Saturday 27 April 2024

Merry Yellow

At one point, I realized I didn't have a lot of yellow scraps. I never made a yellow scrap basket so all the scraps I have were in those three bags pictured at the beginning of the month. I had to create some more to get diversity.

The RSC block was finished along with a second crumb block. The misery of the construction of the Double Halo Star was caused by the centre block not being the right size. Everything was easy peasy after I made the correction. I am now ready for the next colour. Yay! 

The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild, which I follow but am not a member of, posted the block of the month for April and ... well ... 

The block measures 8.5 X 16 inches. I tweaked the bottom half of the tulip to have the block at 16.5" in length. Adding a second tulip as OMQG did will make a 16.5" square block which is what the Quilts for Survivors asks for. I'll try to make 2 or 3 blocks for QFS.

April is turning out to be such a busy month. I've run all over the country leaving very little time for sewing. DS2 decided to go to college and he's starting May 6th. So, we got all the school supplies and financial paperwork, photo ID, etc. DS3 needed lots of paperwork too from police checks and Ministry of Transport documents to be accepted for truck school. He's starting in June. DH had two teeth extracted and he's miserable! 

Now, my turn!
Did an interview last week via TEAM. Did an in-person interview with the same ladies this Tuesday and started working on Thursday for the law firm. Yay me! It's an administration position so my back should be happy with that. My brain, at the end of the day, is a different story, lol. But I'm happy. So happy, for the boys and me. Thank you all for your support and good wishes. I truly appreciate it. 

New workplace: 
Tiffany sitting at the front desk. 

The conference room. Are the lighting fixtures reminding you of buttons or is it just me, missing sewing to the point of seeing notions everywhere? 

Today, Saturday is the Artisanat Exposition and Bake Sale. I need to get baking and get out there to help. Pictures in next week's post. 

Have a great day. 

Joining these talented ladies during the week: 
Cynthia for Oh Scrap
Angela at So Scrappy

Saturday 20 April 2024

Little Bits of Yellow = Short Post

Isn't that something? Me doing a short post! Haha.

One son got sick, the other son got sick, the third son came home twice this week (not complaining, only stating) and I replied to many interesting job postings. That left little time and energy to play with yellow fabric but ...

... the second Stained Glass block was assembled (on the left).

Double Halo Star was a little brat. Nothing worked the way it was supposed to, and, the cherry on top, I chose a directional fabric which I sewed every which way but right. SIGH! Seventy-five per cent of the stitches had to be removed. No joke. I couldn't concentrate. Only this much was assembled this week along with a big crumb block.

Decluttering with Joy ( 100 Days 100 Things Decluttered )

You probably remember in the 80s and 90s, these wall borders were the big thing.  

The border was purchased in 1997 when we bought the house. I never put it up in the bathroom. (Yes, my bathroom is still charcoal and sand. I still love that combo.)  I was about to throw it out, but decided to have a look on Amazon and they still sell these.  So, off to the second-hand store it will go. 

That's it for this week. 
Have a great one. 


Joining these talented ladies during the week: 
Cynthia for Oh Scrap
Angela at So Scrappy

Friday 12 April 2024

Knee Deep in Yellow

Sorting yellow by shades was my first task.

Some are not yellow by any definition but I don't know which colour I should add it to, so yellow it is. 

Burnt mustard? Copper? 

So, it got cut up into useable squares and stored away. Many others followed. And the bag got lighter.

Of course, most are sewn into something or another like this.

The 9patch in the middle is gold. I don't really like gold because, most of the time, it looks dirty like this one. I was about to cut it up when I spotted another gold one with little stars. I made one block and the rest got whacked. 

And of course, Stained Glass was done too. The second one will be brighter than this one. 

For those of you who wonder how the stained glass blocks go together, here's a group photo. 

Not much yet but enough to see the trellis effect. Some white triangles (still missing) will be added to each side of the block to form the square. I'm still debating if I want a one-piece triangle or a crumb triangle. Do I have enough white scraps to pull this through? 

I forgot to mention my personal UFO Rainbow Challenge. What is my UFO-RSC for yellow? 
Spinner was tagged with yellow. 
Do you know where Spinner is? Me either! 
The hunt is on. 

Meanwhile, I'll keep feeding my sewing machine with yellow scraps. 

Decluttering with Joy ( 100 Days 100 Things Decluttered )

This week I've put the heavy bedsheets away and got the lighter ones out. Some didn't make it back in the closet. 

I don't remember ever using these. Two flat sheets that were kept as quilt backings but I have enough of those so out they went. A fleece blanket nobody likes and some dishcloths bought a long long time ago. As they are too thin for my taste, I've only used one but, I've kept the others. Why? Out they go! 
(I should have counted how many items got decluttered.) Thanks, Joy for the support in doing this. I actually find this fun. 

Not exactly decluttering but reorganizing for sure. Two containers were emptied this week. (Will I ever be done?) 

