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.  

Saturday, July 28, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Red Day

Hopefully you are making great progress on our red scraps.  I've got quite a few bits in the pipeline that have been working through as leaders and enders while I was sewing other projects.  I can't show you any of those quite yet, so I'll just enjoy the red projects you all have to share.  Next Saturday will be a new color, so I hope you can take the next few days to polish off the last bits and bobs of red. 


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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Scrappy Happy Red Day

 We saw 4 states on our family Yellowstone trip.  This was obviously, Idaho.
 We stayed at a ranch east of the park in Wyoming.
 Which is also where the Grand Tetons where.  Sydney thought the name was hilarious.  She is taking French in School.
Check out these moose chilling in a meadow.  The kids eye spied them on a hike and we tiptoed on by.  
We also stayed in West Yellowstone which is part of Montana and flew in and out of Salt Lake City where we visited Temple Square and listened to an organ concert at the tabernacle.  After all that it was fabulous to come back home again and sleep in my own bed again!
For me it really is a red letter day.  It is a scrappy Saturday and I am home!  It feels like ages since that has happened.  Nothing on the schedule, chores caught up, and ready to sew!  Even though my main project this week was finishing up Anna's blue dorm room quilt, I managed to finish a gigantic stack of leaders and enders while I was putting all the blocks together in just the right order.  Some of them were even red!


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Friday, July 20, 2018

Binding Time

 I just finished sewing the binding onto Anna's dorm room quilt.  I'm settled in now with Princess Bride on HBO ready for the hand stitching.

  It has been great to have a few days at home.  In between sewing there have been exciting summertime projects like organizing the tupperware an scrubbing the tile.  I just got my welcome back letter from school.  Still a few days to go though, so I'll enjoy them while I can. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Back to Quilting

I was happy to see that the ScrapHappy Saturday post went up as planned.  It is always a little scary to be away from all technology and know that there isn't any way to fix a problem if it pops up.  By Saturday, we were on our way back from Yellowstone to Salt Lake City getting ready to fly home again.  I'll post some vacation pictures soon, but for now I have quilting updates.  
It feels good to be back home again and to have time to spend in front of the sewing machine. It has taken the better part of the last three days to get Anna's dorm room quilt to the flimsy stage.   
 We ordered some extra wide backing fabric for the reverse.  I think there will be enough leftover for pillow shams. 
 The half hexie pattern was slow and required lots of starts and stops.  These are all the leader and ender squares I finished while making sure all the pieces lined up row by row.  I'm just about out of 2.5 inch squares.  The four patches will be joined into 16 patches and add to the collection of blocks for later. 
While emptying photos off of the good camera, I found 429 pictures of Sydney playing lacrosse.  Her summer season if over and she is chilling at home doing not much of anything for the next few weeks until school starts again.  

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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