I am determined this year to make a significant reduction in my stash of strings and strips. I have been piecing string blocks and stacking them on the shelf until I have enough to make a quilt. I have used various materials for foundations – most recently used dryer sheets. Before using the dryer sheets as a foundation they need to be pressed with a cool iron. You start with a pile that looks like this:
Used dryer sheets
And you end up with blocks like these after trimming to 6″ square.
String blocks pieced onto used dryer sheets
I have 121 – 6″ trimmed blocks on the shelf right now.
Stack of trimmed string blocks
I need to decide which quilt layout I am going to use these blocks in so I know if I am close to having enough blocks for a quilt top. I am always on the lookout for ideas to use string blocks so I don’t have to continue to repeat the same design over and over.
I have also been piecing larger blocks (8″ square) onto fabric foundations. I was gifted some broadcloth from my MIL’s stash. The fabric is more lightweight than I like to use in my regular quilt blocks but it makes a great foundation for string blocks. These are a few of the string blocks. There area a total of 95 – 8″ blocks in this stack on the shelf.
8″ string blocks pieced on broadcloth foundations
String blocks pieced on a fabric foundation make for a heavier quilt top than string blocks pieced on a dryer sheet foundation.
Despite all the string blocks I have been making, I don’t seem to have a significant reduction in the string / strip stash. I think I will be making string blocks for some time to come!
I fell in love with the quilt, Scrappy Hexies in the March / April 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine and it has been on my “To Do” list since then.
March / April 2015 cover of McCall’s Quilting magazine
The quilt is a design by Bea Lee from www.beaquilter.com .
Bea Lee’s Scrappy Hexies quilt
I started my blocks today and I finished my first 7 blocks from my blue scraps.
My first 7 Scrappy Hexie blocks
The pattern in the magazine suggests tracing the hexagon pattern pieces from the magazine pullout section onto template plastic. However, I recently used my discount coupon for Joann’s to purchase a large hexagon shaped ruler which has made trimming the blocks so much easier than using template plastic.
My first finish for 2018 was a new name tag for guild meetings. Our guild’s January challenge was to make a new name tag. I was so pleased tonight to have my name tag finished and ready to go. However, I was not able to head out to the guild meeting tonight because of a severe winter storm.
I used a background of linen on which I embroidered my name. I used some colourful selvages to add some interest and bound it with my favorite colour – lime green.
New name tag for January guild challenge
Hopefully the weather cooperates for the February meeting!
At our July guild meeting, one of our members brought a quilt to show and tell that she had made from strips. Her quilt was 9 blocks in a 3 by 3 setting. I think she said she made her blocks 18″ square.
I was so inspired from the meeting that I went home and the next day I dug out my bins of cut strips and started making my own version. My blocks are 17 inches square. I made them this size because that is the width of my cutting mat and it is so easy to use it to square up the block after piecing. I decided I wanted more of a rectangular quilt so I went with 12 blocks in a 3 by 4 setting. I need to decide on what colour to use for my sashing. I am thinking of a solid grey.
The inspiration for this quilt is a quilt called Woven by Kati Spence that is in a book called Scraps Inc.
I still have plenty of strips left so I am trying to come up with a way to piece the back so that I can use more of my stash of strips.
I realize this was a deviation from working on my UFO’s but I just had to give this one a try. After all, making these blocks allowed me to work on another one of my goals which is to use up my stash of fabric.
Today was Canada Day. I was able to spend some time in the studio finishing The Family of Three to the flimsy stage.
Family of Three – finished flimsy
This top finishes as 41″ x 53″. Quilting is next!