These little bits are barely one inch and were trashed. Sorry, but the insanity has to stop somewhere. 
Of course, there were purple bits and pieces in there, making the slim bag a little heavier but still just one bag. Yay! 

On the quilting front, I'm almost at the second corner. Maybe I'll get to the corner block by Sunday when I join Kathy and her friends for a Slow Sunday Stitching. Wouldn't that be nice? 

At the top of the picture, the grey and blue block is done. The black and grey with oval/circle print is where I'm at. And then, the second corner. I really didn't leave a lot of batting on that side. I wonder why? Anywho! I need to finish this before the summer heat stalls me. 
EDITED: Yes, I made it. I am sewing the corner block today (Sunday). Not counting the corner block, there are ONLY 15 more blocks to go. 

That's all for me.
Have a great one! 


Joining these talented ladies during the week: 
Cynthia for Oh Scrap
NinaMarie at Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever

Friday 5 April 2024

Barely Alive But Still Kicking

I wrote (it seems like such a long time ago) that I had found a job. Thank you all for your good wishes. It breaks my heart but, unfortunately, the job was short-lived. My back didn't like that job, so I had to quit. Sigh! My back is more important to me than minimum wage. I spent the next three (four?) days in bed nurturing the cranky back in question. I gave it a try is all I can say.  Now, I'm at the computer, searching for a job. Fingers crossed again. 
And life goes on. 

On a more fun note, let's talk scrap!

Remember this picture from the beginning of March? Let's see what happened to it.   

Along with all the purple sewing I did here, here and here, I added a "raspberry purple" Stained Glass and a 6.5" square. 

A reminder of the mess crumb sewing makes. 
I tried to separate the different purples, but they kept walking all over the desk. Sigh! 

I started to create some 4.5" crumbs because another quilt took shape in my mind ... it is now annoyingly haunting me. The little "blueberry purple" is for the Hole in the Barn Door quilt. That border needs help. 

Little 3.5" 9-patch blocks were also added. 

I needed the help of brown fabric to please this finicky purplish wine, far right. I tried so hard to use them all up. But the month came to an end. 

Crumb blocks that are half done. Sorry for these bits but they returned to the bag and await another purple sewing session. 

This is what's left of the purple scraps. 

This is the smaller of the two bags in the first photo and it is this flat! 

I'm so happy! The goal is to get all the bags holding the smallest scraps into ONE drawer. If I may blow my own horn, this is an excellent start. (insert happy dance here) 
Challenge accepted! 

Decluttering with Joy ( 100 Days 100 Things Decluttered )

I didn't manage to declutter this week but my son came to my rescue, unknowingly to him. He emptied the dishwasher and declared that I had too many cups. He couldn't put them all on one shelf. Well, then. Let's get rid of some. 

5 cups and 2 travel mugs later, I had decluttered. Thanks, son! (The metal cut on its side is where I used to work.)

On Tuesday, we had our Artisanat meeting and the Take-Away table had something EXTREMELY interesting: FABRIC!

I came home with 1 meter of orange fabric, 3/4 of a meter of black/grey/orange fabric, half a meter of red fabric and some big scraps of blue, about a quarter of a meter. Free! Yay! 

Also, a quilter friend gave me a lettuce box full of scraps. I am so spoiled! Thank you, Michèle. She also brought me two quilts to donate to the Quilts for Survivors. But more on that in another post. 

So, now for the next week: Yellow. I happened to knock two birds with one stone (not that I would do that literally but ...) The Table Scrap Challenge's theme was "bird". This challenge is hosted by The Joyful Quilter. Click on this link to see all the beautiful birds. My entry has a bird and it has purple and it has an umbrella and it has yellow! Now Table Scrap Challenge's theme for this month is "umbrella" and Angela called Yellow. What are the odds of that? 

Anywho! Back to yellow. This is what I have to work with. 

Let's see how light these bags will be at the end of the month. 

Have a great week, everyone. 

Joining these talented ladies during the week: 
Cynthia for Oh Scrap
NinaMarie at Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Table Scrap Challenge: Bird

I finally finished my entry to Joy's Table Scrap Challenge for March. ( I know I'm late but it's better than never, so they say.)

It started here: Table Scrap Challenge. And I grabbed this magazine from 2000! 

I was debating between doing another cardinal, 

from my Wall of Fame

a blue jay, or even a robin. So many to choose from. 

The challenge for the Artisanat group is Spring so I opted for a robin. 

Then I spotted this one from the same magazine. 

Well, that was a game-changer! Dug out more fabric. 

I have no idea what I'm doing ... but I'm doing it! 

I realized that I'd traced the pieced reversed. Oh well! 

My bird will face the other way and life will go on. 

I had to add a little bit of purple because, you know, Purple Month. Its feet are too small and I might change that ... then again, maybe I won't. 

Thanks, Joy, for these fun challenges every month. 
See the linky party here for more "Bird" challenge beauties. 

All the best to you. 


P.S. The challenge for April is Umbrella. I hope you will join us this month.