Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Checking in...

There's been a lot of 'stuff' happening here lately - our oldest daughter came home for a few days last week, and we used that time (and her muscles) to switch 2 rooms around.  My sewing / craft room moved from upstairs to the spare bedroom in the basement, and the bedroom furniture that was in that bedroom went upstairs to make a proper guest bedroom.  I loved that space - it had it's own bathroom, and was so convenient for sewing or card-making.  The benefit of being downstairs though, is that the family room with it's lovely wood-stove is just next door, so my sewing room will be toasty warm - when I actually have time to find places for all of the things that currently occupy my sewing and cutting tables!
I've managed to get just a wee bit behind in my quilting as a result of missing my crafting time almost all last week - so I'm trying to make up for lost time this week.  I still have my New Year's mystery quilt to assemble - the rows are finished - I just have to put them all together, and then take a few pics.  I'm also still working on my monthly challenge too....  Then, as if I didn't already have enough different challenge projects, I've also decided to join the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy (http://superscrappy.blogspot.ca/p/rsc12.html).  I've been accumulating rainbows of scraps for as long as I've been quilting, and last year I spent a fair bit of time separating them all by colour.  Now's the time to put some of those scraps to good use!  January's colour is blue, concentrating on darks and brights - the pastels will be used later this year.  (I didn't pay enough attention to that comment when I chose and cut my fabrics...).  The blocks have now been made - it took a bit of time to pick the pattern that I want to use.  I chose 2 different ones, and am still trying to figure out how to use the Japanese X and + block - it's a fun-looking block!  I also made 2 blocks using a pattern that I got a few years ago - it's called Kicking Stash, and is perfectly suited to using up scraps.
So, here are the pics of the 3 blocks - first the Japanese block, then the KS blocks:

I'll be linking up my blue blocks in the next few days...


  1. That Kicking Stash block is great! All different sizes in there for using up scraps. Don't you dislike how cleaning and reorganizing seems to create mess rather than get rid of it, especially when moving from one room to another?

  2. Two great scrap using blocks! Hope you are settled into your new craft space soon. Trying to reorganize can be so hectic.

  3. I toyed with the idea of doing the Japanese X block, but decided not to go with it this year - perhaps next year. Love the Kicking Stash block. That is a perfect one for this challenge. Your new room sounds like it will be great when the dust has settled.

  4. Nice blocks. Good luck in your new sewing room; I hope you get everything in its place soon.