Saturday, December 18, 2010

Finally home for a Friday Night Sew In  with Heidi from Hand Made By Heidi.  I love the idea of sewing with people from all over the world, and this was a double world-wide sew-in.  Friday Night and stitching on a Bonnie mystery.   Yaa Hooooo.!
Onwards with Step 2 of the mystery quilt with Bonnie K Hunter.  I finished cutting and stitching triangles together last night.  So big tick to Step 2.
 I bypassed Step 3.  It entails stitching 60 8 1/2" string pieced blocks.  I just need to get my head around that prospect, and the need to cut 60 foundations as well as all the strips.  I don't keep strings of fabric in "stock".  So onto Step 4.  I've cut 30 strips of green, 30 of  neutrals, and 120 green squares to match the green strips.  The green and neutral strips need to be sewn together.  Who knows what is happening to the squares!
 Whilst stripping my neutrals for Step 4, I decided that it would be a fantastic idea to also cut for Step 3 strips and Step 5 (which appeared last night).    So, here is a start at strings and strips for the foundation pieced string blocks.  I just cut a mixture of 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" strips.
 This is my pile of 2" strips for Step 5.  This step entails piecing  600  , yes 600 2" triangles from neutrals and a constant red fabric.  Must start to strip my red today.  I found it interesting to take a fat quarter of fabric, and strip it until it was gone.  I did start by cutting some and setting some aside for "later".  Then I thought - why later?  Just Use it all up!  After all, I can always buy more if the unthinkable should happen and I run out!!  So each piece was stripped for Step 3, 4 and 5 until it was gone.  I have to say it was actually very satisfying.
 So, for many pieces this is all that was left.  These bits make it to the compost bin.  No waste- how cool is that?
Speaking very quietly here, but I've started to save my selvages.  I know, another tub of bits.  They're so enticing though.  Oh, stop me now!  Please.


  1. WOW! There's obviously NO stopping you now! You are on a roll, roll, roll! Goodness! So many strips! I haven't peeked yet at Step 5, but now I'm terrified. How DID I let you talk me into this!? (ggg) But I'll happily take the blame for the selvage thing. Anyway, how much extra "work" is it to cut a 1" strip from the side of a piece of fabric? Your rotary cutter is smokin', isn't it?

    Since I traveled Friday from Kansas back to Iowa, I couldn't participate in the Friday Night Sew-in, but you can be sure I'm planning to jump back into RRCB soon. Thanks for all your inspirational photos, even of the pile of strings. You have a great heap of them, and it's all good. Go Kerry go!

  2. Lucky you being home for a Friday Night Sew-In...I had to work :(
    You are certainly blitzing RRCB...loving the fabrics you're using...and surely Bonnie would be impressed with your Just Use It All attitude...