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?  
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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.  


Friday, May 1, 2020

It's May!

Telling the days apart gets harder and harder.  Today is Friday.  I keep saying it out loud to remind myself that time is passing.  It is also May 1.  A new month means a new color.  So put away the light blues and get out the dark greens.  Emerald, forest, anything not too pastel or bright.  We used the light and bright greens in January, so anything that didn't get used up then should come out to play now.  This month is all about dark green.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - Still Blue

 We are trying hard to come up with things for Sydney to do.  She is our extrovert and just wants to go hang out with her friends.  So we had her cut Kurt's hair.  And I bribed her to organize the pantry.  She made some cookies, and some banana bread.  Its been a long week.
 Apparently the sea turtle are doing remarkably well this year.  We saw our first nest of the season on a morning beach walk.
Then during one of our afternoon beach walks, there was a rocket launch.  Kurt keeps track and we usually try to go out and watch them go up.  
I finished my blue soul searching blocks.  
 And the nine patches from 2 inch squares are ready for framing.
 That just leaves these strings to finish off, and then I can start the sprouts blocks.  I"m not sure how I feel about blue flowers, but I'll give it a go.
How are your blue scraps coming along?  Plenty of time to sew, or lack of motivation to get anything done as the cabin fever sets in?  I swing back and forth personally, but there is plenty of time for both moods.
Here is the linky tool, let us know what you are up to as we all continue to distance physically but not socially.


Friday, April 24, 2020

Week 6

And so ends week 6 of home isolation.  That means 42 houses up on the wall. 
I've spread out a bit in the master bedroom.  Even though everything has to be cleared up again before the end of each day, it is worth it to play with fabric and enjoy.  I'm making good progress on blue scraps and the snails trails are seeing some forward momentum as well.  
On the home front, Sydney is going stir crazy and everyone has had a few moments of short fuses, but we are all making it through.  Days blend into one another as we keep reminding ourselves what day of the week it is.  Today was supposed to have been a school holiday, but they added it back in again as covid makeup.  School days versus non school days blend as well though, so it doesn't really change much.   
I made a nice roasted chicken on Wednesday and then did a chicken pot pie the next day.  My bread machine is getting a lot of use and the girls are baking up a storm.  It is raining right now, so the daily beach walk might not happen today, but tomorrow is another day.  Right now, I think I'll do a bit more sewing and then maybe grade a few essays.  

Saturday, April 18, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - Feeling Blue

I hope that you are not feeling blue.   I will admit that the home isolation days are starting to blend into one another. 
 There are 35 houses on the wall and I have another cut out for today. The fabrics were all happy this week.  Most of the New York Beauty scraps have been sorted and put away now though, so next week should be more blue.  The feeling of the houses does seem to change week to week depending on what fabrics are available. 
Soul Searching bits are ready to go as well.  I've done quite a bit of cutting and organizing of blue fabric this week.  So much blue!  Hopefully I will tame some of the chaos this month.