Handwork in the only kind of sewing I've been up to lately. I got the first two diamonds done on the way to our first layover in New York on the way to Paris. Two more then completed on the long flight to Paris, though it was overnight and I tried to sleep most of the way.
A bit more sewing happened on the train from Paris to Barcelona. Rather more than I had planned actually as there were a few delays. They gave us a nice box lunch though, and we all got a bit of a nap on the trip.
I'm all packed up again now, and still had plenty of hexies prepped. I'll just remove the finished diamonds and be off again. This week I am grading AP essays in Kansas City. I think the flight is not quite 3 hours, so there will be time for a few more hexies today for sure.
I'm going to link up with Kathy today for Slow Stitching Sunday. Its been a while since I checked in, so it will be nice to see what progress everyone has made.
So apparently something went terribly wrong with the blog post while I was away. I had of course scheduled everything before leaving for Paris and Barcelona, knowing that once I was away it would be hopeless to try to keep up. I came back sick and had to work all week, so its been quite mad dash. Tomorrow I am off to Kansas City to read AP essays. After that, the rest of the summer should be smooth sailing.
Now it is a new month, with a new color. How did June sneak in there? June colors are aqua and turquoise, did I mention that earlier? The block this month is called Country Lanes. Fortunately I had worked ahead on the blocks or I would have been really scrambling.
A new month is a new color here at the rainbow scrap challenge. So finish up the last of your pinks and pull out teal and turquoise. Anything that is not quite blue and not quite green will work this month. Think of warm Caribbean water.
It is hard to believe that May is almost over. Even more so than usual, the end of the school year has kept me busy. The fun is not quite over as Anna and I are off to Paris and Barcelona in just a few hours. I'll be back late next Saturday, so I'll be sure to schedule a post for next Saturday before we head out to the airport.
I've got plenty of hexie diamonds to work on while sitting on planes, trains and busses. Hopefully I'll be able to add some pink to this slowly growing collection.
How are your pinks coming along? The linky party is below. Please share with us all. I'll try to check in as long as the wifi holds out.
It is graduation weekend and my sewing room has been turned into a guest bedroom once again. Kurt's dad and sister have come for the weekend. The ceremony was last night and I was able to go up with Anna while she got her diploma. We had three teacher's children graduating this year and we were all there with them as they walk across the stage. Anna was off to project graduation right after and is just now home again. She just got back from science fair Thursday where she earned second place for her project modifying a 3-D printer to make cartilage. She gets to name an asteroid! Today though, I think that she will sleep. I've got some hand sewing pulled out in case there is time. Maybe while watching the royal wedding and drinking a bit of tea? Just three more school days until summer vacation. Not that anyone is counting.
It's been a brutal week. It went fast though, and the weekend snuck up on me. The first week of AP testing is done. Mine is on Monday, so I hope the kids will be ready. I'll go in bright and early to make them pancakes before the big test. Anna is off for science fair bright and first thing tomorrow morning. She'll be back just in time for graduation next Friday. Where has the time gone?
Still, even with all of that on the horizon, things are starting to calm down. I was spending a lot of time working on switching my curriculum over to new textbooks next year, but there were a few funding hiccups, so all of that might not be necessary after all. In a wait and see mode on that, sewing the day away sounds like a super plan.
I seem to have plenty of pinks to keep me busy for a while. Having two girls means that pink in one of my big scrap bins.
Binding time is quilting's reward for having finished something. Catherine's T-Shirt quilt is fresh off the quilting frame and ready for binding. I'm looking forward to slowing down with some calm slow stitching to finish everything off.
Things are starting to wind down for the school year too, so finishing up is a theme right now. End of Course and AP exams are just around the corner, along with one more science fair leading us right into graduation. What a long strange year its been. I'll ponder all that while I'm sewing down the binding.
