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
Sunday, October 3, 2021
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
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.
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
Sunday, September 19, 2021
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
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
I am mindlessly sewing and it feels good. No plan today other than to empty bags of extra bits and pieces. These tiny nine patches and churn dashes were from the OMG! quilt of several years ago. They are fairly random, but I'm enjoying the fondling of the fabric today. NOT thinking about the 1,623 Covid cases and 8,303 quarantines my district has managed to accomplish in the first two weeks of school. NOT thinking about the 11 positive staff members at my school. Most of them should be back soon, not the ones who were very sick, but the mildly symptomatic and vaccinated portion of the group. Celebrating small victories.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Its been two weeks since school started, and things are clearly not going well. I will try to put all of that out of my mind for the weekend though and think of other things. I have two days with no plans and I will enjoy every minute. The sunrise was beautiful, the sea turtles are still nesting and with my daughter back at school again I have access to my sewing room again.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Anna is home this weekend sleeping in my sewing room, so I'll enjoy a bit of handwork on the balcony in between rain from Fred. Please stay safe! Sewing is the perfect socially distanced thing to do when outside is scary.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Though I won't be sewing much for the next couple of weeks, I hope you are digging into your teal, aqua, blue-green stash. I love this color and am using it so much more than I used to. School is back in session on Tuesday though, and my list on non sewing tasks is long right now. We've been busy with teacher meetings all week and there hasn't been much time for my own curriculum, planning and class prep yet. I am looking forward to digging in today. On day one of meetings, there were 5 teachers with masks. On day 5 of meetings, about 60% of teaches were wearing masks, one teacher had tested positive and another was awaiting test results. This year will be a fascinating epidemiological experiment.
There is an August block though, so please scroll down if you are playing along with the #Fullstop quilt. For everyone else, please share your projects with us all.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
I am ready to put away the dark blues and blacks and dig into a lighter shade. August will be about aqua. Anything that isn't quite blue or green counts for me. Teal, aquamarine, ocean..... all the colors of the sea. This month's Fullstop block will be a question mark. I will work on having that ready for first thing in the morning tomorrow. Today though, I hope everyone has time to finish off the last bits and pieces and tidy up the blue and black bins.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
There is STILL one more Saturday left in July. Hopefully you will be able to catch up on any colors you missed along the way. I've been sewing a combination of purple and black so far, my sewing room looks like a big healed bruise! There isn't a lot of black up on the wall quite yet, but everything is cut and organized. I should also use today to get a head start on August blocks. School is just around the corner and things are sure to get crazy in a hurry. I've been in for meetings already and people are looking a little frayed around the edges. Our COVID numbers in Florida right now are pretty similar to the same point last year when we had half as many kids all wearing masks. Just hoping enough of us are vaccinated to make up for all the extra humanity I will see on a daily basis.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
\ I never seem to get as much done over summer break as I had hoped. We spent last weekend visiting family in Georgia and doing a few college tours. Add in doctors and dentsists, and another week has come and gone. There is stil time though, before the shift to back to school and I hope to get in some more fabric play time. I hoepe you are making progress on your projects this weekend.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
We spent the 4th of July in the ER with a massive back spasm. Still trying to get Kurt to relax a bit and let things heal.
Friday, July 9, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
I am excited to dig into navy blue, black and brown this month. I tend to shy away from the darker shades, although I do enjoy how they add dimension to finished quilts. I have used a lot of black and white prints in backings lately, so I should have some extras to play with.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
I promised that blue would have another turn. If you are done with blue, feel free to dig into the dark neutrals as well. This is a chance to play with black and brown if they fit into your plans. The #FullStop block will be a colon. Much like the semi colon of last month, but even easier.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
It is the last purple Saturday, though the new month won't start until midweek. I plan use the next few days to get caught up again. Poor purple has been the victim of a busy beginning of the summer. I'm back though from my week in St. Pete and AP Bio reading is done. This week should be nice and calm! I am looking forward to lots of fun purple blocks to come!
Misterlinky is below. I know he has been temperamental lately and I will work on the switch to a different service.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
I have been looking forward to purple for so long! Its been crazy busy so far, but it will be very calm in a couple of weeks and I hope to dig in more then. I got as far as a nice stack of purple crumb blocks before getting sidetracked with log cabins. These are extra strips from the Soul Searching quilt of last year. If there are still more after this I might go with a courthouse steps block.
This will not be the week for sewing though as it is AP Biology reading week. I am also traveling over to Tampa St. Pete for the end of course question review that usually happens in October. After that though, things will calm down considerably. I think I have a meeting scheduled with the librarian during the second week of July, other than that, the schedule remains wide open.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
It doesn't feel like summer quite yet. As soon as school ended we were shuttling Anna off to the airport for camp and them jaunting away for a grown up getaway. We are back home today and starting to reassemble everything again. Why is it that everything seems to break when you leave for a few days? The dryer isn't hot and the van won't start. Those should both be fixable, but there were 22 dirty towels and it will take a while to dig out of that. First though, is turning Anna's room back into my sewing room again. It looks like a strange mashup of sewing studio and college dorm room right now. That situation is easily remedied.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
I love purple. As I kid I always wanted a purple bedroom and my mother would never let me. Apparently she had a purple bedroom as a child and got tired of it quickly. That never happens to me. Purple comes in too many fun shades from lavender to violet with all the shades in between. I pulled the sewing machine down onto the kitchen table yesterday to whip up a couple of #FullStop blocks and worked up tutorials for a blocky and fancy version of this month's semi colon. (scroll down for those). Anna also wanted 4 new masks for camp as kids under 12 are not yet vaccinated, they are still taking precautions. She will leave for the summer tomorrow, and though I will miss her, it does mean I will have a sewing room again. She is SO excited to be back teaching sailing again. Ryan and Sydney will still be here though, so it isn't quite an empty nest yet.
Friday, June 4, 2021