Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brush Fire

While I was in Orlando this weekend for Academic Team, this is what was going on at home.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt, and the damage was minimal.  Our house is fine, but it got way too close to some of our neighbors.  The ringer on my phone was still off from the awards ceremony, so I didn't know anything about it until I woke up this morning. 
Anna had just gotten back from babysitting and was up in her room doing some homework when she saw flames from her bedroom window.  She woke everyone in our house up and the kids all went around warning neighbors.  It got closest to her friend Allie's house, three doors down from us.  Allie was just getting home from prom while her dad was in the backyard spraying everything down with a garden hose.  Kurt loaded all the photo albums and computers up into the car and sent the kids off to WaWa to get slushies while firefighters battled the blaze.  It was a long night to say the least.  So glad it wasn't worse!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday

April is zooming by.  It always seems to be one of the busiest months.  Year end tests are just around the corner and final competitions for everything are in full swing.  I am off at Academic Team this weekend.  Sadly, my team has lost, so we have today to hang out around the resort before the awards banquet tonight.  We have been hitting the theme parks hard the last two days, so a bit of a calm day sounds lovely to me. 


    An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, April 15, 2018

PDF posted

I finally got around to PDFing the block for the squared away sampler.  Sorry for the delay.  I'm such a slacker!  Yesterday we painted the walls of the garage and today we painted the floor and I ache in places I didn't know that I had.  Go to the RSC 18 tab for a complete list of links.  The original directions are posted here.  The PDF version is here.  Now I'm off to make some cupcakes that I promised for the last Academic Team practice tomorrow night.  Then I have to find that test I brought home to grade this weekend.  I hadn't thought about since Friday afternoon, but I'm sure its hiding somewhere.  One month and two days until graduation.  Not that anyone is counting down of course.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday Sunshine and Joy

I once made a quilt for Mom in the Sister's Choice Pattern. 
It reminds me a lot of this month's block. 
The nice thing about making three of each block is that is gives you a chance to play around with the colors.  Different placement gives each block a unique look.  
I completely neglected to make the PDF instructions from Mari's post last week.  Its a good thing that I made all the blocks in January or I would have forgotten that too!  I'll update the links soon though.  
Kurt has gone to drive Ryan to the ACT.  He has prom tonight and Sydney is planning a sleepover.  I have a graduation quilt to finish, but first I need to go and finish painting the garage.  We are redoing the floor and I want to do the walls first in case I drip.  Who am I kidding, of course I'm going to drip.  Its a garage!
Last bit of exciting news.  The girls Lacrosse team made it to the district tournament.  We only won two games this season, but they were both against district teams.  So there is one more game to go and the season will be done.  Spring can get a bit out of hand here, but hopefully things will start to wind down soon.  Robotics is done, lacrosse will be done soon.  Just lots of tests and a few more random competitions to get through before graduation in 31 days.  Not that anyone is counting of course.  


    An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, April 7, 2018

ScrapHappy Sunshine

It's been a long week!  State science fair was finishing up just as spring break was starting.  That was when Anna won best of show.  She was a little surprised.  There are actually 8 "Best of Show" awards for the entire state, so the odds are pretty good if you make it to first.  She has never finished above second at state though, so she was really thrilled.  
Just as the girls got home from that, Kurt and I hopped off for a quick grown up trip to Jamaica.  Three days of all inclusive relaxation with lots of food and adult beverages.  So nice!  Kurt's dad came to stay with the kids and they had lots of nice family time together.  
I spent some time hanging out on the balcony of our room sewing up hexies.  Lots of prep work happened during the traveling part.  Even on bumpy and curvy roads, it is still easy enough to baste hexies.  I even thought far enough ahead to bring along some yellow for April!  
Just as we were landing, Ryan was finishing up his robotics tournament.  His team didn't get a bid to worlds this year, but they did win the control award.  Ryan was pretty happy about that because he is the head of software which is integral for robot control.  They even let him bring the trophy home for the break!  

Then once we were all back together again, we took a quick trip to the beach.  It is so close, and yet we just don't go all that often.    Here they are taking a break from the waves after somehow loosing all the fins on the surfboard. 
This morning we are off on one last college visit.  It will be decision time for Anna soon.  I think she'll finally make a final call after this.  Just 31 school days until graduation.  Hard to believe how quickly it has all happened. 
Back on the sewing front, I am looking forward to a month of sunshine and happiness.  Yellow is such a great color to add light to your quilt.  It is easy to go overboard, but in small doses, I have really become a fan.  I'll get my sewing room back on Sunday so more yellow scraps are sure to come out to play. 


