Crumbs/strings update - "Crumby Stars" top done

I didn't get much else done on my crumbs project except that I finished my "Crumby Stars" top!

So happy! Finally!

 It finished right about 96"x96".

It finished right about 96"x96".

So what all did I do this weekend?

It wasn't actually a very profitable as-regards-to-crumb sewing weekend.  Other things happened. Other people needed me.  And that's okay.

So.. What DID I do?

 Showing a close up of the tape - at least a bit of it

Showing a close up of the tape - at least a bit of it

During the week, because I knew I wanted to finish up this top this weekend, I actually sewed more strips to the 4" wide paper tape (IOW, each day - not waiting for the weekend. I usually did it pretty late in the evening when I was tired of doing other things.)

As I finished about 100", I sewed it on the sides.

 This is about 100" of scraps sewn onto this 4" wide adding machine tape

This is about 100" of scraps sewn onto this 4" wide adding machine tape

 
 Finished this weekend

Finished this weekend

I also made 4 of my woven star blocks.  This "very long term project" will take longer than a year at this rate. Warning.

And that's all. Yep. That's all.

I now have a total of 21 woven star blocks.  The original paper pieced pattern is a free download from Andover. It's here.

 Twenty one total blocks finished. It takes 4 to make a 12" block. So, I have enough finished a total of 5 blocks. Wow. Read that with no inflection in your voice.

Twenty one total blocks finished. It takes 4 to make a 12" block. So, I have enough finished a total of 5 blocks. Wow. Read that with no inflection in your voice.

And I started thinking what to do with both more of my blue scraps that are crumbs AND what I can do with my strings blocks. I think I'm ready to go back to strings for a while. These crumbs are just taking a really long time!  Strings are quite a bit faster, unless you start using 1" ones!  Then they take "forever" as well!

And our cold weather broke today!  During the day we got to about 29F - YEAH! 

It's been so bitter cold I was having a hard time getting pictures of my charity quilts - (read - I barely went outside!) which are all washed and dry, as of this weekend, by the way (another "hallelujah"!)

(Notice I didn't say "dried" as I just "let them" dry - no dryer involved. )  I'm hoping to get out and get more pics and get them over to the church building. Fifty finished quilts in 5 piles in my living room is making me feel a little "walled in". :)

So, now,  you can look for some more work with strings. I actually have an idea for the next blue crumbs quilt - so we'll see - but I'm going back to strings for awhile as well. I'm really getting tired of those blues.

Oh yes...with this Crumby Stars top - this makes 19 finished tops from those upcycled blues.  If you had been "hanging onto my every quilt top" you'd know that you've only seen 18 - not 19!  That's right.  I've not shown you number 19 yet! 

Just hang on!

 This is the outside of the second hand clothing shop that IS still in existence in our town.

This is the outside of the second hand clothing shop that IS still in existence in our town.

And guess what I found more of today? 

 This chart shows you how much the price was dropping each day until they were going to get a new shipment in on August 7 (this was last year). But right before that they were going cheaper and cheaper. When we were there they were charging by the pound and it was expensive, so we didn't get anything except pictures.

This chart shows you how much the price was dropping each day until they were going to get a new shipment in on August 7 (this was last year). But right before that they were going cheaper and cheaper. When we were there they were charging by the pound and it was expensive, so we didn't get anything except pictures.

I told my sis when my husband left to go teach an Old Testament course (in another country - I took him to the airport Sat. morning), I would check one more place that was kind of out of the way as I thought I had put some "separated into pieces, but not yet segregated by color" bags of clothing items. And yes, today I went back there and pulled out 6 more shopping bags of such items. I've not had the heart to go through and take out the blues yet. But I will.  Step 1 was getting them out so I could see them. Maybe I can fit them into my 2 plastic boxes which were not full by any means when I moved them back to my daughter's room. It's a mixed blessing. 

And it's also the reason I quit totally going to used clothing stores around here.  Yep. I kicked the habit.

Cold Turkey.

A couple of the ones I went to regularly went out of business, as I expected them to as I didn't see how they could pay their rent with their cheap prices, but another one has their clothing in about a 6 week cycle. They start by selling things by the pound - and it's a pretty expensive rate,  and work down to cheaper and cheaper until each item is about 25-30 cents depending on the exchange rate.

 The inside of that one where the price of the items changes towards the end when they are getting ready to get a new shipment.

The inside of that one where the price of the items changes towards the end when they are getting ready to get a new shipment.

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And now you know!

Have a great day!

And don't forget - if you need something for quilting, be sure to check out what my sis has for you!