Making crumb blocks and string blocks is a very messy process. Having things set up and readily available to just sit down and sew as the mood strikes makes it a lot more likely that these bits and pieces will end up in a quilt. If I do feel some strange compulsion to tidy the space I can easily collect the bits and pieces of fabric and stuff them back into the bins.
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I am so very fortunate that I have a few sewing machines and enough space to be able to have this set up. Of course my sewing room is somewhat crowded but it works well enough for me. :)
I decided to use one of my Singer 301 machines for making these blocks because it has a slant needle and I can really see where the needle is going to stitch. Because these string blocks are light on one half and darker on the other, I need to be fairly accurate with the placement of those first strings. I have drawn a line corner-to-corner on my foundation papers and it is very easy to see this line for sewing accuracy.
I am ready to go!