    An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Sunshine is Just Around the Corner

Hopefully April has you thinking of sunshine and spring.  Today is the last day to show off your light and bright greens.  We are travelling this spring break and having company, which means that my sewing room is temporarily out of commission.  I have lots of handwork to keep me busy though, and look forward to seeing what you are all ready to create using yellow and gold in April.  Until then though, lets have a last hurrah of lime, yellow green and light and bright green.


    An InLinkz Link-up

Friday, March 30, 2018

April Fool's Day?

Tomorrow is the first day of our spring break.  Today, most people seem to have already gotten a head start and attendance is sparse.  That got me thinking about the new month starting the day after tomorrow and how fabulous yellow and gold blocks will start looking in April.  Hopefully it will bring thoughts of sunshine and spring, though I know that many people are still digging out of snow.
Hopefully yellow and gold fabric will cheer you while you anticipate the spring thaw to come.  

Saturday, March 24, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - 2 More Green Saturdays

I must admit to not having made much progress on green so far.  Good thing that the new month does not happen until next Sunday.  That gives me two more chances to dig into the greens.  Spring has sprung here in Florida, even though it has been strangely cold during the week.  The weekends have been beautiful though, leading to lots of time in the yard.  I've switched over to a new linky system, after having trouble last week.  This one seems to be what everyone else uses these days.


    An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Strange Morning

Mister linky is being strange.  I'll be back to figure that out in a minute.....
OK, mister linky wants me to pay for the premium linky, but I've already done that for the year.  I'm working on it, but for now there is an old school linky.  Maybe this will be my motivation to switch to a different linky.........

Let's try this new one, just for fun.


    An InLinkz Link-up

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's the Little Things

 I was finishing off the last of a tin of chocolates from Valentine's day today when I noticed that the size and shape seemed just right for my hexie diamonds.  Look how perfectly they fit!  I know I'm not the only one to get excessively excited by finding just the right container for an ongoing project. 
 I ran out of card stock to prep more fabric on Sunday, but, there always seems to be a supply of junk mail incoming from colleges these days.  With Anna being a senior and Ryan being a junior, the mail never seems to stop.  I've been using my scrapbooking punch to cut more templates.  The bigger hexagon is 1.5 inches which is just petite enough to be adorable.  Someday I'll make something from the smaller size.  My someday list always seems to be growing. 
I also got the blocks all prepped and the sashing strips ready for the t-shirt quilt.  I'll get those sewn together soon.  It's been a crazy week at work so far and it's only Tuesday!  The quarter ended today and there are lots of meetings this week.  Friday is a teacher workday though, so I'll be able to tie up all the loose ends before the last quarter gets into full swing.  Where has the time gone?  The kids are already picking classes for next year!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Not So Slow on Sunday

Somehow yesterday turned into spring cleaning day.  I hadn't planned it that way, but Kurt got out the pressure washer and one thing led to another.... You know how it goes.  So today was going to be my relaxation day.  Somehow a morning run led to a grocery store trip and then the errands began.   My mind is still not adjusted to the time change yet, so I'll sit and ponder that a bit.  Florida has just passed a law to stay on daylight savings time all year round.  I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I think it will lead to a lot more of going to school in the dark.  The more evening daylight part will be nice though.  
 Just back now from picking out fabrics for Katherine's T-shirt quilt for graduation.  I don't usually take commission quilts, but I made one for each of her older brothers.  One thing leads to another again.  The request was for Tiffany blue.  I couldn't find just the right shade, but I am really fond of the flannel backing.  The fabrics are in the washer now, so I think I'll just sit here and rest for a bit while they finish up.  I promised a final layout before the end of the day. 
 I've been sewing a few more hexies in the evenings.  Just blue and purple so far, but green is up next. 
I went through all the lime green scraps to cut one of each for my collection.  Then I found some extra circles and background fabrics cut away from behind the circles of two years ago and turned all of those into still more hexies.  It looks like I'll have plenty of handwork to keep me busy on the next long trip.  I've got flights to Paris and Kansas City to look forward to this summer, so hexie diamonds will be a nice way to pass the hours. 
Linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Green in Springing Up

 I got this far on my little loggies last weekend. 
 I organized the light green bin to look for more strings. 
And separated the light green from the dark.  Maybe today I will be able to accomplish a bit more.  I've got one t-shirt quilt to finish up before graduation though and one college dorm room quilt to start.  Lacrosse and robotics are in full swing, so that has been keeping us all running.  Spring break is just around the corner though.  Can't wait!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

