Hello Monday, and welcome to the second Scraps Monday post. The end of last week was busy for me as I taught three classes at a new to me event, “Quilt St. George,” in sunny St. George, Utah. It was a wonderful event, and I met some wonderful quilters from several states: Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and California! When I got home I just wanted to sew…and my scrappy string blocks were just the ticket!
Scrappy projects are perfect to work on when you want to sew and accomplish something but might have limited time (or as in my case Saturday afternoon, limited energy)! I think the key to being able to work on scrap projects at any time is to always have them ready to go. I keep a basket of scraps for these blocks, but I also occasionally pull from my 1 ½″ strips stash and another basket of strips for my scrappy log cabins. I also try to keep a stack of the foundation fabrics on hand that have been cut to the right size.
For this string block project I’m using a muslin foundation method. I’ve been working on them for quite a while. Here is a link to my tutorial for this method of making string blocks. The only difference with these is that I started with a 6 ½″ foundation fabric and trim to 6″ before sewing them together in groups of four.
I have another string project using a
paper foundation which requires tearing off all of the paper after each
block is completed. I’m not going to combine the blocks from the two
projects since the paper method blocks are so much thinner.
This is where I was when I began on Saturday–just two completed blocks with ¾ of another block ready to go. I’m going to try and make a couple of these every day for the rest of the month, so we’ll see how I do on this goal.
After just a little sewing Saturday night I had three more blocks finished up. It was just the right project for a little sewing and also has me motivated to continue working on these.
It was so fun to visit all the links from the first Scraps Monday post. Feel free to link up every week and share your progress and goals for scrappy sewing for the week.
Thanks so much for stopping by!