Saturday, May 18, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday #17

Welcome to ScrapHappy Saturday. The weekly linky party for all things scrappy and happy. I'm still happy to see all of your scrappy orange creations and looking forward to getting my own sewing room set up again. So close! Painting is done, baseboards and door trim have been installed. There just seems to be a strange waxy residue that I am trying to clean off of the wood floors and then I will set everything up again. I packed it all up this week thinking it would be ready for a sewing day today. Then the floor issues surfaced. Progress is being made though, and the orange month will not be a total loss.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #18

Sally is our guest designer again this week and wow is it cute!  Check out her Bear's Bow Tie block.  This block will get a straight set to show off its nice diagonal tilt

Saturday, May 11, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday

I'm getting so much closer to setting up my new sewing room.  The baseboards are in and I've started painting them. 
It occurred to Kurt yesterday that it didn't make sense to start putting up baseboards until the walls were finished, so much wall painting followed.  I thought he should just start the baseboards in the places I had already finished painting, but he had a different order in mind.  So this is Syndey's room.  The hard wood floors had a week to finish so it seemed safe to tromple all over them. 
I did actually sew this week!  I have a few Tiny Tuesday blocks in the works.  This Tuesday is a guest designer, but after that I will be all ready for orange!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #18

Today I am thankful for my understanding and supportive blog readers who have volunteered to step in and help out while my life continues in chaos mode.  Angie was so kind to offer to post a block this month and it is just as cute as can be.  Go and check it out here.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Manic Monday

Don't you just hate it when you sit down to sew and realize that you don't have any fabric?  It went to the new house.  I thought my sewing room would be set up there by now.   
Unfortunately, there seems to be a problem with the air conditioning, and so the sewing migration has stalled.   No problem though, I wanted to take a look at some paint samples, so a quick trip was in order.  Anna's room has a coat of the blue that she and Ryan both agreed upon.  Don't mind the doors and closets.  They are on the list of summer projects.  The people who lived there last really liked paint.
We've picked out baseboards and they will be here Wednesday along with window and door trim.   The main floor has been painted with two coats of Balboa Mist, everywhere else is primed and the ceilings are no longer mustard!  Progress is slow but steady.  
 Speaking of progress.  The floors are done!  It was painful and difficult and not as successful as I would have hoped. 
It is done though, and many lessons were learned.  If I ever had to do that again, I'm sure I could do it much better next time.  Hopefully I won't have to test that theory.

 I had three possible colors picked out for the main bedroom.  From left to right, Sea Salt, Waterscape, and Celedon Pottery.
 Here is the view from the main bedroom so that you can see what it will be framing.  Now that I've got all that out of the way, I'm off to sew!  What a nice change of pace from all the painting. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday 16

I promise that someday I will get back to quilting related posts.  The floors are almost done.  Refinishing hardwood floors goes first on the list of things to never try again.  I think that we managed to recover after a rough start.  We've put down two layers of sanding sealer and one of poly, so the homestretch is in sight. 
Friday was senior prank day at school.  I came in to 28 new "students" all in desks with handy little name tags.  
The theme was camping.  Student had tents and hammocks spread around campus and sang campfire songs while eating smores.  Speaking of "ends in sight", just 20 days until graduation!  Ryan is the middle child, he will be headed to the University of Florida in the fall.  The nest is getting emptier every year.  

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New Month -- New Color

I am so sad to say goodbye to aqua.  Still, it is hard to get enough of orange.  Please don't be afraid.  Orange is such a happy color.  I know that some people have issues.  Here at the rainbow scrap challenge though, we like to give every color a chance.

