Saturday, October 16, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - Finishing

 No photos to share yet, but I have begun the last blocks for several quilts and am starting the assembly process  We have Kurt's family visiting for the weekend though, and sewing time will have to wait just a bit longer.  We are off for a swamp boat ride this morning and will enjoy much touristy fun. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - Winding down

Another long week.  So glad to see the sunrise this morning and welcome the weekend.   We have a wedding to go to this afternoon which means that I will miss the funeral.   Monday is a teacher workday for the end of the quarter and I am looking forward to catching up and getting some organization done.  I never did make it out to pick up black fabric this week so I'll have to work on another project first.  I'm sure I will be able to find something fun to sew.   


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunday - Loose Ends

I pulled out the crumbs yesterday and started to fill in the missing pieces.   I had to frame out a few blocks and fill in a few more, but then made pretty good progress until I ran out of black fabric.    After pondering a trip out, I decided to shift into some handwork instead.   
My collection of hexies is growing slowly.  I think I will enjoy a quiet afternoon and sew a few more diamonds together.   

 It was a beautiful sunrise again today.   I had a nice walk on the beach with a friend yesterday and met up with a couple more friends on Friday for margaritas.  All told, it was a nice weekend.   Just what I needed after a tough week at work.   Don't forget to check on all things scrappy with Oh Scrap! and with slow stitching with Kathy.   

Saturday, October 2, 2021

#Full Stop September

 So, I'm a little late on the dash block for September.  I just haven't had the ability to focus much lately.  It came together remarkably quickly once I sat down to plan.   I'll be back shortly with the October block as well.  The final block will be a period.   

Start with 2.5 inch strips of orange and background.   Cut them into 6.5 inch rectangles.   Each block needs one orange strip and two of grey with one additional strip of the same length to separate the blocks.   
Start by layering the strips grey, orange and grey.   
Sew a grey strip onto the top and bottom of the orange strip and press toward the orange.   Use the remaining grey strip to separate the blocks from one another.  
I made 5 blocks which results in a row which is approximately 39 inches.   As you can see, some of my blocks have gone missing.  I will try to find those and finish up the last block and tutorial for October.   Thanks for sticking with me as my life got complicated.   Hoping for a calmer future ahead.  

ScrapHappy Saturday - Wrapping up with Lime


The last color this year will be light and bright green.  Generally blues and greens build up faster and so I try to give them a bit of extra time.  Despite making a nice dent in my darker greens earlier, I have a nice stack of lime to play with this month.  

It was a difficult week at work as our beloved front desk clerk and receptionist who had been on medical leave since catching Covid during the earlier peak of the disease has passed away.   It has left us all shaken and sad as well as worried for our own safety.  There is another emergency board meeting on masks this week and the school board is under intense pressure from our state legislators, board of education and brand new anti-vax surgeon general.   The numbers are down considerably from where we started the year, but there is still a lot of tension and fear.   Students are no longer required to quarantine after a direct exposure and the parents are free to decide that they should return to all academic and extra-curricular activities instead.  

Sorry for all the depressing news.  The weather here has been beautiful!  There is a taste of fall in the air and it has cooled down considerably.  A tropical storm sitting far off the coast is causing some big waves, so I think it will be a big weekend for surfing .  As for me, I need to catch up on some sewing!   

Saturday, September 25, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange Explosion

I'm still waiting to get into a normal routine again with school. Cases are way down, which is great, then the governor, who has already doubled down on face masks, has now gone after quarantines and appointed a new surgeon general who would like us to eat right and exercise rather than relying on vaccines so much. It isn't easy to live in Florida right now.

It was spirit week though, which was so much fun for the kids.  They dress up as something different each day.  Pajama day is always a favorite.  They cancelled the homecoming dance, but we were still able to hold our powder puff football game of senior versus junior girls.  The boys do a dance at half time which is always quite scandalous.     
Anna came home for the weekend again to get the car fixed. I am sure that they have auto repair shops in Sarasota, but it is still nice to be able to see her.  Kurt's brother is in Orlando on business for the week so he will drop by tomorrow for lunch.  He hasn't been to visit since we moved into the new place.   

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Orange Organization

I will readily admit to being out of the sewing flow since school started.  I'm a bit behind on teal and have just now started to dig into the orange.  The dark month, well, it was dreary around here.   So it felt good yesterday to start pulling down purple blocks (from June!)  and to start assembling the random scraps into blocks.   Crumbs are always fun and meditative, so those were the first to come together.  Then the Sister's Choice blocks were nicely simple.  

I even dug into the hexie bowl and found a treasure trove of prepped and unprepped pieces.   I have a backing for the Chopsticks quilt of last week roughed out, so as I get that put together, I will continue to turn the fabric chaos that is my sewing room right now into some more RSC blocks.  There will be a few holes to fill in when block assembly begins, but as long as life has a few moments of calm, I can deal with those when the need arises.  

I am linking up today with Quilting is More Fun Than Housework to enjoy some scrappy goodness, and Kathy's Quilts where quilter's are slowing down to hand stitching on Sunday.  You should stop by as well and enjoy all the beautiful projects that quilters have to share today.   

Saturday, September 18, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange you Glad for Fall?

I have just started to dig into the orange scrap bin for September.  Things are still pretty busy at work and I am just a bit overextended at the moment.   I am going to take some sewing time this weekend though to put together some orange blocks.   Cases are way down since the mask mandate, but it will be expiring at the end of the month, so we will see what happens then.  They still might extend it at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, but that just doesn't seem to be likely.  There is a very vocal group of protestors at every meeting yelling loudly and burning masks.  

The sunrise was beautiful this morning and there was a stunning rocket launch on Wednesday
It started out looking like any normal launch, but then it just burst into a halo of light that pulsed for a remarkably long time.  It was the first rocket to carry only civilians.   

Saturday, September 11, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - Fall Festivity

I will be the first to admit that it doesn't feel much like fall yet, but I am enjoying the idea of fall. Things are much more calm at school and cases are more managebale with the mask mandate in place. The courts continue to issue new rulings on what seems like a daily basis, but every masked day is a victory with more kids in school and fewer sick teachers. Sydney is fully recovered and working to make up on the school work that she missed. She is taking the ACT this morning. She missed the SAT during quarantine, so we will need to schedule another session for that. Senior year is starting to feel more real as we get ready for the junior versus senior powder puff football game. There is no dance this year, but they will still have a homecoming court at the football game. Every little bit of normal is so much appreciated at this point.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - Downward Slope?

I feel that things are starting to calm down a bit here after the big Covid bump that followed back to school. Kids are masked now and most of the initial batches of positive teachers and quarantined students have returned. Sydney will be back on Tuesday after labor day and is feeling completely normal again. She tested negative yesterday for the first time! Anna even came home for quick weekend visit to pick up a few essentials that she forgot to take with her for back to school. Ryan is settled in to his new rental and we won't see him again until Thanksgiving. He would be happy enough to spend that with his college friends as well, but we have decided to visit our Georgia relatives instead. Hopefully things in Florida will be calmer by then. We are still hitting daily and weekly death records, but the curve of new cases might be trending down now, so that is promising. Hopefully there will be time for sewing as this is a long weekend. I still have quite a bit of organization to do in the sewing room, but that will gladly wait while I spend time with the girls this weekend.
Orange is the new color for September, which I completely forgot to announce when September started 4 days ago.  I am feeling fall for sure.   I will also work on the new block for #Full stop which will be a dash.  Nice and simple which is just about where my mind is right now!