Well, despite all efforts to avoid it, Tuesday snuck up on me, and I almost forgot to write a scrappy blogpost for Wednesday! But here I am, with a little bit of a fun quilt to share! Here's the story...
It all started with this picture that I found on Pinterest. Suddenly the huge pile of strings we have at church took on a different glamour! And so, using a 5" square for the center, I started going around the square with those strings. My only requirement was that they be straight and even. Round and round and round I went, until my block measured around 18" square, and I could get a full 8.5" block from the center of the 5" square towards all four corners.
After I finished two of the 18" blocks and cut them into quarters, I arranged this on the design wall. Back to the sewing machine to make more blocks....
...and after cutting them into quarters, I decided to try a different arrangement. I like this a little bit better, and it makes the blocks more like log cabins than bento boxes. Awfully busy, though, with not much place for the eye to rest.
I decided to add sashing strips to two sides of each block (much easier than trying to keep the blocks in line with long sashing) and came up with this arrangement. I like this - it calms it down and lets the scraps shine a little brighter!
Some setting triangles and corners (thank heavens for the Robert Kaufman quilting calculator app that does the math for me!) and a border, and this quilt top is in the books! I was working at church every morning last week while the kiddos were in Vacation Bible School, and managed to finish this in probably about 8-10 hours of work.
So that's my scrappy accomplishment for the week! I'm sorry to say it didn't make much of a dent in the strings bucket, though - we may need to have a sewing day where we make a lot of these blocks and turn them into quilt tops. I think that might make a dent!
What do you do to tame YOUR string box/bin/hamper/closet?