Sunday, November 25, 2007

String Blocks ( scrap busting)

I had all these 1 and 1 1/2 inch strings left over from another scrap project. I kept thinkging I should just toss them - they won't make much. Then one afternoon the kids and I sat down to watch a movie. I thought well I'll just sew them into strips and make a rail fence type quilt out of them. So I sewed them all into 4 string strips. It then dawned on me that if I cut each strip up to make it like a rail fence quilt I might give up before I got anywhere.

Theeeeeen I remembered that I love to do string quilts so I bet I could just use the strips as "big" Strings and make some of those blocks. The first few blocks went together awful quick as the strips were anywhere from 3 to 4 inches.
But then I had lots of little pieces left, and I wanted 24 blocks total . Because if I am going to go to all this effort - I really want a useable size quilt right? So I spread everything I had over my cutting table and started sewing up some really little crumbs into strips that I could use. My hubby thought I was nuts ( he may be right).
So I kept sewing and sewing and pressing - and Voila - I have come up with 24 string/crumb blocks our of really bright fabrics. I do need to trim the blocks now, the can sew them together into a top.
My curious man just had to know what they would look like - so he layed them out for me.
But you just can't stop with 6 - you need more to really "see" what they will look like. I think this quilt will be very bright. The center of every block is a royal or navy blue, so it may need a blue border to draw it all together.
Now I am done with that scrap pile - anyone want the extras? I bet there's enough for another block or two, but to tell you the truth, I think I am tired of these fabrics now. And since I am on a mission to stash/scrap bust as much as I can - I volunteer to pass them to someone who would love some pretty bright colors. You can leave me a comment and they are yours!


Leah S said...

I love the cheerfulness of your string blocks! I'm hoping to get back to my own string quilt in December. :)

Mel said...

Beautiful fabrics. I love brights.

Suzanne Earley said...

I do NOT want your fabric (LOL) but I did want to say that your blocks are very cute! Fun!

LouAnne said...

Alycia: LouAnne in CA here. What do you use for the foundation for your string blocks? paper? muslin? I'm curious because after making many charity tops this year, I have collected a lot of strips and would like to start piecing some string blocks in order to make another charity quilt.

Anonymous said...

I like the irregular layout--did you keep it? Visiting from Val's, but I don't have any string quilts or blocks to share--maybe next time the theme roll around!