Life has been a whirlwind of activity, with lots of changes happening. The biggest is the unplanned and unexpected move that came at the end of April. The news from our landlord came days ahead of a month long (working away from home) departure and it admittedly left me a little dazed. I immediately had thoughts of cancelling the trip! The timing meant I would have about six weeks to pack our household and find a new place for our family, without help from my husband - who continued to work away from home until about a week before our move.
I think I am finally starting to slow down a bit and catch my breath after so much change in such a short time-span!
|Block 1 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Kitty Corner.|
Do you rememeber that last year, I participated in a online sew along, The Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Art Gallery Fabric designers Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell? Each week of the sew along a new block design was given for everyone to make and I happily shared each of my block versions on my blog and on Instagram.
|Block 2 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Dovecote|
I had a wonderful time sewing blocks from my scraps and making new friends, so when I read that this dynamic duo would be hosting a second sew along, I knew I wanted to join in. The Community Sampler sew along started while I was away, and seeing all the beautiful blocks being sewn and shared had me eager to get back home to my sewing machine!
|Block 3 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Ribbon Star|
Knowing that sewing along would help offset the stress of packing and finding a new rental home, I decided to keep things simple and make scrappy versions of the blocks, for this sew along, too. I had hopes of catching up to the other participants in the sew along, but didn't quite make it before my sewing room had to be packed up and the craziness of moving took top priority.
|Block 4 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Cactus.|
The good news is that I did get half of the total blocks sewn before the move (the final block in the sew along was just released this past Wednesday); so now that we're getting settled in at our new temporary rental, I hope to complete the remaining blocks.
|Block 5 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Fairground.|
I do not have a sewing studio in the current rental home, so I will likely set up on the dining room table. Good thing I decided to go scrappy, as I currently am unable to have my full stash with me (I kept a few things with me - such as my scraps - while the rest is in storage for the foreseeable future - fingers crossed that within the next few months, we will find our dream home... which means that I will have space for a sewing studio). No sewing studio aside, wait until you see the view from our current rental, though. It makes this place extra special and a real treat for us to enjoy for the next few months!
|Block 6 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Squaredance.|
How about it? Want to join in the fun and sew along? It's never too late to be a part of the Community Sampler sew along. You can find everything you need to know (including tips!) by clicking here.