Wednesday, April 4, 2018

I May Have A Scrap Problem: I Got Trimmings, Lots of Trimmings...

Hi, all!

I love trimming HSTs, I love trimming HSTs, I love trimming HSTs - maybe if I keep saying it, I'll believe it soon!  Well, while I may not love trimming them, I do like playing with them, so I'll take the good with the bad and power through....


You may remember this tub of bonus HSTs from last week - my April challenge for Scrap Attack 2018.  That tub is about 9 x15 x 4, and packed full of all different sizes of HSTs.  Very few of them have been trimmed to a consistent size - most are just as I cut them off, unpressed and untrimmed.


Since last Wednesday, I've pulled out some fairly large HSTs - the blue bonus HSTs I made when I was piecing Lilli's annual quilt last year.  I've trimmed all of those to 3.5".  I didn't count, but I think there are about 150 of them.  It barely made a dent, but it's a start!


Then, when I was in Target the other day, they were clearing out all the Easter stuff from the Dollar Spot and putting out new spring and Mother's Day merchandise. My favorite time!  I love getting first dibs in this section - it was all I could do to not offer to help them unload the boxes just so I could see it all first!  But I found these great glass jars with enormous cork stoppers, and realized they would be perfect to hold some of those bonus HSTs.... so now I have a very attractive visual reminder to work on my HSTs!  

So I feel like I've made a good start on my April project, especially since this one is small enough to take with me on vacation in a couple of weeks.  I can think of lots of smaller projects that I can make, too!  It will be interesting to see if there are enough HSTs to make a quilt, but I don't think there will be.

And speaking of HSTs and projects, here's a beauty for you to enjoy...



Julie is really rocking those HSTs, isn't she?  This is definitely some great inspiration!

Hugs and Happy Scrapping!!

Sarah

15 comments:

  1. Trimming HST's does get tedious but what a sense of accomplishment the more you trim. Then when they're all done, well, you can take the grandchildren to the ice cream shop and celebrate!

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  2. inch by inch life's a cinch....keep at it...good progress so far!

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  3. I agree that Julie's layout is inspirational as is seeing all that you share. Thanks.

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  4. I love the designs they can make. I hate the trimming too! Can't wait to see what you make of yours.

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  5. Amazing what you do with a simple, little triangle!!!

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  6. The trimmings being too small to make into a quilt can be used to fill floor pillows your grands would love... Mine did.
    Hugs

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  7. My collection of hst cutoffs are too small. I'm periodically going through the collection and removing those I know I'll never use for anything. Good luck with bringing yours under control.

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  8. I love your enthusiasm for scraps! I love playing in scraps. I just wish I was more productive. Hoping to get more done as hubby heals.

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  9. Fantastic buy on those jars, especially the extra wide mouths to reach into. Bad grammar there!

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  10. Just think how thrilled you'll be one day to reach in and pull out a bunch of trimmed HSTs to create something wonderful! It will be like a gift to yourself.

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  11. You have such good luck finding neat things at Target!

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  12. That can get pretty tedious, and dare I say, "Boring"? But, ohhhh, the possibiites!

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  13. I'm always jealous of your Target finds. We don't live close to a Target. When I get a chance to visit one, it's a major treat.
    Trimming blocks or HSTs is very soothing to me. I put on a Jane Austen video and am perfectly happy as I slice away.

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  14. So funny to read this as I was just doing the same thing yesterday! Have a Bonnie Hunter project I wanted to do that calls for scrap HSTs. Up to now all of mine got thrown in a bin although I tried to "sort" them into baggies of approximate similar sizes. Like you I've now been going through some of the bags and sorting out or cutting down to the size I need as well as more efficiently sorting other sizes as I come across them. Hmmm, maybe from now on I will cut them to specific sizes when I'm cleaning up other projects?!?!?

    Love, love, love those jars, wonder if my Target has them!

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  15. LOL, I actually DO love trimming them, seeing them all neat and pristine. There are so many wonderful ways to use them!

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