monday was laundry and unpacking, Tuesday I shampooed all the carpets, Yesterday was the scrubbing of the tile.  Today was meeting with a roofer about a leak and getting a cracked windshield repaired.  On the up side though, the house is sparkling clean, and I will feel no guilt about spending some time sewing.  I just have to put everything back together in the sewing room first.
There was plenty of time in airports and hotel rooms to stitch away at circles.  August is done, and September is well under way.  I can see a the end of this project starting to appear.  Not that I want to rush it of course, but it is a little bit embarrassing to be almost a year behind on a block of the day quilt.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Golden

Hope that all is still bright and cheery for you all.   I'm scheduled to be back soon from my trip.  I'm sure it is all going wonderfully and that many circles have been sewn.  I'll be sure to let you all know when I return.  Until then, make sure to share your yellow scrap creations.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Sunny Summer

Still having lot of fun with yellow I hope.  My yellow will be on the road this week.  I am scheduling this post ahead of time.  By the time it goes live I will be off to Kansas City for the AP Biology Reading.  All the AP subjects have these giant meetings over the summer when teachers and professors get together to grade all the essays from the exam.  This will be my first year to participate.  6 days of reading essays for 8 hours!  Wish me luck.  I'll go ahead and schedule today's linky party and next weeks as well.  Don't be surprised if I am not in contact much, but I'll look forward to catching up when I am back again.
Until then, there are plenty of yellow circles ready to be hand stitched on the airplane and in my hotel room.  I'm guessing that after all that essay reading, my book won't get much of a workout.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Slow Circle Sunday

 I've had more energy to stitch in the evenings since school ended.  Funny how not having a job opens up so much more free time!  It seemed like a good idea to take stock on Leap Year and figure out just how much more stitching was left.  Leap Year was a daily quilt along from 2016, so finishing it up sooner rather than later seems like a good idea.  So I started with January, February, March and April.  They were already finished and stitched together.  May, June and July had all the blocks done, but they just needed to be sewn together.  That was easy enough. I had to look back at a calendar of course and remember how many days in each month and which day was the first.   May was actually a bit tricky, with 31 days and the first on a weekend, it tried to stretch into 6 weeks.  I think I'll just add the first onto the last day of April to keep everything symmetrical.  Symmetry is nice in quilts after all.
After that I found that all of the circles were cut out, and most of them had already been prepped with spray starch and a gathering stitch.  I sorted through the rest, cut out some more background squares and now have everything all ready so that they just need the final hand stitching.  That will be perfect for rainy Florida afternoons and evening movies with the kids.
Before I get too carried away with stitching though, I'm off to see what other slow stitching people have going on at Kathy's Quilts.  

Saturday, June 3, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Mellow Yellow

I'm starting to enjoy the mellow pace of summer vacation. The evenings have been spent watching movies with the kids and stitching away at last year's daily circle project. Yellow has a bit of a start now, and green and pink are ready to be sewn together. I'll try to get that done in time for slow stitching tomorrow. Until then though, I'm sure there is lots of yellow lurking in the bins ready to come out and play.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy June

It is starting to feel like summer around here.  Now that June has arrived, it is time to put the greens away and start playing with Yellow!  I know that yellow can be a tricky color, but a little bit does a lot to brighten up a quilt.  Come back on Saturday to see what yellow scraps have come out to play.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Crumby Wednesday

OK, so it really isn't crumby in a bad way, just in a busy making crumb blocks way.  I started working on these multi color crumb blocks during April, which was the multi color month.  They have been waiting patiently, and are now all squared up.

There is something quite relaxing about making fabric.  whichever pieces ended up at about the same size got sewn together, and then when the fabric seemed big enough, I simply cut them down into either 6.5 or 5 inch blocks.

There is quite a nice stack of blocks now, waiting to come together to make a top.  I was thinking of a diagonal setting for the smaller blocks.  Then maybe a simple straight set for the larger blocks....
Most of the day though, will be spent driving back and forth to summer camps.  Ryan needed to be dropped off at 8:30 and Sydney at 9.  That part wasn't so bad.  Now I've got to pick up Sydney at 2 and Ryan at 4:30.  That part will be a bit more awkward.  Fortunately, though, it isn't far.  Then I'll be back to playing with my crumb blocks again.  