I'm determined to get Katherine's graduation quilt finished today. I took a break when the bobbin ran out, thinking that I was about halfway done, but now that I look back at the flimsy photo, I think it is more like two thirds. I'm right in the middle of the Finding Jesus shirt near the bottom left. Yay! I really like the butterfly and monkey block on the bottom row. It is half pillowcase and half PJ pants. I'm sure they must both hold fond memories.
I really like the flannel that I found for the back. I got not quite enough on purpose so that I could work in a little bit of the border fabric. I even have enough of the border and sashing fabrics to make a coordinating pillowcase. Such a nice finishing touch, don't you think?
Choosing a quilting thread is always a trick on t-shirt quilts because there is so much contrast in the shirts. I tried many shades of blue and teal before reverting back to my default of grey. Not too dark on the white shirts or too light on the dark shirts. I used teal for the back though, and it is virtually invisible. I'm doing some loops in the background, but sticking to a less dense meander in the shirts to avoid detracting from the design. Also it makes it easier to avoid the heavily painted areas of some of the shirts. It goes quickly, which is a bonus.
When I went to pull the quilt photos from the memory card, there were more fire pictures. This is our backyard fence -- the same one that blew down in the hurricane.
This was the view from upstairs. Its our neighbors pool screen on the right. We were all really lucky the wind wasn't blowing the other way. There is still a thin line of unburned buffer foliage separating us from the burn zone. I'm thinking that thinning out vegetation might come up on the list after the quilt is done.
I graded 560 essays last week between the last AP test and the final practice AP test! I was so tempted to save them for the weekend, but I knew that the kids would want to see Infinity Wars and so I powered through until 11:30 on Thursday night. I'm so glad that I did now that it is done. Best of all, they were the last essays of the year! Well, at least until I go to AP reading in June when there will be thousands of essays to grade.
Having procrastinated enough, I'll go wind one more bobbin and finish this quilt off. If I can get the binding on this afternoon then I can have a bit of a movie marathon while sewing binding. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening. My little guys have their Biology EOC tomorrow, so We'll have to take a breather before shifting into less stressful learning activities. They won't want to do anything at all ever again, so we will have to work together to find a nice compromise.
April is almost over. I hope that you are all making better progress on your yellow scraps than I am. The month has zoomed by! I'm not sure that May or June will be much better, but I have high hopes for a calm July. Until then, thanks for sharing all your projects, it is much more fun to read than the 320 essays I just finished yesterday.
Today is actually unscheduled, which means I'm off to finish this t-shirt quilt in time for graduation. Borders are next on the list.
While I was in Orlando this weekend for Academic Team, this is what was going on at home.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt, and the damage was minimal. Our house is fine, but it got way too close to some of our neighbors. The ringer on my phone was still off from the awards ceremony, so I didn't know anything about it until I woke up this morning.
Anna had just gotten back from babysitting and was up in her room doing some homework when she saw flames from her bedroom window. She woke everyone in our house up and the kids all went around warning neighbors. It got closest to her friend Allie's house, three doors down from us. Allie was just getting home from prom while her dad was in the backyard spraying everything down with a garden hose. Kurt loaded all the photo albums and computers up into the car and sent the kids off to WaWa to get slushies while firefighters battled the blaze. It was a long night to say the least. So glad it wasn't worse!
April is zooming by. It always seems to be one of the busiest months. Year end tests are just around the corner and final competitions for everything are in full swing. I am off at Academic Team this weekend. Sadly, my team has lost, so we have today to hang out around the resort before the awards banquet tonight. We have been hitting the theme parks hard the last two days, so a bit of a calm day sounds lovely to me.
I finally got around to PDFing the block for the squared away sampler. Sorry for the delay. I'm such a slacker! Yesterday we painted the walls of the garage and today we painted the floor and I ache in places I didn't know that I had. Go to the RSC 18 tab for a complete list of links. The original directions are posted here. The PDF version is here. Now I'm off to make some cupcakes that I promised for the last Academic Team practice tomorrow night. Then I have to find that test I brought home to grade this weekend. I hadn't thought about since Friday afternoon, but I'm sure its hiding somewhere. One month and two days until graduation. Not that anyone is counting down of course.
