Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Puttering

 We are having company next week.  My sister is going to be at Disney over the holiday and will come to stay with us on her way home.  To stay in the guest bedroom that isn't very guest ready quite yet.  Today was the start of turning my "sewing studio" back into a bedroom. 
 All that cleaning let to a break to walk around the block.  The sandhill cranes were out and about enjoying the fall weather. 
It isn't quite done yet, but it is starting to look more like a bedroom I think.   I am thinking that there is still time to do a bit more sewing first. 
While digging around in the closet, I couldn't resist the urge to pull out a quilt in need of finishing.  These stars were hanging nicely with fabric waiting to be pieced into a backing. 

There is a pink and blue chevron that I thought might look good with a bit of blue and pink or red.  I should have time to get that on to the next stage before my sister gets here. 

Then, I pulled out my hexies so that I can work on some hand stitching after the sewing room is completely pulled apart.  I think I'll go and visit Kathy to see what handwork others are up to today and Oh Scrap!  To get more scrappy quilting inspiration.  

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Gloriously Scrappy

Though I am off to a very late start today, it is for the very best of reasons.  It is beautiful outside, I have just gotten back from my first run in 2 weeks and I am finally starting to feel human again after being sick for what seems like a very long time. I thought I was getting a simple head cold, but after spending 4 days solid in bed, I'm not sure what it was.  I'm just so happy that it is finally going away.
Does anyone else get that end of the year burst of energy that makes them want to wildly start finishing things off?  Maybe I will even fire up the quilting frame.  I think I am ready to cross some projects off the list to make room for something new in the new year.  I hope you are all feeling the same way.  The linky is below, please share whatever it is you are wrapping up or starting fresh right now.  I'm sure a lot of you are anxiously preparing for the new Bonnie Hunter mystery.  I've managed to avoid the temptation so far.  We'll see if the resolve holds.

    An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, November 10, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday: Winding Down

Hopefully with the end of the year rapidly approaching, you are thinking about the loose ends to be tied up and the projects to be finished.  I know I am.  Strings blocks seem to be taking up most of my sewing time right now.  There is something so soothing about the simple repetitive sewing and trimming.  Even the paper tearing and mess it creates is enjoyable for me right now.


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Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Wrap Up Begins

October is done and November has begun.  There is no official color for the last two months as they are a time for catching up, wrapping up and finishing up.  Feel free to fill in though if you need more blocks, more colors or to use more scraps.
 I'm off to a late start today.  I should have hit "post" before I left for my run, and it was 9 miles this morning, so that can get long when you run as slow as I do.  The weather was beautiful today,  cool, with a hint of fall in the air.  That doesn't happen often in Florida so it is nice to have a change of pace.
I plan to add a border to Square Away today.  I think it would look fabulous with an applique border.  I always think quilts would look better with an applique border.  Maybe a simpler border would make the quilt get done quicker though?  I'm thinking of hand quilting this one, so quicker isn't really part of the plan.
    An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Quiet Weekend at Home

It has been quiet on the homefront if not in the world outside.  Kurt and Ryan arrived in Pittsburg last night.  Not the best timing to be sure.  I showed Kurt a map of the area and let him know which parts he should stay away from.  Ryan is supposed to sleep on campus tonight.  He has a sleeping bag and will be paired up with a current student.  Kurt has a hotel, and it seems to be away from the crime scene.  I know that I worry too much, but it just keeps getting scarier by the day.  Anyway, right now they should be at an information session for the college of engineering.  I haven't heard much, but Ryan always sends a picture of a streetlamp whenever he is away. 
Sydney was at a slumber party last night which left me home alone.  That never happens!  I celebrated by getting some carryout sushi and eating ice cream straight out of the container while streaming romantic comedies on Netflix.  Then I sewed lots and lots of string blocks.  After tearing off the paper this morning I laid them out to get an idea of which colors to make next.  I guess I got carried away with pink and green.  No definite plans for these blocks yet.  Right now I'll just try to even up the block count a bit. 
Despite 20 hours in the car last weekend I got amazingly few diamond hexies sewn.  Most of the driving was at night and I was enjoying an audiobook from the library to pass the time.  Even a couple of hexies will still make a nice addition to the slowly growing collection.  
I was out first thing this morning at early voting.  There were quite a few people out already and so many campaign signs!  It will be nice when all the adds end after the election.  It has cooled off around here and feels just like fall! Such a nice change.  I was running yesterday morning and felt almost chilly.  That never happens in Florida.  I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.  
I'm going to link up with Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap.  It's been ages since I was able to do that.  

Saturday, October 27, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

It looks like last week's linkup went off OK.  I always worry when I'm out of town and have to schedule the post to go out automatically.  The wedding was beautiful.  Ryan didn't like Duke, but it would be great for Sydney, and college tours are so educational.  He's off to Carnegie Mellon this tonight and the application process is in full swing.  First though, off for a run and then I'll work on some string block that have been calling my name.


    An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, October 20, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

Today we are touring Duke.  Cousin Kelsie's wedding was yesterday.  Hopefully all will go off without a hitch. 


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I love the end of the year.  Finishing is always so much fun!  I have a few straight setting options for your consideration.  I did mine is a straight set with lattice strips and multicolor cornerstones.  What are your plans?

Straight setting options:
5 inch blocks
1.5 inch unfinished units = 5 inch finished blocks
30 blocks
Straight set 5 x 6 with 1 inch sashing and 1.5 inch border: finished size = 33.75 by 39.75
Cut 49 sashing strips 5.5 by 1.5 inches.
Cut 20 cornerstones 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches

7.5 inch blocks
2 inch unfinished units = 7.5 inch finished blocks
straight set 5 x 6 with 1.5 inch sashing and 2 inch border: finished size = 49.25 by 58.25
Cut 49 sashing strips 8 by 2 inches.
Cut 20 cornerstones 2 inches by 2 inches
10 inch blocks
2.5 inch unfinished units = 10 inch finished blocks
straight set 5 x 6 with 1.5 inch sashing and 2 inch border: finished size =  61.75 by 73.25
Cut 49 sashing strips 10.5 by 2 inches.
Cut 20 cornerstones 2 inches by 2 inches

15 inch blocks
3.5 inch unfinished units = 15 inch finished blocks
straight set 4 x 5 with 1.5 inch sashing and 2 inch border: finished size = 70.25 by 86.75

Cut 31 sashing strips 15.5 by 2 inches.

Cut 12 cornerstones 2 inches by 2 inches

Anna is home from college this week and we have a family wedding coming up in North Carolina.  The hurricane was far away from our side of the state and we never saw more than a windy day out of it. It is horrible to see the devastation that it has caused.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I love new months.  New Colors are so much fun.  This is the last official month of the Squared Away Sampler blocks.  Mari has directions posted for the last block and I'll be back soon with PDF files to share and save.  I'll have options for finishing off your blocks soon.  I set mine straight with two-inch lattice strips and bright cornerstones.  It will be fun to see how other people want to finish theirs.

    An InLinkz Link-up

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Month and New Color

A new month is always an exciting time here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  It means time to roll out a new color.  For October it is going to be dark and sage green.  We will have the last squared away block on Saturday which will leave us all plenty of time to finish up the quilts before the end of the year.