Wednesday, March 19, 2014

String Quilt Blocks

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE – Did you get to spend some time sewing, crafting or quilting this weekend? I spent most of the weekend working for the FH, but did manage to sneak in a little sewing therapy on Sunday. Most of my projects are packed up in totes for the move to the new sewing space (I sure hope that happens real soon!). My machine, however, will remain in place till the day that move comes. This coming from the guy who got a spare machine to use because he couldn’t stand to be without one during the yearly cleaning servicing appointment. Ha! The fate of my old quilt room has been decided (our new pantry/laundry area) and that project has begun as well. So you can imagine I’m feeling a little cramped for space right now.

I’m participating in a string quilt block swap over on Swap-Bot this month. Surprise, surprise! I just can’t say no!! This swap is being hosted by a wonderful person named Jennifer (aka Crochetjunkie). These blocks are so fun and go very fast once you set up an “assembly line” for them. Each person needs to make 6 (6.5″) blocks for 2 partners (12 blocks total commitment) from fabric you have on hand. I decided to bust into a “Fresh by Deb Strain” honeybun I’ve been saving. Now, technically these blocks should be made from scraps, but but a lot of the scraps I have are too short for the longer strips in the blocks. Also, we a using the foundation pieced method to make the blocks stronger. I just cut some muslin squares for mine.

In a relatively short period of time you can take strips of fabric like this:


Sew them to your foundation:


Get them all trimmed up:



And wind up with these:



I love the bright colors in this line! Jennifer started a second round for this swap if anyone wants to join. I’ve got to work on 6 more for my second partner tonight.

I also managed to quilt my STUD quilt for October. Here is a sneak peek of the back. Doesn’t it look like little houses? Don’t be fooled though, that design has nothing to do with the piecing on the front. It just turned out that way after turning the quilt over and upside down.

Happy quilting folks,

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