Adding machine tape frenzy
Last week, due to my husband's knee surgery and the subsequent changes to my routine, I was having a hard time focusing on any one thing. i decided that it was a good time to get some misc. clean up done in the sewing room. I mean by that, time to sew some small, otherwise-unusable scraps together.
I could have made crumb blocks, but I had a couple of rolls of adding machine tape sitting around in my sewing room. One of the rolls wasn't completely finished and I figured I could just add to it.
So, I decided to finish up the roll.
(Then I decided to do something with it. Unfortunately, I took the top I made back apart, so I won't show that to you as I was quite unhappy with it - don't worry - it didn't take that long to take it back apart as I just ripped it on the stitches - it was a strippy style. I didn't mind the style - just not the fabric I chose to pair with my strips. I'm still thinking.)
Here's what I did.
1. Start with adding machine tape. I have 2 sizes actually - one skinny - about 2 3/4" wide and the other is just under 4" wide. I found the wider tape at an old 5 and 10 store in Newton, KS where they had a bunch of untouched things for sale - can't imagine how the owner actually stays in business there. I wandered around and asked about wide adding machine tape. He had some so I bought 6 rolls of it - I knew I had to bring it over in my suitcase and it was heavy, so I refrained from getting more than 6 rolls. I've not seen any wider than that -but then, I've not checked ebay, etc.
2. Sew pieces on the tape. I overlapped the previous piece when I did it. I sewed in random directions. Occasionally if I had a problem with edges showing I pulled out ribbon that I had and sewed it to the top of the raw edges so they were completely encased. I also did that for variety.
3. After sewing a bit and having it look pretty out of control, I sewed in about 1/8" from the edge of the tape on the paper side and then trimmed with my scissors to the edge of the tape. Then I rolled it back up until the next time I was ready to work with it.
In this case, however, I had a whole 'nother roll finished and wanted to go ahead and use it.
4. I used my kitchen table and measured out the length of the tape (with fabric sewn on to it) and cut as many a I could to the same length - in my case it was 96". I cut 10 out of my one roll.
5. I added black 1.5" cut strips to each side of the strips. I had cut the fabric strips to the same length as the paper backed fabric. Press flat. (The paper is still on the back, by the way).
And that is where I sit. Hopefully this week I can figure something out.
In the past I've made two quilts with these things - here they are. I do want to feature the fact that these are random and scrappy and all different odds and ends--I don't want to hide that fact. The top I referenced in the first two paragraphs that I took apart I did so because the fabric in between the strips overwhelmed the strips themselves and the charm was gone.
And now you know...This is how I add random pieces of leftovers to adding machine tape and then use them in a top.
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