I once made a quilt for Mom in the Sister's Choice Pattern.
It reminds me a lot of this month's block.
The nice thing about making three of each block is that is gives you a chance to play around with the colors. Different placement gives each block a unique look.
I completely neglected to make the PDF instructions from Mari's post last week. Its a good thing that I made all the blocks in January or I would have forgotten that too! I'll update the links soon though.
Kurt has gone to drive Ryan to the ACT. He has prom tonight and Sydney is planning a sleepover. I have a graduation quilt to finish, but first I need to go and finish painting the garage. We are redoing the floor and I want to do the walls first in case I drip. Who am I kidding, of course I'm going to drip. Its a garage!
Last bit of exciting news. The girls Lacrosse team made it to the district tournament. We only won two games this season, but they were both against district teams. So there is one more game to go and the season will be done. Spring can get a bit out of hand here, but hopefully things will start to wind down soon. Robotics is done, lacrosse will be done soon. Just lots of tests and a few more random competitions to get through before graduation in 31 days. Not that anyone is counting of course.
It's been a long week! State science fair was finishing up just as spring break was starting. That was when Anna won best of show. She was a little surprised. There are actually 8 "Best of Show" awards for the entire state, so the odds are pretty good if you make it to first. She has never finished above second at state though, so she was really thrilled.
Just as the girls got home from that, Kurt and I hopped off for a quick grown up trip to Jamaica. Three days of all inclusive relaxation with lots of food and adult beverages. So nice! Kurt's dad came to stay with the kids and they had lots of nice family time together.
I spent some time hanging out on the balcony of our room sewing up hexies. Lots of prep work happened during the traveling part. Even on bumpy and curvy roads, it is still easy enough to baste hexies. I even thought far enough ahead to bring along some yellow for April!
Just as we were landing, Ryan was finishing up his robotics tournament. His team didn't get a bid to worlds this year, but they did win the control award. Ryan was pretty happy about that because he is the head of software which is integral for robot control. They even let him bring the trophy home for the break!
Then once we were all back together again, we took a quick trip to the beach. It is so close, and yet we just don't go all that often. Here they are taking a break from the waves after somehow loosing all the fins on the surfboard.
This morning we are off on one last college visit. It will be decision time for Anna soon. I think she'll finally make a final call after this. Just 31 school days until graduation. Hard to believe how quickly it has all happened.
Back on the sewing front, I am looking forward to a month of sunshine and happiness. Yellow is such a great color to add light to your quilt. It is easy to go overboard, but in small doses, I have really become a fan. I'll get my sewing room back on Sunday so more yellow scraps are sure to come out to play.
Hopefully April has you thinking of sunshine and spring. Today is the last day to show off your light and bright greens. We are travelling this spring break and having company, which means that my sewing room is temporarily out of commission. I have lots of handwork to keep me busy though, and look forward to seeing what you are all ready to create using yellow and gold in April. Until then though, lets have a last hurrah of lime, yellow green and light and bright green.
Tomorrow is the first day of our spring break. Today, most people seem to have already gotten a head start and attendance is sparse. That got me thinking about the new month starting the day after tomorrow and how fabulous yellow and gold blocks will start looking in April. Hopefully it will bring thoughts of sunshine and spring, though I know that many people are still digging out of snow.
Hopefully yellow and gold fabric will cheer you while you anticipate the spring thaw to come.
I must admit to not having made much progress on green so far. Good thing that the new month does not happen until next Sunday. That gives me two more chances to dig into the greens. Spring has sprung here in Florida, even though it has been strangely cold during the week. The weekends have been beautiful though, leading to lots of time in the yard. I've switched over to a new linky system, after having trouble last week. This one seems to be what everyone else uses these days.
Mister linky is being strange. I'll be back to figure that out in a minute.....
OK, mister linky wants me to pay for the premium linky, but I've already done that for the year. I'm working on it, but for now there is an old school linky. Maybe this will be my motivation to switch to a different linky.........
