The last couple of days I have been working on some batik scrap blocks. While picking out the colors for the blocks, I started sorting my 2½-inch batiks squares into piles. I am using the same light background in each block so my neutral scrap squares weren’t used. I also separated out browns and some of the colors that are too light and wouldn’t show up well in these blocks.
Finally by yesterday I had one completely organized assortment of batik blocks. Will they stay this way? Nope, as I work I try and cut any scraps into the sizes in my bins and I know I’ll just open the bin up and throw them in.
They should stay nice for a while as I haven’t straightened them in a couple of years.
I have to admit that it sure looks nice and organized!
Here is the quilt I am working on, I showed you the batik blocks the other day and I am glad I decided to go with two different variations of the block. Pattern coming soon.
It is so nice to have my cutting table setup again! It is 4 foot by 6 foot and I have 4 cutting mats on it. There is a drawer to keep my rotary cutters in.
Stackable scrap drawers
Some of you have asked about the stackable drawers I am using, I found some that are similar to the ones I am using. Each one is separate which makes it easy to arrange them in the space you have. They are nice and sturdy.
Sizes I cut my scraps
I like to separate my batiks from my other quilt fabrics so I have two drawers for each size of scraps I keep.
The left three are my batiks, the top drawer is 1½-inch squares, the middle drawer is 2-inch squares and the bottom is my 2½-inch squares which I seem to use the most.
The next three are my regular quilt fabrics and are sorted in the same sizes. Then I have drawers for 5-inch squares and 2½-inch strips that are leftover from other projects. The first two are batiks. I did another post on my batik scraps when I lived in the river house.
Short on scraps? You’ll always find good deals on precuts here. They are great for quilt projects and the leftovers can be added to your scraps.
Just before the holidays I received a SewPad cushion and am really impressed with it. I have it here on my piano stool that I use when I am sewing. The ½-inch thick medical-grade gel filled pad cushions and support your hips and back. It has a no-slip bottom so it doesn’t slide off of my wooden chair.
My daughter and granddaughter tried it out. My daughter hinted that she would like one for her office chair. They both look cute at the sewing machine right?
I don’t know about you but at my age, I seem to have lost all of the muscle in my bottom and sitting in any chair for too long hurts my hips and back. I have also been bringing my cushion upstairs and using it on my chair when I’m working on my website. I recommend this cushion.
Visit SewPad.com to learn more about this wonderful cushion.
Snow, snow go away!
Here is what it looks like outside today. All of the trees are beautiful with a layer of snow and frost. Thank goodness it isn’t ice as that would break the limbs. We got 12 inches of snow last week, a couple over the weekend and there is more coming later today.
The people who owned the house before us fed the birds, so we have to keep it up (which we both enjoy). I think we’ll be heading to town the morning before the snow so we can pick up more bird seed and since there are 5 or 6 cats that show up…..more cat food.
We have two different kinds of woodpeckers, tons of cardinals and a few other types of birds. I finally have one squirrel that is visiting. Boy is he scared of us! In town the squirrels I fed would be in the tree right above us and not be afraid.
We watched this little squirrel sit between the two ears of corn for over 30 minutes.
I have to admit that I am really enjoying watching the wildlife, can you see all of the birds? I brought my laptop into the kitchen so I can work and enjoy the scenery.
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