New Month - New Color

I love the start of new months.  Whatever odds and ends I have left of the last color are happily put away to make room for something new. This month, the purple has seen plenty of progress, and light and bright green is ready to come out and play for spring.  I tried a couple of different color variations in my Squared away blocks this month.  I think the last one is my favorite.  Mari has a lovely tutorial for those of you working on the quilt along.  I'll update the links as soon as the pdf file is ready to go.  Links for all the blocks so far are at the RSC18 Sampler tab.
Now that those are done, I think that I'll spend some time digging into my string bin.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Farewell to Purple

I hope you have had your fill of purple.  With spring popping up all around, it is time to bring out your greens.  We are focusing this month on the bright and light side of the green family.  Think of lime and yellow greens and try to save the darker shades for later months.  I hope that green is popping outside your window right now, but if not, at least some green fabrics will make cheer you until the spring blossoms start to appear.  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Scraphappy Saturday - Last Purple Saturday

Sorry to be off to a bit of  a late start today.  I have been having a bit of a computer issue.  Hopefully my engineer of a husband can get it fixed, if not, I may be off computer shopping this afternoon.  Until then, everything is fine unless something touches the lower left hand corner of the keyboard.  I have some photos to share, but I will try a bit of a two step process this morning, just in case.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Three Day Weekend

It is a three day weekend for the kids!  Not for the teachers though, we are to report for training first thing in the morning.  Still, it there aren't any lesson plans to worry about quite yet, so I have a bit of extra time to sew.  Most of my sewing time for the last two days was spent ironing and rough cutting these t-shirts for a graduation quilt.  Still plenty of time, but I should get moving on it for sure.  I love the way she sent fun extras to include in the quilt. A pillow sham and some PJ pants are nicely blended in with all the shirts. 
We went out this morning to see Black Panther.  Kurt is a big Avenger's fan and I think that we have seen them all so far.  While we were on our way out of the neighborhood, we spotted the first baby Sandhill Cranes of the year!  It is a sure sign that spring is here.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Racing Through the Purple Month

Does anyone else feel that time is accelerating?  The days are just zooming by right now.  I didn't sew a stitch this week, but I was able to sew up some more purple loggies earlier this month.  Spring is always super busy at school.  This year spring seems to have started early.  This weekend looks pretty wide open though.  The kids have activities which will require a few rides, but there should still be some time to get in some fabric therapy.  After this week it is very much needed. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What a Day

First, let me apologize for not visiting anyone yesterday.  I had just started on my day, checked in on a few people, showered and started to walk the dog when I got a panicked phone call from Anna that she and Ryan had both forgotten their name badges for the science fair.  So I rushed up to the mall to drop those off and the rest of the day was a blur.  I went around to visit all my students and had lunch with my science teacher friend before coming back home to gather everyone up before going out to dinner before the awards ceremony. 
Special awards are first on the agenda.  Anna had a brand new project this year, and she was worried that she didn't know it as well as she knew her stuff from earlier multi-year projects.  She moved into engineering this year though, which is such a great field for women.  Some of her judges were seriously trying to convince her to change her major into biomedical engineering.  We were so hopeful for a SWE (Society of Women Engineers) award.  We didn't know anything about though a Mainstream Engineering award which was given to a someone from the senior and the junior categories.  Anna was just walking off the the stage with hers when they announced Sydney's name! 
 So Anna turned right back around and gave her little sister a great big hug.  I was in the audience crying like a baby.  As much as sister's can bicker, it is awesome to see them support one another. 
Then the place awards.  Sydney first in junior environmental engineering.  Ryan second in robots and programing something.  Anna first in engineering.  We were all so happy.  The kids had all kind of sleuthed the places out ahead of time  based on who the best of show judges visited on the second day.  They are all so sneaky in their spy craft.  I must say, they were all pretty accurate in their predictions.  We were all happy and ready to round it up when they started announcing Best of Show and called Sydney's name as runner up.  Boy were we shocked!  She had a nice simple little middle school project, but she sure knew her stuff. 
Then the main contender for best of show in the senior division got runner up and we were all stumped.  When they called Anna's name for best of show I thought her head might explode.  She was so shocked that she could hardly get up to walk across the stage.  Best of Show comes with an automatic bid to the International Science and Engineering fair in Pittsburgh.  I have never seen a kid so darned excited about a trip to Pittsburgh.  I'm still not sure she has completely come to terms with the idea.  I think I have her convinced that they didn't give the award to the wrong person by mistake.  
Here they all are with their ribbons at the end of the awards ceremony.  
 And all of us together.  What a night!  I'm sorry to go on so long, but I am so proud of all of them!  The next few months will be busy with follow up contests and next level fairs.  All so exciting!  Today I am a soggy mess of nothing.  We filled out lots of paperwork and tried to catch up on laundry and normal weekend things.  Honestly, it has not been a productive day in any way. 
I do have a few new hexies to add to the mix.  It was fun to dip into some darker purples and think about how the setting might work.  I really kind of like the idea of the little triplets of white for linking.  No need to decide now though.  I think I'll do some more prep work while the cross country skiing continues on the Olympics.  I would have loved to watch figure skating last night, but it is still fun to watch all the festivities, no matter the sport.  I will go now and peek in on the posts of yesterday and see what everyone is up to on Slow Stitching Sunday.  Nothing special in the scrappy category this week for Oh Scrap!  Not that there is much in my repertoire which isn't scrappy.  It is fun to see all the Squared Away blocks showing up.  Here I am as a proud mama again.  Now I think my head might be the one ready to explode!  Happy Sunday everyone.  Thanks for sticking in there with me through the non-quilting stuff.  I'm sure real sewing will happen again someday!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Scrappy Happy Purpley

