Scrap Happy Roundabout

My ScrapHappy Project (hosted by Kate and Gun ) has no pre-plan nor timeline this month.  It is made of a bunch of  strips and tiny square scraps left over from an Alison Glass quilt top. I have hoarded vibrant colors scraps and pre-cuts of her fabric for several years. So…of course, I can’t bear to throw out any of these scraps. Thank goodness for Scrap Happy! 😀 

NOVEMBER SCRAP HAPPY PROJECT

I can’t take credit for this block idea that I saw online a year or two ago. I’ve tried, but I can’t find it now. With solid fuchsia cotton squares I have on hand; I started sewing scraps around and around the edges. Not particularly worried about lining up seams. I am not even sure what direction I am going in, or what the end product will look like. 

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I am saving and incorporate the lovely trimmed edges. This is a Scrap Happy project after all. 😉  I am thinking about cutting this block in half horizontally and vertically; then putting it back together much like a disappearing nine-patch. I am greatly open to block suggestions and ideas.  I usually worry that I’ll run out of fabric. Now? I hope I don’t run out of scraps! LOL. By the way, a couple of years ago I toured Alison’s home workshop studio. What a treat! Thought you might want to take a peek. 

Have a good week! — Joanne

Be sure to visit these other posts to see what others have made for their Scrap Happy projects: Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohannaJon, HayleyDawnGwen and Connie

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block 2

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’ve completed my state/hometown blocks for the swap initiated by two friends. Paper piecing has really intrigued me. Participating in Scrap Happy has done what I’d hope: encourage me to learn more about quilting. So, now I am on the search for a local quilt paper piecing class. 

OCTOBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I was determined to include fields, forests, waterways — all the way to the coastline of Virginia Beach.  Last SH post, I’d figured out the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.  I added prints and solids for the Piedmont’s rolling hills and sandy coastline.  I thought the batiks worked rather well for the waterways. Eh. That pesky top, left corner, again…

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A Grateful Aware Parent

Although September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month (I know it is October),  I think awareness needs more than one month of the year.  Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States.  Unlike many adult cancers, childhood cancer isn’t linked to lifestyle or environmental factors; but by genetics or chance.

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Honored Guest, 25th Anniversary Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters

The good news is that with improved care and treatment over the past 30 years, survival rates have increased to 80%. Children treated for cancer are now surviving for 5 years or more after treatment. However, many long-term health issues and late side effects follow survivors as they age.  Some late side effects may not show up until many years later: emotional troubles, secondary cancers, reproduction and sexual development, growth problems, cognitive loss, heart issues (and too many more). Once a child becomes an adult and leaves pediatrics it becomes a question of where do they go for followup? Adult oncology centers do not want a pediatric long term survivor – they are not new patients nor were they an adult when diagnosed. It can become a conundrum. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric power due to outlying effects of Hurricane Florence. One of my quilty friends came up with the idea of a “state/home town” quilt block swap. While I admire appliqué and paper piecing; I am not in the least bit comfortable with my own lack of expertise. So I put it off. For two years. 😛 The other day I got to thinking…what a great way to use up scraps and participate in ScrapHappy! 

SEPTEMBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

Virginia, one of the original thirteen colonies, has it all: The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and loads of history. My hometown is in Virginia Beach.

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I have a vague idea for my design, I’m starting with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and working my way toward the coast.

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Florence

As Atlantic hurricanes are wont to do, Florence’s land fall was unpredictable on Monday as she menacingly threatened the U.S. east coast.  On Monday, Florence was a Category 5 hurricane.  Today it has been downgraded to a Cat 2. With the least provocation flooding is sure to occur with all the bays, canals, creeks, lakes, rivers, sounds, and streams crisscrossing the below-sea-level east coast.

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The Wanderer

My dear friend celebrated a birthday and I gifted her with a quilt that I started for her two years ago. Finally.  I rarely name quilts, but this one I titled: “Wanderer.” (She’ll get it). 

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It’s not the best image (too sunny and hot to fiddle with a camera). But, I’m happy with how it turned out. My very first ‘original design.’ Well, go me. 😀 I guess I could have also titled this quilt: “At Last!” Regardless, Happy Birthday DiHi!

Have a good week! – – Joanne