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.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rolling in Red

The weeks just get busier and busier right now.  All good though, so I am thankful.  Ryan's robotics team qualified for worlds!  He is off again this weekend to another tournament, the bus has been taking back and forth to Orlando each day.  Unfortunately, that means that I am waking up at 4:30 automatically now.  Anna is recovered from her concussion.  She isn't allowed to play again yet, but she is working her way through the protocol and should be fully cleared by the end of next week.  School is always a rush of course.  The quarter ends on Tuesday so all the end of term odds and ends are getting cleared off my desk now.  I'm sure there is lots more, but all this typing is cutting into my sewing time.  Lots and lots of red nine patches made it through last weekend as I worked on the tiny nine patches.  If I can get some framed out today then I can add another row to that quilt.  
What have you been up to in the sewing room?  Misterlinky is below.  Be sure to share with us all.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Ready for Red

The start of a new month is always fun here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Hopefully you all made great headway on your teal scraps and are ready to shift gears.  Red is on the agenda for March this year.  I've got a few tiny log cabins to get started with, but am off to see what other red projects need more progress.
I'm home today with Anna while Kurt and Sydney are volunteering at a Lego Robotic tournament and Ryan is off at a Robotic competition of the big boy kind.  Anna thinks she is all better, but she isn't of course, and getting her to rest is not an easy task.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

New Month -- New Color

Thanks to a random drawing from my crayon box, the new color for March will be RED.  So sorry that I didn't post it yesterday.  Anna took a stick to the head at a lacrosse game on Tuesday night and so we spent the day yesterday with doctors.

A CAT scan takes only two minutes, but the doctors visits added up to 7 hours, mostly of sitting in various examination and waiting rooms.  All is well though, no brain bleeds at all, no skull fractures, and her symptoms are slowly improving with complete "brain rest".  Apparently resting ones brain is incredibly boring though and grumpiness has set in.  It will be a while before she is back into lacrosse, the concussion recovery protocol doesn't even start until the doctor clears her, hopefully next Wednesday.  Until then, lots of naps in dark rooms and trying not to do anything mentally stimulating.
Has anyone managed to finish any quilts in February?  I can do a special month-end round-up post if there are finished quilts to share.  Let me know!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rounding out Teal

There are just a few more days to finish off the last odds and ends of teal.  I've got some more tiny nine patches to play with.  How about you?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I spent last weekend carried away with tiny log cabins.  In between rounds though, I added two inch squares to some more nine patches.  There should be enough now to frame out and add another row to to my 9 Carat Diamonds quilt.  First though, I am off with the girls to the Hundred Acre Hollows to check on the camera traps.  There is a workday going on.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I got a little carried away with little log cabins.
When I say little, I mean really little.  
What scraps did you get carried away with this week?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slowdown Sunday

What a week it has been!  Kurt was out of town all week on business to Denver.  His company was bought out and the new guys have their main offices out there.  He said it was a little cold, but really pretty.  Some weeks are pretty calm, but this was not one of those easy ones.  Lots of evening meetings, from Academic Team to AP night along with all the usual kids activities.  It was so nice to finally make it to Friday and take a deep breath.  
So amongst all the frenzy, Wednesday was World Hijab Day.  It was not a holiday with which I was familiar, but one of my Muslim students told me about it several weeks ago and offered to loan me a Hijab.  I wasn't aware at the time, but several teachers were also participating along with about 20 students.  The idea is to wear a Hijab for a day as an effort to try to see the world from someone else's point to view.  It is supposed to foster tolerance and understanding of people from different cultures and traditions.  It sounded like a worthy cause to me.  We have several students who wear a Hijab on a regular basis and I never thought much of it, assuming that our school campus is a safe place where students can express themselves freely without fear of backlash.
We took some group photos and students shot some footage to do a news article for the morning announcements.  A very nice Muslim mom thanked me for participating and offered hints as to how to get the scarf to stay put without choking.  I thought it had all gone well.  
Apparently people were so offended by our participation in World Hijab day that someone set up an anonymous e-mail accounts to send a complaint.  People are also, by the way, upset that we will be teaching Arabic next year.  The claim was that Hijabs make students feel uncomfortable.  They thought that our participation was politically motivated and that we should not be expressing those views to our students.  Oh My Gosh.  It wasn't politically motivated in any way, but I was informed that our freedoms need to be held in check given todays politically charged environment.  I don't even know how to respond to such a claim.  So I took a deep breath and moved on.
You might notice that I don't often express political opinions on my blog.  I don't like to offend and good people can disagree on issues.  I did notice a lot of political comments yesterday, and I think it is safe to say that some issues transcend party or politics.  Some things go beyond who you voted for in the last election.  As I said, moving on.....
I was working last weekend on finishing up the prep work for last years circle quilt.  I can really see the finish line ahead on this one.  Sadly though, I ran out of spray starch.  Though I tried to get the circles prepped without starch, the fabric just didn't want to stay put nicely without it.  If I can't make it out the store this morning I will dig out a recipe for corn starch and water and give that a try.  It would certainly be cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the store bought kind.
When taking breaks from quilting the OMG yesterday I was working on some tiny log cabin blocks.  I think these will finish at 2.5 inches.  Each one has 13 pieces in in it.  I made it all the way to 9 yesterday before it was time to go and have dinner.  I think I'll go put a load of laundry in and add a couple more rounds before starting on school work.  These blocks might take the place of the tiny nine patches now that OMG has moved on to the quilting phase.  It's important to have a way to use up tiny little scraps, right?  
Be sure to visit Oh Scrap and Slow Stitching Sunday.  Oh, also, enjoy the Superbowl.  I don't really care which team wins, but it is always festive.  I think I'll do a little applique between commercials.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Aquamarine