I was finishing off the last of a tin of chocolates from Valentine's day today when I noticed that the size and shape seemed just right for my hexie diamonds. Look how perfectly they fit! I know I'm not the only one to get excessively excited by finding just the right container for an ongoing project.
I ran out of card stock to prep more fabric on Sunday, but, there always seems to be a supply of junk mail incoming from colleges these days. With Anna being a senior and Ryan being a junior, the mail never seems to stop. I've been using my scrapbooking punch to cut more templates. The bigger hexagon is 1.5 inches which is just petite enough to be adorable. Someday I'll make something from the smaller size. My someday list always seems to be growing.
I also got the blocks all prepped and the sashing strips ready for the t-shirt quilt. I'll get those sewn together soon. It's been a crazy week at work so far and it's only Tuesday! The quarter ended today and there are lots of meetings this week. Friday is a teacher workday though, so I'll be able to tie up all the loose ends before the last quarter gets into full swing. Where has the time gone? The kids are already picking classes for next year!
Somehow yesterday turned into spring cleaning day. I hadn't planned it that way, but Kurt got out the pressure washer and one thing led to another.... You know how it goes. So today was going to be my relaxation day. Somehow a morning run led to a grocery store trip and then the errands began. My mind is still not adjusted to the time change yet, so I'll sit and ponder that a bit. Florida has just passed a law to stay on daylight savings time all year round. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I think it will lead to a lot more of going to school in the dark. The more evening daylight part will be nice though.
Just back now from picking out fabrics for Katherine's T-shirt quilt for graduation. I don't usually take commission quilts, but I made one for each of her older brothers. One thing leads to another again. The request was for Tiffany blue. I couldn't find just the right shade, but I am really fond of the flannel backing. The fabrics are in the washer now, so I think I'll just sit here and rest for a bit while they finish up. I promised a final layout before the end of the day.
I've been sewing a few more hexies in the evenings. Just blue and purple so far, but green is up next.
I went through all the lime green scraps to cut one of each for my collection. Then I found some extra circles and background fabrics cut away from behind the circles of two years ago and turned all of those into still more hexies. It looks like I'll have plenty of handwork to keep me busy on the next long trip. I've got flights to Paris and Kansas City to look forward to this summer, so hexie diamonds will be a nice way to pass the hours.
Linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap!
I organized the light green bin to look for more strings.
And separated the light green from the dark. Maybe today I will be able to accomplish a bit more. I've got one t-shirt quilt to finish up before graduation though and one college dorm room quilt to start. Lacrosse and robotics are in full swing, so that has been keeping us all running. Spring break is just around the corner though. Can't wait!
I love the start of new months. Whatever odds and ends I have left of the last color are happily put away to make room for something new. This month, the purple has seen plenty of progress, and light and bright green is ready to come out and play for spring. I tried a couple of different color variations in my Squared away blocks this month. I think the last one is my favorite. Mari has a lovely tutorial for those of you working on the quilt along. I'll update the links as soon as the pdf file is ready to go. Links for all the blocks so far are at the RSC18 Sampler tab.
Now that those are done, I think that I'll spend some time digging into my string bin.
I hope you have had your fill of purple. With spring popping up all around, it is time to bring out your greens. We are focusing this month on the bright and light side of the green family. Think of lime and yellow greens and try to save the darker shades for later months. I hope that green is popping outside your window right now, but if not, at least some green fabrics will make cheer you until the spring blossoms start to appear.
Sorry to be off to a bit of a late start today. I have been having a bit of a computer issue. Hopefully my engineer of a husband can get it fixed, if not, I may be off computer shopping this afternoon. Until then, everything is fine unless something touches the lower left hand corner of the keyboard. I have some photos to share, but I will try a bit of a two step process this morning, just in case.
