Monday, February 24, 2014

Organizing my Scraps, Thanks to a Swap!

I am participating in a challenge where a group swaps squares of specific size among each other to make a Postage Stamp quilt.  Now, I am NOT a scrappy quilter as I think basically, they look cluttered, messy and far to busy for my taste. However, to defend myself... I am overly organized, tailored and set in structure kind of person too! But I came across this Postage Stamp quilt-along and thought, now is a good time and this is a good way to try to over come my adversion to scrappy quilts and use up my scraps! The host of the challenge/swap mentioned making it into an I Spy quilt...which I love and that is my focus.. an I Spy quilt for my grand children when they come over.
I currently have an I Spy quilt as a are a few of the blocks. I have sashed them with 2 inch white sashing. The center square is 4"x4". I plan on putting a colored sash between the white ones... thinking of red!

Anyway, one swap is 100 squares, and I chose 2,1/2" squares to swap. I have to cut 100 different squares for a swap of another 100 different squares from someone else. I can send in up to 8 packages of 100 squares.  And each packet has to have 100 DIFFERENT squares.. no duplicates! So I chose to do 4 packets of 100 squares each. I send out 4 packets of 100 and get back, 4 packets of 100. It will be interesting to  see what others have! And a great way to utilize my scraps...and not buy new fabric!  So I got out my stash of scraps... and started cutting.
 The 3 colored buckets and one clear one are where I am collecting 100 different print squares to swap with 4 other people. I also used masking tape to mark out the 2,1/2" measurement lines on the template...for easy measuring. I was even able to cut some into "fussy cut" squares

  In going through my scrappy drawers, I see the larger pieces or strips are all wrinkled..and I didn't even know what I had, so this is also a good time to organize the scraps better so that for the next time I use them.. they aren't messed up. At this moment, I don't have any other way to organize them other than by size, but I would really like to come up with a way to organize them by color.. at least I think I do! Not sure if it is better or more profitable to organize by color or size. If you have a theory, please leave me a comment below and let me know how you organize your scraps to have them easily usable.

This is where the scraps "start". My cutting table is right there to the left of the drawers, (top drawer is out and on the table to be gone through to cut (above)... and when I cut scraps, they go into the top 2 drawers. 
Then when I cut the larger pieces, they go into the "size drawers" in this picture (to right) which are marked 2,1/2, 3,1/2 and 5". I have another container for smaller 1,1/2" strips for...something.

I am well on my way to having the 4 sets of 100, 2,1/2" squares for the swap in March...and looking forward to those I will receive in return and getting them together for an I Spy quilt!

If you'd like to join the is where you join and can read the rules of the swap.  Postage Stamp Quilt Swap March 2014.    
Sign up is March 14

 So the next few evenings will be spent cutting 2,1/2" squares and then waiting for March 14th for the next step!

I currently have a "postage Stamp" style quilt as a WIP...I just altered 2,1/2" color/printed squares with a white 2,1/2" square and have about half of a twin size quilt done...intention of this quilt is an outdoor the park, beach or just the back yard. Haven't had time to work on it for about 6 months as so many other things to do instead. But maybe this summer I can get back to it...after the postage stamp challenge/swap.

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Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Rainbow Ice Bird Feeders - you won't believe this!

Today being Creative Friday, I went over and browsed the blogs there. This one had to be my favorite! I swear, what some people can create is absolutely amazing! I am shocked! I sure wish I could do these. I am in the high desert of Southern California, and it gets really cold here sometimes, and we might have a bit of rain during the winter for a day or two and we might have 2-3 days of snow...all of maybe an this wouldn't be something I could do...but still... I love looking at it and dreaming!  I have my herd of hummingbirds in the warm months so I work on having color for them, and if you clicked over to see the article about hummingbirds just now..that is my grand daughter...she "taught" the hummingbirds to sit on her finger to feed them!

 But I know some of you followers ive in the cold areas and you would be able to do these frozen bird feeders..
so I thought I'd share it. Can't you just imagine how beautiful your yards will be with these beautiful colorful bird feeders nestled around and how happy your birds will be to have a nice treat on a cold day!

Check these out.......... My hat is off to Shanti for making these...all of these are in her yard!

Click over to the blog Twig and Toadstool and check out how to make these wonderful bird feeders! What a great project to look forward to every winter!She gives wonderful instructions and they sound very easy to make!

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Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!

From Shirt to Tote Bag!

Do you have a shirt that you like but it is to small? Or do you have a shirt that is in good shape...except the sleeves have holes in the elbows or maybe a rip here or there which makes it not wearable?   Check out the shirts in your closet, your husbands closet, your kid's closet or the racks of shirts at the thrift store.

All it takes is one shirt to make a wonderful tote bag!  Upcycle: Shirt to Purse  has the instructions on how to take an ordinary button up the front shirt and make it into a beautiful tote bag style purse!
Another idea is if you one of the kids has a favorite shirt and they out grow it but still love the shirt..make them a small tote bag out of their favorite shirt! You know they will love it!

Look at these totes from shirts! Thanks to Craft Buds for showing us how! 


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