I should have mentioned that dark and bright blues will be the color for January this year. I have SO many blues that they don't all fit into a bin together. Hopefully we will be able to start strong. As I was roaming around blogs this morning, many people seemed hesitant about starting a whole new list of projects. If you still have leftover block collections and works in progress, you can also just "assign" a color to each of them and work during that month of getting a specific quilt closer to completion. You could tie it in based on backing or binding color or whatever criteria you decide. The main goal for RSC is to make it work for you! If that means a finishing year instead of a starting year, then that is great too.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Scroll down for today's linky party. I am working on creating a new button for 2023, the first step is always to post a photo to which to link.
Another year of rainbow scraps comes to an end and it is time to reflect. Let's celebrate finished quilts, make notes for projects still in the process and plan for new quilts to come. 2023 will be another chance to work our way through the rainbow and work on using more scraps in so many beautiful projects. First though, take a breath today and enjoy everything that you accomplished in 2022.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
The cold has descended, even to Florida. I am so glad that we walked to look at the lights yesterday. We might need to turn on the heat if this continues.
Is anyone up for a grand end of the year reveal next weekend? Then we can start the new year with plans for new blocks
Saturday, December 17, 2022
I got the last set of blocks up and on the wall before kids started rushing home for the holidays.
I tried it two ways. Definitely leaning toward rainbow rows on this one. We realized when Anna brought her boyfriend home with her that we didn't actually have enough beds for everyone. Poor Sydney is on an air mattress with a halfway remodeled bathroom lacking a door.
It was a late morning today after two work Christmas parties yesterday. Just three more short days at work before the break.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Pulling out each mostly completed block collection is like an early Christmas present. As much fun as it to add to the collection each month, pulling them all out together is just icing on the cake. As I survey the blocks on the wall, I can see a few rotated corner nine patches. My plan for these is to add 2 inch lattice strips and cornerstones in between each block to create nine patches where the blocks meet. I spy a few rotated corner blocks though, so I will fix those as I rearrange the blocks and cut of the strips. My husband has been out of town for work all week, so having him back is another early Christmas present. The kids will start trickling in during the week, so that is even more holiday fun to look forward to.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
The end of the year is zooming toward us! So many projects to finish and so few Saturdays to get it done. We are with family today, but I was able to start setting up my new sewing space before we left. Hopefully I will be able to do some mass block assembly in the last few weeks of the year. I haven't even started to think about blocks for next year yet! Maybe that will be my project for the trip home. I always have so many great rainbow blocks that I want to make. I will need to start thinking about what needs to be finished to be able to start some new projects.
I hope you are all able to spend some quality time sewing this holiday season. I peeked at the new quiltville mystery yesterday, but I wasn't at all tempted to start something new with so many projects on the cusp of completion.
Saturday, November 19, 2022
The storm back home was causing lots of beach erosion. Most of the walkways over the dunes are destroyed and the blue house on our normal dog walking route has been condemned. It has always amazed us that it was able to survive so close to the water, and this time it just didn't quite make it. It was already quite run down though it was almost always rented out. The green and yellow houses next door are still intact, though most of the yards and landscaping have washed away. Nicole wasn't a very strong storm, but it just managed to hit the beaches which were already a bit rough after Ian.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Saturday, November 5, 2022
What a week! Just when I think things will calm down. Such is the way with a new job though as we all figure out exactly what is going on. They are painting my office this weekend and my new desk is on the way. I still need to get settled into the new sewing space as well. I am tempted to just start moving everything downstairs after packing it all up while Sydney was home sick last weekend. We will see what the day brings.