 On the new house front, Kurt decided that the wood floors needed to be refinished.  I will admit that they were in pretty rough shape.  We've never refinished floors though.
We used many sanding machines over two weekends.  The floors are all stripped now and waiting patiently for varnish.  Hopefully they will end up better than they started, though I am not convinced.  My back may never forgive me for all those hours of bending and squatting.  
I did finish painting the kitchen though!  Everything in the house is torn apart now and half finished, which is starting to make me bonkers.  Kind of like that feeling of having too many UFOs and not  making any visible progress.  So I picked on project and crossed it off the list.  We still need to do back-splashes, but at least everything is functional.  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

TIny Tuesday #17

I wanted to try something a little different today.  I actually needed to do something involving handwork as my quilting supplies seem to have gone into hiding.  Moving houses is so confusing!  Instead of doing normal applique in which a shape is sewn onto background fabric, we are doing the reverse.  Background fabric will be sewn onto the top of the focus fabric, framing it decoratively.  You could do regular applique if you prefer, but it is fun to try new things from time to time. 
You will need to print out a copy of the heart template.  You may print it directly onto freezer paper or print it out on regular paper and trace it onto freezer paper.  Trim the freezer paper to 5 inches square, which is the unfinished size of the block.
I chose to trace mine.  It seemed easier given that I could not find my rotary cutter anywhere.  Things are getting harder to find each week that the house is on the market.
We are doing reverse applique this week rather than traditional applique.  The background is sewn onto the top of the applique shape, giving it a framed look.  This is a nice technique if you are using a pieced fabric.  I think crumb fabrics would look great framed out in reverse applique hearts.  So cut away the center of the heart, leaving a freezer paper outline.  Iron this to the front of your background fabric which should be just every so slightly larger than 5 inches to allow you a bit of room for possible frayed edges during the sewing process.
In order to prepare the edges of the background fabric, clip the curves and begin to fold back the seam allowance.  You can iron the crease or use a tiny bit of glue stick to hold it down temporarily.
Continue to fold back the seam allowance all the way around the background fabric until you have a lovely heart shaped frame.
Now for the fun part!  Use that frame to find a nice fancy piece of beautifully patterned teal fabric and strategically place your background fabric to highlight its special features.  You may either pin the fabrics together temporarily or use a tiny bit of glue to hold the fabrics together for now.  Trim away excess heart fabric around the back.
Now just use a blind hem stitch to sew the two fabrics together.  You could also do it by machine of course, or even use a decorative blanket stitch.  So many great options in the world of applique.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday #16

Where does the time go? Just 4 more Mondays in the school year and it is getting both frantically busy and winding down at the same time.  We are still busy working on the new house.  The old house is now under contract again.  Fingers crossed that it works this time.  My dear husband decided last weekend that we were going to refinish the floors in the new house.  That is a mistake we are still trying to recover from.  On the bright side though, I officially started the relocation of my sewing room and hope to have it set up and ready to use quite soon.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tiny Tuessday #16

We have another guest designer today!  I am so thankful for those who have volunteered to design blocks.  Especially given the amount of chaos going on right now.  
Katie Z. has a lovely block for us called Spinning Stars.  

Saturday, April 20, 2019

ScrapHappy Satuday #15

Anna is home for a long weekend.  She got a ride home Friday after calculus from a friend driving to the airport.  She wanted to paint her new room

It is going to be blue

Sydney came to help too, but she had a sleepover.  She is going through a tired and hungry phase right now.

We are going to rent a floor sander and try to make some of the hardwood scratches a bit better.  Sydney's room is the worst.  If it is a complete fail, she will be getting tile instead.  

Hoping that the linky tool will be nicer to me today.  Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #15

Mari was scheduled to post a block next week, but she had it ready early and offered to have it up this week instead.  I gladly took her up on her kind offer!  She has made a Spinner block for us all to try.  It is super cute.  I can't wait to make one.  Falling a bit further behind each week with house showings and painting of the new place, but everything is moving along well and I can't complain about an abundance of productive effort that is moving us toward settling into our new home.  Transitions are difficult for everyone, but it will have me sewing away in a new studio before you know it.  So for now, please go visit Mari and tell her thanks for another great block!

