Thursday, October 13, 2011

Red and White Strings

I'm just going to pop in real quick and then get back to doing nothing on the couch. I should have known something was brewing the other day when I sounded like Marge Simpson. I definitely should have known yesterday when I was freezing all day. And this morning I woke up to sore sinuses and a sore throat, and that general blah feeling that accompanies the onset of a cold.

I don't have much to say about this week's quilt block, except it's totally made of scrappy and I adore it. All we had to do was string piece a block. I've made an entire string quilt before, so this was pretty easy. Sewing onto a paper foundation was kind of neat. It's very counter-intuitive to rip the paper out of your stitches when you're done - I kept cringing thinking I was going to be left with a mess, but everything held fine. On my previous quilt I used fabric as my foundation, which greatly increases the weight of it. But this way you throw away a lot of paper...

I would really like to try paper piecing with a more complicated block. You can definitely sense the difference in the stability of the fabrics with a piece of paper behind them. The seams are much more accurate, and the stretch is controlled.

I finished up my crochet project last night, and I'm in love with it! It's not in the usual bright colors that I'm drawn to, but in darker tones that go perfectly in the living room. I can't wait to show you! Here's hoping for some sunshine this weekend so I can get a decent photo or two.

OH! And my giveaway ends soon - get the details on this post to for a chance to win some yummers fabric!


  1. I don't know a whole lot about quilting, but this is really beautiful!

    I'm sorry you're feeling under the weather. I hope you feel better soon!

  2. Hope you're feeling better soon.

    The red/white string block is lovely. I have never tried string piecing - on my "to do" list!

    Now get back on the couch. :)

  3. I've tried paper pieceing in 2007. That was a long time ago. My first try was a bird. I didn't like ripping out the paper. Get well soon. Oh, what will you do with all the blocks you made?

  4. That looks fab, love the precision. I have to try my first paper piecing today - bee blocks to do - eek!

    Hope you're feeling better soon

  5. Just perfect! Looking forward to seeing the crochet. I do hope you're feeling better soon, get some rest now.



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