Saturday, December 19, 2020

I Like String Blocks and I Cannot Lie....

...and I absolutely love the string quilts that Bonnie Hunter has been posting about on her blog here and here. She has stated that she doesn't have any plans to publish or teach workshops for these quilts. I love both of them!

I have huge bins of strings that need to be turned into blocks and I had been working on and off with my neutral strings. My thought at the time was that if I sewed them into larger pieces they would be ready to use whenever I needed them and I could cut them down to size easily and quickly to use as blocks, sashing or borders. I started sewing the strings onto full sheets of copy paper that was in the recycle bin but trying to remove it from the blocks was a pain so I switched to phone book papers. After doing many full size sheets (at least 40) I realized that I needed to make smaller sized blocks to use up the smaller strings so I had started some blocks that used 8.5" square papers. The next size I started was 6.5" square - I wanted to use up all the strings and have as few leftover scraps as possible. Now that my mojo appears to have returned in full force it is a good time to pick this project back up. It is a simple sewing activity that is stress free, doesn't require precision, and gets those strings out of the bin and potentially into quilts.

When I started working on these blocks last year I didn't really have a plan for them other than to get my strings into a usable state but now I have a goal to strive for. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Postage Stamp Quilt

It's been almost a year since I last posted because I guess I just didn't have too much to share when it comes to quilting. Of course, in this year of Covid there has been a lot happening and some of it has not been very good at all but hopefully better days are ahead!

I have occasionally been popping into my sewing room over the past year and it has been happening a lot more frequently over the past couple of weeks. Maybe my quilting mojo has returned - it would make me very happy if it has!!!

Photo from Nov 2019

I have a lot of ongoing quilt projects in different stages of completion just waiting for some love and I also have several flimsies that are finished and ready for quilting. I thought it would be nice to have some quick and easy finishes so I picked up my postage stamp flimsy and got it on the frame and quilted it. It really did feel quite good to work on it. I'll be spending the next couple of evenings admiring the quilt while hand stitching the binding to the back. 😊