Scrap Happy No-Sew Pennants

A few years back, I sewed a quilt from cotton dress shirts. I found these “too good to throw out” ๐Ÿ˜‰ scraps while tidying up my sewing drawers. The scraps were just enough to experiment with to make tiny pennants. With fabric on the fold, I pinked-cut 3″ (7.6cm) triangles. I overlaid the fold on twine, placed iron-on tape in-between, pinned and ironed. There was enough scraps to create four six feet (1.8m) no-sew pennants. I’m not sure how long they’ll stay “glued” together, but they are cute.

Meanwhile, I’ve made some progress on my QAYG project. Still not liking the dark backing/binding. But I am determined not to buy anything but thread for this project. I have a few questions for the pros: Are QAYG quilts naturally more stiff due to the fact that the quilted blocks (a smaller area) are sewn together — as opposed to a one-piece larger backing? Will this change after washing? Do QAYG bindings suffer more stress? Gah! Do my questions even make sense? ๐Ÿ˜€

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have create for Scrap Happy:

KateGun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

Have a good week and stay well! โ€” Joanne

Staycation 2020 #1

During the global 2007-2008 financial crisis, our family spent the summer exploring nearby localities in what was quaintly coined as a “staycation.” Flash forward 13 years and here we are again. Many venues are closed; either for social distancing or financial ripple effect. Right. Staycation 2020, it is.

There’s always a silver lining. Backyards have never looked nicer. Recycling or updating is in again. People are creating or building at astounding rates (just check the local hardware store) and revisiting nature to satisfy the restless soul.

We’ve replaced fencing, built a kayak rack, sanded and repainted outdoor furniture, weeded and planted, pressure-washed…you name it. Now that school is officially out for the summer, it’s time to have some outdoor fun!

More than anything, I look forward to the time when my WHOLE family and friends can safely gather together once again. Until then, it’s sprucing up, positive thoughts ๐Ÿ˜€ and staycation jaunts!

I wish you a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy Hot Glue Stand

My sew/craft room has become Distance Learning Central (it’s a mess). I was tired of dripping and stringy strands of hot glue stick getting everywhere. So, my husband’s thoughtfulness is the star of May’s Scrap Happy project. Ingenuity, pine scraps, nails from the garage and wood glue later: tada! A Hot Glue Gun Stand.

Mind you, this isn’t perfection; but it certainly is sparing my nerves and work space. This little project gave him something to do (Mr. Wanderer is going batty ๐Ÿ˜‰ with ‘shelter in place’).

I’m sure you’ve seen multiple images like the one below. But what harm just one more? Sharing a little positivity created by fellow faculty members. ๐Ÿ™‚

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have create for Scrap Happy:

KateGun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

Have a good week and stay well! โ€” Joanne

Scrap Happy Face Covers

So, how are you doing? I hope you are well and hanging in there. I hope you have a fair share of food, drink, and paper products. I hope you are getting enough exercise, fresh air, and emotional support. But mostly, I hope this cray-cray time ends as quickly as possible. Weeks into this mess, I now realize the need to step outside for little breaks to rejuvenate. I read somewhere that when “…planning for distance learning, teachers need to cut their plans in half; then in half again.” Thankfully, I have a great Admin who understands and promotes this.

I decided to QAYG (first timer) my Scrap Happy quilt. So far I’ve sewn twelve 18″ (45cm) blocks. I’ve made a few mistakes and I wish I used a softer color backing; but, it’s all good. However, this project is side-lined as I construct face covers.

I am making face covers for my at risk family members. Something is better than nothing, right? My nieces requested “kitties.” My sister asked if she should order fabric and I replied, “Nooo! Scraps I have!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I used a never-worn T-shirt as “elastic.” I had to laugh when my mom asked, “Isn’t that the shirt I gave you?” Why, yes it is. ๐Ÿ˜€

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have create for Scrap Happy:

KateGun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

Have a good week and stay well! โ€” Joanne

Strange Days Ahead – Staying Connected

These are not normal times. #understatementoftheyear  In prior times of crisis, most communities were comforted by gathering together collectively. Now, we are socially distancing ourselves. Schools have closed, indefinitely. Bars, restaurants, libraries, travel, museums, public events; they too are falling victim in order to “flatten the curve.” With the closures; how do we pay our rent, balance work commitments, homeschool and entertain our children, take care of the vulnerable?

When “social distancing” was first coined, I wasn’t too concerned. I do quite well by myself puttering in paints or textiles or reading. Then, on Day #3 of my school’s closure it sank in. As the technical resource teacher at my school, trying to prepare for and navigate remote learning this week, I haven’t worked so hard in a long time.

I read a sad local newspaper article today. A family is unable to visit their dying 90-year-old father who is in a hospice home. With the new *CDC rules; he must be in the latter stage of dying before they can visit — when he is unresponsive. Puts my petty complaints into perspective.

What about the socially challenged among us (not to mention that many already don’t trust the institutions that govern us, the ones we rely upon for support). How will this new “experience” affect them? Technology started social decline twenty years ago as more people now tend to socialize online instead of face-to-face. But, maybe, during this confusing time time, technology can now help us to reach out to each other. Whether it is via online video calling, telephoning, sharing photos or videos… it really doesn’t matter. As long as we make connections.

So, back to my remote learning experience. In just three days we’ve learned some things about communication and isolation. We need to connect. We have encouraged families to share with each other via our school’s intranet drive. We have received images of lost teeth, measuring length with shells, study spaces, teachers at work, and virtual playdates — just to name a few. I leave you with remote learning images. ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a good week! Stay connected! Stay well! – – Joanne

* CDC = U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

#bettertogether #stayconnected #wevegotthis — p.s. the beach scene is in a private backyard

Scrap Happy Comfy Cocoa Quilt II

I had planned this for the February Scrap Happy post. Let’s just say that there are not enough minutes in the day between work demands and home needs. I signed on for several committees at work this year: school re-accreditation, updating technology curriculum standards, and completing the application process for the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program. Did I mention that I’m up for my teacher license renewal. Gah! THEN there was the mandatory school closing due to COVID-19, multiplying the workload. I understand, though.

So… walking into my happy place (sew/craft room) and working on this Scrap Happy quilt project has done much to rejuvenate me when I most need it. It is my escape.

I find that Iโ€™m less stressed over quilt perfection or timeline since beginning this project dubbed โ€œTV-binge-worthy, comfy, cold night for cocoa scrap quilt.โ€ After all, thereโ€™s no deadline or supervisor involved. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I have nine 18″ (45.72 cm) blocks so far and am following the “no rhyme nor reason” piecing method. Not at all sure how I’ll quilt it. I just might throw caution to the wind and try QAYG! Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have created!

Have a good week! โ€” Joanne