Scrap Happy April Envelop Blocks

This April, the quilt guild I belong to is celebrating its 7th anniversary. I don’t always take part in the monthly block lottery (this month is a 6.5″ envelop block). But being that it will be a festive meeting and that I have many, many, many fabric scraps 😀 I decided to participate. I made two to double my gambling chances!

Alison Glass, Kaffe Fasset, Kona, Riley Blake . . . I save the tiniest scraps. Perfect sized scraps for this block’s measurements and a Scrap Happy project. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Maybe I will win the lottery and get to sew a really nice quilt made from guild member blocks.

Wish me luck! – – Joanne

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Another Year of Truths

Lately, I’ve had niggling thoughts in the back of my mind. I am fast approaching the age that my father was when he passed away.  I am now twice the age than my too-soon-gone older brother.  Ironic how neither seem so old now (at my advanced age), but a bit too young when they left. 😉 

Funny. I don’t “think” old. But, sometimes I do “feel” old. 😉 No worries. I am actually looking forward and am grateful to tagging on another year. Because:

Truths:  I have a very understanding and supportive partner; two healthy, beautiful daughters; a wonderful son-in-law and a most kind, smart and handsome grandson.

Truths: I get to see or speak to my mother and sisters everyday. I have a solid ‘you-can-count-upon’ group of friends. The list goes on.

Truths: I am happily and gainfully employed as an instructional technology resource teacher, I have a roof over my head and decent transportation.

Another year of Family, Love, Health, Happiness, Adventure. Those are the truths that sustain me.

Have a great week! – -Joanne

Scrap Happy: March Mug Rug

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One of my daughter’s and I packed the wheelchair, her Nana/my Mom aka Joan 😀 and took a train to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. This weekend trip was specifically planned to fit Joan’s schedule and mobility. We visited the National Zoo, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We all had a blast. Especially, when a luncheon waiter asked, “Is Diet Pepsi okay?” Welllll . . .  you know how we answered . . .  *snicker*.

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Scrap Happy: Upcycled Bottle Sling

A guild member had dozens of insulated metallic cold shipping pouches left over from the holidays and put forth an upcycle challenge.  Ha! I could do this! I found the 15-Minute Water Bottle Sling pouch pattern. It looked easy, quick, simple and would do nicely as a Scrap Happy project. The insulated shipping pouch would make the perfect liner. How smug I was.

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Burnout Meet Sásta

A recent tidying up of my sew/craft room found containers, baggies, boxes… of quilt UFO projects. This begs a question: Why do I lose enthusiasm towards some projects?

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My latest completed UFO project, one I once looked forward to, had become a chore. It wasn’t turning out how I envisioned. I was simply tired of it.  I found excuses to work on other projects. I even started to work on a new quilt made from the scraps of this quilt (Huh?).

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Scrap Happy Scrap Purging

This blew my mind: According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015, 10.5 million tons of textile waste (mostly discarded clothes) ended up in U.S. landfills. While I know it is a drop in the bucket; in a teensy way I am doing my part for recycling and reusing textiles. 

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