Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sorting my 1 1/2" squares from 10 years of swapping on the Postage Stamp group.

Sorting my 1 1/2" squares from 10 years of swapping on the Postage Stamp group. I admit it. I am a hoarder of major proportions. I save almost everything as I may have a need of it later. Dear Hubby has broken me of saving plastic containers. But when he wants one I remind him of his teachings. HA!

I watched 10 episodes of Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire as I sorted my hoard of scrappy postage stamp squares. The bottom container here is full to the brim. (But there are more that are color sorted. I will explain later.)
The top round basket has only neutrals. We need to swap some of these this next year too!!

 Closer view of the neutrals. I had somewhat sorted them a couple of years ago. That little plastic basket fits right into a gallon baggie keeping them clean and together.

My first sorting venture. They are all below this...forgot to take a photo. I am making 16 patch blocks of all close in value patches. This warms my OCD heart. And the sorting is a humbling experience. You need a really good light.

Here are the first blocks made before I started sorting all the color squares. I wanted to see what these little blocks looked like. Love the blocks and love making them.

I made 5 blocks before I decided to just sort all of the squares. I filled a wastebasket three times with plastic bags. I also came across some sets that were sewn together as we used to swap them when I first started. They were difficult to swap as the thread always broke creating a mess.

And here is a birthday quilt for my Granddaughter Arika. Birthday is in March.



Vic in NH said...

What a wonderful post! Your sorting and sewing sounds like you are having fun again and that's the best news of all!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The results of your sorting look great; as does your granddaughter's birthday quilt! I am a scrap hoarder too.

Jem-fl said...

Love the quilt, think that design would work
With a triangle template.

cityquilter grace said...

wow what a collection! loads of fun ahead i'd say...

Auntie Em said...

Did you know that there is a four-patch frenzy going on right now due to the American Patchwork and Quilting "quilt along"? Here is a link if you want to see what I'm talking about:

Your sweet blocks would fit right in!

Karen said...

You have a lot of the little squares. I have some saved and do use them but am not making a postage stamp quilt. It must be very interesting sorting through all the squares you have.

jude's page said...

I have kept all my scraps but they desperately need some sorting, so feel free to come and help anytime you like!! Well done.

Karen said...

Please, show us how you sort/store the PS. I filled two floss containers - one is just the 30's we traded. But my jugs over runneth! Help

Chantal said...

You are so organized. I which I was half of that, or that we were neighbor and you could teach me. Loads and loads of little loveliness for you to play with. Enjoy!

scrappy101 said...

Subee what do your1 1/2" four patch blocks finish off at? I have been working with my and am getting different measurements.

ajsgramie said...

I am currently working with 1 1/2" strips making pineapple blocks on my singer treadle. I will be using the leftovers for making the same block. I want to make the quilt in the "American Patchwork" magazine 4 patch challenge. I will not be making those on the treadle. I'm not that good yet.

The quilt you made your granddaughter is gorgeous. You have very lucky grandchildren.

Love to watch your progress
Upstate NY

Mommy Robin said...

Oh, this makes me want to get mine out and play with them! No, not going to do that - too many things already all over the place, and a weekend retreat to start getting ready for.

So glad you are staying hostess of this group, and that you are also getting your hands into some squares - one of the best therapies for any malady.

Peace and Joy,