Feeling yellow?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Slow Sircle Sunday

Nothing is better than slow stitching on a Sunday.  Especially on the first Sunday of Summer break.  What a great feeling to sit and stitch and think about the lazy days to come.  Maybe not too lazy, with summer workshops and camps and miscellaneous busyness, but it is such a nice change from the usual school schedule.  I sat and stitched five pink circles while streaming Madam Secretary on Netflix.  I know that May is a green month this year, but I think that all the green circle are done.  Just two more months worth of circles until last years block a day quilt is finished!  Better slow than never I alway say.  Hope you are enjoying your slowdown Sunday too.  Be sure to head over to Kathy's Quilts to see what everyone else is up to.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Green Saturday

Sorry for the late start to the day.  I was up for an early morning yoga class and lost all track of time.
Without further delay then, let us begin the last green Saturday.  Hope that your greens have had a productive time.  I know that it is one of the bigger buckets for me, so I'm glad to have a few more days to finish off.  That works well with this begining of summer vacation.  Hurray!  It hasn't quite sunk in yet.  So far I've cleaned the oven, caught up on laundry and taken my middle child, Ryan to the DMV to get his learner's permit.  That makes today the perfect time to relax a bit with some green scraps.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Enjoying Emerald

The month is nearly gone, and I must admit that so far, I have little to show.  A few partially complete log cabins.  There are just three days left in the school year though, and the balance is sure to shift soon enough.  Hopefully your green scraps have been more productive.  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Green with Envy

As I rush around madly with end of the year wrap up for school, I am certainly envious of people with a full day of quality quilting time to look forward to.  Not to worry though, my time is coming soon enough.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Going Green

It is ScrapHappy Saturday and I am home!  Hard to remember the last time that happened.  Out of town trips, review sessions, state competitions.  April was quite a whirlwind.  Just two more weeks until things start to settle down I think.  My big kids have their AP test on Monday and my little guys take their End of Course on the Monday after.  Hopefully that will mark the home stretch.  For now though, I feel strongly that a bit of sewing time is just what I need to get me through.  I think I'm going to pull out some tiny log cabins.  There is something strangely soothing about them.  What are you up to today with your green scraps?  Misterlinky is below.  Share with us all.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Green with Envy

It is a new month today, which means it is time for a new color.  Green is the lucky winner for May.   Glad to have something normal to dig into this month?  I sure am.  It felt so good to move along all those mixed up odd ball prints.  This will be so much easier though.   

Sunday, April 30, 2017

So Sorry

If you had asked, I would have told you that I scheduled a post to go out before I left for my trip.  I would have been sure of it.  I guess not!  I've been away at Disney for our Academic Team State Competition.  Its been a wild ride!  The competition comes with park passes, so every minute not in a match has been spent on rides.  We came over on Thursday, and it has been a whirlwind since then.  So much so that knowing what day it was might have slipped my mind.  I am so sorry for not having a scraphappy Saturday post up and ready to go.  So call this a makeup ScrapHappy Sunday?  I really am sorry.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rainbow Earthday

Happy Earth Day!  It is also march for science day, but I will not be marching.  Instead I will be doing science!  Today is our annual all county AP Biology review day.  There are just a few short weeks before the big exam.  So today I'll be making LAC operons out of swimming pool noodles and doing statistical analysis of M&Ms.  There will be snacks, and lunch and lots of kids from different schools.  It is always a jam packed day full of fun and learning.
Hopefully you have all been busy with your rainbow scraps.  I've got just two more jam packed weeks and then sewing time should be back on the agenda.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Mixing it Up

I've gone crazy making randomly happy mixed crumb blocks.  Most of my scraps get sorted by color, but anything that can't live happily in a color drawer ends up in the mixed bin.  I'm doing my best to get that bucket all emptied out this month.  So far I just dumped it all out and started sewing anything together that was about the same size.  Those bits kept growing until they were big enough to get trimmed up to either 5 inches for 6.5 inches.  Maybe they will get sorted into pastels and brights?  Maybe they will just all learn to live happily together.  Time will tell.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday -- All Mixed Up

We are finally starting spring break today.  Finally!  I can't remember ever having a spring break this late.  There won't be much left to do when we get back but get ready for end of the year testing.  That is a thought for another day.  Today I am looking forward to a lovely and relaxing vacation day.  I think I will start by using up some more of my multi colored scraps in randomly happy crumb blocks.  What multicolor fun do you have going on today?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Multicolor Madness!

 Admit it, we all have problem children.  Each year I go through a scrap sorting exercise.  Most things fit neatly into one pile or another.  Even if it is only mostly blue or mostly red, it gets tossed into a basket or bin ready to be used happily with its like minded friends.

  Then there are the oddballs that are truly mixed up.  Floral prints, multicolor stripes, novelties!
This month I am going to pull them all out and try to make something.  Even if they all end up in multicolor crumb blocks, I want them used up and out of the way.  Challenging?  Perhaps, but its going to be fun trying!

Friday, March 31, 2017

April Fools

In honor of April Fool's day tomorrow, we are going to try to take a whack at our multicolor fabric.  
 We all have those great scraps that just don't fit into any of our monochromatic baskets.  This is the time to dig them all out and try to use them up once and for all.
Any "mixed" or "multi" prints are fair game this month.  It is also your chance to try to take care of those leftovers which contain bits and pieces of multiple colors that are leftover subunits from other projects.  You know the ones I mean right?  The sad leftovers that can't clearly be labeled as anything else.
I know this will be a challenging month for some, but I also know that I have a huge drawer of oddballs that I would love to do something fabulous with.  Good luck!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Red Roundup

Today is the last red Saturday.  There will be a new color before April Fools day.  Until then, enjoy the last of the crimson tide.

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.