Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tiny Tuesday Week 3

Coming to you a wee bit late today but it is still Tuesday! I did this in the car line. I think it looks more like a mushroom than an umbrella this week!

My troop chose France for Thinking Day. We have been learning a bit about girl scouting in France. We needed to have a Flag for the event.... I cut out a 12x24 of blue, white and red right before the meeting. Drew a 1/4 line on each side of the white and took it with me with my hand stitching coin purse. 

I asked my juniors (4th graders) if they wanted to hand stitch it after I got the rest working on making a few more croissant swaps and attaching our label. (which they corrected me as I put 2018 instead of 2019!) Oops! Anyway.... I had two say sure, and another 2 with no... but one changed her mind and ended up really enjoying it! Her cousin got a photo and I let Grandma know! hehehe... I'm going to convert these girls... they just don't know it yet! They did a great job too!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Slow Down Sunday.

Progress has been made on the frame - I kinda like hand quilting at night while Emily reads to me! I will be piecing some batting this week so I can roll it. Amazing how quickly it goes when you actually work on it! =) I'll be working on this upper left hand part of the orange this evening.... and then will need to piece that batting the cats got into before I can roll it to the next part. 

Linking up with the other Slow stitchers today.

First up today,  I am helping out at a girl scout event for the afternoon - Smores and Swaps at our local Camp Wildwood about 20 minutes from me. It is to show the girls and their parents around camp and make a SWAP at each 'area' of camp. Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) The idea is to get the parents and girls comfortable going for encampments with their troops or for a week in the summer. I'm not sure what I'll be helping with but I will bring some hand work with me... there are always some red hexagon flowers ready to attach to the black background or the rest of the color of flowers to get basted for applique. I have a baggie of light and bright greens ready to baste down in the car.  Nice and portable to fit in my backpack with my water and power zero and a snack. Looks like highs around 77 today.

The grumpy kids are off to Grandma's for the day. I had to wake Aidan in the night to grab the humidifier from his room to put it in Emily's... who could not sleep with a stuffed up/runny nose. Some vicks on her chest and the humidifier and she slept from 3-8 with no issues. I see an early bedtime for them tonight....

Saturday, January 12, 2019

RSC in red.... week 2

Well, it doesn't seem like much but progress has been made with the red hexagon flowers. I have ten all completed - they are appliquéd down on to the black background. I need to cut some more squares out to finish off the rest this week. I have seven to go.

I also cut out some 2 inch squares to make 9 patches. Why I made sure there were FIVE in each pile.... for a nine patch..... I am not quite sure! I had to grab a few more strips from the bin and cut a few more for each of them. Little nines.... not sure what they will become... maybe set with white and black like Angela, little stars.... I'll just make some each month and see what they decide to become.

Linking up with the RSC Challenge.

Hubby's birthday was Friday. He took the day off work and relaxed. We went out to Yamata's for dinner with the kids then headed over to where the scoop shop is to see what older model cars were out for their monthly meet.

Aidan loves cars..... and Emily was enjoying seeing the clean engines and the different models. This one arrived right before we left and the couple said the kids could sit in the car! It had a rumble seat!

Today... Emily had a 1 hour lesson with a bunch of the other kids in the show next Saturday. She wants to work with them on what they will need to do. They were practicing circles with the horses on Tuesday so I assume that is one of the tasks.

The garden got weeded, tilled and parts replanted. I pulled the radishes (yummy) and replanted for you Mom. The scallions are up... we'll throw a few more in of those as well. Now if I remember to water them we might have progress this time with the beans, peas and beets. The swiss chard is little but hopefully regular watering will help it along. Aidan has squash and peppers planted as well. I need to grab some herbs and lettuce to add to the mix too.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Scrappy Log Cabin in Greens.....

I made a little more progress and got all the logs I had started finished off. I think they came out pretty good! They remind me of the trees popping out their leaves in the spring up in the green mountains of Vermont. Lots of shades of green can be seen in the mountains. No clue how this one will end up being set... but I laid them out like this for a photo.