Hopefully everyone is starting to think about block assembly. This is the time to pull out collections and see what is needed to finish up the top. I encourage you to dig into the brown and black bins for a few extra blocks. People tend to shy away from the darker colors in rainbow tops, but they can add a nice grounding effect and allow the colors to shine even brighter. Give it a try! They are only scraps after all. You can always hide an ugly block on the back if you don't like it or add it to the orphan bin.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Saturday, October 22, 2022
It has turned to fall here and pretending to have seasons is quite fun. Not a lot of sewing time this week, but all sorts of goodness. Sunday there was a ladies tea to celebrate a new grandbaby for a teacher friend who retired recently. I brought a quilt. Blogger isn't letting me upload any photos this morning, but it was blue with swirls in snowball and nine patch arrangement.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Things are finally starting to settle down again. I decided on this sashing solution for the Carpenter's Star blocks. It uses up some of the extra HST and extends the pattern to help the blocks join. I am starting to see a nice secondary diamond where all of the blocks come together. It also will make the quilt slightly larger, which is a bonus. Given the block size, it is harder to get things to fit. With smaller blocks it is easy to add an extra row or two, but these stars are giant! There should be time today to finish the rest. I have a few housekeeping things to do and a couple of work tasks to catch up on, but generally things are settling down again to a more normal level. The post hurricane craziness has settled. How are your scraps coming together? I must admit to being completely out of contact with the world lately. I look forward to catching up on that today as well.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
The hurricane was a 4 day inconvenience for my part of Florida. For others it was much more. We spent a few days without electricity or internet and a few hours picking up debris and reassembling windblown downspouts. My main consequences came from the 3 days of school lost and having to reschedule all of that. It has been busy! Technically we have a three day weekend with a "work from home" day on Monday. I am scheduled for a college event in Orlando though which should be fun. Kurt has been working on a bathroom remodel for what used to be Sydney's bathroom and will now be part of my quilting studio. I think we are scheduled to pick up the shower enclosure this morning and finalize tile choices.
Looking forward to some sewing time too of course. I did lots of binding during the storm, but having a machine and iron again will be a joy! I do remember digging into the brown bin to make one last Carpenter's Star block. Brown has been long overlooked. I am hoping to make some layout decisions. Sashing would make the sewing together easier with all those seams, but I kind of like the secondary patterns when the blocks come together. It will be fun trying out different ideas. Misterlinky is below. Please share your progress. The beginning of the end is near!
Saturday, October 1, 2022
It is a new month! I must confess to not having finished my baby blues. Most of my sewing this week has been hand sewing of binding as we wait for the power to be restored after Ian. October is scheduled either for lime and light green or for light neutrals as we work to finish off the rainbow. Please feel free to finish up the blocks that you are going to need for your quilts. Assembly is right around the corner!
The storm damage was minimal here, we still have water though we have been asked to conserve. We have made quite a dent in the nonperishable food stash, but with everything around us back to normal, it feels odd to sit in a dark house. Fortunately, it is quite cool post Ian, so not having an air conditioner has not been a problem. I am sure most of the fridge and freezer will need to be tossed, but I guess this is a good excuse to do a little cleaning
Saturday, September 24, 2022
It will be a weekend of watching the tropics. Sydney is home from Gainesville for her first weekend visit, so sewing is not going to be high on the priority list. Kurt was gone all week, and he is back just in time to start following Tropical Tidbits for the latest storm updates. There might be a couple of days off midweek to sew the windy days away. How are your projects all coming along? Misterlinky is below. Please keep us all up to date on your progress.
Saturday, September 17, 2022
The weeks blows by in a blur of activity right now. I have kids lined up to sign up for college visits and ask for advice on applications and essays followed by meeting with coworkers and then time to get work done. I've got little guys rummaging for felt and glue for flags. Then there is the administrivia that still comes creeping back. The learning curve is steep, and it is something new everyday. So far I am a big fan of the new job.
The morning sunrise photos are getting just a bit harder to capture as the days get shorter. If the sun rose straight over the horizon, I could still capture it and not get stuck in morning traffic, but with the usual banks of clouds delaying the appearance of the sun, it is often making a late start right now. The clouds do help make such striking colors though. I look forward to finding out what the day will bring each morning.
Sewing is isolated mainly mainly to weekends, but I have not been brining home lesson planning and grading, so there is time now that didn't use to exist. I got the light blue star sewn together and the bright green is waiting for its turn. I have cut out some parts for black and brown stars, but I don't think I have enough fabric variety yet. Grey and black can coexist nicely, I will just have to rummage in the bins to find out what is there. I will pull out another block collection today and take evaluate its progress. I know September isn't really the end of the year yet, but it is starting to feel that way. Holiday plans are just around the corner!
