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Change of Plans

The day we were to leave for our vacation in Maine, I decided I really wanted to take a hand stitching project along with me as I was fairly certain Ray wouldn’t be too keen on my bringing along a sewing machine. He can be so darn unreasonable. Ha ha. We were to be gone for two weeks which is far too long to be without needle and thread. I was searching through the closet in my sewing room and decided to change my plan for a UFO that I had.

Here is the back story. In July, 2014, I posted about a packet of scraps I ordered online. It turned out to be strips from the Moda line called Lexington, designed by Minnick & Simpson. I planned to make a string quilt. Here is a picture of some of the blocks. Side note: ¬†wow, that is a horrible picture. I am happy to see that my photography has improved over time. ūüėČblue tan quilt blocks 2

Each string block finished at seven inches. After making about 20 blocks I set it aside and have not touched it since. I am not sure why, but I lost interest in it. I really like the colors in the project though. I decided to repurpose the blocks that were made and quickly sewed twelve blocks together to use as a table runner. Using twelve blocks gave me a runner that was about 13.5″ x 40″ which is a nice size for my table.

I cut a piece of batting from a bag of batting scraps that I had and also a piece of backing. I love the backing – I purchased it a couple of years ago at a quilt shop in the bay area. My sister, Cathy, found it on a sale table for me.

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It has been on the shelf for a bit and I was happy to find a project to use it in. After stitching up the blocks, I quickly sandwiched everything and ditch stitched it down the center and across the width at each seam. I didn’t want to pack a hoop to quilt it and if it was stitched already, I knew it would be stable to hand stitch.

This was such a nice way to practice hand quilting. I have not done a lot of handwork. I did quilt a pillow last spring but since then, not so much. I brought my Hera marker and a square ruler with me, hoping I could figure out some sort of design once I got going. I also brought some basic hand quilting thread as well as Perle cotton.

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There are three centers and on each, I stitched a flower. In the center I placed a cluster of french knots. To create the flower petals I used my Hera marker and traced around the top of a coffee cup. Once I got going, I could just freehand them but I needed a guide to get me started.

In each triangle I echoed the lines of the triangles with straight lines. I like the simplicity of the quilting. While we are looking at this picture, let’s all ignore the fact that the point isn’t even close to matching properly. Thank you kindly.

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The  table runner is very pretty and I look forward to using it later this fall. It feels autumnal to me. I love the binding. This bit of fabric was in my stash and works perfectly. I definitely enjoyed the hand quilting and will continue to practice my stitching.

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I still have a few more of these string blocks which will likely sit in that lonely pile where orphan blocks go until I find a use for them.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend which involves at least a little time in the sewing room. Linking to my usual favorites. Find them at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

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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.

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The blocks are fun to make Рthey 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?