Saturday, February 22, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange Saturday Number 4

It is a busy time of year for teachers.  Monday was originally scheduled as a holiday for the kids and a workday for teachers, but we had to give it back as a hurricane makeup.   

Science fair is in full swing and lacrosse has just started.  None of my own children are competing at fair this year which is a first in at least 10 years.  I will still head over to the mall this morning though and support my students.  There are 150 kids from our school competing this year.  Then I need to pop into school to do some prep for a lab next week.  So many good things fill up the days and makes them rush by.  
I was glad to have gotten most of my orange blocks done early this month, but I'm not at all sure what to do with one more orange Saturday for leap day next week.  I hope  your orange blocks are all coming along nicely.  

Saturday, February 15, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday Orange Week 3

Beach re-nourishment has moved down to our little section of the beach.  Many bright lights and big trucks now start moving very early in the morning.  Big trucks make lots of beeping noises every time they back up.  Apparently they back up a lot during their time dumping sand on the beach.  Hopefully they will be done in about three weeks and all the sand that disappeared during the last hurricane will be restored. 
Orange month is coming along nicely.  Here are orange blossom blocks added to the collection.  Honestly, I've been spending more time working on teal snail's trail blocks.  No photo of those today though.  I'll be back at it soon, but first we have to go take Sydney's car into the shop to have an oil leak looked at.  She has to park in the garage now that the park is closed.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Winter Sunday

 We walked to the south on the beach yesterday to see where they were starting the beach re-nourishment.  This was as close as we could get.  They have moved a big bulldozer into the park next to our house and we have seen surveyors out taking measurements.  They will have to be done before sea turtle nesting season starts, so I think it will move pretty quickly.
 Then today we walked north and there was a surfing competition of some sort near a different beach park.  I think someone got married yesterday.  There were lots of flower leis strewn about as if they had tossed them into the ocean at the end of the ceremony.
 I got lots of orange hexies prepped during the super bowl last Sunday.  They are all sorted into groups now so that I can stitch them together.
Today I have been adding some more blocks to the snails trail/storm at sea quilt.  I ran out of the pieces that I cut last weekend, so I think I will put a movie on Netflix and have a little cutting party. I'll try out some of the sashing and add in a few lime and lavenders too I think.  This Sea Swept Quilt is my inspiration, though I think I might use slightly different proportions.   I ordered some more blue-green fabric as I didn't have nearly enough for a king sized quilt.  I added in a few oranges too, to make sure the order was enough to qualify for free shipping.  It will be nice to have a little more variety in the scrap bins again. 
I'm linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday and with Oh Scrap! today.  Be sure to visit for hand stitching and scrappy projects galore.  

Saturday, February 8, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday Orange Number 2

There are three orange Soul Searching blocks up on the wall next to last week's string blocks.  There were lots of things going on during evenings this week, so not much sewing got done.  Hopefully I can make up for that this weekend though.  Another cold front moved through, so staying inside in the warmth sounds like a nice Saturday plan.  

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Superbowl Sunday 02-02-2020

The Superbowl is tonight.  I would be hard pressed to remember exactly who is playing, but I know it isn't New England.  We don't have a party to go to tonight, so I will be able to get plenty of slow stitching done between commercials.  I went to pull out orange diamond hexies so that I could start sewing them together, but there weren't any!  Orange is a funny color that way.  So I dug out the orange scrap bin and got some hexies ready for prep work tonight.
My slow stitching time is open again now that the Four Squared Scrap Quilt is finished.  I had to take it away from Kurt for long enough to get a photo.  It's been chilly again and a having a quilt to snuggle with on the couch is quite handy right now.  It seems wrong when it is chilly at the beach.  It is supposed to be back into the 80s by the middle of the week though, so I won't worry too much. 
 Here is the back.  working to use up all the odds bits and pieces that don't go with my bright and happy rainbow motifs.
I've been experimenting with patterns for a new quilt for the master bedroom. These Churn Dash blocks with chains were my first attempt.  They got a thumbs down for not being "beachy" enough. 
Take 2 is a Snail's Trail Block.  With or without the Storm at Sea lattice?  I haven't gotten quite that far yet. I need to figure out the rotation.  I think I should be making two different blocks instead of having them all rotate the same way.  I messed up one of the blocks entirely, but I think I've got the idea now.  
I'm linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday and with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!  Sunday is a nice time to catch up with everyone.  

