Today, while I was in my sewing room cutting up my green scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I kept eyeing my piles of strings and crumbs. As you know, I have made a commitment to myself to work with these pieces and to whittle down the piles. Over the past while, I have been trying to decide what I wanted to make with them. I didn't just want to start sewing them together willy nilly without a plan of some sort and now I have one!
I have settled on making Priscilla Star blocks. I used an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper and sewed my strings onto it lengthwise. I wanted to get as many star points from the sheet as possible so I did sew the strips a bit longer and wider than the sheet of paper. I see from my sample that I either sewed the strips too short or conversely too long because I did have excess, but not quite enough for another star point - too funny.
Once I sewed my fabric strips to the paper, I removed it and sprayed the fabric with starch and pressed it. I used the Dear Jane triangle ruler to make my star points. In my test, the star points are 5" long so before I cut them from the "new fabric" I cut a strip that was 3.5" wide from the long side. This allowed me to also get 3.5" strip pieced blocks. These may go into the center of the star points or I may do something else like crumb blocks, hourglasses, squares - not too sure yet. I also still need to figure out and make a template for cutting the background fabric for the blocks. Of course, I will still have to figure out how to use the extra pieces of scraps that are left!!!
|Not quite big enough!|