Saturday, September 24, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday

Really all I've been up to these days is plugging away on string blocks.  They are relaxing and mindless, and more than a little messy.  Lots of scraps put to good use though.  This is homecoming weekend for our school.  We don't have a football game, so it was the traditional powderpuff game on Thursday.  Tonight is the dance, which means I'd better get busy on finishing the hem on Anna's dress.  She has figured out that she can get really cheap dresses on Amazon prime with just a few minor alterations required.  At least the sewing machine will get some action out of that deal.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Raining Roses

Hope you are all making good progress on Rose Red.  This is a short month as far as Saturdays go, so just one more week to go before we reveal the last new color of the year.  Hopefully you are all still moving along nicely and making a dent in those scrap boxes baskets and jars.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Coming up Roses

I am feeling the need to begin to finish a few things.  Sometimes I get into a manic swing of productivity and make lots and lots of blocks.  
I have plenty of these orange peel blocks to make a quilt.  Could today be the day that they all come together?  Wish me luck.
Mister linky is below.  Please let us know what you are up to on this rosy Scraphappy Saturday

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

ScrapHappy Sampler - September Block - Staggered Steps

This month's block will be a nice simple one.  It isn't much on its own, but in a row by row quilt, it offers a nice resting row.  
Each block is just 3.5 inches unfinished.  If you were making just one block, you would cut a rectangle which is 2.5 by 3.5 and one which is 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
To make and entire row though, it is quick and easy to make in bulk from 2.5 inch and 1.5 inch strips.
 Sew a wide strip to a thin strip.  Go ahead and make a stack of these strip sets.  You are going to need quite a few.  84 linear inches to be specific.  I suppose you could get enough from four width of fabric strips total if you were cutting from yardage, but using scraps, you can mix it up a bit.  I used the accent color for the thinner strip and a variety of rose fabrics for the thicker strip.
 Press the strip sets and then sub cut them into 3.5 inch blocks.  You will need 24 blocks for the large quilt and 18 for the smaller quilt.
Take the finished blocks and stagger them so that the small strip is on the right in the first block, then on the left, then the right.  

Saturday, September 3, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - New Month, New Color

Those of us in the US are enjoying a three day weekend.  I hope that means more sewing time for you all.  In celebration of a new month our new colors of rose red and gold, I have this beautiful bundle of hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh.  Just leave me a comment on this post with your favorite type of flower.  I'll draw randomly on Monday for the fabric.  Good luck to you all!

Friday, September 2, 2016

September Color Inspiration

I almost forgot that it was a new month!  Too busy watching the tropics I think.  So far the hurricane has caused a lot of downed palm fronds and a delay in the release of third period today.  Fortunately it  tracked to the north and we have only winds and rain to contend with.
So the inspiration for this month is a rose bouquet.  Deep claret to shades of pink with a pop of gold to mix things up.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the September fabric giveaway.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Pleasing Purple

Almost done playing with purple?  With my machine in the shop, I've been playing with strings lately.  Well, not so much sewing time really with the start of school, but all things in time, right?
Kurt is out of town for a week.  He had a business trip to DC and combined it with a visit to his parents while he was up that way.  His mom has been having some serious health issues lately.  He won't be home until next Thursday, so I'm doing the single mom thing.  Mostly that means a lot of driving.  Anna has her license now though! She still doesn't want to go far, but I'm sure that will get better with time.  Hopefully you have been more productive.  Misterlinky is below.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

There really are a lot of shades up purple.  Hopefully you are all playing with some of the variations.  Misterlinky is below for all to share.  There is a play practice to drive to, but after that, things look calm maybe some of those shades will come out to play?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - Smoky Purple

Anyone feel like playing with purple today?  We have just finished the first week of school.  Thankfully, we always start with a three day week, because everyone around here is SO tired.  Never too tired to sew though, so I hope to rediscover my sewing room today and spend some time playing with fabric.

Kathy E. is the lucky winner for the hand dyed fabric for August from Vicki Welsh.  She blogs over at Sparkles and Sprinkles..... Congratulations Kathy.
What are your purple plans this month?  Misterlinky is below so that we can all sew what you are up to.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August Fabric Giveaway

 These are my blocks for August.  They got a little wrinkled waiting to get sewn together into a row.  I should be able to get that done today.  Believe it or not, it is fairly calm.  We have a tax holiday for back to school shopping, the girls definitely want to take advantage of that.
In celebration of the new month, we will have a giveaway of hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh.  Just leave a comment on this post to enter the drawing.