For now, I'm recovering from 2 days away from school and hoping to get caught up any day now.  Just 16 school days until the end of course exam for my little guys and 19 before the the AP test for my bit buckaroos.  Deep breath an moving on! 

Friday, April 12, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday #14

At the state academic team competition this weekend and working to get the new inlinkz to work.  Wish me luck.  
I don't seem to be having much luck with the linky party again this week.  Is there anyone who has successfully navigated the freshlinkz system who might have some words of advice?  When I finish creating the link, there is a box for the party on the dashboard, and at the bottom it says "copy code"  When I try to copy the code, it asks for a blog URL, and when I enter my blog, it tells me that "this url has been taken"  I've tried it for the main blog url as well as the specific url for this post.  Has anyone else run into this problem?  I finally heard back from tech support last week to get the new account activated, but waiting another day and half for them to help would be a bummer.  
Hey, maybe I got it to work.  I pasted the link into a new tab and copied it back to this post.  I'm sure that is not how it is supposed to work, but there seems to be a linky here now.  Sorry to be having such trouble.  Usually I can navigate these things pretty easily.  Not sure why I'm having such fits right now.  Probably because I'm trying to rush through everything.  That is always when it gets hard.  We lost our first match yesterday and therefore have to play a consolation round to earn our way back into the competition.  Wish us luck?  Winning is so much more fun than losing.  
We went to Epcot last night after our match and it was beautiful!  They are having a flower festival right now.  We were able to get in all the main rides and see all the sights before the big light show at 9.  I was ready to sleep after all of that, though the kids still seemed to be going strong.  We have brunch first thing and then maybe a quick park trip before the match and then more park time of course.  I think Animal Kingdom is the plan for today.  It is one of my favorites.  The new Pandora is just breathtaking.  

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Not Quite Quilting

 We found two new windows at the new house.  They were all covered with drywall and we didn't even know that we had them.  Kurt has been creating lots of dust while taking out the drywall. 
 I haven't had much time to sew, but at least I got to use my quilting supplies to cut shelf liner. There was lots of very old and grubby contact paper that I am replacing. 
 Look how clean it looks now!
Painting is happening slowly.  Most of the priming is done, at least on the main floor.  I got one gallon of our possible color up to see how we like it.  It is a Benjamin Moore color called Balboa Mist.  What do you think?
This is the color from before.  We are replacing the light fixtures too, and the baseboards.  One project at time though, slow and steady.  I'm hoping that the dust making ends soon and I can set up a sewing room.  That will be fun!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #14

I'm enjoying classic patterns lately.  Today's block is a simple variation of a log cabin with the color placed ever so slightly differently.  The advantage of this layout over a traditional log cabin is that you can add two log on each round before you have to iron rather than just one, which makes things go faster when you are sewing just one block.
 Each log or step on your block is made from a 1 inch strip cut in an even increment of 1 inch.  That makes it easy to cut and to keep track of.  I decided to use the aqua fabric for the center, but either arrangement would work.
A single 1 inch square
2 2 inch by 1 inch rectangles
2 3 inch by 1 inch rectangles
2 4 inch by 1 inch rectangles
2 5 inch by 1 inch rectangles

2 1 inch squares
2 2 inch by 1 inch rectangles
2 3 inch by 1 inch rectangles
2 4 inch by 1 inch rectangles
 Here are all the steps laid out
 First, sew a white square onto either side of the center teal square.  Press the seams away from the center. 
 Next, add a 2 inch step onto either side of your center squares.  If you are using a perfect quarter inch seam, the steps should match the size of the center unit perfectly.  Now is a great time to adjust your seam if it isn't quite right.  I kept finding me steps just a tad short, meaning that my seam was too narrow.  I adjusted ever so slightly on the next round and all was well.
 Continue to add steps to either side of your center unit, pressing the seams away from the center with each addition.
 On the third round, I started to find my steps just a tiny bit short again.
 I trimmed the edges gently and tried to make sure the next round was spot on.
The final block should be 5 inches square.  It has lots of pieces, but with careful sewing, it is a pretty straight forward block to sew.  It should be set diagonally in the final quilt.  

