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WIP Wednesday: Strings


2018-01-10 13.03.04Here is a quick post to share my current work, and to try out my Christmas laptop from DH.  I haven’t finished setting it up yet, but so far so good.  Maybe I’ll post more often if I won’t have to wait forever for everything to load.

I’m in the middle of sewing eighteen string blocks for Kat’s Jan/Feb block drive for Covered in Love.  I have many, many strings, but I wasn’t sure I had anything but leftover, muddy colors.  Then I looked at the drawer by my cutting table, a half-way house for strips not yet sorted by color.  I forgot that I had just 5’made lots of donation pillowcases and other projects that left lots of colorful strings.  The strings I save are less than 2.5″, but no less than 1.5″.

2017-12-28 17.20.59Many of you have shown photos of cleaning up your spaces to get a fresh start for the year, including cutting up the scraps.  I did, too, and friends seemed impressed, but what you have to know is that my scrap bin is tiny, just about 6″ x 8″.  It fits on my small cutting table, and fills up fast, so I have to attend to it before overflows and falls over (with or without help from cats).  It’s so small that emptying it is never too daunting, but a good procrastination task when I don’t want to start something new.   I don’t cut scraps after every project, but every three or four, or whenever it’s very full.  I like to leave the scraps from a quilt to marinate a bit until it is completely quilted and bound, just in case I need to fix or change something or use them in a label.

2018-01-10 15.37.58When I do cut, I cut 2.5 width of fabric strips, and squares.  My squares are 2.5″, 3.5″, 4.5″, and 6.5″.  I just added the 4.5″ squares in the last month, because I’ve been doing donation blocks that use a lot of that size.  I store my scraps by size, except for the strings.  I have so many of those that I sort them by color.  Eventually.

Can’t wait to see what you’re doing this week!

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

2 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday: Strings

  1. Looking good! I’m very jealous of your locker storage!

  2. You need some magnet boards for your locker! I saw a string block in a recent, but not completely new issue of Simply Moderne. It looks like Chinese lanterns.

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