Tuesday, April 1, 2014

how many strings does it take...

to make a twin-sized quilt?

how many strings does it take?

I could never guess! This pile seems too small, but then I've been surprised before by how far scraps can stretch. 

processing strings

I keep my string scraps organized by color, just tossed in appropriate bins.  Over time they end up tumbled and twisted about   That means a project like this must start with a fair amount of pressing and trimming.  Maybe I should be more organized, but - meh - strings are not my favorite scraps.  Today I'm trimming these string scraps into widths from 1" to 3.5" wide, in neat 1/4" intervals.  

Oh my, this could be awhile...


23 comments:

  1. Piles are definitely deceiving, and this one looks like lots of fun.

    Also, just wanted to mention that I saw the email you just sent out...that's pretty exciting that all of the work do.Good.Stitches does is finally being recognized (not that, that is the purpose of course)...YAY!!!

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  2. Oh dear, I need to do this. I have to admit that I threw away some 1" strings that were tapered (edge of poorly-cut yardage) because I didn't want to deal with trimming different widths.

    I know, wasteful! But I just don't have the storage space to keep lots of different types of scraps separated, so getting them into uniform and manageable pieces is a necessity. All my fabric has to fit in a 3-drawer plastic utility chest (scraps and yardage and everything else)!

    I've been trying to do better lately by sewing scraps together into manageable blocks right when I first make them. It started with leftover triangles, but now I'm going to vow to do this even with my straight scraps. I'm just going to add it to my cleanup routine after finishing a project.

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    1. Well don't feel guilty! Just do what you have to do =). Your scrap-sew system sounds like something to be proud of to me! And, I also throw away some 1" scraps. I can't quite decide if they're worth the trouble. After some time in my bins they tend to fray away with little left.

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  3. You have more patience than I. I just use Accuquilt. If I had to slice each one of them, I'd go crazy and that quilt would never get made!

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  4. I trimmed all of mine down over the course of March and sewed them into string blocks. Here is the finished top

    http://instagram.com/p/mJZ_CaJeYG/

    I have a few strings left but not enough to make another row so I stopped at 60" x 66". Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

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  5. I agree about strings. I love the way the quilts look, but never make more than a couple blocks before I poop out.

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  6. I love my strings and do all sorts of projects with them. I am working on another string quilt right now. I keep them sorted in their own scrap bin and my batik strings are kept separate, too. It is always amazing how far scraps can stretch

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  7. I just finished four twin-sized string quilts in a wonky chinese coin pattern, and I can say it takes about 750 short strings. 77 6 by 12 inch blocks, with each having about 9 or 10 strings. have fun!

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    1. I love a woman with facts! =) I just added some neutral strings to keep the original blue/greens company. I think that'll do it!

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  8. I just finished four twin-sized string quilts in a wonky chinese coin pattern, and I can say it takes about 750 short strings. 77 6 by 12 inch blocks, with each having about 9 or 10 strings. have fun!

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  9. It's also fun to just sew them together willy-nilly, even if they are different widths and top and bottom, and they look very interesting.

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  10. Sewing with scraps is always fun, BUT the preparation can be a pain. I'm like you and just throw them in the pile so they always require ironing and trimming first which is a drag. Doubt I'll ever be one of those precut scrap keepers. Your finished quilt will turn out beautiful though since it will be full of favorite fabrics. Enjoy the process.

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  11. Scraps are such a job yet so rewarding! Funny how this can be related to allot of things and a few people! Ha-ha!

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  12. oh Rachel, I so admire your patience! I also admire your approach to minimal waste, which is something I would like to adopt myself but my minimalist approach to stockpiling stuff in my house means that boxes of scraps would just create a big anxiety for me!! LOL. I can't wait to see it!

    You will be thrilled to know that my Penny Sampler is finally finished and is with the long armer being quilted. I am overjoyed with the result and will post pics on the flickr site when it's ready. I decided to leave off the bottom row of diamonds and just have it as a lap quilt as I felt I had hit the balance by that stage. I really enjoyed doing this project!

    And finally, I am keeping my fingers crossed you will get some yearned for good news soon!

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  13. I recently made a 60" x 70" string quilt from an ancient stash of florals. Half light and half dark....I didn't even slightly dent the stash!

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  14. I just spent an entire weekend sewing string blocks with my box of scraps at a sewing retreat. My scrap box looks exactly the same as it did before I started and I made 32 blocks! I'm beginning to think it automatically refills!

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  15. 1/4 inch? I agree, scraps can stretch very far. I don't have any idea how many I've got, or how far they'll go.....

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  16. I never seem to make enough stringy scraps, but I have started a collection even though it might take a while to become anything useful.

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  17. If you enjoy it it (almost) doesn't matter whether it takes a day or a week, right

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  18. Can't wait to see your quilt! Wondering if you are using a foundation cloth or paper? Thank you for all of your inspiration! carolann427@aol.com

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    1. No, no foundation this time. I'm doing something long and string, LOL. Will show more details soon!

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  19. I somehow end up with loads of triangle scraps and not many other sizes :)

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