on a sunny, but cool, Saturday. I'm happy to report at nearly ALL the mounds of piled up snow have melted. At least in my little corner of WI. It rained for awhile last evening, but so far it's too cool for any greening to take place. The maple sap run is doing well this spring....warm days and cool nights, that's what it takes. Betsy and Joe are busy tapping their maple trees. Here is that mound of culled fabric that I confessed to yesterday *VBS* It looks like a lot, even to me. Or maybe, especially to me...I'm going to be cutting it up!! Much of it could have been cut up and been more useful over the past years of its imprisonment, in my stash. But....I have this problem. I buy what I like, or am attracted to, and then often fail to know what to do with it. Must be I have a true scrapbag heart, because I have NO problem combining scraps, or using them. But give me a yardage and I stand there and wonder what in the world will I do with this???? Well, I've become enlightened. Using that basket of scraps and strips from Betsy week before last did it! My string blocks looks sooo much better for the addition of her odds and ends. Why? Because they were brighter, for one thing. And because it created more visual impact. Thus it occurred to me, I needed MUCH more variety in my bins of scraps and what better to do than cut up some stash!
Here are part of today's cuttings. This pile, plus a few more yet to be cut, eliminates one whole stack in my stash...a pile of cowboy prints. They have been waiting to become a cowboy quilt for the past 10 yrs or so...enough already...they shall be come a Strippy quilt. I'm going to try one in 3.5" strips this time. Isn't it amazing how we continue to learn and grow even in later life???
Have you seen this little beauty???? It's an Orphan Block journal cover made by Vivian. She's a new rider on the Orphan Train. She has a newly begun blog, Bronx Quilter. Pop over to the Orphan Train and check out her pictures. I'm not sure if she's posted them to her blog or not, as yet. They will enlarge with a click. Another great use for the odd bits, and as personal and individual as a quilter can be. I think they are wonderful Vivian *VBS*
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