The blocks are very scrappy and just sewn along - any width scrap that I grab from the floor. I have a pile of greens and creams next to each other. So fun to make. No thinking, just grab a scrap and sew it on. Press and trim and repeat. The final blocks are trimmed to 12.5 inches. This will end up being a queen size quilt when done......  Time to start another set of 10-14 logs for the next set.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tiny Tuesday....

No rain in the forecast but I have a nice little umbrella just in case! Sophie let me pose it with her.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Slow Sunday... new projects....

After a slew of binding finishes this week (baby hearts and 16 patch, Emily's quilt) it is time for some 'new' hand work projects. 
This is Emily's quilt as of last night. 

The baby hearts quilt is done so I get to put the little basket quilt into the hoop for hand quilting. This is 32x32 and was hand appliquéd in the summer of 2017. 

I pulled out my hand pieced hexagons from 2014 and will be basting them for applique onto 6.5 inch black background in accordance with the rainbow scrap challenge this year. Red is the color for January and I got all 17 of these basted and one prepped for applique onto the background. I hope to prep the other 16 today so I can just leave them in the car with supplies for car line this week.

It was also time to give some attention to the trip quilt on the frame in my bedroom. I had avoided it as the kittens did some damage to the batting and I was too afraid to look and figure out a plan. I dared to look last week and will be doing some batting stitching once I am ready to roll this.... but that means I have some quilting to do before I have to deal with that. I think I will be doing this in the evenings while Emily reads to me for her 20 minutes of reading per day. It is a good goal for both of us! I did the top section in purple on Thursday evening while she was reading.

Linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers. A big thank you to Kathy and all who have encouraged me in my hand work endeavors over the years.

I am signed up to start a hand pieced quilt along starting tomorrow over at Elm Street Quilts and Simple. Everyday. Handmade. Take a look and if you want a fun little quilt along to start the year this might be the one for you!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Friday, January 4, 2019

RSC Saturday..... 2019!

So happy to be participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year! I have loads of block collections still... but will start a new one or two as well. The plan for this year... I think!

I pulled out this bunch of hand pieced (not english paper piecing or EPP) hexagon flowers I made back in 2014 with this challenge. Time to dust them off and move them along!

I kept pulling out handfuls of them from the drawer...and would check and find more! I sorted them into colors for the year to work on. Looks like the blue and green months will be busy... despite there being 4 of them (aqua, light blue, dark blue, green). I counted 17 reds. I was consistent with a yellow center on these and had planned to make a black hexagon around each to join them together..... well, 5 years later and nothing so a new plan was needed! I was looking through a quilting book (admit it, you do that at the end of each year too for inspiration!) and saw this one in the Sylvia Bridal Sampler book. Page 36 - so I remember later!

I just need to decide what size background block to make and then cut a slew of them from this nice long piece of black that has been waiting for years to be used with this project.  I'm not sure if I want a finished 5 inch, 5.5 inch, 6 inch or 6.5 inch. I'm thinking finished 6 inch right now.  Just had an idea pop into my head.... Add a hexie on each joined block point.... either quilted in a pretty color or an actual fabric and appliquéd down..... just a thought!

It is so nice having a plan....and built in easy hand work to take with me! I'll have to make sure to pop the flowers into a baggie with the necessary supplies (thread, needle, scissors) so I'll have it ready to grab..... or just leave in the car for car line or appointments.

I took the 17 reds with me on Thursday - bowling, dentist appointment for the kids and waiting to go to the dentist appointment. All 17 got basted and are ready for applique!

This year I am also doing a 'Tiny Tuesday' post each week and it will coordinate with the RSC Challenge. I'm planning to make a little hand applique umbrella block each week this year. This was my first one I made for Tuesday in red. I have not decided if they will all be the same design or not... they have not told me yet!

I'm also back working on the hand quilting of another RSC Challenge quilt - my hand pieced trip around with colorful world which is on my quilting frame. Read my last post for info on that one. This is what it looked like as a top back in 2015 - hand pieced with 2.5 inch squares.

I guess I am moving along a couple of 'old' ones and starting a new one... so far!

We will see what the scrap pile of reds comes up with next week!

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019 on Saturday.  A big thank you to Angela for hosting this fun challenge again this year! Hard to believe this is the 9th year I have participated as I have posts back to the year 2011 for this challenge!