Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sew Good Strings!

Ahhhh - - the sweet taste of Virtue!! I had a sew day here yesterday for my mini group, the Sew Goods. As it turned out, only three of us were here, and what a time we three had! Leslie and Lynn sewed their little hearts out, we all gabbed like hens all day, ate soo good food, and I cut and cut and cut.....
A laundry basket of scraps that have been building up for ages, was annihilated. I dumped the totes on my kitchen table and told Leslie and Lynn to take what they wanted 'cos I'm tired of them. I spent all day cutting up the rest!
A nice bucket of strings...... And
Nice neat stacks of squares; 3", 2 &1/2 and 5's; and some 2 &1/2 strips too. I really wanted to do the entire basket, plus 2 totes I've had for years, but my back finally gave out after about 6 hours. I have a little pile of scraps still to cut, and I'll do those today BECAUSE -- I've been hooked. Addicted, turned on, lit up & smoked; by string blocks. Just for yucks last night about 10 pm, I decided to make a couple to satisfy my curiosity. I had a piece of yuck fabric still in that basket, and I used that for backing, because I object to picking paper if I don't have to. Oh my. Well. Good gracious. I have seen the light!!
So I guess I'll have made a whole top by tonight. LOL!! I have baby quilts coming out my ears, all with a deadline, so what am I doin' playing with strings???? Good grief, this is fun. True "No Thinkum" sewing at it's best. And boy the potential! My mind was racing most of the night with ideas and colorways...... DH stood and stared at them for a long time and said - "You can call this one Helter Skelter" Hmmm...... What a fun day. Today I am all alone all day, (Yippeee!!!) because instead of the annual Bluegrass party we go to at some friends ranch, I was going to drive down to see my kids instead. DH has gone to the party without me, and now I get a call that my kids are all gone off in different directions too. SO - here I sit!! Gosh, a day alone has so much potential. I might draw the drapes and pretend I'm not here when the grands from next door come calling - is that a bad Grandma? Oh well -- Bad Gramdma, Good Quilter; it's a choice we make sometimes...LOL!!! Play on!
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10 comments:

Hedgehog said...

Glad you're feeling so inspired to use up your scraps! Have fun today!

Elaine Adair said...

Wooo hooo - another stringer! Again, as in all quilt blocks, there is no end to ideas!!!

Kim said...

Enjoy the gift of a free day and have fun playing!

Carole said...

Woo, hooo, looks like you've been having fun! Good for you! I'm not understanding the necessity for a foundation for your string piecing. Keep well and happy quilting!

Rosy said...

Gee, sorry I missed out on the fun! But, you really made a dent in the leftovers! Looks swell! (A day "off" is sometimes sooo good ;0))

Morah said...

I go in spurts with scraps. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I just can't throw them away fast enough! Love making string blocks too!

Quilting Pirate said...

What a great use of scraps! I've just recently read this somewhere that helps folks beat their stash! And WOOT on the top being completed---always feels good!

Mama Koch said...

Love your string blocks. Yes, this definitely is no-brain sewing but it's fun to see some results too.

Quilting Journey said...

My gosh woman! How many posts ago did I TELL you that string quilting is amazing and highly addictive. You just gotta listen to your elders ;) I am SO glad you have seen the light, been enlightened and lightened the load in that lovely little basketful of scraps. String quilting is the best mood elevator I have found yet...talk about putting you in the zone!!!! Go Su B, go!!!

jovaliquilts said...

Love the strings -- it's so satisfying to get such a wonderful quilt out of all those leftover pieces. But I have been known to cut off big pieces of fabric to get the right string!
Cheri