"Strings/crumbs" project update
I decided earlier this year to begin to tackle these strings. My bags of strings and crumbs were just sitting in bags and I never went for them - and decided to tackle them. So, I decided each weekend to take at least one good session of sewing and devote it to strings and/or crumbs, if I could. If "life happened" and I couldn't, then that was fine too, but at least now I have a plan.
So far I've finished one top. (You can read about it here.) Now I'm working on the second one.
This weekend all I did was finish all 72 of the string blocks needed for the next one.
Unlike the last quilt, which appealed to the "immediate gratification gene" in me, where I added blocks each weekend til it was the size I wanted, I must finish all the other blocks before I put this top together. So, I'll aim to finish a color or two each weekend until I can lay it out.
Once again, I'm making Strings 2 a queen size - I might someday make a smaller string quilt, but for now, no.
Here's my plan:
My goal is now to go through my strips bags and try to find some very bold solid colored strips in these widths. Either that, or as I cut up scraps (goal - 15 min/day) this week, I will pull out some "uncut" scraps (I still have some - though nothing like last year!) and pull out some in very bright scraps in order to make these.
The block I will be working on looks like this:
I was in the mood to do a little more, so I turned around and behind me I noticed some scraps sewn onto adding machine tape from several years ago. I decided to bring them back out and use them pretty soon. It's time.
I was able to find regular adding machine tape here in Poland for under a $1/roll, but last time we were in Newton, KS, I found an old timey general store that had some adding machine tape in a wider size from a different era- in fact, they are almost 4" wide. I bought several rolls. I'm sure they had been sitting in that store for literally years and years..
I've made two quilts already from these - in the second half of 2013. Since then my crumbs have accumulated by leaps and bounds.
This is how I sewed fabric on to adding machine tape:
These last few pictures - they aren't for Strings 2 quilt - that will be a "crumbs" quilt. For me, they are all similar - the dregs of my scraps. Let me show you why I feel like I NEED to start using them. Look at these bags of strips/ - check out the far left. They are bags of strings/crumbs. The other bags get used from time to time. I hadn't used those crumbs/strings back since I filled them up. Well, maybe last year I dug some really skinny pieces for tomato plants - tying them up. But that was about it.
That's why I've started this ongoing year-long, or multi-year project! it will certainly stretch me - trying to figure out what do make with these tiny, somewhat difficult-to-use pieces.
And now you know!
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