Saturday, July 14, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

I am scheduling this ahead and hoping that it works.  I didn't have great luck last time I tried, and so if the linky is broken, maybe you could leave a link in the comments?  We are on a family vacation right now visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton out west.  We are going to be home tomorrow though, so if there is a problem, I promise to fix it then.  I'll also be sure to show lots of pictures of mountains and geysers and such.  There is going to be rafting and horseback riding and rodeoing.  The kids are even willing to hike with us.  They hate to hike, but they are willing to humor us old folks for a few miles along the way.  I have my handwork zipper case in my carryon, so hopefully a hexie or two will get accomplished along the way. 


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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Puttering

The girls had a garage sale this weekend which led to some much needed tidying up and clearing out.  We let them keep any money they made, so the motivation level was high.  While moving things around, I found this blue Dear Jane block from last summer which just needs a little bit of hand work on the applique.  Most of the block was paper pieced, but the triangles at the bottom need a bit of slow stitching time. 
Ryan is having a birthday party today, and though I am mostly trying to stay out of the way, I pop out every now and again to make sure people have something to drink and to refresh the snacks.  In between that, I've been getting rid of junk mail by turning it into move hexies for my slow stitching project.  Anna punched them for me while I was working on her quilt for a bit, but she has moved on, leaving me to punch my own paper piecing templates.  It is actually quite fun to see what little bits of text show up while I am sewing the hexies diamonds together.  Sometimes it is a coupon for a discount on air conditioning and sometimes it is a new dentist offering free consultations.    It is nice to put all this wasted card stock to good use. 
The house is starting to look pretty spiffy with all of these summer projects.  I'm sure it will all be back to normal soon enough though.  Entropy has a way of getting the better of all of my good intentions.  Speaking of which, I think the laundry just buzzed.  I'll go move it along and then head over to visit Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

Welcome to the month of red!  In the heat of summer, red sounds just right.  Since it is the first Saturday, the new Squared Away pattern in also available from Mari.  So be sure to check it out.  I'll whip up a quick PDF version and post it here, as well as on the squared away tab at the top of the page.

I haven't jumped too much into red yet as Anna's blue dorm room quilt is taking up my design wall.  It is coming together slowly, row by row. 


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

New Month -- New Color

A new month is always an exciting time.  Nothing is more fun than a new color.  For July, it is time to roll out the reds.  Red with shades of maroon for darker accents if you need them.  Just in time for Canada day and for Independence day.  

Slow Sunday

 Nothing is better than a lazy Sunday!  As much as I picture summer vacation as a long string of lazy days, it never seems to work out that way.  I have gotten a lot done though, so a day of rest is definitely a great plan.  Today I will iron. 
I will trim
 And I will continue to add more blue hexies to the wall.  Slowly and steadily, the blue dorm room quilt is coming together. 
Most of my stitching so far this summer has been on the slow and steady hand work variety.  In fact, I really should get some more hexies ready to go.  We have a trip to Yellowstone coming up and there will be quite a bit of traveling time to get some more blocks sewn together.  If you want to see what other handwork is keeping everyone busy, head over to Kathy's quilts to see lots of lovely slow stitching.  

Saturday, June 30, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Wrapping Up

I hope that you are able to wrap up all of your June plans.  July is just around the corner!  That makes is a holiday week for those of us in the US.  Best of all, a new color is coming up soon.   (July is going to be red with accents of maroon, in case you are planning ahead)  I've finally started working on Anna's dorm room quilt for college, it is blue.  She leaves is just a month and a half.  She chose a framed hexie pattern.  It goes together with half hexies made from jelly rolls.  She picked a beautiful collection of batiks to start and I've been adding in with strips from the scrap bin.  Everything is cut now, and the blocks are about half sewn at this point.  After that it gets sewn together in rows.
I heard noises at the front door and thought it might be a package delivery.  Turns out it was an armadillo checking out our front patio.  Just a little guy, isn't he cute?  Too bad they carry leprosy.  I hear that they taste like chicken.  Seriously, I would never do that.  Look at how adorable he is.  
Summer vacation always means work around the house.  I've been scrubbing baseboards and painting inside.  The screens isn't something I am able to do though, so we hired someone to come in and make repairs.  Four guys for two days had them looking as good as new again.  On the list for next is polishing wood floors and scrubbing tile.  Not the most glamorous summer vacation, but it has been productive. 

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Home Again and ScrapHappy

It feels like years since I've been home.  Boy does it feel good.  Kansas City was full of lots of AP essay reading.  Also one small active shooter event, so it is good that is over. 
Painting the inside walls of the house is my summer project, so I've gotten started on that, which means that I am tired and achy from climbing up and down ladders and crawling along baseboards.  It looks good though!  New paint really makes everything seem fresh and clean.  Anna is anxious for me to finish her college dorm room quilt, so that is next on the list. 
The linky party is below.  I hope to catch up with every ones projects today, it has been a while.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

Hi, this is Angela's husband.  She is in Kansas City this weekend so she asked me to post this linkup.


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Not So Slow on Sunday

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.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

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.

Mari posted the tutorials on her blog and I will whip up a PDF as soon as I finish this post.
   Misterlinky is below, hopefully it will all work out better this week.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Technical Issues

Something went wrong with the scheduled post while I was away.  I'll try again today.


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Saturday, June 2, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

 It is a nice simple block this month for squared away.  Mari has instructions at her blog as always. 
I was lucky to finish mine ahead of time. 
Anna and I should be back from our European adventure late tonight.  Until then, happy sewing. 


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

ScrapHappy June

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.  

Saturday, May 26, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Pink Saturday

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.


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Graduation Weekend

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.


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Smells Like Roses

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.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Tickled Pink

Roll out the rose and pink, and new month has begun!
 Mari has posted directions for the new squared away block.  I'll post a link on the Squared away tab and here when the pdfs file for the tutorial is ready to go.
I finished my blocks earlier.  I was really happy with how the darker rose added nice contrast to the pink scraps.  


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Almost May

I'm looking forward to digging through my pink scraps today to get ready for May.  Pink and Rose will be the new colors this month.  I hope you were able to take care of your yellows.  

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Slowing Down Now

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.  

Sunday Quilting Fest

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.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

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. 


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brush Fire

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!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

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. 


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

PDF posted

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.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday Sunshine and Joy

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.  


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Saturday, April 7, 2018

ScrapHappy Sunshine

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. 


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Sunshine is Just Around the Corner

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.


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Friday, March 30, 2018

April Fool's Day?

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.  

Saturday, March 24, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - 2 More Green Saturdays

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.


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Strange Morning

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.........

Let's try this new one, just for fun.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's the Little Things

 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!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Not So Slow on Sunday

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!