Saturday, July 11, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday Feeling Blue

No sewing for me this week!  I was in school working on the curriculum for homeroom and got caught up in all of the school reopening drama.  I know that all the moms and dads out there are going through some serious soul searching right now.  Figuring out what is safe and what is best for our kids right now is HARD.  As a teacher, it is even more difficult. I'm fortunate to be younger than some and in good physical shape.  Even if I do get sick, I have pretty good odds of surviving.  So many of our teachers are not young or have serious medical concerns.  They are in a much rougher spot. 
The administrative staff was briefed on the plan on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They weren't allowed to tell us yet what it was, but they were all looking shell shocked.  Then Thursday there was a board workshop where the plan was presented to the board. I love the elementary school plan!  Parents can choose 100% virtual of course, or 100% in person, but they can also choose any blend of the two.  They can send their kids in for language arts and then bring them home to do online math in the afternoon.  Apparently that choice has always existed, but we just haven't advertised it.  The big change though is that parents can choose "virtual at school from home".  They are in a class with a regular teacher and follow through their entire day and normal schedule with the teacher online.  Then, whenever things get better, or if it isn't working well, they can choose to transition back to the classroom. 
Then for the secondary, they would like to switch all schools to a block schedule.  Again, I love the idea!  Half as many students every day, half as much risk, half as much to make work when we all shut down and end up at home anyway.  I now understand why the principal and assistant principal were looking so green around the gills.  This is a nightmare for them.   They have to completely rebuild the master schedule, have students choose extra courses, re-shift staffing.  It is simply too much to get done in a month.  The school board will vote on Tuesday, so there isn't much to be done yet.  I'm not good at waiting though.  Maybe I can use some of this nervous energy to get some serious sewing done this week. 
I hope your blue is going well.  I am grateful to have another chance to try to get the blue bin under control.  Why is it always the one bursting at the seams and ready to explode?

Saturday, July 4, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - Dark and Blue

My first dip into the blue this month was a group of string blocks.  I'm getting close to being done with this collection.  
I tried hard to remember that today was Saturday.  It gets harder to tell the day apart.  
Monday was a good day.  
 As we enjoyed our morning beach walk, I saw sand flying into the air from the dunes.  We sat a respectful distance away and waited patiently until this Mama sea turtle emerged from her nest after laying her eggs. 
By the time she had lumbered her way back to the tide line, a group of the beach walkers we see on a regular basis were gathered to cheer her on.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Feeling Blue?

I know that we took a shot at the light and bright blues earlier this year.  Blue is one of those colors though, that I can never seem to get under control.  Here is our chance to whittle down the stockpile of blue.  Hopefully you will have a bit of the darker shades of sea and sky to occupy your sewing time this month.  

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Reorganization

I am slowly moving back into my sewing space.  It is taking some time because I am cleaning and reorganizing as I move things back in again.  I had a nice little stash of everything in the main bedroom while all the kids were here for Covid lock down.  We are back on lock down again, but we have lost Anna to summer camp.  Honestly, right now I'm thinking that she is safer in Maine than all of us in Florida.  They tested all of the campers and counselors before they left and after they got there and then are isolating for two weeks to make sure everyone is safe before opening up all the regular camp activities to mixed groups.
In Florida the governor has closed the bars again and reduced the capacity of restaurants to 50% starting Monday.  Honestly, given his choices so far, I am surprised he chose to step back from the original opening plan. I hope that it will help, but schools will be opening very soon and I'm not feeling super safe right now.  A few of our older and sicker teachers retired at the end of this year which makes me very grateful that they won't be exposed to classrooms in the fall.  
So yesterday I remembered that we had not caulked the new baseboards before throwing everything haphazardly into my sewing room for temporary storage as we refinished the rest of the floors last summer.  I have no plans to refinish the floors right now, but I did spend yesterday very up close with several tubes of caulk.  the wood trim is gorgeous now, clean and tidy.  That led me to notice several spots where the paint had been dinged or dented in the past year.  So today it was me and a can of touch up paint getting busy.  I do lead a glamorous life as you can tell.  
After all that though, I started to reoccupy my sewing room.  I felt that there was too much wasted space on the bookshelves and wanted to squeeze in a few more scrap baskets.  So I stacked my yardage for each color under the corresponding basket and moved the neutrals down to the bottom.  This is my entire stash on one bookshelf.  Isn't it pretty?  Mostly scraps, but that is what I tend to use, so it all works out well.  
I did a grocery pickup yesterday and they were out of the pizza dough I ordered.  I decided to make some in the bread machine instead and used up the very last of our yeast.  I haven't been able to find any in the local grocery stores.  I guess I'll start making more cookies and fewer loaves of bread.  Life is full of difficult decisions after all :)
Still giving thanks everyday for a morning sunrise walk.  Its been super hazy the last couple of days.  Kurt thinks it is the dust storm. 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday

