Saturday, May 23, 2015

Scrappy Borders from gifted strings --Thanks, Dawn!

Dawn gifted me a baggie of scrap strings she picked up thrift shopping (Actually I don't know where she got them but the baggie looked like it had once had a tag on it--lol)

Wish I had thought to get a picture of the bag, this might have been more impressive if you could see what I started with!

24 (Twenty Four!)  String blocks.  Lucky for me I had a ton of 8 1/2 inch  phone book pages already cut out.

This is ALL the left over strips-  Seriously ALL of it.  Am I good or what?

I tore the paper off before I ironed and resized the blocks.  Left the pieces out to long and the cat found them.  OK pick them up again-  twice.

Love my Studio die cutter.  The blocks were sub-cut into 2 1/2" strips  Half were cut with the diagonal pointing left the other half pointing right.  I did not worry about squaring up the blocks before the sub-cut.

I knew I wanted to use the new strips as a border on an existing work in progress.  I auditioned a couple of tops and settled on this one.  More scrappy pieces that Dawn had given me from a friend of hers years ago.

Strips were 2 1/2 x 8 1/2  I had considered a braid look but changed my mind and went for a little scrappier look.

Thrown on the floor to check for missed seams.  Looks good!

Side ways picture of top hanging.  There is a little wiggle to it But I am sure it will all quilt out--ha ha

Love this scrappy border- Thanks again Dawn for thinking of me and sharing your scrappy finds!
Not shown is the new pile of crumbs  (I used almost all the strings on the blocks and now have a bunch of little triangle (ish) shapes from the sub-cuts- wonder who I can gift them too?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Belated B-day present to myself--lol

Painted several years ago by a friend's daughter, this beauty now lives at our house.  Temp. hanging on the quilt wall in my home office.  How much fun would it be to try this in glass or fabric!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Project progress and finishes

It has been a month since I last posted progress on the basement clutter.  A lot has been accomplished, you will have to take my word for it.  To the untrained eye some areas look like the same ole, same old--lol

entry hall- area to hang the helmets.  I have been wanting to start and finish this project for awhile. 

A lot of the embellishments are from family and friends junk drawers--lol

For my B-day I treated myself to a couple of little somethings from Hobby Lobby.  Now I have a spot for mail and keys!

This is all that is left of the fabric that needs moved.  So close to done that I do a happy dance everything I pass by.

The wood shelf are attached to the wall.  Just need to keep sorting stuff and filling shelves.

Only about another half dozen boxes to go through.

Shelves on the south wall are filling up slowly

WOW almost looks organized-  way to go Cheryl!

Closet, still needs a bit of sorting

Shelf under the big table, ready to add glass scraps

Another storage shelf empty- how did that happen?

I actually have uncluttered floor in the sewing room.  No more letting overflow escape into adjoining rooms!