Welcome to February.  The best thing about a new month is the chance to pull out a new basket of scraps.  This month's color is teal, aqua, anything between blue and green.  I used to try to group these scraps in with either blue or green, but I love the fresh tropical feel that they have as a group.  
Misterlinky is below.  Share your plans and progress for aqua, or feel free to share the end of your purple scraps is you are still there.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Month End Celebration

We've all been collecting blocks for a while now.  Making rainbow blocks is fun and addicting after all.  Eventually though, it is good to start to turn some of those blocks into actual quilts.  This is our first special linky party for finished Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.
I worked hard this month to get OMG together and one step closer to being a finished quilt.  Sadly, after a bit of a bobbin mishap, the quilting is not quite done yet.  I'm still celebrating though.  It is in the final stages of delivery. 
I am so excited to see the other quilts that made it to those final stages this month.  But wait, there is one more bit of celebration.  I happen to have some extra OMG blocks to share.  If you are working on OMG, Omigosh, the Birthday Quilt or want to start a similar quilt, just leave me a comment.  I will pick someone from the list and pass along my extra bits and bobs to share the love.  In case you are wondering, each of the nine patches are made from 1 inch squares.   So tiny!  All I ask is that you find some way to use the blocks if you win the giveaway.    

Monday, January 30, 2017

Farewell to January

Sea Green will be the color for February.  Anything between blue and green will work.  From teal, to aqua to turquoise.  Try to find anything that isn't happy with blue or green but plays somewhere in between.  
I've still got a few aqua circles to sew, but they are starting to come together.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our end of the month finished quilt celebration.  Any flimsy or quilt worked on as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge will work.  

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Slow Stitching and Fast Stitching

I spent yesterday morning loading OMG onto the quilting frame.  This quilt was the ultimate scrap buster.  I'm not sure how many 1 inch strips I used in all of those tiny nine patches, but it was a lot!
First I had to extend the frame and clear everything off.  Pinning the quilt to the leaders and getting it all ready to go took most of the morning.  I got the thread picked -  light pink -- and had just finished sewing through the first bobbin.  
 Somehow, in the time that it took to load a new bobbin, I managed to loose the bobbin case.  I looked everywhere!  Hours later, everything had been cleaned and organized and searched.  The lost bobbin case was nowhere to be found.  So strange!  Stuck in the middle of a quilt, I finally gave up and went online to order a new case.
After dinner I went back again and started dumping things out.  Eventually, the bobbin case turned up.  Hiding inside a spool of thread.  What are the odds?

So OMG didn't get finished yesterday as planned, but more fast stitching will happen today for sure.
 After a few hours of fast stitching, I will definitely feel the need to settle down with some more slow stitching.  I finished all the prep work on my 366 circles last Sunday.  There are just enough circles sitting on the ironing board to finish off the quilt.  Now all that I need to do is to finish a tiny bit of hand stitching.  I'm linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap today.  So I guess a little blog hopping will happen before it is time to get back to stitching.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday #4 - Playing with Purple

I hope you are all enjoying purple this month. Today is your last weekend day to play with purple scraps. Hopefully you can start to see the bottom of the purple bin by now? Don't forget that our special end of the month finishing celebration is coming up soon. There will be an extra linky party starting Tuesday for anyone who has finished a RSC quilt. Be sure to check back then for lots of great motivation and inspiration.
Work has kept me hopping this week and I haven't had much time to sneak off to the sewing room.  So glad to have a weekend ahead to find some time to putter around with purple.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday - Circle Round Up

I started strong on the circles last year.  Then life got in the way.  It was a busy year for work and my sewing suffered.  
January has been done for ages.  Blue was the color of the month last year.  
Brown and pink are finished for February.  
There are 4 more purple circles sitting next to my spot on the couch.  Those will finish off March.  
April needs 4 more blocks as well.  They are in my "to go" bag ready for stitching.  
May, I think I also needs 4 more.  I sewed a lot of green circles while we traveled to Nana's funeral after Christmas. 
After that, it starts to get more sparse. 
Still that is half of the year almost done.  I'll get those odds and ends all sewn together and start to think about the second half of the year.  One step at a time.  This has turned into a two year quilt, but I do enjoy the way it is coming together.  
There isn't much going on today.  I did most of the laundry yesterday while most of the family was gone.  They all came home exhausted after the Lego Tournament.  Everyone has homework to work on today so they should not need much entertaining.  I'll sew up a few more circles before it the day gets into full swing.  First though, I'll head over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other people have going on in the way of slow stitching.