Saturday, May 14, 2016

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC16 - Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!! Each week I share my progress as we work our way through the fabric scraps in our stash (using Angela's Color of the Month for guidance.)  In the merry month of May, GREEN has found its way to center stage. Brown accents round out the blocks.  I'm itching to dig into my bags, baskets, and bins!

How much did YOU get done, Joyful???

Well, now that you've asked, I must confess, not terribly much.  Here's how my week panned out...

SUNDAY was Mother's Day.  I hope all of you quilting Mamas out in BlogLand enjoy a lovely day! We packed up the kids then went over the river and through the woods (to Grandma's house.)

The photo above shows my two boys (in highlighter yellow just right of center) at last Saturday's Rainbow Walk of Heroes.  My family walked to raise money for the Family Support Program at Duke University Medical Center's Pediatric Bone Marrow unit.  It's a cause near and dear to us, as DS2 is just 3 years post transplant.  The Family Support team members are absolutely brilliant at bringing "normal life" to the extended hospital stays that these bone marrow patients endure.

On MONDAY, I never left the house.  There was laundry to be done and...

... A quilt to be finished.  Count the GREEN blocks:

More about this quilt can be found HERE.

Hooray!!!  S's T-Quilt is FINALLY done!!!

TUESDAY passed in a blur of Knit Group, errands, and meetings.  The best stop???  Melville Trading Company in Mebane, NC.  It's a warehouse full of good junk.  I bought THIS whitewashed shelf-thing to add to my growing collection of funky little shelving units:

Basically, it's TWO small two-shelf bookcases with a crate centered on top.

After lunch, I went home to clear more from the sewing room.  Before the Band Boosters meeting, I published Part One of The Decrapification Project post.  At this point, the mini-series looks to be around four or six installments.  I hope you'll come back for what I've been thinking of as "Tidy-Up Tuesday" for the next step of the process.  I'm working to transform the once shared sewing/guest room space into the studio of my dreams.  (Or at least a close to it!!)

On WEDNESDAY, with the exception of picking up lunch, I planned on never leaving the house (again!)  I had a friend over to help with the reorganization project that has been eating up my sewing time.  Thanks SEW much for the help, Tiffany!!  As a treat for finishing early, we had our toes done.  Mine, of course, are Lime GREEN:

THURSDAY morning dawned bright and early.  Off I went to take the girls to school.  After they were happily ensconced in their classrooms, I took myself (and my friend, Jean,) to my weekly Quilt Group meeting.  :o))  The problem came in when DH needed my help.  :o((

Hence, a side trip to the local truck rental facility, but that bears little discussion.  Suffice it to say that DH took the day off work to take a load of scrap metal to the recycling center (or some such.)

After lunch with the quilters, I had a meeting with my "Quilt Coach."  (Yes, I'm talking to you, Gayle.)  When our meeting adjourned, I took a trip through BlogLand... and (FINALLY) found the pattern that I want to use for my Birthday Scraps.  (The photo is near the bottom of the page.)  I had designed a quilt to use with them, but I think I like Bonnie Hunter's Wild and Goosey better.  The pattern will really showcase the variety of scraps from my friends.

NO!!  I haven't lost my mind.  Consider this: Each unit will use 7 pieces of print fabric and each block will use 29 piece of print fabric (when you count the center square.)  That's a Load of Scraps!!

YES!!  I realize that the block is paper pieced (and that I absolutely HATE paper piecing.) You HAVE to listen to your quilt and this quilt wants to be a wildandcrazy Loosey Goosey!!  :o))

Special thanks to Sharon over at Vroomans Quilts!!  Her UFO Challenge post drew me in and something about her photo struck a chord with me.  I've seen PLENTY of other Loosey Goosey blocks and quilts, but that one called out to me, "I'm the one for your Birthday Scraps.  Make me, Joyful.  Come on!!  Pick me, pick me!!!"  I can hardly believe what I'm thinking (because I'm thinking that I just might listen - and possibly change my view of paper piecing in the process.)

FRIDAY was a rerun of Thursday, with the exception that today's order of business was a trip to the Atlanta area for an undisclosed errand.  I'll leave you with the GREEN leaves from another of my iris plants blooming... across the street:

On SATURDAY, I was still in Atlanta.  Fortunately, joining Angela's LINK PARTY fit in the cards just before breakfast.  Maybe tonight, before I crawl into bed, I'll be able to visit all the links, but for now...  Let's EAT!  :o))

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!


  1. Yes, crazy, but W&G will be lovely. As is your neighbor's iris.

  2. I have very little sewing time but plan to remedy that this week! I see you have been busy, too, but it's all good stuff.

  3. Enjoy Atlanta. W+G will be so fun to watch you make. The paper piecing is stopping me on that one. Love the toes!

  4. I like that Wild and Goosey block! So perfect for lots of different scraps!

  5. I've gotten as far as printing out some papers for making Wild & Goosey, but haven't sewn a stitch on it yet. I'll be watching your progress with great delight!

  6. I have considered W&G so many times -- SO many times . . .

  7. Good luck with your sorting and renovating project. It is so satisfying to see the end result.

  8. W&G is just awesome. Go for it. You will probably get some grey hair in the process but won't regret it in the end. ;^)

  9. W&G sounds like fun except I haven never made paper pieced blocks. It sounds like you had a wild and busy week. I know what you mean about things being near and dear to your heart. Cincinnati Children's and Ronald McDonald House will be always be near and dear to my heart. Celebrate the anniversaries of the transplant.

  10. Congrats on the T-shirt quilt finish! It was a busy week indeed!

  11. Sharon's Wild and Goosey blocks caught my eye too. Paper piecing isn't so bad once you get used to it. The more I do the more tolerable it becomes. Good luck!

  12. the tshirt quilt looks great! Good lucky with the organization part.
    Have a great week.


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