Crumbs/Strings project update

The Plan

Well, after several weeks of hiatus from strings, I'm returning to making some string blocks. I've been unsure what to do - it is a case of "I've got so many things to tackle and I'm seemingly unfocused on any one, so that has left me feeling a bit paralyzed.

When that happens to me, I find if I just keep pushing ahead, even with baby steps, the paralysis slowly dissipates and I gain some focus. Usually it comes from gathering enough blocks to get inspired.

Actually that sounds good, but most of the time in the strings project, I've known where I was heading from the time I started making blocks.

One of my problems is this block - I'm not sure how to use it so it doesn't look "too busy". I have several made and want to figure something out. These I made on September 3 or so, but while I've worked with these for several hours on EQ, I'm not completely happy with what I've done.  I've got one that I like "ok" - and I may end up going with it but in the meantime, I'll make more strings blocks but until I figure out how to use these, I'll make them on the diagonal.  I will continue to let these "gel" and hope that a new idea comes to me as I work with the plan.

So this is where I'm going for the time being.

1. I will continue to make the Woven Star blocks each weekend - for now - 2 to 4 - depending on my time and interest level. I am pulling from a bag that is designated to be trimmed into strips scraps that have been unsorted. Some are strings while some are just pieces that I'm using. While technically not a strings block entirely, I'm throwing this project in this category . Otherwise, I might not actually ever get to making it.

2. Make more large string blocks - colorful ones - on the diagonal until I figure out what to do with my straight up and down ones.

 This is what the block looks like up close. The blue crumbs are cut at 5" square and will finish at 4.5". I'm using 2" strips of black and 2" off white squares for the corners. The final block finishes at 6.5" before sewing into the top - it finishes in the quilt  at 6".

This is what the block looks like up close. The blue crumbs are cut at 5" square and will finish at 4.5". I'm using 2" strips of black and 2" off white squares for the corners. The final block finishes at 6.5" before sewing into the top - it finishes in the quilt  at 6".

3. Make some small 5" crumb blocks - blues - I have a simple plan in mind for them. I'm going to do this one - I can work on the top week by week as I finish blocks and I'm ready for that. It's simple - my Crumby Stars while not difficult was more complicated than I want for this next crumb block quilt

 I will use 5" crumb squares and shadow them with a bit bigger shadow than I've done before. With the bigger shadow, it seems to make them want to "jump off" the background fabric. This way I can finish blocks build the top week by week. I'll like that.  This is part of my upcycled blues project - but it will be a while til I finish it.

I will use 5" crumb squares and shadow them with a bit bigger shadow than I've done before. With the bigger shadow, it seems to make them want to "jump off" the background fabric. This way I can finish blocks build the top week by week. I'll like that.  This is part of my upcycled blues project - but it will be a while til I finish it.

4. When I'm stuck, I can always just sew blue scraps on to some more adding machine tape - both skinny and wide.

So those are my plans - I find I work far better with a plan in mind. When I don't have a plan I just kind of waste time as I go in circles.

What I did on the weekend

This is what I did this weekend with regards to crumbs and strings.  My goal is to actually USE them and make something nice out of the. Before I started this, I really didn't do anything with them except let them gather in bags.

1. Made 6 9.5" diagonal string blocks (new) and trimmed up 7 ones I had made before. I now have a total of 13 nicely trimmed 9.5" blocks.  I am working on a plan.

 First I sewed strips to a 10" piece of fabric.

First I sewed strips to a 10" piece of fabric.

 Then I trimmed them down to 9.5" because I found I was getting them a bit off kilter - so they needed to be trimmed down. I actually trimmed from the front side, not the back. This is just showing how crooked they ended up being.

Then I trimmed them down to 9.5" because I found I was getting them a bit off kilter - so they needed to be trimmed down. I actually trimmed from the front side, not the back. This is just showing how crooked they ended up being.

 I actually trimmed from the front so I could make sure the center string was relatively straight.

I actually trimmed from the front so I could make sure the center string was relatively straight.

 The new blocks I made and trimmed 

The new blocks I made and trimmed 

 The total number of 9.5" blocks I have. 13.

The total number of 9.5" blocks I have. 13.

 
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2 Finished up this roll of blue scraps sewn to the adding machine tape. I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet.

 

3. Made 4 5" crumbs blocks - and then added the black and off white shadow and made the first part of the first row.  This is the beginning of Upcycled blues 20. I think I will just make it row by row as I finish the blocks. The plan is shown above.

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4. Made four more Woven Star blocks. I now have a total of 25.

 The new blocks I made this weekend.

The new blocks I made this weekend.

 My total number of blocks I have now. I have 25 of these 6.5" blocks.

My total number of blocks I have now. I have 25 of these 6.5" blocks.

And that's all.  I feel better having a plan for the blue crumbs - and am close to a plan for the 9.5" strings blocks.

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