It has been a completely discombobulated week!
I went nearly all the way through yesterday thinking it was Saturday, even going so far as making posts about Happy Caturday, and even a video I ended up not posting to Instagram/Facebook because I plainly said “Have a great SATURDAY!”
How did my week get so screwed up?
I’ve taken time this week to really dig into some-forgotten corners of the nearly Scrap User’s System to sort through things, discard some things, and find bits and pieces that I could use up in our upcoming Leader & Ender Challenge kick off – happening about 2 weeks from now!
Lola thinks I need to be petting her instead.
Do you see this bin I pulled? it is FULL of rectangles and squares accumulated during the cutting and making of many other things over MANY years.
I found pieces in this drawer that haven’t seen the light of day since the early 2000s – and there are fabrics in here I remember buying by the flat-fold when I was still making bunnies and bears during my pattern designing stint with Butterick back in the 1990s.
Oh yes, honey – we are going to sew all of this up and away into this year’s Leader & Ender challenge!
The first thing I did was sort things by size, and by color/neutral. That helped greatly.
Though no prep is available to give you today – just keep an eye out for any hidden corners that you want to dig into.
I started sewing a couple of weeks ago using my idea for what we are going to do as leaders & enders while assembling my recycled shirt blocks of simple sawthooth stars.
I think I shared these the other day – or did I only think I did?
I’ve been making simple sawtooth star blocks simply because I wanted to. I really didn’t have a pattern or layout in mind – just that these would fit somewhere in the mix.
The darks are recycled shirts – combined with any neutrals I wanted to use up – so some of the neutrals found in that bin of random squares and rectangles above also found their place in these blocks. That’s a win/win.
Five more here –
And with this last five – I’m ready to move on to the next step.
Some of these neutrals are DECADES old!
(And I still like them!)
But I digress! I worked on our new Leader & Ender Challenge in between the lines of chain piecing on these lovely little stars, and I like how things are going so far!
I need a handful more to make enough that I can show you where this Challenge is going to go – so just go digging through some bags and boxes, and keep an eye on your Scrap User’s System knowing you’ll be pulling scrappy goodness from it SOON.
Sorted by size – and color or neutral.
No more messy bin!
This is all that went back in!
This is squares/rectangles too small for what we will be doing. I started a second bin with the stuff that is JUST RIGHT to use up. Isn’t it so exciting? I can’t wait to show you.
In the mean time, Lola kept watch from the mail tub on the floor.
Or fell asleep on the job.
This also happened on the yesterday I thought was today!
I finally got a new BIG mail box!
I needed something that would fit larger packages, both for sending and receiving. The old mail box post was rotted and we needed to replace that too. A trip to Lowes found us just what we needed.
And a new post to boot! Click to Play:
Laughing that my much younger self would shake her head at being excited over such a thing as a mail box. But I am!
Yes, Please and Thank You!
We now just need to install the number plaque.
As to the Balloon Glow thing in Wytheville? It didn’t happen. The sky opened up not long after I finished recording that video –
The wind was horrendous and we saw many toppled trees and downed powerlines on our way back to the cabin.
It was decided that it would be a better idea to just stay in, cook up a pizza and binge several episodes of something in a row.
Hand stitching through the evening.
Today? Well, Mabel wanted out at 12:30am after I was deeply sound asleep. I groggily awoke to her whining. When she whines, it means she HAS to go.
But as dogs do, they will push their way past you on the stairs and…..
No, I didn’t completely fall, but I did end up stubbing 3 toes on my right foot pretty painfully.
It’s a laying low day for me at the cabin. I’m kind of hobbley, There is ice and ibuprophen at hand.
I think I’ll play with some projects at my home sewing space this morning.
How about you?
The pattern booklet for Solidarity includes the directions for Hearts of Hope as a BONUS.
If the winners are outside of the USA, we can send the fabric prize to a friend within the USA who can forward it on to you.