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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Just stringing along

Three things to be happy about:
(1) eating fresh corn
(2) driving a car carefully
(3) the wings of a butterfly

At our bee's spiderweb workshop Saturday I completed one quarter of a block, and as you recall I wasn't happy about the skinniness of the strings I used.  I went ahead and completed the other three parts and put the block together - it looks great!  By the time I finish a quilt, the skinny strings will be so well absorbed by the other blocks, they won't even be noticed.

Someone emailed me about where I get strings - a lot of strings "just happen" when you've finished cutting strips and you have a little bit left over, not quite big enough to cut another good strip.  Some strings can come from that first cut to straighten the edge of your fabric... rather than just cutting off a snivelly bit, if you have enough fabric you can make the cut a little wider, up to 2 inches or so. 

Or... just place two strings in a container, close the cover and leave them overnight!

Meanwhile I've been working on the 2-1/2 x 8-1/2 paper foundation string blocks that Bonnie Hunter is doing on Quilt Cam, they go together so fast it's like eating peanuts!  So far I've finished around 2 dozen or so, and it's such a fun mix of fabrics...Christmas prints, puppy dogs, music, stars, words, you name it, it's all in there.

That's a great looking group, isn't it?  There's no deadline for getting them finished and I don't know how I'll use them yet but I know I WILL use them!  Piecing strings and scraps is such an easy way to let your fingers play with fabric while your mind wanders here and there, watching TV or listening to a book.  Sometimes when I'm working with strings I'm reminded of one of those cook books "101 Ways to Cook Hamburger" ... there's gotta be at least 1,001 ways to use strings!

How do you use strings, leave me a comment and let me know.  Come on admit it - everybody at one time or other has pieced strings together!  ;o)

Well, that's it for now, have a great Tuesday, stay cool, sew forth and sew on til later!


  1. I should get stringing! It is definitely therapeutic and I have lots of scraps to use up!

  2. I use the purple strings to make Purple Hearts for QOV.

  3. I love using strings. I have made diagonal string blocks. I use then in my "free pieced" blocks to add little pops. Sometimes I just sew them together and then cut them in strips across the strips (across the seams) and sew them back a different way. It is very much fun play.

  4. Love your strings. Oh, my they do re-populate themselves don't they!! Oh, so many ways - spider web blocks, stars, strips, squares, free piecing fillers, free form letters, piecing backgrounds for mini landscapes, etc.

  5. I'm the opposite of you: I love the look of spider webs made with skinny strings. I feel like I'm cheating if I use strips larger than an inch wide in my blocks.

  6. I really like your strings. You always use a great mix of fabrics. I am too anal to try that. And as much as I love, love, love Bonnie, I can not take on another one of her projects. I have no less than 6 of her quilts in various stages of completion. So much to do and sew little time...

  7. I'm surrounded by strings and if I don't complete some of the string projects I've started I'm going to be caught in a web of string in my sewing room and may need to be rescued. Happy sewing!


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