Still inspired by the Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again Quilt book, I went through my stash and really liked all the blues & greens together. I decided to try diagonal string piecing. It is where you in essence create a new fabric by sewing strips together and then slicing them on the diagonal.
First I cut a few 1-1.5″ strips of each of the fabrics for this project. I only cut that much because if this idea didn’t work, I didn’t want my entire stash of blues & greens to be in narrow strips.
Then I sewed them together, which took most of an afternoon and some of the next day. It was rather laborious, but I was excited about what it all was becoming. I also cut 5″ squares out of 3 fabrics – 20 of them total – to use as the centers. When I laid the striped fabric right next to the 5″ squares, it was way too busy. So I cut narrow strips from solids in my stash and sewed them around the center squares log cabin style. It works well to visually break the busy-ness.
Here is an example of one of the finished squares with the strips sewn on the sides. As you can see, I decided that cutting all the strips on the diagonal was too monotonous. So some strips were cut at right angles. I cut all the new strips 2.5″ wide. Below is what several blocks look like bumped next to each other – WILD!
This has been an enormous project. The ignorance of the novice. I am getting kinda tired of it and think it needs something to break up the monotony of it all. That will be my next project on this quilt.
And here it is with the blocks partially finished laid out on the floor. I’m thinking this may be more of a lap quilt and then using the extra blocks to make a nifty tote for myself. Haven’t decided yet. Thoughts?