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.

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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.
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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.


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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.

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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.  

Saturday, September 29, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Winding Down Blue

It is starting to look like fall as we wrap up the dark blue month.  Even though I could work for a lot longer and not be out of blue, it will be nice to shift to a new color on Monday.  I hope you have all been able to make a dent.  the linky tool is below. 


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Saturday, September 22, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

There is just one more blue Saturday after today.  I hope you are all making a dent.  Blue seems to be the color that just keeps giving.  Every time I did into my blue bin I am surprised at how much is there.
 I spent last weekend digging in to find dark blues to turn into hexies.  After there were plenty of those, I moved onto the teal blue to make sure there were plenty to spare.  I'll be taking these with me to a working trip to Jacksonville next week to work on state test editing.  Plenty of hand work should keep me busy in the evenings. 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

Just back from 5 miles on the beach.  I am sandy and sweaty and wet.  Off to shower and will check back in soon.  Hopefully you are all finding sewing time these days.  I keep thinking that things will slow down soon.  Someday it will I'm sure. 


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Saturday, September 8, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I'm off for a run this morning.  10 miles, but I'll check back in.  Hopefully everyone is getting a start on blue.  Blue is one of those colors that just keeps going on and on.  I'm happy to have two months to try to make a dent.  I think it is a soothing color.   Maybe its the sky?  It could be about the ocean.  In any case.  I'm glad to have another chance to make a dent in the blue bin of scraps. 


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet

Welcome to the quilters meet and greet.

Hi, I'm Angela and I am a scrap quilter.  I've been a scrap quilter for as long as I can remember.  Almost every quilt that I make is scrappy.  I'm not sure where all the scraps come from as I never seem to make non scrappy quilts. I keep working to use up all my scraps, and while I use them all up, I just seem to keep making more.  
Trying to be more systematic about using up scraps, I decided to start the Rainbow Scrap Challenge several years ago.  By choosing one color each month on which to focus, the goal was to encourage more people to use more scraps.  
 I usually have several quilts going at any one time.  I love to work with simple units which can be reused in different ways.  These 9 patches were made each month for several years of the RSC.  One year I set them on point with framed black and white corners.
 On another year I framed the same blocks and alternated them with stars.  Mai Tai Sunrise was the result.
For the past several years, I have also designed blocks for a monthly quilt along.  This one is my favorite so far.  Different 6 inch blocks serve as the center for Sawtooth stars with alternating chain blocks.  
 I really enjoy this one too.  It is just random 6 inch blocks, but it was lots of fun working to come up with new blocks and tutorials each month.
A special thanks to Benita for hosting this quilter's meet and greet.  Be sure to visit her blog for more details.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Upkeep on Sunday

Hurray for three day weekends!   It is already Sunday and I would usually be worried already about catching up on school work.  Instead I spent the morning sewing this quilt top together.  The postage stamp stars were put together over time as part of the rainbow scrap challenge.  I have several quilts worth.  I think a nice wide border will finish this off and then some loop de loops for quilting. 
I'm blocked out of the sewing room for a bit as Kurt is trying to fix a window.  It is supposed to move up and down on some sort of spring, and one day when I went to open it up, the spring just popped right out.  He has his engineers problem solving face on right now as he is researching window repair options. 
While I wait for that to get all fixed up, I think that I will work on some maintenance of my own.  My poor blog has been sadly neglected lately as the school year has steam rolled right over me.  Just when you think all the balls are flying along in the air, one of them will drop and demand attention again.  Somehow I haven't been getting any e-mail notifications on comments, and the tabs are all out of date. 
That will leave tomorrow open for school work.  We had quite a time with textbooks last year due to funding cuts and my AP Biology class did not make the list.  We made due with cast offs from dual enrollment as they get new books whenever they are available.  So this summer I switched everything over and made support materials to go with the "new to us" books.  Then last week I got notice that funding had become available and we will get new books after all.  So now I'm back to the drawing board and need to shift again to get everything correlated with the newer books that should come in soon.  Good news of course to be getting new books, just a bit more work to make it all line up.  Hopefully a nice long holiday Monday will let me make a big dent.  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

It is a new month, which means that it is time to put away your oranges and get out your dark blues and/or dark neutrals.  It also means that there is a new block for squared away.  Just one more block to go.
Here is a link to the tutorial from Mari
Here is a link to the PDF file for the September block


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I keep trying to remember to schedule the Saturday post to go off before I leave on my morning run.  As the runs get longer, the posts seem to keep getting later.  So sorry about that.  Just back now from a quick 6 miles.  After a nice long shower I'll look forward to seeing what scrap happiness everyone is up to. 


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Sunday, August 19, 2018

One Gone

 I have a quilt top which was getting sewing together.  I'm not sure how long its been sitting there like that.  Several weeks probably.  Things are just a bit busy right now.
 Yesterday we drove Anna over to Sarasota and got her settled into her dorm room.  She loves her new quilt
She and her new room mates get along great.  They met at admitted students day and have been keeping in touch since then.  Important questions like who is bringing a fridge and who has a microwave.  Kurt and I made a quick trip out to pick up important last minute things like a shower curtain and expo markers.  We also helped carry and unpack of course.  After that parents were sent off to informational sessions while the kids all did games and activities.  We told that they are emerging adults and we shouldn't call them kids, but we seem to keep saying it anyway.
Once the girls were all settled in, we went out to dinner as a big group.  Parents at one end of the table and the girls down at the other.  Both of Anna's room mates brought siblings along to help with the move in, so it was quite a group. 
The drive home was quiet, and the van felt really empty with all of Anna's things gone.  I'm going to jump back into sewing my quilt top together today.  Best to be busy I think. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday -- Off to College

We are headed to Sarasota first thing in the morning to take Anna to New College.  The car is loaded and ready to go.  We had a family dinner and game night for one last time before we drop her off.
I'm scheduling this to go off first thing in the morning.  I'll check back in when we return.  Hope that orange is going well.  We had the first day of school and open house already, so school is already in full swing for everyone else.  Orange is a nice thought right now, hopefully I'll find some time and inspiration when we get back from the trip.  Until then, enjoy your scraps!


