Saturday, June 25, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Blue Saturday

 My big accomplishment for the week was finishing off this t-shirt quilt.   
It is huge.  She wanted it full sized and it is large even for a full sized quilt.   We were both bad at editing though, and ended up keeping fronts and many of the backs from the shirts as well.   I finished up the binding during an all day marathon of "The Flight Attendant".   The lead character just kept making one bad decision after another. I guess it does help you feel better about your own life not being a total train wreck.  

Sydney's t-shirt quilt is waiting patiently on the wall.   Hers will be twin sized to live in her college dorm room.  
Another beautiful day has begun.  It has been brutally hot in the middle of the day, but the mornings and evenings are still idyllic.   That means more time to sew in the middle.   
Given that this is the last Saturday in June, I will mention that July is going to be the purple month this year.  Which is perfect for me given all the little purple bits I have leftover from the t-shirt quilt.   


Saturday, June 18, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Home Again

 What a long strange summer it has already been!   It hasn't felt much like a break yet, but I am starting to settle into a new summer routine.  We drove back from Virginia on Monday.   It is about 12-13 hours by car and we are getting pretty good at the drive.   When Kurt goes up for work, he will fly, but with all the kids and the supplies we are still taking back and forth, it made more sense to drive.   

With the new job, I am working this summer, but it is a minimal amount.   I have two mornings a week scheduled in the office during June and then I'll bump it up to three mornings a week during July.   So far I am doing most of the normal summer work that I would have done on my own.  What a nice change to pace to have them offering to pay me to do work.  That isn't something that often comes up for teachers.   In addition to college advising, I am also still handling gifted, homeroom and new teachers.   This week I started on the gifted curriculum and paperwork planning.  Next week I will jump into the homeroom lessons.   

That still leaves plenty of time for quilting though.  First up is to start working through the list of three t-shirt quilts that I am supposed to do this summer.   With so many requests piled up, I decided to invest in a heat press.   It makes quick work of getting the stabilizer attached to the shirts which is always the longest and most tedious part.   
The first quilt is a full size quilt for a wedding in July.   So much bigger than I usually make t-shirt quilts, but with the new press I had all of these shirts ironed and cut in not much more than a day!   There is still one more row that doesn't fit on the design wall, but you get the idea.   She is  a fan of purple and lilac, so I tried out three shades.   So far I am liking the lightest one best.   Not sure if I will go with cornerstones or not.  I prefer them for sewing the rows together, but it adds more color to an already busy collection of blocks.   
How are your blues coming along?  Clearly I am not quite there yet, but Anna has moved her things out of the sewing room again, so I can get things set up again soon.   This should have been the last time that she came home again to stay.   She is going straight from her summer job to her new grad school apartment in the fall.   I will shift the sewing studio into Sydney's room when she goes off to the University of Florida at the end of August which will leave us two extra rooms for whoever is home to visit.   That is the working plan in any case.  Things seem to change quickly around here.   


Saturday, June 11, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Blue Skies

Not lots of blue scraps yet, but plenty of blue skies.   We have worked so hard at the cabin for the last two weeks and it has been so much fun!  I sleep like a log every night and then wake up ready to start again the next day.   Much of the work is just new house things like cleaning and organizing, picking out paint colors.  All much fun.  Then there is the land that has been sadly neglected.  So much trash to haul away and lumber from old out buildings to be burned.   So far we have only dealt with the main three acres.  The upper seven remains untouched.   I haven't taken many photos because everything is half done.  These are a few of the structures which have been taken down.  I am watching the fire now as we try to burn the last of what can be burned and Kurt hauls a load of the rest to the dump.  We have made quite a few trips to the dump and had quite a few fires!   Still more to go, but progress is being made.  

Ready to head home again and switch gears.   I will be working some this summer with the new job and I have a couple of T-shirt quilts to make.  One for commission and one for Sydney to take away to college in the fall.   

Saturday, June 4, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Let's do Blue!


It's a brand new month!  Looking forward to making some progress on blue.  Why is there so much blue in my bins?   I've whittled down lots of colors, but blue always seems to fill up first again. 

There is still plenty of work keeping us busy in the mountains.  Yesterday we tried to free some apple trees from vines and made a trip into town for supplies.  Then we cut fire wood and made mulch.   The next time it rains or gets too hot outside, I will finish getting the kitchen put together.   Always nice to give everything a good solid cleaning before getting too many things put away.  I will bring a sewing machine the next time we come up and try to find a desk to put it on.   One thing at a time.....

