Saturday, August 24, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday

 This will soon be my new sewing room. 
 Right now it is full of all of the things Anna left behind.  It will be wonderful to set up my machine again and get some real sewing done. 
The sunrise was late this morning due to a big cloud on the horizon.  So glad it was a Saturday so that I could stay and see it come up. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tiny Tuesday - Quarter Log Cabin

What I have for you today isn't so much a block as it is a block starter.  Tomorrow is the day that we will deliver Anna to school in Sarasota.  I've just finished off my sub plans and my students are not at all happy that I'm going to be gone AGAIN already.
Right now, the house is officially all torn apart!  I broke down the quilting frame after finishing a quilt on Sunday.  It is temporarily stashed in Ryan's room.  He didn't exactly clear out when he left and there are lots of reminders of his presence all over the floor of his room. Today was the first day of classes at the University of Florida.  He wasn't exactly impressed with the fundamentals of programming, but it is required and they would not take any of his AP credits to replace it.  Anna was also required to take fundamentals of biology despite her AP credits, but she survived it well enough and was able to move on to more interesting materials soon enough.
The most exciting news though is that I will have official sewing space again very soon.  I think this weekend will be a time for deep down organization and settling in. It will be such a treat to be able to have a dedicated studio again -- its been a while!

Cutting directions

Collect together 1 inch strips of white and bright blue.  To avoid duplication you will need 5 whites and 4 blues.  You will cut these strips into rectangles of regularly increasing lengths.

White 1 = 1 inch
Blue 1 = 1 inch and 1.5 inches
White 2 = 1.5 inches and 2 inches
Blue 2 = 2 inches and 2.5 inches
White 3 = 2.5 and 3 inches
Blue 3 = 3 inches and 3.5 inches
White 4 = 3.5 inches and 4 inches
Blue 4 = 4 inches and 4.5 inches
White 5 = 4.5 inches and 5 inches

Start with the short strips and gradually build your way out.  I'll be back as soon as I can set up my sewing room with some real life photos to illustrate.  

Saturday, August 17, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday

And so we begin the transition.  Ryan is now officially off to college.  We drove him up on Thursday and got him all settled in.  He's in a triple, old style with bathrooms at the end of the hall.  Neither of his room mates had shown up yet before it was time for us to leave.
He took his t-shirt quilt.  I finished the binding on Wednesday night just in time to run it through the wash.  It might be the last time this quilt sees the inside of a washer.  
There was a beautiful full moon this week.  I read that it is called a sturgeon moon.   I find it so fun that full moons all have names.  
We are still trying to see the sunrises each day, though it get more difficult as they keep creeping later.  School is one full week in and we are all making the transition as best we can. I have a great schedule this year and I am really enjoying my students.  I've still got a quilt on the frame to finish up this weekend.  We had to move it out of the way because Ryan had a party on Wednesday before he left.  We are also working on the stairs some more this weekend.  We got the newel posts last week and just picked up the handrails yesterday.  Step by step the pieces are all coming together.  

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tiny Tuesday Times Two

I am so thankful each and everyday for the gracious and awesome quilters who read my blog.  It is no secret that I am in a bit over my head right now with the start of school, getting two kids off to college and getting through the move and remodel on the new house.  I have one makeup block and Libby was so kind as to whip up a super simple block for us all to enjoy.  So here is a double nine patch, along with a nine patch and rails.

Double Nine Patch
 Start with 1 inch strips of blue and white.  The first set is white blue white and needs to be at least 3 inches long.  The next two sets are both blue white blue and they should be at least 5 inches long.  You can add more sets of strips to increase variety if you like. 
 In addition to the one inch strips, you will also need 4 squares at 2 inches each. 
 Sew the strip sets together and press toward the blue for all three sets.  Notice that the white blue white set has the seam allowances meeting in the middle, this is how you know that your quarter inch seam is perfect. 
 Here are your strip sets ready to go. 
 Sub cut these sets into 1 inch pieces. 
 You should have 5 of each set. 
 sew one piece from each set into a nine patch with the white blue white set in the middle flanked by the blue white blue sets.  Try to randomize the placement of the flanking pieces if you can to make the block look more random.  Open the seams and press carefully to reduce bulk.  Again, if you seam allowance if perfect, the seams should meet in the middle.  Each nine patch should be 2 inches. 
 Take your five completed nine patches and combine them with the four white squares. 

Sew as you would any nine patch and press the seams away from the bulk if you can. 

The makeup block from last Tuesday has kindly been provided by Libby.  Follow the link for directions to this great, simple and quick nine patch variation. 

Nine Patch and Rails

Monday, August 12, 2019

First Day of School!

I went into school yesterday to make sure that everything was ready for the big first day today.  Sometimes I enjoy throwing absolutely everything into a big stack and just working my way down.  
 By the end of the day, I was left with just a few notes and a nice "to do" list of non criticals.
 This was my favorite sunrise from the week.  I think it was from Wednesday.  Sunrise shots are going to be harder to come by as the days get shorter.  We left early to get the class pet situated today and I rushed out with hardly a glance toward the horizon. 
I did get Tiny Tuesday ready for tomorrow morning.  You may have seen that Libby made a makeup block for last Tuesday after I missed it completely.  Thanks Libby!  I added one more and both will show up bright and early tomorrow.  I got another quilt loaded onto the frame after I finished Ryan's college quilt.  This one was made by a friend of my husband's from work.  I was trying out thread colors, and the basic answer was that every color worked.  We decided to go with a neutral grey.  The back is pink, so I managed to find the thread after dinner tonight.  
It will be nice to finally get everything settled in properly.  As soon as I think we are making progress, something comes along and resets the goal post.  Last week we had a contractor in to add a door to Sydney's room.  While he was here, we decided to take advantage and move a few things around.  Now we are getting used to doors in new places and cleaning up construction dust all over again.  It is all moving in the right direction though.  
Most exciting news of the week?  We have a pantry!  There used to be a coat closet off of the front entry.  Who needs a coat closet in Florida?  So we just had the door moved to the other side, which is in the dining room/kitchen.  With just a few oddly shaped parallelogram shelves, there is lots of room for food, brooms and other goodies.  I've got a lesson plan which needs a bit of work before bed and then I'd better get some rest before day number 2.  That is when all the good behavior from day 1 starts to wear off.  

Saturday, August 10, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday

I blew right past Tiny Tuesday this week. So sorry to miss it. I'll try to put together two blocks this week to make up for it. Adjusting to back to school is a bit of a process. We are doing the college drop off for Ryan this week and for Anna next week. Today we are having one last family outing to go paddle boarding. Everyone is bringing a friend so it should be lots of fun.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

ScrapHappy Saturday

The best thing about starting back to work on a Friday is that it makes for a very short workweek.  We had breakfast, met the new people, did a few meetings and the day was almost done.  This weekend is my chance to finish up all those last minute summer things before school is really back in full swing.

Ryan's t-shirt quilt is about halfway done.  I'm on the row now with all of his class shirts from elementary school.  There is one more quilt in the queue which one of Kurt's work friends would like for me to quilt and then I can disassemble the frame again and focus on some scrap blocks.  
First though, we need to finish watching the sun get a little higher in the sky and maybe look for some turtle tracks on a morning beach walk.  
I hope you were able to get to a good stopping point on pink before digging back into blue again with the lights and brights this month.  I promise that you won't have to wait much longer for purple to take its turn.  
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