Thursday, April 24, 2014

oddities

String blocks for do. Good Stitches

Isn't that good enough to eat?  Today I'm loving these bright, scrappy string blocks, made for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches.  Why haven't I made a scrappy string quilt yet?  I've got the strings for it, that's certain.  Thinking that's my next string quilt (not my next quilt, mind you). 

Oh, and good thing I made an extra, cause one block had a fatal encounter with the rotary cutter.  Oops.  I'll send it to Jacey anyways, just in case she wants to put it on the quilt back or whatever.  I favor including the oddities whenever possible. 

foundation pieced!

This morning I wanted  a quick, mindless sew.  Foundation piecing always does the trick.  Using the paper as the guide makes it easy to select long-enough strips without measuring.  These are 8.5" square unfinished blocks, easily cut from printer paper.  You add the strips one at a time, sewing right through the paper with a short stitch length.  The needle perforates the paper so that it can be removed when the quilt top is assembled and before backing/quilting.  For more string block tips, see Jacey's post

Hmm... what's next?

9 comments:

  1. Rachel, what a pretty block. I was gifted a lot of batik scraps last year that I had pressed and cut into strings but never used. I just finished the blocks for a string quilt last night ... now to sew them all together. Must be string quilt season! :D

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  2. I adore string quilts. And paper piecing!

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  3. Just delicious! Enjoy making more : )

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  4. The colours in those blocks are absolutely fab! Particularly love the gingham in the middle...

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  5. These blocks are so pretty ~ I need to make some more! I did some with the selvages and they turned out cute ~ but the color in yours is much better! Oh, and I did mine on muslin ~ a little bit heavier but looked great!

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  6. These are beautiful! I need to get started on mine...

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  7. Love your string piecing blocks. I do alot of that which I got the idea from Bonnie Hunter on Quiltville.com. Beautiful colors, so cheerful. Make me smile. Keep it up with your passion to quilt and create.

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  8. I am almost 100% committed to those string blocks for my month in Stash Bee. I keep seeing them here and there, and I'm over-the-moon with the color pop and variety of such a simple piecing process. Lovely, Rachel!

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  9. Your blocks look great! I'm glad string blocks fit the bill for you; I found them to be just the right thing for a busy month! Thank you!

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