Scraps are the bane of my life: I hate throwing them out, and I hate keeping them as they pile up adding to the mess.
These little strips of antique linen had languished long enough. I lined them up and saw that if I stitched them together, they would make one piece, a background. I embroidered various embroidery stitches on it, because what else would I do on a small piece of linen?
When finished it loosely resembled those old sample pieces stitched onto blue paper. Blue paper... I recalled saving some blue wrapping paper and went looking for it. I cut out a piece and stitched the sampler onto it.
Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown