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Even though for the first time in 22 years we didn’t have to get kids ready to go back to school, this August and early September has been really hectic. I just can’t believe how fast the summer went but here we are starting the second week of September and I’m trying to get back into a regular routine for sewing.
My strip basket was overflowing so I made several string blocks last week. It was mindless sewing but I’m always amazed that a mess like this
doesn’t look half bad after it’s trimmed ...
Who knew string blocks could be so fun??
Now I have seen these before, however these have a cut pieced strip at the center of each one that makes them more interesting. I chose to add a 1/2" finished, white strip on both sides of the center strip and I think that really sets off the piecing. Not ...
Moral conundrum of the week: if I order and pay for fabric before Ash Wednesday, but it arrives the day after, does that violate my plan to give up buying fabric for Lent? That's what happened with this lovely group of batik FQs that I bought from Kathy-in-Ozarks, who is de-stashing. She also makes soap and sent this pretty scented bar along with the fabric. (Her Etsy shop is here ).
I assembled the ... read more
I promised this post a bit ago, but then everyone in my house started falling ill. I’m sick for the second time in two weeks, but I don’t want to miss more work, because I have so much to do! Sewing has been slow, mostly because sitting up without being feverish or dizzy has been […]read more
I've been feeling pretty confident about my walking foot quilting for the last 6 months... well along comes this spoiler. Christmas Strings new name is Puffy Christmas Strings! My last ditch effort last night to add more diagonal lines of quilting across the blocks just made it worse. These photos actually look better than the quilt in real life - it's a bubbly mess.
I've had a busy Christmas holiday! I am editing pictures and composing a post about our wonderful Road Scholar trip to Quebec (12/20-12/26). I'll get it posted tomorrow, I hope.
Since we returned home late Thursday (actually early Friday: 1:05 a.m.) I've been catching up: laundry, mail, and Celtic Solstice. (Plus a memorial service Saturday afternoon and a wedding Saturday evening.) Here are 82 units out of 100 for Step 4 and 51 units out of 100 for Step 5.
I left for Quebec with about 100 6.5" string blocks on the ...
Time of the Year!
And the busiest too of course...
Christmas Strings is now a flimsy and if it weren't bitterly cold out I'd drag someone outside to hold it up for me. As you can see by the light reflecting on it - the sun is shining brightly but it was -19 when we woke up this morning. So far it has ... read more
As my Year of Finish winds down I'm hoping to move a few more UFOs to the DONE! column. First on my list is Christmas Strings for obvious reasons! 120 6.5" blocks are trimmed, sorted into 4 groups mixing up common fabrics and ready to layout. As you can see, I've experimented a bit with different layouts but have decided to use my favorite X layout once again. Can you spy Elsa? She continues to keep me company everywhere I am.
After the self induced stress of getting my "And Sew On" wall hanging finished last week I am reveling in my favorite comfort sewing this week. String blocks!
Yesterday was J-Meow's day for Quilt Inspector duty. I keep my door closed when the J-cats are visiting as I don't want them finding any dangerous "toys" when I'm not watching. J-Meow is NOT a fan of closed doors so he is quick to join me and takes his job very seriously!
The rain has finally ceased! Now the state of New Mexico has to pick itself up and clean up and repair before the snow starts! There is so much damage from all the flooding and mud. We were very lucky, we had no damage at all! One place has the only entry and exit flooded. They can not go out or anyone go in.
The governor has said they will take supplies into the area, but there is no place to land the helicopters. They are going to try backpacking the supplies into the little town!!! I have one question ...
Every morning as soon as I get up, I work on my string quilt blocks. I go straight to the coffee pot, make hot water for my tea and while that is brewing, I sew my 4 1/2 inch string blocks. I have a large supply of strips of various size widths, colors and patterns in a drawer next to my sewing machine. I pull out the strips, sew it onto a foundation paper made from my old phone book and keep repeating until I have 10 blocks sewn. I end the chain piecing with a foundation paper sized ...read more
I sent in 20 right/left sets to swap. WHOHOO! Other quilters' strings!
Wear it out? My Organ titanium 80/12 sewing needle. It sewed/pieced 4 butterfly quilts. Then quilted the same quilts and still is sharp! So paper piecing will dull it up soon. But then who knows? I buy them for this very reason. They seem to last forever!
It sure makes a mess but it is controlled chaos. I keep my strings in baggies by color families. Those baggies go into the ...
Well, I have went and done it again. I am hooked on another version of string blocks. The versatility and fabric/stash busting value of string blocks just cannot be beat!!!
And yes, that is my version of Jamestown Landing being assembled. I have a bad ...