“I may have a scrap problem” June goals

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

As I said back in my March post about this linky party, my scrap problem is not organisational, it’s disciplinary! That is: I have an organised system for storing my scraps, but sometimes I am not self-disciplined enough to put them away! Like most quilters, I prefer the making part to the tidying part!

But, there comes a point where my sewing room looks like a tornado swept through! And that point has been reached. Right now there is a project which is the process of being quilted on the back of the lounge (sofa). There’s a UFO on the floor — it’s there because it was on top of the box of wadding/batting pieces and I needed to access the box from one side of the cutting table and it fell off on the other side of the table where I can’t quite reach it. There’s a flimsy and it’s associated too-small backing waiting for me to enlarge the back. There’s a donated quilt top on another piece of furniture — the blocks don’t line up properly (which is probably why it was donated) and it’s waiting for me to take it apart and put it back together again.

There’s a too-wrinkled-to-wear tee-shirt on the ironing board — it fell off the hanger onto the floor of the wardrobe (closet) so needs pressing but I haven’t been in the sewing room since I found it, therefore the iron hasn’t been switched on in days! (Just so you know, I spend weekends with WM and I’m in class on Mondays so I generally don’t spend time in my sewing room between Friday and Tuesday).

There’s a second ironing board, used to hold WiP trays and (sometimes) scrap containers, near my cutting table. At the moment it has project trays but there is also a growing pile of scraps which need pressing, cutting and/or storing.

scraps on ironing board
scraps on ironing board

On the floor, near my sewing table, there’s a cardboard box containing long strips — those pieces of various widths which are longer than 12″. Up until recently that box hasn’t really bothered me but now it’s overflowing onto the floor.

scraps in box
scraps in box

And yesterday, I came home from class with a small bag of scraps donated by one of the owners of my LQS  — I haven’t even looked at the scraps themselves yet!

scraps in bag
scraps in bag

I guess you get the picture — even without more photographs!

So, my “scrap solutions” for this month are:

  1. to press, cut and store the mound of scraps currently on the spare ironing board
  2. to deal with the box of long strips — find a new home for them, press them, roll  or fold them and store them
  3. to press and cut (if necessary) then store the scraps given to me yesterday

The colour for June for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 is aquamarine and related colours. I don’t know if I have many scraps in those colours but I know I have lots of green scraps. Green was the colour for last month but I missed it so I may find myself making some green blocks instead.

When Mum came to live with us in March last year, I inherited her one UFO! However, her knitting during the thirteen months she lived here gave me plenty of work as I tried to keep up with her output (see these posts here, here and here). But it must have sparked something in me because I’m trying very hard to work only on my UFOs; and I have chosen one project at a time and seen it through to completion — not bounced around from project to project!

The green blocks I mentioned for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge would be used to complete one of my most recently started projects: in March, I began the blocks for Oklahoma Shoo Fly, a quilt I designed while playing around on EQ7. I made the units  for the ‘Shoo Fly’ blocks from the colour of the month (brown) and had always planned to make the ‘Road to Oklahoma’ blocks in green.

The ‘Shoo Fly’ blocks are not finished; the ‘Road to Oklahoma’ blocks are not even started but, you never know, there’s still three weeks of June left and maybe this UFO will get it’s turn this month! Then again, I already have a UFO/WiP plan for this month, so perhaps not!

What about you? Do you have a scrap problem? Why not take a look at this month’s post over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict? There are some great inspirational ideas there – even if you’re taking a month or two off to enjoy summer! For we folks down-under, winter has just begun with some horrific weather here on the east coast; but it’s a great season for stitch-based projects: the perfect time for curling up under quilts and hand-stitching that binding; or for joining strips of knitted fabric together into blankets!

Until next time, may your stitches bring you much joy.
Lynne

still here!

Hi (if there’s still anyone out there reading my blog) — long time, no post!

Life has been busy and eventful. On March 17, WM took two weeks long service leave — we just needed to get away. We put mum into residential respite for two weeks then went to the state of Victoria for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. We had forgotten just how far it was to Melbourne and how long it would take us to drive the 880 kilometres (550 miles)! Just as well we had allowed two days for the journeys there and back.

blended native and exotic garden
blended native and exotic garden
more formal garden
more formal garden
Exhibition Building
Exhibition Building
floral arrangement
floral arrangement
cottage garden
cottage garden

We were home for 36 hours, then we caught a train north to spend the Easter weekend with DD and the family.

YG Easter Egg Hunt 2
YG Easter Egg Hunt 2
YG enjoys the Easter Egg Hunt
YG enjoys the Easter Egg Hunt
OG enjoys the Easter Egg Hunt
OG enjoys the Easter Egg Hunt
OG Easter Egg Hunt
OG Easter Egg Hunt
How many so far?
How many so far?

We picked mum up from respite on 31 March — she was very unhappy and had all sorts of tales of woe to share. Despite having DD and the Grandboys here to visit for ten days from 10 April, she never got any better.  It was with a thankful heart that I received the offer of a room in a dementia-specific facility nearby on 13 April. Mum went to live there permanently on 21 April; WM and I have spent the last four weeks getting to know each other again and work out our life as “Darby and Joan“! Mum was with us for a bit over thirteen months; caring for her was one of the hardest things that we have ever had to do!

While mum was still living here and after she left, I continued to sew quilts for the Caring Hearts Community Quilters group; we make quilts that mostly go to the palliative care wards of local hospitals. I will write a separate post about those because I have too much to say here!

Since mum left, I have had time to knit something other than ‘her’ blankets, so I have been making hats for the under-privileged. The opportunity to donate the hats came sooner than I was expecting so I didn’t end up taking photos of any of them! The last collaborative blanket that mum and I made is in her room at the aged care home but sadly she never uses it!

I plan to be back soon with more photos of our trips to Melbourne. I also have at least two posts planned to talk about my quilting.

I leave you with Older Grandson’s first school photo: he looks much older than six (although those baby teeth give it away)! Most schools in Australia have a school uniform — that shirt almost gets lost against the background which makes his face the focal point (as it should be)!

Older Grandson first school photo
Older Grandson’s first school photo

Until my next post, may your stitches bring you much joy.
Lynne

blanket and participation

A few night’s ago, despite the warm, humid weather we’re having, I finally finished sewing in all the ends of mum’s latest blanket. I chose to knit the sashing and borders in yellow instead of white for a change and I think it looks quite effective.

Mum's Blanket #10

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As for the participation mentioned in my title, I was reading a post by The Joyful Quilter (alos mentioned in my last post): it contained information about a quilt-along at Justquilting with Denise Russart. This “Barn Dance” quilt looked so pretty and so right for scrap-busting that I can hardly resist it! You just might find me sewing some “Hole in the Barn Door” blocks (aka “Churn Dash”, “Monkey Wrench” , “Puss in the Corner”, etc) in the near future!

barn dance quilt-along
barn dance quilt-along

I don’t need to make such a large quilt but it’ll be fun to join in and figure out how to use the blocks in a single (twin) bed sized later! Plus, I thought it would be great for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge which I join every now and then (I’m trying to be more consistent this year but don’t hold me to it!).

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scraps on edge of cutting table
scraps on edge of cutting table

Most scraps were sorted by size and shape but a couple of strong gusts of wind when I wasn’t home put paid to that: my friend, who was keeping mum company, picked them up off the floor and put them randomly on the table.  My fault for not putting scraps away as I go!

green scraps awaiting cutting & storing

What about you?
Are there any challenges, quilt-alongs or scrap-alongs you’re involved with?
Do you think you might join either of these?

May your stitches bring you much joy.
Lynne