I want to thank all those that have commented on my blog. I'm new to blogging regularly so I've not had too many comments to read. My blog is primarily a journal for my personal use but it is fun to correspond with others especially when sharing the same mystery.
I have never saved strings and I've been quilting since the early 70's. I wonder what my OB would look like if I had some of those old pieces to include in this step. I think it would be a little wild to say the least. But what am I saying, some of my stash is probably 20 years old. ;->
Anyway, I made these two blocks early this am from strings I cut from my stash. When I cut these, I sorted through my red shelf to find the most diverse group, then proceeded to cut 1 1/2 inch or 1 3/4 in strip from each one. I only used one of the "stacks of red" on that shelf and I have 5 more stacks that I did not even use. I really have a lot of fabric and Bonnie is helping me use it. Once I finished cutting and put the stack back on the shelf, it did not look like I had used any. Does fabric multiply whenever it is touched?
I cut the phonebook pages I needed to 5 3/4 inches so I would have more wiggle room to trim if necessary and proceeded to make two blocks. When I choose strips, I close my eyes and reach into this basket and use whichever strip I pull out. The only reason not to use it if it is too much like the one I'm about to sew next to it. I may cut a few more reds with light backgrounds just to give the blocks more punch. I have a travel iron setup next to my sewing area, so I press as I work. Makes the process much faster for me. I'll show a picture of my TV tray stand that I padded and covered to make a portable pressing station on my next post.
I have the recommended rulers and I find I really like using them. BTW, I did finsih the HST last night using Bonnie's recommended ruler for that. Took about 3 hours to make 350 HST, pressing and dog-ears removed. Did not have to trim these of the QST either. Bonnie has made a believer out of me.
I am a Pastor's wife of 38 years; mother of two grown and married children, quilting for over 40 years, Longarm quilter for 14 years, domestic sewing machine collector (don't ask me how many sewing machines I have!) I love woodworking (building cabinets and bookcases), I like to read mysteries and watch "chick" flicks. I love all types of music except Blue Grass, but my favorites are Contemporary Christian and oldies-Rock'n Roll.