Saturday, November 18, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday

So sorry to be off to a late start today.  I completely forgot to post before leaving for my long run.  12 miles today!  Last big run before the next half marathon.  After that I think we'll drop back into low gear for a while.  More time to sew :)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Dark Days of November

It is the second weekend in November and I have finally dug out my dark scraps.  I have three drawers to play with this month, black, grey and brown.  There is actually quite a bit of good stuff to play with in these bins.  Can't wait to dig in. 
We had yesterday as a holiday, so I am all rested and refreshed.  I was scheduled for a 10 mile run this morning, but my running partner came down with a migrane.  I already have my running shoes on, so I am debating what to do next.  It is a beautiful fall day, here.  It has been so nice to turn off the air conditioner and enjoy the fresh air for a change. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - November Finishing Fun

If you still need another color, then November is for darks -- black and brown.  If you are not in need of another color though, this is the time for finishing.  Please use the last two months of the year to take stock, add in whatever extra something your quilts might be asking for, and best of all, put some tops together!
I did a spree of finishing things earlier this year, so I believe that I have several tops awaiting quilting to think about this month.  I just had a load of shirts dropped off yesterday for a graduation t-shirt quilt, so that will move to the front of the list.  Anna is graduating this year too, so I'm guessing she will want one of those as well.
 Last Saturday was my half marathon!  It was a beautiful day.  The weather was picture perfect.  Three miles of the run were on the beach and we were just all amazed at how perfect it was to be running along the ocean with the waves crashing.  Then, just when everything seemed ridiculously picturesque, a troop of lifeguards ran by carrying a huge American Flag.  Though I was pretty tired by the end, a half doesn't leave you wrung out and exhausted like a full marathon.  Meisje and I had to much fun that we signed up for another half next month.
 Meisje is a teacher too, and we talk about absolutely everything during long runs.  She thinks that my quilt blog is too much about quilts.  She thinks it is way too boring for regular people.  I used to put in more personal stuff when my mom was alive, she was a big fan of my blog.  Since then though, It has gotten a little more quilt centered.  So, because Meisje asked, here are a few Halloween pictureres from Tuesday.  Anna and Allie were Cinderella and her pumpkin.  They hung out down in front of Allie's house.
Anna had made a tube worm costume, but ended up letting Ryan wear that.  He volunteered to sit in front of our house to pass out candy.  I got sick on Tuesday and spent the night cuddled up on the couch under a quilt.  Sydney was Boo from Monster's Inc., but I was never able to get a photo, she had two friends over and they were off around the neighborhood on their own. Usually everyone hangs outside while the trick-or-treaters roam.  Kurt was out of town this year, so celebrations were more mellow than usual. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last Pink Day

It's the last pink Saturday.  I'll be sad to see this color go, but another year is wrapping up.  There may be time for just a few more baby log cabin blocks.  Though everything is put away from having company last week, it shouldn't take too long to get everything out again and make a lovely fabric mess.  I am off to a bit of a late start.  I was out late going to a barbershop contest with Kurt, but today looks wide open.  Tomorrow is the day for my race, so I'd better get busy early today.  What progress did your pink scraps make this month?  Misterlinky is below, please share with us all.

Friday, October 20, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Painting the Town Pink

My sewing room is temporarily a guest bedroom.  I do have these string blocks in progress.  I might be able to remove the paper and do some trimming this weekend.  I might also try to get caught up on my binding backlog.  Somewhere there is a nice stack of tiny log cabin blocks.  I'll dig them out as soon as the sewing room is hosting sewing again.  First though, I think that we are going to the zoo and then cooking something on the grill.  It is suddenly very fall like here.  I am hoping that my morning run will be enjoyable.  Next week is the half marathon.  Just one more long run to go.   Until then, please share all of your projects so that we can all enjoy your parade of pink happiness.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday Parade of Pink

Though I usually tend toward "fall" colors for October, I must admit that I am enjoying working with pink this month.  I have big drawers and little drawers for my scraps.  With two girls, pink has been one of my big drawers for a while now.  I feel like I am making a dent though.  How is your pink progressing?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share with us all.  I'm off on a run first thing this morning.  Just two more weeks until my half marathon, so every run counts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Orphan Blocks Again

I am digging deep into the orphan block bin.  Anything that doesn't get used up will be turned into more crumbs or strings.  With company coming, the clearing out is highly motivated.  I did some more organization, hanging and labeling finished flimsies to be quilted later as I broke down the quilting machine to set up a bed again in the guest bedroom.  I was amazed at how much dust quilting generates.  The whole process had me sneezing.  
While I was sewing on Sunday, I found these extra test blocks of Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom pattern that I use to make a green and brown baby quilt for a very organic baby shower gift.  It was a huge hit!  I think it was 8 years ago though, so it was time to do something with the extras.  So with a quick layer of thinsulate and some simple quilting and binding, I now have two new pot holders to use in the kitchen.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Scrappy Explosion

I'm still digging up old projects and blocks to turn into finished flimsies.   These framed four patches were almost ready.  Just a couple of hours ironing and trimming and they are ready to come together.  It is amazing how many random block collections I have abandoned over the years.  Getting them finished up feels very virtuous.  Hopefully I'll be able to start something new soon instead of continuing to finish off old projects.  That will be fun!
I've been playing with the idea of using Inklingo for my next hand piecing project.  I think I downloaded it once before, but never followed through.  I printed out a few test pages and figured out how to combine background and main color swatches onto one page.  That is when the printer stopped working.  The cable went out a couple of weeks ago and the wifi routers have been acting strangely since then.  It is supposed to be working again now, so I will try to print out a few test blocks this afternoon.  Does anyone else have experience with hand piecing?  Any tips or suggesions would be very much appreciated. 
I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! and with Slow Stitching Sunday today.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - Pretty in Pink

A new month means a new color here at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I can't wait to dig into this giant pile of pink scraps.  I'm off for a long run right first.  My half-marathon is at the end of this month and I have just a few more long training runs to go.  I am hoping that when I get back, the water is still working.  We are under a boil water notice right now, and the pressure has been really low since a water main break yesterday.  After a week of heavy rain from an unnamed tropical low sitting off of the coast, the system has finally been overwhelmed.  It was especially surprising after we made it through Irma so well.  Watching anxiously as Nate heads toward the gulf, it has been quite a year for storms.  I hope that you are staying safe through it all.  Misterlinky is below, please share your progress and plans for October. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spring Cleaning

Fall in Florida feels a lot like spring did when I lived up north.  Beautiful weather is right around the corner and spring cleaning is in full swing.  Spring cleaning for normal people might involve mops and brooms, but for quilters it is so much prettier!
I am still digging into the orphan bin.  These monochromatic 4 and 16 patch blocks will go with a growing set of leaders and enders.  I'm thinking of choosing two or three colors to go together to make several quilts. 

I was thinking of maybe pink, teal and orange?  Maybe blue green and purple?  Or I could go complementary and do blue and orange together in one quilt and yellow and purple in another?  Each quilt needs 80 blocks total, 40 each of 16 patches and 4 patches.  I think I'll just work on collecting about 20 of each color while I ponder the choices. 
The main harvest though was LOTS and LOTS of mixed color squares.  With a bit of sewing and sorting I was able to bag up enough units for three quilts.  Those will be ready and waiting when I am in the mood for some power sewing.
Here is the backing for Running Zone, which I just realized was originally called running stitches.  A little of this and a bit of extra whatever came together for a creative and colorful smorgasbord.  Best of all, lots of oddballs are out of the deep stash.  The purple was part of Anna's toddler quilt.  The flowers and the border print were part of Sydney's nursery.