It is the last pink Saturday!  Where has the time gone?  
Not a bit of sewing happened for me this week, but I had planned on that.  It was supposed to be the week when I flew to Texas to do AP Capstone training.  Instead it became the week when I sat in front of a Zoom screen all day every day for training.
I am done with work now for a solid two weeks, so sewing will happen.  First thing on the list though, is to reoccupy my sewing room.  Anna made it safely to Maine for camp and successfully passed her lifeguard test.  That makes her room available again.  She will come home from camp just long enough to pack up for college.  Though I don't know how long college is going to last this year, the plan is to go back to life as normal.  I'm not going to comment on how normal life is right now other than to mention that Florida had almost 9,000 new cases yesterday. 
We are still getting in a beach walk each morning.  Yesterday there was a motorized glider going back and forth.  This morning there was a virtual race.  The beach is surprisingly busy right around sunrise.  

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Scrappy and Happy on Saturday

Of to a super late start today!  I have been working all week to grade AP Biology essays and forgot that today was Saturday.  The weeks get all out of whack sometimes.  

Saturday, June 13, 2020

ScrapHappiness on Saturday

I was long-arming for most of the week, but I did get these pink nine patches framed as I was sewing together the borders for Dear Jane.
 Here is the bottom half of Dear Jane
And here is the top half.  Now it is just the sides left to sew.  Most of the blocks were already done for the top and bottom.  There are more than a dozen left to go to finish off the two sides.  Deep breath and on we go!
Mister linky is below.  I'm still using the legacy version to get the HTML plugin to work.  I'll have to dig in this afternoon and try to figure out the new Blogger just a little better.  All this messing with computers eats in to my sewing time though!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Busy Week

It feels like summer!  I'm working for the next two weeks, so this one is bursting with lots of projects.
It took most of a day to set up the quilting machine, but it was completely worth it.  The new quilt is done!  I think that I will call it Beachside.  
We've been enjoying our daily sunrise walk.  It will be sad when school starts again and the mornings get busy.  Speaking of school, our governor released a plan yesterday to open all the schools at full capacity starting in July, so that will be interesting.  I'm on our schools reopening committee which meets via Skype next week.  High school and social distancing don't go well together, so things are going to be fascinating.  I don't been to be overly paranoid, but we are setting daily  records of new cases right now and we have the Republican National Convention to look forward to now.  
While the quilting frame was assembled, I quilted up a top for a co-worker of Kurt's. 
So that left today to sew together the bottom border for Dear Jane.  The blocks were all done, and now they are joined together.  Not sure if I will sew the row onto the quilt now or later.  
Anna was sad that her summer job as a camp counselor in Philadelphia went away when the camp was cancelled.  She just managed to find another job though at a different camp in Maine and she is excessively excited right now.  She needs help booking flights and getting a Covid test before next week.  She also wants some new masks before she leaves and has already picked out fabric.  Life is never dull around here.  


Saturday, June 6, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rain Edition

Another rainy Saturday.  Sounds like a good time to get a bit of sewing done.  What are your plans on the first Saturday of June?  I am looking forward to seeing some pink! 
Still playing with the new Blogger update.  So far it doesn't want to work with the HTML code from Mister Linky.  That might be a bit of a problem.  Big sigh.  One issue at a time.  

Friday, June 5, 2020

Test Post

I just learned that there is a new version of Blogger.  I must be totally out of the loop.  Maybe it is just that my bandwidth is full from so much time spent on tech support for distance learning.  I've been working on renewing my Google Educator Certification though, but I haven't gotten to part 2 yet, which is where Blogger lives.  I'm going to try adding a photo in now.

Well that was interesting, it wouldn't let me see the images.  I randomly chose this one of our Art teacher on Wildcat Challenge day.  That is our field day for juniors and seniors which happened right before what turned out to be our last day of physical school for this year.  Obviously randomly choosing photos isn't ideal.  I'll try again.  
It went better this time.  I tried "upload from computer" instead of photos.  This might take a bit of adjustment.  

