Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Wanna' see some of my string blocks?

Courtney, from an online group, asked to see the string blocks I mentioned, so I took a couple of photos. First, are some blocks in progress--

I sorted through my scraps and couldn't believe how many strings I had, so after having them boxed up only for about 2-3 months, it was time to make a string quilt. I had seen many of them on line and I think they are cool. Very scrappy and I know that I'm using up what others might consider "trash". I love making quilts out of "trash". LOL
I decided to use old phone book pages for the foundation and started sewing strips onto them. Then, I know when I have roughly the right size. After I get the whole page covered, I turn it over and trim the edges down, so that all the pages are the same size. For my phone book, I can cut an 8"x10" block.
Now, here are a few finished and trimmed blocks. When I get further along, I hope that I'll remember to post a quilt top photo.

Not getting much quilting done

Here is the view from my patio door now. Lovely, isn't it? We are ripping out the old rotting deck and it's a lot of work.

Rick and Jack working on ripping the foundation of the deck off of the house.

Here is a big pile of boards that have all the nails removed from them. My brother Jack and I were on nail detail. Most of these boards will be reused in another project. Making porch steps for the shed, as a floor in the wood shed and maybe even making some temporary steps to get out of the patio door.

Here is my brother that came over to help and reminded me how to get those stubborn nails out of rotting boards. Easier said than done, believe me!

Here is just another view, looking into the house.
We're making progress. :o)

And this is the 'Possum Patio. If you look close, you can see the the 2 cement blocks in front of the entry way. If I can get this fixed, maybe I won't have to use my possum trap anymore. Now, back to clean-up and with luck I'll get to work on my string blocks later tonight.