Strings/crumbs update

My goals were lofty - but reality was a bit more well...I didn't make the progress I was hoping to.

I really want to see that string quilt get finished - especially now that I know what I am going to do- so I had a goal to make 10 more blocks.  Well, I didn't. I only made 8. I wanted to see great progress made on that top - but alas, I didn't make any. All I did was make those 8 string blocks, but didn't even trim them down to the right size.

 One of my untrimmed blocks

One of my untrimmed blocks

 My stack of 8 new untrimmed blocks.

My stack of 8 new untrimmed blocks.

One thing is for certain - string blocks are a lot faster than crumb blocks.

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I figure I still need about 40 more of these blocks - before I can finish that top - maybe more even.

Remember the top/plan? I'm kind of excited about it and hope to spend some extra time later this week on it - as I like what I've done so far!

 
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I also did get 4 more Woven Star blocks made. That quilt will be a grind unless I start working on it more than I currently am. I have a total of 44 small 6" blocks made. These will make a total of 11 of the actual stars, Since I want a queen size quilt out of this, it'll be a while, as I've mentioned before.

These blocks are a free paper pieced pattern from Andover fabrics. 

 

These woven star blocks are paper pieced. I'm using strips from the 2" strips I have sitting beside my machine.  The pattern in here - and I hope it stays there longer as this really does take a long time to make!  I saw it first done by a lady in my Facebook group - Quilted Twins - Scrap Quilting and More with Becky - you are invited, BTW.  Anyway, Nancy made this one with gray and white,  just like I'm doing - you see, I'm copying her. Hers was big, as well - and it is much more impressive when BIG than the size that Andover Prints shows.

So why do I report on these when I finish so little?

 This picture it just to show you the bags of strings and crumbs I filled while trying to tame scraps last year. I've been working primarily from these while making these blocks. The bags of strings/crumbs are on the left.

This picture it just to show you the bags of strings and crumbs I filled while trying to tame scraps last year. I've been working primarily from these while making these blocks. The bags of strings/crumbs are on the left.

One big reason - to show that if you keep doing something, even little by little, you can finish it eventually, if you don't quit.

The other reason is, it is unrealistic to "finish" things every week - so if you think I get "so much done" - well, sometimes I don't get all that much done. But it's true, I get more done than someone who doesn't walk into their sewing room. And with a lot of these quilts, it's really about the grind - as the start is exciting, and the finish is fun, but the middle, while I love sewing, sometimes it's just work and possibly tedious. You can't "see" the reward of the work until you get to the end.

I will also admit that with the strings quilt I started before this one - I'm still in limbo about it. - haven't decided for sure what to do about it as I'm not in love with my design. More on that at a different time, though - I put it away hoping I would get a brilliant idea while I move on to other things.

And that's what's been happening from my part of the world - with regards to quilting!


 

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