I'm looking forward to lots of sewing along with the Olympics. I was up late last night watching the opening ceremony.  I might have dozed off a bit in the middle, but I saw the shirtless Tongan guy and the US and Korea.  First though, it is science fair weekend!

Thursday was board set up and yesterday all the kids were at judging during school hours.  Today it should just be the morning for specialty judging and then awards tonight.  I got pictures of Ryan and Sydney at board set up, but Anna was having a small crisis with her abstract, so I never got one for her.  I'll have to do that today while they are all dressed up. 
Our soccer team made it to semi-finals for state, and they will be playing at the same time as awards.  I think there is only one kid who was supposed to be in two places at the same time. 
So I guess it will be a busy weekend, but Sunday looks wide open, that is a good thing.  Hopefully you will have some quality purple time while sewing along with the Olympics.  There are no countries with purple flags.  Presumably because purple dye was so expensive historically that it was saved for royalty. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Superbowl Sunday

 I thought I had cleaned up and organized everything at the new year.  Still, I keep finding extra blocks all around the sewing room.  Hiding in a stack leaders and enders were plenty of multi color four patches to finish off the borders for four squared.  It needs a good ironing and then I'll dig for some backing fabric. 
 I've finally decided on a new handwork project.  These hexie diamonds are simple and small enough to carry along without too much thought or planning.  I had planned originally to border each block with white all the way around.  It is a lot of white though. 
Now that I have finished a few, I think I might snug them together a bit more tightly.  I kind of like the little three hexie shape that forms between the blocks.  It might make a nice secondary pattern.  Plenty of time to figure that out though, isn't the long slow decision making process one of the best parts of handwork?
It is Superbowl Sunday and we have been invited to a party for later.  First though, there is time for puttering around the house with normal weekend chores.  Kurt has gone to drop Ryan off at robotics, and we ordered some groceries online for pickup.  One of the other teachers at school does her shopping that way and says it is a big time and money saver because you don't end up putting so many impulse snacks into the cart.  The online shopping part was certainly easy and quick.  We will see how the pickup goes.  It will be a busy week at school, but fortunately Kurt is home again.  He's had a lot of weeks out of town lately and it is always nice to have him back home again. 
I've been watching The Tudors while I sew now that I've finished off The Crown and am up to date with Victoria.  It is a bit spicy and not something I would put on the big TV where the kids would see it.  Always interesting to watch a historically based show when you know the major plot points if not all the details.  Henry has already been through two wives and is just starting on number three. 
I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! and with Slow Stitching Sunday.  

