Saturday, February 25, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Rounding out Teal

There are just a few more days to finish off the last odds and ends of teal.  I've got some more tiny nine patches to play with.  How about you?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I spent last weekend carried away with tiny log cabins.  In between rounds though, I added two inch squares to some more nine patches.  There should be enough now to frame out and add another row to to my 9 Carat Diamonds quilt.  First though, I am off with the girls to the Hundred Acre Hollows to check on the camera traps.  There is a workday going on.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Teal

I got a little carried away with little log cabins.
When I say little, I mean really little.  
What scraps did you get carried away with this week?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slowdown Sunday

What a week it has been!  Kurt was out of town all week on business to Denver.  His company was bought out and the new guys have their main offices out there.  He said it was a little cold, but really pretty.  Some weeks are pretty calm, but this was not one of those easy ones.  Lots of evening meetings, from Academic Team to AP night along with all the usual kids activities.  It was so nice to finally make it to Friday and take a deep breath.  
So amongst all the frenzy, Wednesday was World Hijab Day.  It was not a holiday with which I was familiar, but one of my Muslim students told me about it several weeks ago and offered to loan me a Hijab.  I wasn't aware at the time, but several teachers were also participating along with about 20 students.  The idea is to wear a Hijab for a day as an effort to try to see the world from someone else's point to view.  It is supposed to foster tolerance and understanding of people from different cultures and traditions.  It sounded like a worthy cause to me.  We have several students who wear a Hijab on a regular basis and I never thought much of it, assuming that our school campus is a safe place where students can express themselves freely without fear of backlash.
We took some group photos and students shot some footage to do a news article for the morning announcements.  A very nice Muslim mom thanked me for participating and offered hints as to how to get the scarf to stay put without choking.  I thought it had all gone well.  
Apparently people were so offended by our participation in World Hijab day that someone set up an anonymous e-mail accounts to send a complaint.  People are also, by the way, upset that we will be teaching Arabic next year.  The claim was that Hijabs make students feel uncomfortable.  They thought that our participation was politically motivated and that we should not be expressing those views to our students.  Oh My Gosh.  It wasn't politically motivated in any way, but I was informed that our freedoms need to be held in check given todays politically charged environment.  I don't even know how to respond to such a claim.  So I took a deep breath and moved on.
You might notice that I don't often express political opinions on my blog.  I don't like to offend and good people can disagree on issues.  I did notice a lot of political comments yesterday, and I think it is safe to say that some issues transcend party or politics.  Some things go beyond who you voted for in the last election.  As I said, moving on.....
I was working last weekend on finishing up the prep work for last years circle quilt.  I can really see the finish line ahead on this one.  Sadly though, I ran out of spray starch.  Though I tried to get the circles prepped without starch, the fabric just didn't want to stay put nicely without it.  If I can't make it out the store this morning I will dig out a recipe for corn starch and water and give that a try.  It would certainly be cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the store bought kind.
When taking breaks from quilting the OMG yesterday I was working on some tiny log cabin blocks.  I think these will finish at 2.5 inches.  Each one has 13 pieces in in it.  I made it all the way to 9 yesterday before it was time to go and have dinner.  I think I'll go put a load of laundry in and add a couple more rounds before starting on school work.  These blocks might take the place of the tiny nine patches now that OMG has moved on to the quilting phase.  It's important to have a way to use up tiny little scraps, right?  
Be sure to visit Oh Scrap and Slow Stitching Sunday.  Oh, also, enjoy the Superbowl.  I don't really care which team wins, but it is always festive.  I think I'll do a little applique between commercials.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Aquamarine

Welcome to February.  The best thing about a new month is the chance to pull out a new basket of scraps.  This month's color is teal, aqua, anything between blue and green.  I used to try to group these scraps in with either blue or green, but I love the fresh tropical feel that they have as a group.  
Misterlinky is below.  Share your plans and progress for aqua, or feel free to share the end of your purple scraps is you are still there.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Month End Celebration

