Friday, February 11, 2011

Productivity

I love weeks when I can actually admit that I was able to make some real progress. Having not had the quality time I need in my sewing room with the holidays and the remodel, I made up for it all the past couple of weeks. This string quilt, 2 charity quilts quilted and bound, a mystery quilt that just needs the binding tacked down and 2 baby quilts that are close to finished. Yippee! I missed my long arm so much that I moved a ton of stuff to get to it. Only to have to move it again, before the remodel is complete, I am sure. :-)

This string quilt is one of my favorites. Thank to Nanette over at  Freda's Hive, there is a great tutorial on this spool string quilt. Yeah, I know it's been up for a year, but I was just lucky enough to stumble on it 2 weeks ago. Check it out if you haven't see it, it was a so much fun to put together and I blasted thru loads of my scraps. http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2010/01/string-spool-tutorial.html
It is now hanging in my studio and brightens my day. Thanks Nanette. Not only for the great quilt, but also for helping me clean out my stash.



In putting this together, I decided that I absolutely love the border, so I am now starting to stitch together all my strings as I collect them, and keep a roll that is 4 1/2" wide. When I have enough, I instantly will have that perfect border . Long ago I started a 1 7/8" roll, ask me why you say? I dunno, it seemed like a good thing to do at the time. My guess is that it was the widest scrap I had then?????  Call it just a little crazy... OR, go ahead and call it a lot of crazy, which ever the case. I have managed to make up a nice size roll and it does make a great candle mat. It will some day find it's way into a project, but in the mean time it keeps my scraps confined! :-) What do you do with your scraps? Please don't tell me throw them away! AAAAAAAHHHHH

10 comments:

  1. I have not been here for a while, but I like the "new-to-me" look of your background. I have SO MANY bits and pieces of material. I can't seem to corral all of it.

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  2. Your idea of keeping your strings in a 4 1/2" border roll is great! Keeps everything neat and by the time you decide you have enough and use it, you will have forgotten what colors you put into it and it will be a surprise all over again. Long sentence, but you get my drift....

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  3. Thanks for the idea of sewing strings ahead of time and keeping in a 4 1/2" roll for an instant border. I am going to start doing this immediately.

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  4. Cool idea for the scraps -- and I'm absolutely in love with the moose!

    Diane

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  5. How did you do all this? Have you been skipping sleep?
    Love the strings, they look great! You have certainly been productive and making up for lost time.
    Great idea with the scraps. You really are on a roll! Ha Ha!

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  6. I stitch scraps as I go sometimes...great idea to roll them. Throw them away? I have paid the same price for them as for what was used in the quilt originally.

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  7. Thanks for the address. I love you string quilt.

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  10. I love yours. Love love love. It is so darling. I'm so glad you posted it. Yayyy.

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