Saturday, February 3, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Fresh Start

 A new month is always exciting.  Pulling out a new color and digging in is a little bit like a tiny birthday present at the beginning of each new month. First up this month are the February Squared Away blocks.  Mari has written a great tutorial if you are interested in making these blocks.  Hers are in a 10 inch size while mine are only 7.5 inches.  I also noticed that she used slightly different combinations of colors.  The nice thing about making three of each block is that you can play with different combinations.  I did find after making several blocks that I got so much better about planning out the seams.  After going though a couple of twisted allowances in the first month, I started putting these together as if they were tiny quilts, following the webbing method I learned from quilt in a day so many years ago.
Now that those are crossed off the list, I'm planning on digging in and playing some more with my scraps.  Purple is a pretty big color for me.  Maybe because I have two daughters?  Hopefully I can put some of that purple to good use this month.
I'll be back sometime today with a PDF version of the directions and will post updated links on the RSC18 Sampler tab.  Please use the linky below so we can all see what great purple plans you have brewing for February. Just finished this step, be sure to take a look if you like to save off PDF files for later.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tracking Chart

I got the sweetest e-mail from Stephanie.  She is new to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and posts her blocks to Instagram.  She worked up a tracking chart for 2018 and was nice enough to share it with us all in both PDF and word format.  What a clever way to keep track of your blocks for the year! The funniest part was that she added extra columns because she noticed that we all liked to make a wide variety of blocks.  So you can print out a copy and make handwrite a list, or download the word version and keep it all digital.  Thanks Stephanie!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Handwork Hexies

I've been thinking lately that I need a new handwork project.  Though hexies seem like an obvious choice, I wasn't sure where to go with them.  I planned out several fabulous medallions for later.  For now, I want something simple and discrete.  After much pondering and pinteresting, I decided on some 9 patch diamonds in the colors of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Check out this Simple Things blog post for and idea of where my diamond hexie blocks are headed.   There was a larger rainbow diamond block on pinterest that was tempting too, maybe next time. 
On Sunday I dug out some light blue to put together my first diamonds during Victoria.   I'm enjoying this show as a replacement for Downton Abbey.  It is on in the same time slot on Sunday evening, which is a great time to settle in for stitching and TV viewing.
Before the speech last night I found enough fabric for 5 blocks of lavender.  Unfortunately, I couldn't start watching the speech until after the 9 pm robotics pickup up, and I was fast asleep on the couch before the second standing ovation.  Kurt has been out of town this week though, and I'll take advantage of the alone time after the kids have disappeared upstairs to sew a bit more.  Right after banana bread that is,  it is fresh from the oven and smells so good!  Hopefully I'll make it awake past 9:30 tonight.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Month, Purple is Coming out to Play

Purple and lavender are the colors for February.  With some careful digging, you can find enough variety to get contrast in your blocks between light and dark shades of purple.  I'm planning to go and dig through mine a bit to find some fabric to play with during the state of the uniom.  I can't sew for long though, Ryan is at robotics and I'll need to go and fetch him right in the middle of the speech.  There is an super blue blood moon tonight.  I might set an alarm to get up and look at it early in the morning.  It is really cold right now though, so maybe not.  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Puttering Away a Sunday

I've been pondering the border for this four squared quilt.  After much stewing and sitting, it decided to ask for an extra round of four patches all the way around.  I scrounged up this many in random colors, but was reluctant to make more.  I always seem to gravitate toward monochromatic blocks now.  
 A little more digging led to another bag of 16 patches with 20 extra four patches saved for the alternate blocks.  Not quite enough, but a pretty good start.  I could easily disassemble some of the 16 patches for the rest.  As much as I hate to unsew, I also love to put what I have to good use.    If you are one of those use what you have kind of quilters too, you are sure to enjoy Oh Scrap! at quilting is more fun than housework. 
My next task is to find a new long term hand sewing project.  I've got a few bits of applique hanging around, but those always seem to get bogged down in the preparation stage.  I thought I would try some LeMoyne Stars with Inklingo, but they are very preparation intensive too.  I want something I can keep ready to go for whenever hand sewing time might pop up. 
I've been admiring all the hexie quilts and thought about starting a medallion quilt of my own.  Though I've sketched a few ideas of graph paper, I've not settled on anything quite yet.  If you are thinking about hand work, be sure to visit Slow Stitching Sunday to see what long and slow projects other quilters have in the works.  

Saturday, January 27, 2018

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Light Blue Day

I'm really enjoying light blue.  It is going to be a shame to put it away to move on to the next color.  That is all part of the fun though, there are plenty of other colors waiting to come out and play.  I worked this week on a few more mini log cabin blocks.  Each one will be 2.5 inches in the finished quilt, so it is going to take quite a while to get enough.
The last time I was playing with layout ideas I think I settled on a streak of lightning setting.  Its going to take quite a while to get enough for a nice big quilt though, so I'll just keep adding to the stack for now.  
Misterlinky is below.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on this week.