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

New Month, New Color

I love that each month brings a fresh color. A chance to clear out the leftovers of the old and sort through something fresh and new. So now it is time to put away the greens and dig into the blue bin. Like green, blue is one of those colors that tends to dominate the scrap pile. Feel free to divide and conquer by focusing on the bright and dark shades. Save the light and baby hues for another month. 
 No new photos to share yet as we are running on cell phone data for the moment. The internet people will be here tomorrow though, so looking forward to having more than two bars! I caught a horrible head cold just before the trip up to Virginia and then tried to ignore it and power through. We were all having so much fun getting settled in. Ryan (middle son) is tearing down sheds and Kurt (DH) is trimming trees while I run around behind them hauling rubbish away. It is sorted to be taken to fire pit, compost heap, chipper shredder or cut into logs for the fireplace. I've also been mowing and trying to kill some of the grass to replace it with lower maintenance ground cover. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so I'll keep working on cleaning out cabinets and installing shelf liner. That will help with the organization as nothing seems to have a home quite yet. We did find some $3 pots at the flea market though, after realizing that we forgot a few essentials along the way.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Green Day

It is the last Saturday in May and I have sewn 0 green scraps. June will be blue (bright and dark), so I will try to catch up then. Thursday was the last day of school, so finding sewing time should get much easier. First though, we have a bit of time at the cabin which will involve very little sewing. So far I have not even migrated a sewing machine here. We'll be back soon though and the organizational process will be ongoing. I brought hexies, so hand sewing will keep me busy in the evenings after battling the wild outdoors all day. More updates to come.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rush to the Finish


Anna graduated from college last night and will be off tomorrow to nanny for a new baby in New Hampshire before starting her graduate program in Neuroscience at Virginia Tech in the fall.   I was not there.  
Because Sydney was also graduating from high school.  She will be working this summer at Pac Sun before departing for the University of Florida in the fall.  

It has been quite a week!  I have been working diligently to move out of my classroom and begin preparations for my new job as a Career and College coach at the same school where I have been for the past 12 years.   The students seem excited to have someone available to guide them through the process and are already asking for help.   

And because nothing good ever happens in isolation, the movers are coming any minute to pick up the furniture we are having taken to the cabin in Virginia.  It would have been so much more efficient to just keep the furniture where it is and buy something new for up north, but I thought our existing stuff would fit better with the mountain vibe.   I am excited to pick something more beachy and less wood and leathery to live here.   We found something we liked looking online, but we will be sitting on lawn chairs until we get around to going and looking at it in person.   We have a day bed from Anna's room to sleep on, so if we can find a card table somewhere, all of our basic needs will be met.  

The green scraps are still sitting happily sorted and trimmed waiting for things to calm down for a hot minute.   Just to top off all the crazy, I have jury duty on Monday!  Life just keeps trucking along.  I hope you are having some nice calm sewing time though.  I will enjoy your progress and wait for the relative calm of summer break.  I will only be working two or three half days each week which should leave plenty of time to catch up on green and move on to the new color for June.  

Saturday, May 14, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Catching Up


"Life move pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"

My life has moved faster than usual in the past week.  I think it was last Thursday when they posted a new job opening at my school.  The district is creating a new position at all of the middle and high schools to have a new College and Career Counselor on staff.  I knew that they were going to be creating the job, but I assumed it would require counseling credentials.  When the announcement was finally made, it was listed as a "specialist" instead of a counselor and I met all of the requirements.   Thinking that this might just be the change that I need right now, I discussed with the family and eagerly applied.  Much drama ensued and the job description changed several times during the week, but in the end, it was a job that I wanted very much to do and it was offered to me!   

So now I need to move out of my classroom and get a new teacher ready to take over AP Biology, learn how to handle all the new job responsibilities, attend training sessions and planning meetings and move into an office.  I also need to wrap up the semester, submit final grades, pack and move furniture to the house in Virginia..... I am sure there is more, but right now I am just making lists and contemplating the future.  I did get to start in on the green scraps though.   I got all the ironing and trimming done.  I was just ready to start sewing blocks together when Anna declared that she was coming home for the weekend.  Most importantly though, I need to make some serious progress on Sydney's t-shirt quilt, because graduation is just 6 short days away.   

Saturday, May 7, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rainy Day

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play. Not an outside day, and the sewing room has been filled with everything that used to be in Ryan's room. On the up side though, Ryan is home for the summer!  We are all going to see the new Dr. Strange movie as a family and then I will tackle the sewing room and make some room to move out the green and sage for May.  Sydney's T-shirt quilt is first on the list.  Conveniently, she has requested sage and forest for her dorm room colors at the University of Florida next year.   Just 13 days until graduation, not that we are counting down of course!


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Home Again


This was the before photo that I posted while we were away this weekend.  The sellers took care of quite a bit of cleanup before the closing, but we found plenty to keep us busy.  

It is amazing how relaxing hard work and fresh air can be.  We got half of one of the chicken coops taken down.   There was lots of wire and posts and mesh all intergrown with vines and roots and all sorts of fun.   I used the empty space in front to set up compost bins, so hopefully there will be some compost in progress the next time we are back.  

Kurt and I both took turns pressure washing.  I love to pressure wash, but there was also lots of random scrap lumber to be hauled to the fire pit and so many bags of mulch to be spread.  
The pressure washing made a huge difference.  The rubbish removal is an ongoing process.   There isn't trash pickup there, so we learned how to drop off at the local dump.