For the past few January’s, I’ve pulled out my scrappy strings blocks to work on. Maybe because it’s fun to do something so colorful during a kind of bleary, gray month. This January was no exception. I had cleaned up Christmas, even cleaned up my sewing room and sewing table and there was my basket of scrappy strings and I suddenly got the urge to make string blocks.
Well, those ‘few’ blocks turned into fourteen. I had a good book on Audible (Boys in the Boat. Loved it!) so I just kept going.
These blocks are foundation-pieced on paper. I use the tutorial from Film in the Fridge. My blocks are 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.
Here’s the progress. This quilt started a few years ago. It’s been interesting to watch the shades in the colors of the scraps gradually morph a little over the years. I feel like these new blocks are darker/more saturated than my earliest blocks. I also love these blocks because I’ve been gradually collecting scraps from various friends, just to give myself more variety in my fabrics. It’s made the quilt much more colorful and interesting. And memorable.
Well, those blocks are now put away (hopefully not until next January), the organization of my sewing room has deteriorated rapidly and I’m in full crazy-work mode. Especially getting ready for Winter Quiltfest next week. One project in the works this week is with this new bundle of Amy Butler’s Dream Weaver collection. More bright, cheerful, saturated colors to brighten up January. I added a couple of pieces from her True Colors collections as well.
Dream Weaver is showing up in stores this month, if you need your own winter-pick-me-up. I’ve also seen it online from Hawthorne Threads and may be coming to others soon.
Here’s a sneak peak of this quilt. The fun quilting was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. The pattern is called Nifty Feather. I’m going to work on binding it this weekend and I’ll be taking it to Winter Quiltfest with me next week and then I’ll share the full quilt.
In other news, there’s a new kid on the block in my sewing room. Meet the BabyLock Crescendo. We are just getting acquainted this week. Already it’s been working hard on quilting my new panel quilt top from Pattern Jam and attaching bindings to two quilts. So far, we are getting along splendidly especially thanks to big throat space and a giant quilting extension table. Heavenly. I’m excited to share more in the coming weeks after we’ve had a chance to get to know each other even more…
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