Saturday, March 14, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC20 - Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  I was really hoping that I might be able to actually SEW with a few of my TEAL scraps this week.  That is the Color of the Month for March.  Let's see if that happened.

Wait for it!  Wait for it...

SUNDAY - I finished a quilt and released TWO blog posts.  Now, I can relax.  For a minute (and then I need to head up to the studio, a a client quilt is begging to be finished.)

Instead of more about my quilt break, you might like to check out this week's Project QUILTING post.  There's even a TINY bit of TEAL included for my RSC friends!  :o))

Once you have read that one, please check out this new edition of Sew Some Love Sunday.  It outlines a new charity effort for sweet little preemie babies.

MONDAY - My voice sounds like a croaking toad and I was skirting a fever all day.  :o((

Of course, that didn't stop me from releasing a new edition of Mail Call Monday!!  Lots of goodies in this post.  :o))

TUESDAY - A local Tree Service is coming to take down two trees in our front yard this afternoon.  As such, there was a job for me to take care of beforehand.  The Junior Quilter was on-hand to help:

She was a VERY good helper, indeed!  She dug with "her" shovel and carried flowers to the appropriate piles around the yard.  When she was getting in the car to go home she said, "That was FUN!!"
Evening Quilt Bee met without me, as I've got "the crud"... Again.  :o((

As an alternative to that group setting, I entertained myself with another pass (or two) on the lovely B9P currently on the rails:

WEDNESDAY - This morning, I released a new Wonderful Wednesday post.  If YOU were curious about what was in the bag of goodies from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, you should go see.  A little diversion from today's reality.

Things are getting crazy!  Have YOU tried to buy bathroom tissue this week?  The grocery store shelves are bare!  The World Health Organization declared Novel Coronavirus to be a pandemic.  I know you don't really want to read about this on a quilt blog (and I'll apologize right now), but... this blog also serves as my diary, so there you have it.  Please forgive me, as I don't expect to write much more about the subject.


Let's get back to the quilts!!

THURSDAY - Ugh!  Sorry... It was a crazy day!!  Reports are coming in from all over the world about novel coronavirus (COVID-19.)  Social distancing is the new buzz word.  Many businesses are have employees work from home and a number of universities are extending Spring Break, with some even canceling the semester.  Entertainment events are being canceled across the country.

Broadway in NYC has gone dark.  The lights are out and there will be no performances until the middle of April.  The NBA has canceled its professional basketball season, the NCAA tournament is canceled and, closer to home, the ACC has canceled its "March Madness" tournament.

The trickle down effect has even grown to include my local Quilt Guild canceling this month's meeting, FIRST Robotics (DH is a mentor) is canceling the competition season, and Orange County Schools (NC) are closed through the middle of April.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed, it was time to go SEW... Stash Buster Challenge blocks to the rescue!  The first order of business was to sort out some TEAL scraps and cut 2" strips for a new block...

... And stitch them up before bedtime:

Hoping for a better photo tomorrow of my completed, but not pressed, 6.5" TEAL block with it's green partner from January:

FRIDAY - The end of the week has arrived.  It's been a stressful one, with growing concerns over COVID-19.  I'm fortunate not to be in a high-risk category.  Well... Except for the fact that I am highly susceptible to catching any airborne illness.  Whoops!  (I guess I'm at greater risk than I originally thought.)

Our local public library and the Senior Center where my Evening Quilt Bee meets has reported that they will be closing for the foreseeable future.  This means no meetings will be held for the next month or so.  We will be switching to a Virtual Bee format.


Here's the photo I promised last night, with a complimentary look at the Snow Iris that bloomed this week:

Here is a special Thank You to my good friend Libby @ Hillside Quilter!!  She recently posted about her RSC progress.  When I saw her blocks, I noticed that she used an alternate piecing plan.  After emailing back and forth, I decided to try her method.  It worked SEW much better for me!!  Not ONE misplaced seam.  NO incorrectly placed units.  Color me a happy quilter!  :o))

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day over at Angela's So Scrappy blog.  The RSC Quilters will be gathering to share their TEAL progress for the week.

If you had asked me 6 days ago, I would have told you that I would need to catch up with RSC friends later in the day.  As it turns out, I'm staying home.  :o((

Even though, a few members of my Monthly Quilt Bee are still planning on getting together.  I've had a cough, compliments of the Junior Quilter's older brother and don't want to scare my bee mates.  (No worries.  It's nasal congestion and a post-nasal drip cough without any sign of a fever or shortness of breath.)

Until next time...
Stay well. And... Get Scrappy!!


  1. Feel better soon - I still have the lingering remains of my cold/sinus infection - and I'm staying home as much as humanly possible. Enjoy your studio time!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out. The church where our guild meets has cancelled all activities for the remainder of the month so that gives me two more free days this month to sew!

  3. It has been a stressful week! I'm really thankful to have my online link-ups to look forward to so we can all check in with each other! Your new RSC blocks look great - glad you found Libby's way works better for you.

  4. It's been an eventful week for sure. I hope you feel better soon.

  5. Yes, COVID-19 has certainly been a huge topic worldwide. The stores here in the St. Louis area have been super crazy too and I heard from my brother that his college kids are on extended (perhaps until the end of the semester) Spring Break. That even includes his son at the AF Academy in Colorado Springs! Anyway, it makes me super thankful that I've got my virtual quilting friends to share and learn all kinds of quilty things!

  6. The B9P is gorgeous! LOVE the colors and your swirls look perfect. Hope you feel better soon, dear friend!

  7. stores are bought out in the panic. Wonder what we'll be able to eat soon. So hard to keep distance, can't even let your dog meet another dog as it can cling to dog hair long enough to transfer.
    the TP makers are missing an opportunity to gouge... they will soon enough I suppose. Your posts are always so interesting...

  8. As always a busy week for you. We will all just have to take advantage of the virus to stay home and use the time to sew.

  9. I hope you feel better soon! I have friends who were tested for COVID at the end of the week and hope to know the results by Monday or Tuesday. They have been sick for a week with fevers over 103! I was able to buy toilet paper on Wednesday at Costco, but no hand soap!! Keep on stitching!

  10. Oh, dear. You do seem to catch the crud pretty often. Please be safe and well! I think we're all going to need the "distant" socializing of reading each other's blogs in the next few weeks/months. I need to step up to the plate and get blogging again :)

  11. It's amazing how much the world has changed in just one week. Hopefully all the social distancing will help flatten the curve and we'll be mostly back to normal in a month or so. Feel better soon. Enjoy your social distancing stitching time.

  12. Feel better soon - the teal and green blocks are so bright and fun!

  13. I'm staying home for the foreseeable future. I'm not low-risk, plus I'm a victim of allergies that make me cough and sneeze which scares people. (I'm enough of an introvert that this is absolutely not a hardship for me!)
    I hope you feel better soon!

  14. Feel better Joy! It's crazy here in metro NY. We started stocking up before the crowds hit. Our senior center and adult ed classes closed down for two weeks but I think that will extend. Grocery stores very depleted by the end of this weekend. I expect total lockdown before the end of this week. Everyone stay healthy please!

  15. Sending hugs (from far) and good wishes for a speedy recovery.


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