Saturday, April 6, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday #13

Sorry to be off to such a late start this morning.  InLinkz has been giving me fits.  I've been working on the old version because I never wanted to take the time to switch over.  Today the old version finally stopped working all together and I can't get the new one to work.  I'll get that figured out ASAP.  Until then, I'm on a temporary account.
We got the ceilings painted on the main floor of the new place this week!  No more offers on the old place yet.  I was hopeful when someone wanted information on the age of the water heater and amounts for all the utilities, but then they went on their merry way.  Kurt is off for his dad's wedding this weekend, but the rest of us weren't able to go.  Tomorrow is prom for Ryan and he is super excited (on a Ryan scale that means he gave it a "neat").
I have a ticket in with the  linky service, until then, I've used the free version to create a text only linky.  Yikes!  Sorry for the bother.  I've been procrastinating on switching over until things calm down.  Calm may not be happening around here for a while.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tiny Tuesday #13

Guest designers are such a blessing to me right now.  Thanks so much to Beaquilter for a lovely block this week. It is a Shoofly, and there is nothing better in my opinion than a traditional block done scrappy.  So enjoy Tiny Tuesday block number 13

Monday, April 1, 2019

April is Aqua!

Welcome to a new month.  Time to put away the green and shift gears ever so slightly to aqua.  

Saturday, March 30, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday 12

Plans change in a hurry.  The house was sold and I dared to leave a sewing mess out from the Tiny Tuesday block.  Then we got a call that the offer had fallen through.  Apparently the very nice couple that was moving from Colorado isn't coming to Florida after all.  So our house is back on the market again!  We had a showing yesterday and two more for today.  I think that is pretty good given that the listing had been removed or changed to contingent from all the listing services.  So no sewing for me today!  We'll be off working on the new house instead.  
Thanks so much for all the good wishes!  I'm still so excited about the change and sure that it will all work out in the end.  Things usually do.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tardy Tiny Tuesday #12

I know it is Wednesday.  Its been a week!  Today it stormed.  There was driving rain and hail.  It was quite dramatic as the kids rushed from class to class getting drenched.  I was inspired to make an umbrella block in response.  I wanted to make an applique umbrella, but the only fabric I could find in my freakishly tidy sewing room was the green string bag.  I am so happy that we have an offer on the  house and can stop pretending that we live in a model home.  Perfection is exhausting!

In any case, here is a string umbrella block for you all.
 Find a scrap of paper and trim it to about 5.5 inches.  Draw a line from corner to corner along each diagonal and cut the square in half along one of those drawn lines.
 In addition to the paper you will need an assortment of green strings, a strip of black fabric from 1 to 1.5 inches wide, and two triangles of white fabric about 4 inches along the short side
 Center the black strip along the center line on one piece of paper. I had a strip that was 1.5 inches, but I wish I had used something a bit narrower.
 Place the triangle right sides together on top of the block strip.  Before you sew, check to see if the fabric will cover the paper when it is sewn in place.  Sew the white triangle to the black strip using the phone book paper as a foundation.
 Open up that side and repeat with side 2.  Press the half square triangle and trim the top edge so that it is even with the paper.  Set this aside for a moment.
 Now grab the other triangle and use it a base to make a half string block.  Press each strip before adding the next.
 Continue to add strips until you reach the tip of the triangle.  Use a slightly wider strip at the end or a triangle if you have one handy.
 Make sure that you have completely covered the paper.  Trim the bottom edge of the fabric even with the paper
 Place both triangles right sides together along the hypotenuse making sure to match up the center points.
 Press the center seam open or toward the less bulky side of the block.
 Trim the completed block to 5 inches.
This block will be set on the diagonal which will leave the umbrella upright and ready to protect you from an unexpected spring shower.