When I began quilting in earnest a few years ago I had lots of long strips of leftover fabric -- strings. I dumped them into a half-bushel basket, adding to the basket as more strings came along. What was I thinking?
This week I searched through every possible source of neutral scraps for my scrap squares, including that string basket. What a mess! I found a bunch of light strings but they were so crumpled I had to iron them. They look much better. They look usable, in fact.
And I've used some of those strings to make more 4" squares.
There are enough squares here to make 22 blocks (with 4 squares each) though they're not all from those strings.
Laid out in stacks of four, they look like this.
One of these days I'll have enough to make a quilt. Right now they are leaders/enders for each other. I match fabric pieces, pin, and lay a stack by the sewing machine. It's easy to whip right through them. Stitch, press, match, repeat. And the stack grows.
Sometime in the last year or two I changed the way I manage strings. I lay them flat, one on top of another, so I don't have to iron them before using them. Of course, there's still that half-bushel basket of strings that need to be ironed....
How do you store strings? If they are wrinkled, do you iron them before sewing them? Just curious.
I haven't had much sewing time these past few weeks. I've been helping organize a women's conference at church -- scheduled for tomorrow! We're having 17 presenters and 20 workshops and there could be as many as 200 women attend. My part has been contacting the presenters to get the titles and blurbs for their presentations, find out what their needs will be (copies, AV equipment, etc.), letting them know their rooms and presentation times, etc. The organizer commented that every time she asked one of the women to present she felt like she was asking them to marry her. I chuckled at that. Then I began my part in the process and I felt like they'd all said yes -- to me! I've sent and responded to countless emails. I'm looking forward to clearing out my inbox in the next few days!
I'm linking this post to
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> Friday Night Sew-In at Sugarlane Designs
> I May Have a Scrap Problem at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
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