II can't remember the new color right now. My brain has gone to mush. I am pretty sure we haven't done teal this year though.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
We left Florida just before 4 this morning thinking Mom would be home from the hospital by the time we reached Georgia. All did not go according to plan and it was a very difficult and terrifying day. They will keep her longer to try to stabilize her condition and hope that radiation will help with some of her new symptoms. I am thankful for all the prayers and wishes as well as for being here with her during a difficult time. I hope that tomorrow will bring better news. I was happy to have some knitting in my purse today and finished a bright orange dish cloth while waiting. I think I have some nice yellow for tomorrow. I will have a new pattern to try if it is a quiet day.
If all goes according to plan, I will be in a care headed to Georgia when this post goes live. I have scheduled it ahead and am hoping that everything works as it should. Yellow isn't one of those HUGE colors that never seem to end, so I am hoping that everyone made a good sized dent and came up with some nice blocks during the month. Use misterlinky below to brag about your progress this month. Be sure to check in and see all the other scraphappy goodness going on in blogland.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I couldn't go a week without any quilt related something though. So today we were using an i-pad microscope to do epidermal peels of leaves in order to study the size and density of stomata. Cool right?! All you do is paint clear fingernail polish on a leaf and then use a bit of transparent tape to pull it up. So we did monocots and dicots, top and bottom surface, they were all nice. Then I got this peel from a fern leaf which is a seedless vascular plant and not an angiosperm at all. How much does that look like a free motion quilting pattern to you?
Hopefully quilt related posts will continue someday soon.
Monday, June 24, 2013
I finished 12 star blocks for Aunt Brenda's quilt! All the parts are cut out for the rest, but I am waiting for a darker background fabric to arrive. I have a vision. I hope it turns out half as well as the plan in my mind.
Today is the only day this week that I don't have to work so I am going to make the most of it. Anna needs a drop off and pick up for camp of course, and there are some assorted errands to be taken care of. First though, there is a quilt of the frame that could be finished with just a few minutes of focus. I think it will be number 5 for June.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The boys are off to Dungeons and Dragons this afternoon so the girls will have a nice lunch out with a trip to Joann's. Anna needs a costume for her play on Friday. She is going to be Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka Junior. We picked up a dress at Goodwill yesterday which we are going to alter, so we will get supplies for that at the same time.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Lonestar Quilt all made out of batiks. I've never worked much with batiks, but it sounded like a good chance to try something new. I'm not sure I can accomplish the Lonestar idea quickly enough to get this thing done in a reasonable time, but I saw a quilt that got my creative juices flowing here. Maybe because of the beautiful quilting? Wanting to keep things somewhat simple for hand quilting, I remembered the Mariposa quilt I had made several years ago with a sawtooth star block. Then I found this half light, half dark version of a chain block with some samplers stars.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This is a spot that the kids have taken over where they dump all the things they don't want to put away. Right now it is full of extra school and craft supplies.
Most of the day has been spent lesson planning. I have gotten out of the quilting mode all of the sudden. Still, considering that all the secondary teachers in our district are going to have to teach an extra class next year, any work I can get done now will make me life less hectic in the future. Again, I am full of dreams today.
No quilting for me. I have been working this week. I was signed up to help out with some curriculum planning at school for next years home rooms. Though I only worked half of each day, it got me (temporarily) back into school mode. So I've been working on planning lessons for next year. Sadly though, there has been no motivation for quilting. There is another quilt loaded on the frame and one more ready to go, getting those both done this month sounds like a reasonable goal. First though, I have morning carpool for camp today. Anna has a two week theater camp and Sydney has a single week with Mr. Science. After that it is off to the grocery store and maybe home again to quilt a bit before pick ups start at 3. Lazy summer days are never as lazy as it would seem.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Summer break has made it hard to remember the days of the week. I was already out and taking the dog around the block before I remembered that today was Saturday. Use the linky below to share your own scraphappy creations and be sure to visit the other RSC13 participants. Happy scrap busting!
Friday, June 14, 2013
It is done now and I've just finished sewing on some binding from the leftover binding drawer. From start to finish, every bit of this quilt was leftover from something else. How fun it that?
Leah Day's web site. I think the quilt is about 1/3 done, so there is still plenty of room for more practice.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Handiquilter and frame to finish my quilts for a few years now and never taken the time to think much about thread. It doesn't seem to be picky and sews along without complaint most of the time. Never knowing what color of quilt will come together next, I like to be able to go out and pick up a spool when I am ready to finish up a top. I'm a big fan of Connecting Threads as a rule and have enjoyed using their Essential PRO cones. However, the only cones that they have at my local Joann's are serger thread, and I have been using those as well with no problems. I was happy to read Jo's post earlier this week about using Maxilock serger thread and was relieved to know I wasn't some oddball quilting rebel for using cheap thread. It doesn't list a size on the cone, but by comparison I'd have to say it is about 60 wt and 100% polyester. So what thread do you use for quilting? Is it worth the extra price for the name brands or is it all about getting it done?