It is almost June. I hope you have managed to make a dent in your orange scraps. Start to think about tucking them away so that you can make room for the blue bin! Blue is a big color, so it is going to get 2 months. Start with the dark and navy blues this month and save the brights and lights for later.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I was covering for another teacher this morning so that she could go to her daughter's 6th grade graduation. While I was watching her middle schoolers taking their final exam, I started sketching out some plans for a monarch butterfly block. I went through several iterations before settling on a simple flip and sew four patch variation.
You will need to cut:
From orange (wings):
2 rectangles each 3 by 2.5
2 squares each 2.5 by 2.5
From black (body and wingtips):
1 rectangle 1 inch by 3.5 inches
4 squares 1.5 inches (the photo only shows 2, but you will actually need 4)
From background fabric:
1 inch square
1 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle
2 squares - 1.5 inches
4 squares - 1.75 inches
Draw a diagonal line across the hypotenuse of each of the background squares except the one inch baby square. Also draw a diagonal line on the black wingtip squares.
In case you have trouble with flip and sew triangles, I can recommend leaving the background square in tact, at least until you are sure that the edges line up. Just use the orange square as your master sizing guide and trim away any extra of black or white that extends past the orange.
Place the body in the middle and sew one wing to either side. This is where everything would work out perfectly with a nice press. I'm sure my iron will turn up any day.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Happy long weekend. For those of us in the US it is Memorial day which is a three day weekend. With just three more days left of school, a three day weekend is a bit of a stall, but I will put it to good use in any case. We have passed the home inspection and final appraisal which means that packing has started in earnest. Last night was graduation and I was able to give Ryan his diploma as he walked across the stage. My sewing equipment has made it it the new house, and if I am lucky, I will be able to sew a bit this weekend.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Welcome to ScrapHappy Saturday. The weekly linky party for all things scrappy and happy. I'm still happy to see all of your scrappy orange creations and looking forward to getting my own sewing room set up again. So close! Painting is done, baseboards and door trim have been installed. There just seems to be a strange waxy residue that I am trying to clean off of the wood floors and then I will set everything up again. I packed it all up this week thinking it would be ready for a sewing day today. Then the floor issues surfaced. Progress is being made though, and the orange month will not be a total loss.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
It occurred to Kurt yesterday that it didn't make sense to start putting up baseboards until the walls were finished, so much wall painting followed. I thought he should just start the baseboards in the places I had already finished painting, but he had a different order in mind. So this is Syndey's room. The hard wood floors had a week to finish so it seemed safe to tromple all over them.
I did actually sew this week! I have a few Tiny Tuesday blocks in the works. This Tuesday is a guest designer, but after that I will be all ready for orange!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Don't you just hate it when you sit down to sew and realize that you don't have any fabric? It went to the new house. I thought my sewing room would be set up there by now.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a problem with the air conditioning, and so the sewing migration has stalled. No problem though, I wanted to take a look at some paint samples, so a quick trip was in order. Anna's room has a coat of the blue that she and Ryan both agreed upon. Don't mind the doors and closets. They are on the list of summer projects. The people who lived there last really liked paint.
We've picked out baseboards and they will be here Wednesday along with window and door trim. The main floor has been painted with two coats of Balboa Mist, everywhere else is primed and the ceilings are no longer mustard! Progress is slow but steady.
It is done though, and many lessons were learned. If I ever had to do that again, I'm sure I could do it much better next time. Hopefully I won't have to test that theory.
I had three possible colors picked out for the main bedroom. From left to right, Sea Salt, Waterscape, and Celedon Pottery.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
I promise that someday I will get back to quilting related posts. The floors are almost done. Refinishing hardwood floors goes first on the list of things to never try again. I think that we managed to recover after a rough start. We've put down two layers of sanding sealer and one of poly, so the homestretch is in sight.
Friday was senior prank day at school. I came in to 28 new "students" all in desks with handy little name tags.
The theme was camping. Student had tents and hammocks spread around campus and sang campfire songs while eating smores. Speaking of "ends in sight", just 20 days until graduation! Ryan is the middle child, he will be headed to the University of Florida in the fall. The nest is getting emptier every year.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
We used many sanding machines over two weekends. The floors are all stripped now and waiting patiently for varnish. Hopefully they will end up better than they started, though I am not convinced. My back may never forgive me for all those hours of bending and squatting.
I did finish painting the kitchen though! Everything in the house is torn apart now and half finished, which is starting to make me bonkers. Kind of like that feeling of having too many UFOs and not making any visible progress. So I picked on project and crossed it off the list. We still need to do back-splashes, but at least everything is functional.