Saturday, September 10, 2022
It is time to start evaluating my project to figure out which one need more blocks. Here are the Carpenter Stars so far. Definitely a need for baby blue, then maybe a lime green and a brown and a black block. I am liking he way these come together with the secondary pattern. I pulled baby blue 2.5 inch strips, so that one will be next on the list.
How are your blocks coming along? I know that September isn't the end of the year yet, but I am still starting to enjoy the idea of putting some tops together soon.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
A new month! Is there anything more fun than digging into a new bin of scraps! I know we did blue earlier this year, but it is a color that truly needs more time to digest for most of us. When I don't know what color to choose for a gift, I almost always go with blue because it works for everyone. We are waiting on the rocket launch again. It is scheduled for 2:17 today. Hopefully things will go better than Monday. Because we are still waiting for the Artemis, here is a photo of a rocket launch from last September. The halo effect is still one of my favorite visuals.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Sydney moved into her college dorm on Thursday. We have officially moved out the last of the children. What a strange feeling to have just the two of us rattling around the house together. Good thing we still like each other!
I did manage to finish the binding on her t-shirt quilt just in time. She was very specific about which quilts to include and where to put them. It starts with her daisy girl scout shirt and ends with senior powder puff. So many memories!
Saturday, August 13, 2022
The first week of the school year is officially done! It is so nice that we almost always start on a short week. Such a huge change to not be in the classroom every day. I am having plenty of time with the kids though, and they are starting to come in for help with resumes and applications. Lots of training so far and figuring out what I am supposed to be accomplishing.
The family was all in Virginia this week moving Anna into her new apartment at Virginia Tech. She is having fun getting settled in. Because she was in dorm for 4 years of undergrad, this is her first apartment, and she is full of questions about how to do things like setting up electricity and getting and Wi-Fi router. Sydney will move into her dorm on Thursday and we will officially be empty nesters. What a strange thought! All those years of raising kids and having them around all the time just to suddenly have them all move out.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Counting down the days until school begins for real. I think things might calm down a bit then. I am probably wrong about that though. I have managed over the years of RSC to curate a nice collection of orange. A few are already trimmed into squares and strips for my blocks this month. I will have some time to sew orange today, but I also need to make the flags for our homerooms. I will probably pop into work for a bit and try to get some things ready for the start of school. We will train the teachers on homeroom Tuesday, the day before the kids come back. Then we will meet with homerooms every day for the first week which should give us a chance to start decorating our flags. I had a 4 hour training session on Thursday when I finally got a full picture of how the new job is supposed to work. All summer I kept asking when the training would begin. Somebody dreamed up the job, funded the job at every secondary school and that somebody had have a clear vision of what we are all supposed to be accomplishing. So now my head is full to bursting with new information and things to do.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Just two more days left in July. I am working
frantically steadily to get caught up. I think that I can! Though everything looks like a bit of a mess at the moment, all the pieces are in the works and the scraps have been sorted and cut. Now I can spend today and tomorrow getting everything sewn together. Many have already guessed that August will be orange this year. I used to struggle with orange, but through the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I started to enjoy the variety and spark that it adds to quilts. I have a reasonably sized basket now and I have tried to work it into quilt backs and bindings this year to keep bulking up the scrap supply
It is a busy time at school right now. Surprisingly there have been so many teachers in for pre-pre planning. For me that has meant lots of running around and checking on new people, meetings to discuss curriculum and training sessions of various sorts. Official pre-planning will start next week which will mean lots of meetings. We are all still defining my new job together, so it has been lots of fun with new things to learn. Today is for sewing though!
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Working hard on getting caught up before school starts again. I have three days before teachers are back for pre-pre planning. I think I can knock of blue and purple in that time. Last week was busy with leadership things and training before the official beginning of the year. This year is strange because in addition to the usual mandatory pre-planning time, there is also pre-pre planning. It is entirely voluntary, but they will pay teachers who want to come in early to set up their rooms and get a head start on lesson planning and curriculum.