Friday Progress

 It is another rainy day.  I had four more blocks to go for the bottom row of Dear Jane.  So that is ready to get sewn together. 
I did some ironing of the back for the Snail's Trails quilt.  I think it is ready to go as soon as I work up the steam to get the quilting frame assembled.  It was nice to have it set up all the time, but I am happy for now to just get it out when I am ready for quilting.  As much as every day under quarantine blended into the next, it has gotten really blurry now that summer vacation has started.  I'm almost looking forward to having work to do in a couple of weeks just to break up the pattern.  Even though grading AP exams isn't going to be nearly as fun remotely, it will still be fascinating to see how they handle all the changes this year.  

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Summer Days

 Look at my new ironing board cover!  It was getting pretty ratty, so out came the staple gun.  Tada!  Good as new again. 
With the ironing board fresh and clean, I put in a brand new rotary cutting blade and came up with enough squares for the back of snails trail.  I had about 75% of what was needed and tried unsuccessfully to get enough Kona cotton in ocean colors at Joann's.  Trying still to avoid crowds, I attempted the curbside pick-up.  That was a fail.  The online ordering mechanism doesn't filter by whether the fabric is available or not.  So it took almost an hour of thumbing through all the shades to find a hue available at my local store.  Then, after waiting 4 days for my order to be ready for pickup, everything was cancelled as being out of stock.  What a bummer!  I then actually went to the store to find something that might work.  A grocery store before a hurricane is better stocked than my local shop.  Post apocalyptic might be too strong a description, but not by much.  So after all that, I ordered from Connecting threads and waited patiently for my fabric to arrive.  Lizzie helped my layout the blocks this morning and I am ready to sew the back together.  Yay!  Small victories.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear Jane Back from the Dead

 I had a nice sprint of finishing off UFOs at the beginning of the quarantine.  That was during spring break though and work soon got busier again.  Now that summer has officially begun, I decided to pull out another project and get it finished off.  The top border for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Dear Jane quilt was done, and so I got that one sewn on yesterday. 
There are about 25 more blocks that I need to finish to get this quilt done.  Here are the next two. Just three more and the bottom row will be done.  As much as I loved making the Dear Jane blocks, I just don't enjoy the triangles all that much.  It is rainy this week though, so staying inside and getting some sewing done sounds good to me.  I've got a couple of weeks before my summer obligations kick in, so I will make the most of them.  

Saturday, May 30, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - June Advance

 I was done with green.  I got the feeling lots of you felt the same way.  So I moved on to June
 June is going to be pink this year.  Here are my pink Soul Searching blocks.
 The sunrise was late today because of a heavy cloud layer on the horizon.  Hopefully it will be all clear this afternoon for another launch attempt.
Yesterday when we went out, there was a turtle nest right in front of the beach entry.  Then today, another turtle went right over yesterdays nest and tried to dig again.

Mister linky is below.  Share the ends of your green or your plans for pink.  I have even been seeing some mid year finishes start to show up which is always so exciting.  Whatever you've got to share, we are looking forward to it. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Pink Box

I have so many pink scrap!  I put a lot of them to good use in a pink scrap box.  AND the rest are all tidy and organized.  I love tidy and organized!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Quarantine Continues

11 and a half weeks of quarantine houses so far.  I am not at all sure when to end this quilt as the end is so much more ambiguous than the beginning.  My summer is already scheduled with virtual versions of the work I had planned.  I'm waiting on the launch right now and the weather is iffy.  Trump just landed, but the thunder rolls on.  

Monday, May 25, 2020

Partial to Pink

 I finished the pink block from Leap Year during family movie time last night.  Actually the kids all joined in for long enough to have pizza and then I watched a movie while quilting the my husband worked on his laptop.  Not exactly high quality family time, but we have all had a lot of togetherness lately. 
 Green felt finished, and so I pulled out the pinks for next month.  It isn't so much cheating as it is working ahead.  It is cold and rainy outside, so I though some new scraps might brighten things up inside.  Is anyone else feeling ready to move on?  June is going to be pink -- just in case you are as desperate as me to move on to what is next. 
I was going to do string blocks first, but it appears that I already had enough of pink.  I think I'll warm up the iron and get ready to organize.  

