Monday, March 29, 2021
Sunday, March 28, 2021
I've been digging though old projects, orphan blocks and random stacks. These hexies are giant and random and are older than my youngest daughter! I am not feeling that I want a to finish this quilt and so I will repurpose these into tiny hexies to add to my rainbow diamond blocks. I think that I will find a nice movie and some scissors and settle in for some hand work prep time. I had wanted to sort through all of the randomness before we moved two years ago, but somehow it all just got dumped into boxes and carried over to the new house. It feels good to sort through it all.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Sally designed this one, and the pig block as well. Both are so sweet. You should check out her tutorial page if you enjoy animal blocks.
Mari designed it. Why are other people's blocks so much more fun than my own?
Monday, March 22, 2021
It was so nice to be able to finally spend a day just sitting and sewing! I did take a break for a beach walk in the afternoon, and did the normal weekend things like laundry and cleaning the bathroom. Other than that though, I just played with fabric! So good for the soul. I made quite a dent in the green bin. There were lots of little bits of crumbs hanging out with the strings. I also generated so many waste triangles with the Sister's Choice blocks, and those are adorably tiny. There is still one more green Saturday, so I should be able to polish off the rest before the month is done.
Today it is back to school! We have exams on Wednesday and Thursday, which is quite harsh right on the cusp of spring break. This year evolved greatly due to COVID related changes in ways that nobody foresaw. Next year will make more sense I am sure. I am looking forward to doing normal things again. Vaccines are proceeding quickly around here. They have just opened it up to people 50 and above which has my husband off this morning to get his.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
There are lots of green blocks in progress, but nothing finished to put up on the wall. Hopefully I can fix that today. It looks like a nice calm day today, I'll try not to think about heading back to school on Monday. Plenty of time to prepare for that tomorrow.
Friday, March 19, 2021
The Tiny Tuesday Sampler is on the frame. I am doing a tiny wave in the background and then minimal quilting in the colored areas of the blocks to knock down the puffiness. I think I'm about halfway done. I used a pieced section in the center of the backing and that has just shown up. I was just too tired yesterday to stand at the frame and settled for some hand quilting instead. Just two more days of break though, I am determined to make the most of it.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
I spent the afternoon today sitting on the balcony finishing up the binding on Nine Carat Diamonds. Then I got the Tiny Tuesday Sampler quilt loaded up on the frame, so that will be next on the list. Spring break is always a little bit of a taste of summer vacation being just around the corner. Just nine more weeks of this terribly odd school year! Still hoping that things start to get back to normal in time for the next one.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
School is painful right now because the kids are all so ready for a break. I keep thinking that we never came back from the break last year. What a long strange time it has been since then! I see the national and state graphs coming down and keep waiting for an end to it all. It doesn't seem over quite yet though and we keep quarantining new kids on a daily basis after contact with known cases either at home or at school. Then the quarantined kids come back positive and we start all over again.
I do feel better though knowing that I have had a vaccine. It should be fully active by the time that we all return from the holiday. After hearing the kids share their plans of grand trips and travel adventures, I can only imagine the round of contact tracing that will follow. Glad that isn't my job! I will just keep teaching them biology. That is something I can do. And I can make quilts. Those two things are fully under my control.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
I just finished taking the last stitch on the binding for Frameshift! There are still to more left in the binding pile, but I think I will fold some laundry and play with some green scraps first.
I also finished a stack of masks for a wedding next weekend. The bridesmaids will have fuchsia dresses. The black masks are lined with pink to coordinate. Yesterday I drove to Orlando for my COVID vaccine! It ended up being the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which means that I am done with just one dose!
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Turning over a fresh page to the new color for March of Green. First assess your supply. Green can be a big color. If you feel that you have too many to tackle in one month, consider starting at the darker end of green. We will play with the lights and limes again at a later date. I seem to have a lot of lime going on right now, but we will see how it looks after a good sort.
My big news for the day is that I have a COVID vaccine scheduled for 11 today. The president finally put teachers on a national priority list! So even though I am still not eligible by Florida standards, I can still get vaccinated at a federally funded clinic. Originally there were only 4 federally staffed clinics in the state, but CVS is now on board and I am driving to Orlando to have my turn. I've been back in my classroom full time for 139 days because the governor mandated that all schools would meet in person at least 5 days a week or else. I can't wait to be vaccinated and feel like I have more protection than the green tape I put on the floor to separate me from my students.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Green will be the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color for March. If you feel that you have too many greens to take care of in one month, feel free to focus on the darker end of the greens. The brighter and lighter shades will get another turn to play later in the year.
Green in the color of spring blossoms and I am very much looking forward to a new season and a chance to turn the page on our long dark winter.
Monday, March 1, 2021
Start with 1.75 inch strips in background and in green. These will be sub-cut into all of the needed pieces.
- Green strips 6 inches - (2)
- Green squares 1.75 inches - (4)
- Background strips 6 inches - (1)
- Background strips 3.5 inches - (2)
Sew one square onto each end of the shorter background rectangles and press toward the green.
Arrange the strips in the following order
green rectangle, pieced rectangle, background rectangle, pieced rectangle, green rectangle