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Orange Jubilee

Sorry to be off to a late start today.  I forgot to post before my morning run and then ran some errands on the way home.  Yesterday was the first day of school!  Anna is still here, even though she isn't going to school until next week.  We will drive her to college next Saturday.  It was really odd to start on a Friday, I'm sure we will have forgotten everything by the time we are back to school on Monday.  Too early to worry about that now though, first there is lots of orange energy to enjoy.  Please share your rainbow scrap progress below.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Orange you Glad its Fall?

Just one more month until the squared away blocks are done!

 Here are mine in orange in brown.  It was nice to have a bit of brown for contrast.  Mari has a tutorial up, and I will insert links here, and on the RSC18 Sampler tab above as soon as it is converted into a PDF.  Here it is: Link to PDF of Squared Away August block.   With just one more block to go, I'm getting pretty excited to start seeing finished quilts soon. 
Right now, I'm off to school for a bit for unfettered access to the photocopy machine.  I'll check back in later and see what everyone is up to. 


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Color Reveal

A new month is always just the right time for a new color here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Before you jump in, let me just say, that I know people have strong feelings about the color orange.  Really is isn't as scary as I used to think.  I've worked hard over the years to try to add little bits of orange to my stash.  It adds such a nice little spark and is sure to brighten things up.  If you are having problems getting enough contrast with your oranges, try to work in a few browns to autumn things up a bit.  Really, give it a try. 
With just one more day of vacation before the big back to school day tomorrow, there was time to work on just one more project.  There were two bags of postage stamp stars in the bin.  This one had a note letting me know the setting, and that there were cornerstones in the bag, but that it needed sashing.  
Sure enough, this is what it looked like coming out of the bag.  
So the afternoon was spent cutting out sashing strips while listening to more Grey's Anatomy.  I've been gravitating toward gray accents for rainbow quilts lately.  The top is about half sewn, but there is still time.  Texts and e-mails are starting to come in as everyone is shifting gears back to school mode again.  Deep breath, here we go again.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Odds and Ends

School starts for teachers the day after tomorrow.  I am soaking up each and every last minute of vacation and using it to cross all the odds and ends off the list.  Productive things like detailing the mini van and polishing the hard wood floors.  Also fun things like finishing quilts and whipping up small sewing projects.
 I ordered some slipcovers for our tired and torn kitchen chairs.  They came with nifty zipper cases.  I hated to throw them out, but I'm on a roll right now with clearing out.  Instead I harvested the zippers and used them to make four little zipper cases for silverware or pencils.  There never seem to be any forks in the teacher workroom, so I'm going to put one of these in my mailbox and stash one in my desk for lunches.  Anna has one for college too, as she is supposed to provide her own silverware for the cafeteria.  They are very environmentally aware at her school and don't like disposable silverware. 
I added one more row to the framed four patches.  
Then cobbled together the back out of leftover four patches.  I might like it a bit more than the front honestly.  
More four squared blocks were next out of the bin of bagged WIPs.  I used extra fabric from the back of the framed four patches to create the alternate blocks and then webbed the top together yesterday afternoon while binge watching an entire season of Grey's Anatomy in the background.   
There is enough of this brown fabric for a border and matching backing.  
That frenzy let me cross the first three projects off my list.  I think that the next two might be doable as well, after that it looks like more effort might be required.  We'll have to see how far I get. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Cleaning Up

I emptied a bin yesterday!  I can't show you the quilt yet, because it is a surprise.  
Here are all the bits and pieces that still need to be cleaned up.  I have a ton of extra sashing strips because I started trimming them to 7.5 inches which is the finished block size instead of the unfinished size.  I remade one set of blocks, and I'm much happier with how it all came together as a result.  
 I've been in cleaning up mode.  I emptied the Tupperware and put everything that didn't have a matching lid into a quarantine basket.  The kids are under strict orders not to put anything back that isn't complete.  I did the water bottles and to go coffee cups at the same time.  We'll see how long the organization lasts. 
The last time I went on an organization spree, I put all the blocks ready to sew together into the labelled bags in a nice basket with a table of contents.  
After much contemplation, I pulled out bag number three which is framed four patches.  The note said that they had been pinned together into rows and were ready to sew together.  There were extra four patches to piece together into a backing. 
Here is the top sewn together, but I think that I might add one more row onto the top to make it a bit longer.  
These four patches will make a nice back along with some rows of white to spread them out.  With a bit of luck, this one will be ready for quilting by the end of the day.  I like to have a stash of quilts ready to finish in case of emergency.  Last year I quilted up a long list of tops during hurricane Irma.  We were home for days and day watching it rain and it was nice to have plenty of quilts to finish to use up all the nervous energy.  I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! today.  Be sure to visit and see what other scraps are being turned into today.