Saturday, February 1, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - Jumping into Orange

A new month is always a new color at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and this month is going to be all about orange!  I know orange is tricky.  Lots of people just don't like it.  I have to admit that I don't have very much at all.  But I dug deep and came up with enough to make these string blocks.  I have to say, I really like the way the orange fabrics all came together.  I had doubts while I was working.  Some of the oranges were pale and peachy, some were very red.  They all came together nicely though, and I'm glad to have given them all a shot.  Giving every color a turn is what it is all about and I'm glad these strings all got sewn into blocks.  

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Last Green Saturday of 2020

One month into the RSC2020 and I am loving green!  I feel that way about every color during its month.  Next month is going to be orange, so if you are feeling like you've gotten done what you want with your green, now is the time to start pondering a new color.  I've added 5 sprout blocks, 2 soul searching blocks, 8 string blocks and 8 framed nine patches to my rainbow collections.
In addition to my green blocks, I also pieced together a couple of flimsies this month.  Here is 6 Carat Diamonds.  The nine patches were leaders and enders last year and just needed to be framed out and sewn together.
 I also made good progress on my hexie diamonds.  I'll get the green finished up tomorrow for slow stitching Sunday.
And can't forget the little green zipper cases for earbuds.  
Mister Linky is below, please share your own green progress with us all.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Slowly on a Long Weekend

Our little section of the beach is having a busy weekend.  Yesterday there was another wedding.  We saw all the guests in their fancy wedding clothes and high heeled shoes showing up at the beach as we were walking the dog.  
 Then this morning there was a rocket launch.  It was packed!  Even Sydney had heard about it and wanted to walk down with us to the sand. 
 I spent most of yesterday catching up on a very old block of the month from Temecula Quilt Company.  I have been saving these for ages.  The first half was already cut out and in individually labeled baggies.  They just needed to be sewn together.  Blocks 1 to 30 are all done. 
 The second half still needs to be cut out, so I have made myself a little cutting station and will kit up the last 30 blocks. 
 Almost done with the light and bright green diamond hexies.  I am joining them into pairs with the setting triangles included on one end.  I'll do rows when I have all the colors ready to go. 
Finally, just one and a half sides are left on the four squared scrap quilt.  I got a good bit done while we watched Inception last night.  I probably could have finished the quilt, but the movie was very visual, so I had to pay attention. 
After all that, there is still an extra day to enjoy in the weekend!  Monday holidays are such a nice invention.  We should have them more often.  I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Oh Scrap! today.  Be sure to visit and check out scrap projects and slow stitching.  

Saturday, January 18, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday Green Week 3

Green is coming along well.
I've got some soul searching blocks to add to the collection.  I'll need 2 or three of these each month to have enough for a nice quilt at the end of the year.  They use up lots of 1.5 inch strips.  I might try to put the leftovers together into a log cabin block. 
It is a three day weekend for Martin Luther King's birthday so I will enjoy and extra sewing day.  I'm still working off old UFOs which feels really good actually. 
As much as I enjoy making rainbow blocks, putting those blocks together eventually is a nice change of pace.  
Mister Linky is below.  Share your own green progress.  

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Ending the 1st Week of 2020

 9 Carat Diamonds was a lot closer to done than I thought.  There were plenty of nine patches, they just need to be framed in white and black.   So I got those blocks put together yesterday.  I'll come back for the borders later, but I have a first flimsy for 2020!  
 The hand work has been slow and steady this week.  The light and bright greens are coming together into a row.  With the husband out of town for business, evenings have been quiet. During a bit of new year cleaning, I found a decorative box to keep everything together in on the coffee table.  I saw a different version on someones blog last week.  Blogs are great for sparking ideas.
And finally, the binding on this scrap quilt are about a quarter done.  It was cold for a few days and it was nice to snuggle up under a quilt and sew a  bit.  Then it got hot again.  Not as great for cuddling under a quilt.  
Great beach walking weather though!  The shells have been crazy lately.  I'm about ready to wear shoes! Not wearing shoes is an important part of beach life as it turns out.  I'm learning so much since the move.  
I'm linking up today at Oh Scrap!  and at Kathy's quilts.  You should go and visit to check out scrappy quilts and slow stitching projects.