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Playing with Patterns

Playing with Patterns

Today, I printed up a sheet of 1/4” graph paper and played with patterns for small collages or quilts.

I like a Mondrian* kind of grid and have done two wall quilts in a similar fashion, though neither one is finished! 😅 I want these works to be small enough to abandon (give away😉!)

*Piet Mondrian artwork

Day 38, #the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish

Another Harvest!

Another Harvest!

Tonight, I finished harvesting this 2022 Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog.

The Hammacher Schlemmer is one of the absolute best for harvesting images! The catalog can be requested for free! I got this many images:

I have sorted them by size and shape. One category is words. I store them in different size baggies.

There was something usable on every single page, including the covers.

Back cover

What a great choo choo on the front!

Day 38, #the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish.

First Mask, First Stencil!

First Mask, First Stencil!

I am pleased with the mask, but that stencil’s not much! 😄 I guess it could be a door or a tag.

I made this with my Scan N Cut on cardstock weight Yupo. I used a pattern loaded on the machine. I guess it could be a large open window! 🙃 Maybe a mailbox!

I have to remind myself that in cutting a stencil, the innards have to be attached to the outtards! 😆😆😆

I hated to waste that space around the “window,” so I loaded the Yupo back in the machine.

I chose two other built-in patterns. I had to shrink them both and rotate one.

I had a little fun!!!🙄😄

I’m gonna count this one. I fixed this stencil, or at least I finished it! Day 37, #the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish

Scan N Cut!

Scan N Cut!

Finally, after more years than I want to admit, I got my Brother Scan N Cut machine set up and USED IT!!!🎉🥳

It’s a old machine that I bought when Hancock Fabrics went out of business. You can check the year. Its model CM350. It’s new to me, though! Hi

I’m going to order it a custom made dust cover since I finally used it.

I started with a piece of red card stock and cut a couple of simple shapes already programmed in the machine. Then, I had to try that fancy Christmas bell border.

I tried other borders, and went a little nuts trying to use up as much of my cardstock as possible!

I thought I could squeeze in hearts in the corners, but my paper shimmied, so I decided not to press my luck. I am so happy!

Day 35, #the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish

Two small finishes equals a big one

Two small finishes equals a big one

Finish #1: I drove us home from Charlotte. Finish #2 I sorted all the magazines and catalogs in the den. I was looking for Christmas issues and found this gem:

Some of the ideas in this issue were very dated, and it took me a while to find a date of publication. 2003. I still like this idea, though:

I just realized I had another finish. I got some ribbon yarn in the mail to Patricia Carmichael (PMartist Studio) to use in her current mixed media project. I wish I’d had enough sense to take a photograph!

#the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish, Day 33. I’m a third of the way through!