We've all been collecting blocks for a while now.  Making rainbow blocks is fun and addicting after all.  Eventually though, it is good to start to turn some of those blocks into actual quilts.  This is our first special linky party for finished Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.
I worked hard this month to get OMG together and one step closer to being a finished quilt.  Sadly, after a bit of a bobbin mishap, the quilting is not quite done yet.  I'm still celebrating though.  It is in the final stages of delivery. 
I am so excited to see the other quilts that made it to those final stages this month.  But wait, there is one more bit of celebration.  I happen to have some extra OMG blocks to share.  If you are working on OMG, Omigosh, the Birthday Quilt or want to start a similar quilt, just leave me a comment.  I will pick someone from the list and pass along my extra bits and bobs to share the love.  In case you are wondering, each of the nine patches are made from 1 inch squares.   So tiny!  All I ask is that you find some way to use the blocks if you win the giveaway.    

Monday, January 30, 2017

Farewell to January

Sea Green will be the color for February.  Anything between blue and green will work.  From teal, to aqua to turquoise.  Try to find anything that isn't happy with blue or green but plays somewhere in between.  
I've still got a few aqua circles to sew, but they are starting to come together.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our end of the month finished quilt celebration.  Any flimsy or quilt worked on as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge will work.  

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Slow Stitching and Fast Stitching

I spent yesterday morning loading OMG onto the quilting frame.  This quilt was the ultimate scrap buster.  I'm not sure how many 1 inch strips I used in all of those tiny nine patches, but it was a lot!
First I had to extend the frame and clear everything off.  Pinning the quilt to the leaders and getting it all ready to go took most of the morning.  I got the thread picked -  light pink -- and had just finished sewing through the first bobbin.  
 Somehow, in the time that it took to load a new bobbin, I managed to loose the bobbin case.  I looked everywhere!  Hours later, everything had been cleaned and organized and searched.  The lost bobbin case was nowhere to be found.  So strange!  Stuck in the middle of a quilt, I finally gave up and went online to order a new case.
After dinner I went back again and started dumping things out.  Eventually, the bobbin case turned up.  Hiding inside a spool of thread.  What are the odds?

So OMG didn't get finished yesterday as planned, but more fast stitching will happen today for sure.
 After a few hours of fast stitching, I will definitely feel the need to settle down with some more slow stitching.  I finished all the prep work on my 366 circles last Sunday.  There are just enough circles sitting on the ironing board to finish off the quilt.  Now all that I need to do is to finish a tiny bit of hand stitching.  I'm linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap today.  So I guess a little blog hopping will happen before it is time to get back to stitching.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday #4 - Playing with Purple

I hope you are all enjoying purple this month. Today is your last weekend day to play with purple scraps. Hopefully you can start to see the bottom of the purple bin by now? Don't forget that our special end of the month finishing celebration is coming up soon. There will be an extra linky party starting Tuesday for anyone who has finished a RSC quilt. Be sure to check back then for lots of great motivation and inspiration.
Work has kept me hopping this week and I haven't had much time to sneak off to the sewing room.  So glad to have a weekend ahead to find some time to putter around with purple.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday - Circle Round Up

I started strong on the circles last year.  Then life got in the way.  It was a busy year for work and my sewing suffered.  
January has been done for ages.  Blue was the color of the month last year.  
Brown and pink are finished for February.  
There are 4 more purple circles sitting next to my spot on the couch.  Those will finish off March.  
April needs 4 more blocks as well.  They are in my "to go" bag ready for stitching.  
May, I think I also needs 4 more.  I sewed a lot of green circles while we traveled to Nana's funeral after Christmas. 
After that, it starts to get more sparse. 
Still that is half of the year almost done.  I'll get those odds and ends all sewn together and start to think about the second half of the year.  One step at a time.  This has turned into a two year quilt, but I do enjoy the way it is coming together.  
There isn't much going on today.  I did most of the laundry yesterday while most of the family was gone.  They all came home exhausted after the Lego Tournament.  Everyone has homework to work on today so they should not need much entertaining.  I'll sew up a few more circles before it the day gets into full swing.  First though, I'll head over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other people have going on in the way of slow stitching.