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Going on Green

 I covered some throw pillows this week.  The fabric was leftover from recovering dining room chairs.  All of the pieces were too narrow, so I used a decorative stripe in the middle of each pillow to puzzle the narrower bits together.
 These blocks have been my leaders and enders this month.
 Green sprouts are done.
And I added a dark green to the soul searching collection.  
I think I'm all caught up on RSC, today I will catch up on my houses again.  What are your plans for the weekend?  For those of us in the US it is a long weekend for Memorial day.  Long weekends don't mean much right now, but I will pretend that one day is different from the next.  

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Slowly on Sunday

 I've been slowly chipping away at the hand quilting for Leap Year.  It is my TV project, but I just don't watch that much TV right now.  Our cable is streaming, so it is just easier to use watch on my iPad. 
 After the dark green was done, I shifted to pink.   It is getting there.  I had a chance to work on it while watching Harry Potter movies recently.  One of my quarantine projects has been reading the Harry Potter books and then following up each with the movie.  I'm done now so I'll need to think about what to read next. 
So glad that my local library has digital checkout available.  I think they will be opening up tomorrow, but digital is still easier and safer.  I have had to venture out for work a couple of days recently, and being at home is much nicer.  We needed to get our classrooms cleared out before the end of the school year and tidy up some paperwork.  I'll be headed back again next week for my shift at drive through book return for the kids. 
I worked diligently yesterday to finally finish putting the snails trail blocks together!  
I pondered the border while I was ironing the rows.  I had some half square triangles left over from the outer corners of the blocks and worked some of those together into a zig zag.  Once I got it together, I noticed that a nice diamond pattern shows up if the dark and light colors alternate.  I might add a small solid strip to the outside of that, but it should all work out I think.  I should have some time this afternoon to sew again.  The boys are doing dungeons and dragons again and the girls are going to do some boogie boarding at the beach.  I'll be popping in to check on Kathy's Quilts first though.  

Saturday, May 16, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday

Where has my motivation gone?
These were my light and bright greens from January.  My dark greens are not coming along quite so quickly.  
There is a tropical system developing though, with the potential to be named Arthur.  It looks like a long and rainy weekend which will give me plenty of time to catch up.

How is everyone else surviving?  
Misterlinky is below.  Share your updates with us all.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday

Springing up Green
 I dug out the green basket again.  It was all tidy and neat from January, so I was able to quickly dig out the darker scraps and cut them into the sizes I will need this month. 
 I've got a good start on the nine patches made from 2 inch squares.  Still more time for the rest. 
 These snails trails blocks are seeing most of my effort right now.  80% of the blocks are done and the rest are in progress.  Hopefully there will be a new flimsy before the end of the weekend. 
 Our daily beach walk has shifted to sunrise.  The beach parking is open again and things are starting to get super crowded. 
We've been enjoying watching all of the new turtle nests pop up each day.  They mark each one off with a huge square of caution tape.  It used to be just a simple stake in the sand, but I think they are being more cautious this year because beach re-nourishment equipment is still out and about.  
AP testing starts on Monday though mine isn't for another week.  The kids are all testing online from home this year which is a strange new experience for us all.  SO many strange new experiences these days, but we just keep adapting and waiting.  

Saturday, May 2, 2020

ScrapHappy Blursday

It is a new month and a new color.  Dark green is scheduled for May, which should mean polishing off the rest after January was devoted to the lights and brights.  
The days all flow into one another right now, with surreal mix of work and waiting.  I've rescheduled two of my summer events into virtual work at home alternatives, and so the horizon has lots more of home days in store. 
Yesterday we installed a tile back-splash in the kitchen.  It still needs to get grouted, but we managed to get all the tile put in with minimal strife.  Tile is a lot like quilting in finding just the right little bits to puzzle in.  
We are still getting a beach walk in everyday.  They will probably open up the beach parking soon which will mean that everything will get crowded for a bit.  
Hopefully we can avoid crowds by going out first thing in the morning.  If not, it should calm down after the initial rush.  Restaurants are set to open on Monday with 25% capacity or outside seating.  Again, I think I'll let the rush die down.  Still waiting to see what the infection rates in Georgia have to say about the wisdom of opening up right now.  I'm happy to keep staying inside an playing with green fabric some more.  I've dug out the green 2 inch squares to use as leaders and enders while I sew more face masks today.  I've had a couple of requests for smaller sizes, so I'll play with little bits of fabric and make more scraps for later.