Monday, January 18, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Having gotten caught up on pink, and with a three day weekend to look forward to, I decided to pull out a UFO. Dear Jane has top and bottom borders, but it needs left and right to be finished properly.
After a bit of time this morning, here is 11. It is block number 6 on the left side and just needs a tiny bit of applique to be added to the wall. I'll settle down for a little bit on hand work as soon as I hop over to Kathy's quilts to see what other hand stitching is going on this sunny Sunday. It looks like she has pulled out a UFO as well. With an extra day in the weekend, I will try to cross another block or two off the list. Hopefully Dear Jane won't be a UFO for too much longer.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
I think I finished pink! I'm always tempted to add a new block right now, but that would be unwise. I will admit to spending some time sketching out a new string block plan. Not every month will include vacation days, and staying caught up will get harder. So I will get some organizing done and sew some more masks. What will you be sewing today? Use the linky tool below to share your plans with us all. There are still two more pink Saturdays after today, so don't worry if you aren't done yet.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Kathy's Quilts and Oh Scrap! So many new quilts getting started in the new year, and lots of great quilts getting finished up from last year. Seeing other people finishing quilts is almost as fun as finishing them yourself.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
I hope that your pink scraps are seeing some action so far. I am enjoying a fresh start despite the news and everything that is happening in real life right now. Sydney spent the week with strep throat. It is a sad day when you are thankful for a bacterial infection because the alternatives are all scary. Ryan is headed back to the University of Florida today. All of his classes are online, but he still wanted to go and be there in person. He had to plan his move in time so that he could get his scheduled Covid-19 test which is required for everyone. Anna is a complicated story, I'm not sure if she will be allowed to return because she has been having some more serious issues that I haven't really discussed online. She is stable now, but being away and unmonitored is a scary thought for her right now. So I guess you can see why fabric is such a joy right now. Sewing is uncomplicated, brings immediate satisfaction and doesn't require any scary decisions. I am loving my pink scraps right now and very much looking forward to making more shoofly and silly star blocks today. Uncomplicated, easy, and pretty. Yes, that is a great plan. Please share your pink progress so far. It is fun to see other people creating and to hear about their own ups and downs.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
I am determined to take care of all the little odds and ends this year. I don't want to use up all my scraps by any means, but I do want to be left with useable bits that can fuel future projects.
It was extremely satisfying to sew tiny leftovers all together and square them up into these 4 inch blocks of random happy scraps. I don't have a plan yet, but at some point I will collect enough in all the colors and turn them into something lovely.
I was surprised as I searched through unfinished projects and block collections at how much I have hanging out in limbo. I tried to update the "My Quilts" tab of my blog with links to help me remember which projects are waiting for attention. I think that I will rotate some of them into project bins. With my sewing space in constant flux right now, being able to pull out an individual bin to work on might make productivity a little easier. I know someday I will have a dedicated sewing space again. I never would have guessed when we downsized houses that everyone would rush home again to shelter in place during an ongoing pandemic. I guess life is full of surprises.
We had a family Minecraft session last night and fun was had by all. My son Ryan got us all accounts as a Christmas present and we have spent many hours all gathered around the kitchen table since then collaborating in our little digital homestead. I was keeping one earbud in and monitoring the events in DC while we played, but that is a story for a different blog.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Monday, January 4, 2021
Stephanie has been kind enough to make tracking sheets for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year. It is available as a word document or as a PDF. She also has a RSC Pinterest page set up, so be sure to check that out.
I have resisted Instagram so far, feeling that I had too much social media going on to keep track of, but I am phasing out of Facebook, and so dipping my toes into Instagram. I will have one of my daughters show me the ins and outs over pizza tonight.
For now though, enjoy the tracking sheets and shop for some inspiration
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Saturday, January 2, 2021
I have started off the new year with a blast by completely forgetting that it was Saturday! I've been happily sewing the morning away thinking that it was Friday. What a funny way to start 2021. I have been avoiding the thought of returning to school with a lingering thought that I need to grade some essays before Monday. I am enjoying pink far to much right now though. I've finished off 10 Garden Party blocks using a design by Bonnie Hunter. As much as I searched, I could not find the quiltmaker magazine in which the pattern appeared. I saved it carefully for years knowing that this quilt was definitely on my someday list. I might switch to a contrasting color in the centers, but other that that, I am enjoying this pattern very much. I read through the pattern several times, and I think I have all the measurements right, but if now, these dimensions work out nicely I think.
So what pink scraps have you pulled to play with this year? The linky tool will be available each Saturday so that you can link to your blog and share your scraphappy progress with us all.
Friday, January 1, 2021
- 2 rectangles 6 inches by 2 inches
- 2 rectangles 8 inches by 2 inches
- 3 rectangles 6 inches by 2 inches
Here is the finished row. Mine ended up at about 45 inches, so I will eventually add a total of 19 inches of background fabric to either end. I won't do that quite yet though. I want to leave my layout options open for now.