Monday, February 20, 2017

Taming the Scraps



The saga of the 16-pound bag of scraps continues.  



This is what it looks like now that I’ve culled through and pressed its contents.   Some was too small even for me to deal with.  Some, I suspected was not 100 percent cotton.  The friend who gave the scraps to me uses high-quality fabric for her quilts, but she also does a lot of sewing for grandchildren’s costumes, etc.  Now I will have to decide how do slice and dice it up as well as putting it into organized storage.




We’ve already had several days with highs in the 80s.  Everything is budding and leafing and the mountain laurel is in bloom.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday



I’ve finished another bow tie block.  These are definitely fun to make but the challenge is in getting enough fabric diversity in the blocks.  Many of the fabrics in the 16-pound bag of scraps gifted to me will make an appearance in future blocks.



I had intended to make more bow tie units while at the weekly sew-in today, but the weather had turned wet and blustery.  So, I grabbed up my handwork bundle and finished this rosette instead.



We had a late afternoon shower yesterday and I captured this rainbow. 


Linking to Leanne’s Scraptastic Tuesday linky party.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Monday, February 13, 2017

Late to the Party

I continued working on hexagons during Bonnie’s Quilt-Cam yesterday.  Since I last posted about them, I have completed the row of neutrals around part of the center so that it’s ready for the next two diamonds to be added, finished one rosette and started another.  I also picked up a couple of fat eighths bundles Saturday so I could pair up fabrics for some more rosettes.



It's been two days since the 16 pound scrap bag was opened, and I’ve diligently been working at sorting and dealing with color groups.  Two days since my scrap addicted friend left with a big shopping bag full.  I can't tell a difference in the piles of my cutting table, but I'm still having fun.  I've even found a couple of intact fat quarters.


I’m late but still linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky party.


Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scrap Party

Today was the day a friend and I dove into the 16 ½ pound bag of scraps recently gifted to me. 
Sixteen pounds of scraps makes a pretty big pile!



Things got a little raucous. 




Looks like I’m going to be busy dealing with this for a while.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Anti-Ouch Pouches for February



The third Wednesday falls early this month so I had to scramble to get my anti-ouch pouches (for breast cancer patients) done in time for the Guild meeting next week.  This time I also included five made with fabric from my own stash.  I’ll be handing in 15.  They’ve asked us to start recording our community service hours.  I timed myself and found I can complete 5 kitted pouches in 2 ½ hours.  I kind of wish I hadn’t figured that out.

We've had an exceptionally warm start for February with Saturday's high predicted at 88 degrees.  Everyone is already out working in their yards and during my walk this afternoon I had my first snake sighting.  Ugh!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slow (Super Bowl) Sunday Stitching

The 11 days since my last post have been blur.  The gathering of quilters at my house turned out to be a lot of fun and I hated to see the afternoon end.  As no one opened my stash closet, there were no injuries due to avalanches. However, the leftover snacks have been my undoing ever since.  

Then, there was the trip to San Antonio to witness our oldest grandson’s formal swearing in ceremony for enlisting in the Marines.  He won’t be called up to Boot Camp until after he completes high school this spring.  The projected date is in late September.   Still, it was a sobering experience.



On the quilting front:  The center for my hexagon quilt is slowly taking shape.  I will work on it and some additional rosettes during the Super Bowl game tonight.  I just hope I remember to lift my head and look at the screen during the commercials rather than the other way around.  The only teams I had any affiliation with have been eliminated.  So, as DH is fond of saying, I don’t have a dog in this race.  The commercials will be my entertainment.



I finished pin basting this Texas Tumbleweed top, a Bonnie Hunter design, and hope to start work on quilting it this week. 


Linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.


Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Treasure Trove of Scraps

Tuesday brought record high temperatures, even for Central Texas, peaking at 84 degrees.  It made for a delightful day, but what does that bode for our summer?



My Tuesday quilting friends have taken note of my dumpster diving and Gail had this bag waiting for me at my usual spot.  I weighed it when I got home and it comes in at a whopping 16 pounds.  This should keep me busy for a while.  Thanks, Gail!  

I won’t delve into it until this weekend.  I have a group of quilter friends coming tomorrow afternoon and I don’t want my sewing room looking like early explosion.  (I hope they don’t open the door to my stash closet….😨...somebody could be hurt by an avalanche!)



In a little while I’ll be leaving to help prepare a meal at church.  The smell of the freshly baked brownies I’m taking is intoxicating.  I hope they all make it there.  I’m looking forward to Quilt Cam tonight and more handwork time.