It is a three day weekend for the kids! Not for the teachers though, we are to report for training first thing in the morning. Still, it there aren't any lesson plans to worry about quite yet, so I have a bit of extra time to sew. Most of my sewing time for the last two days was spent ironing and rough cutting these t-shirts for a graduation quilt. Still plenty of time, but I should get moving on it for sure. I love the way she sent fun extras to include in the quilt. A pillow sham and some PJ pants are nicely blended in with all the shirts.
We went out this morning to see Black Panther. Kurt is a big Avenger's fan and I think that we have seen them all so far. While we were on our way out of the neighborhood, we spotted the first baby Sandhill Cranes of the year! It is a sure sign that spring is here.
Does anyone else feel that time is accelerating? The days are just zooming by right now. I didn't sew a stitch this week, but I was able to sew up some more purple loggies earlier this month. Spring is always super busy at school. This year spring seems to have started early. This weekend looks pretty wide open though. The kids have activities which will require a few rides, but there should still be some time to get in some fabric therapy. After this week it is very much needed.
First, let me apologize for not visiting anyone yesterday. I had just started on my day, checked in on a few people, showered and started to walk the dog when I got a panicked phone call from Anna that she and Ryan had both forgotten their name badges for the science fair. So I rushed up to the mall to drop those off and the rest of the day was a blur. I went around to visit all my students and had lunch with my science teacher friend before coming back home to gather everyone up before going out to dinner before the awards ceremony.
Special awards are first on the agenda. Anna had a brand new project this year, and she was worried that she didn't know it as well as she knew her stuff from earlier multi-year projects. She moved into engineering this year though, which is such a great field for women. Some of her judges were seriously trying to convince her to change her major into biomedical engineering. We were so hopeful for a SWE (Society of Women Engineers) award. We didn't know anything about though a Mainstream Engineering award which was given to a someone from the senior and the junior categories. Anna was just walking off the the stage with hers when they announced Sydney's name!
So Anna turned right back around and gave her little sister a great big hug. I was in the audience crying like a baby. As much as sister's can bicker, it is awesome to see them support one another.
Then the place awards. Sydney first in junior environmental engineering. Ryan second in robots and programing something. Anna first in engineering. We were all so happy. The kids had all kind of sleuthed the places out ahead of time based on who the best of show judges visited on the second day. They are all so sneaky in their spy craft. I must say, they were all pretty accurate in their predictions. We were all happy and ready to round it up when they started announcing Best of Show and called Sydney's name as runner up. Boy were we shocked! She had a nice simple little middle school project, but she sure knew her stuff.
Then the main contender for best of show in the senior division got runner up and we were all stumped. When they called Anna's name for best of show I thought her head might explode. She was so shocked that she could hardly get up to walk across the stage. Best of Show comes with an automatic bid to the International Science and Engineering fair in Pittsburgh. I have never seen a kid so darned excited about a trip to Pittsburgh. I'm still not sure she has completely come to terms with the idea. I think I have her convinced that they didn't give the award to the wrong person by mistake.
Here they all are with their ribbons at the end of the awards ceremony.
And all of us together. What a night! I'm sorry to go on so long, but I am so proud of all of them! The next few months will be busy with follow up contests and next level fairs. All so exciting! Today I am a soggy mess of nothing. We filled out lots of paperwork and tried to catch up on laundry and normal weekend things. Honestly, it has not been a productive day in any way.
I do have a few new hexies to add to the mix. It was fun to dip into some darker purples and think about how the setting might work. I really kind of like the idea of the little triplets of white for linking. No need to decide now though. I think I'll do some more prep work while the cross country skiing continues on the Olympics. I would have loved to watch figure skating last night, but it is still fun to watch all the festivities, no matter the sport. I will go now and peek in on the posts of yesterday and see what everyone is up to on Slow Stitching Sunday. Nothing special in the scrappy category this week for Oh Scrap! Not that there is much in my repertoire which isn't scrappy. It is fun to see all the Squared Away blocks showing up. Here I am as a proud mama again. Now I think my head might be the one ready to explode! Happy Sunday everyone. Thanks for sticking in there with me through the non-quilting stuff. I'm sure real sewing will happen again someday!