What’s Next?

This quilting obssesion is such that I am always, always, always thinking of what’s next?  I have two quilts in progress and two projects that I am in the process of finishing up the binding.  Isn’t that plenty?  No, not even close.  If you are reading this, you probably understand.  I don’t know what drives this.  Is it all the amazing fabrics out there?  Do they  create this continual desire to start the next thing? Maybe it is the satisfaction of creating something? The peacefulness that comes over me when I am piecing something?? Honestly, it is almost always in the back of my mind; the next project.

So, here is “what’s next”, for today anyway.  On a whim, I purchased a bag of scraps from Southern Fabric.  Have you taken a look at their on-line shop?  It is filled with a huge assortment of really nice fabric.  I follow them on Instagram and Facebook because they are always having a sale on something.  One day it was bags of strips.  They were half off (regular price is $12.00).  The only thing guaranteed was that the strips were from a coordinated line from Moda.  Good enough for me.  Really, is there any line that I really wouldn’t want to work with?  Doubtful. (By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post.  I just love their shop.) With rapid speed, I received my bag of surprises in the mail. (I love a good surprise too!) I was so thrilled.  Look what I got:

blue stripsThe strips are from the Lexington line designed by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics.  I love it.  My favorite pieces are the text prints that just repeat the alphabet.  Really sweet.  I think I need to order some yardage in that text print.  Two strips just isn’t going to do it for me.

It was easy to come up with a project for these strips.  I decided to make a string quilt. The tutorial that I liked best was found on Quiltville.com. The blocks are strip quilted on a  rectangular piece of fabric and then triangles are added to the sides to create the block. First I trimmed the selvages off and cut my strips into various widths between 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches.  I used a sheet that I cut into rectangles for the foundation fabric. For the triangles, I have some low volume fabrics that work perfectly.  Check these out:

blue quilt low volThese are such pretty pieces and I love them with the blues and tans of the Lexington line.  Here are the blocks that I have thus far. As I have mentioned before, I lean toward the precise side (that actually is a bit of an understatement) so I’ve decided to sew some of the strips slightly wonky and try to enjoy the freedom that allows.  Not so bad to relax and accept a little intentionally crooked piecing! If nothing else, it is kind of freeing.

blue tan quilt blocks 2

The blocks are fun to make – they require almost no concentration.  The only (small) downside is pressing the strips each time one is flipped over.  Usually I will sew one from each end, starting at the center so I can press two at a time.  Kind of a hassle to do the pressing.  Other than that, easy peasy.

blue tan quilt blocksI am taking off this afternoon to go visit my son for a couple of days.  He just got his first job after graduating college so I am looking forward to hearing how things are going. I suspect I might be able to find a few local quilt shops during my travels! (a given, right?) Hope you are all enjoying your fabric craziness as much as I am.

Linking up with:

Marelize at Anything Goes Monday; Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts, Connie at Freemotion by the River, Heather and Megan at Randi at Fabric Tuesday. How about with the lovely Lorna at Let’s Bee Social?

15 thoughts on “What’s Next?

    1. Bernie Post author

      He just graduated from Cal Poly in SLO. Now he live in the San Joaquin Valley, working as a production engineer. He’s doing great. So fun to hang out with him for a couple of days.

      Enjoy your day,

  1. Lorna McMahon

    What a great pattern choice for these beautiful strips, Bernie. Love the combination of colour with those neutrals. Congratulations to your son – and happy hunting in the fabric shops!

  2. Micki

    Is it just a coincidence that I said those exact words this morning…What’s next? Just finished a small quilt top, have two on the design wall that I need to have the blocks sewn together, and I am designing another one. I am doing a floating triangle block. The triangles are ready and now that I am cutting some background fabric for them. Seriously… am I really asking ‘WHAT’S NEXT’!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you!! I hope I can get back to this one. I was sidelined by another project but that one is about finished. Then back to those string blocks.

      Take care!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I love these fabrics as well. It is a great line. I may have to supplement with some neutrals from my stash. Looks like I won’t have quite enough to finish up. That’s ok tho – just filling in with some extra neutrals.

      Take care,


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