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Monday, December 26, 2016

Weekly update: mystery and a scrappy week

I am quite proficient sewing with my left foot as my right foot recovers from bunion surgery.



Part 5 of En Provence, the Quiltville mystery, was a snap.  64 3.5" HSTs.    My guess is that the yellow and green fabric will be the sashing/border for the purple, magenta, and neutral units we've made so far.

[Didja see? Bonnie included a screenshot of my FB post of these units  on her blog !]








I assembled the pieced string blocks I showed last week.
 Last week I had begun these rail fence blocks.  They started with 2" x 9" strips, trimmed to 8.5".  I sliced them diagonally.











I reassembled them.

Did I empty the 2" strip bin? Hah!  (But I used up almost all of this red-on-red print. Hooray!)














But wait, there's more!

I've seen this block design in several sources. The immediate inspiration came from the fall/winter issue of Quilts and More. That designer used 1-1/4" strips to make 6" blocks. I chose to use 1-1/2" strips which resulted in 8" blocks.  Each block requires a width-of-fabric cut from 40" from two fabrics.  Of course you could use wider strips.

When the blocks are assembled the flimsy will be 56 x 64.




Here is a pre-constructed block so you can see how it fits together.

I'm joining the Monday link up parade with these bloggers:
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Oh Scrap!
Quiltville's Mystery Monday







18 comments:

  1. The zig-zag pattern you're using is very effective. Thanks for showing the photo of the block assembly. I hope the yellow and green fabrics are not limited to the borders; my blocks still need something bright to come alive.

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  2. I love both of these quilts, and now I really want to do both, but have way too much started, I bet my resolve to not start anything new won't last the day.

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  3. I love what you did with the 2" strips; I wonder how that block would work if I just used random width strings ... trying to empty (hah!) that string bin!

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  4. So much scrappy inspiration in this post. I love them all! Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

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  5. You have been super productive... love the string blocks and that zigzag quilt!

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  6. Yep, you do get so much done each week. Do you get any sleep at all? I know you read too so some of your time is spent with a good book. I really like the zigzag quilt. And, I really like the idea of using the 1.5" strings as that drawer is overflowing. So thanks for the idea.

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  7. Beautiful string block fun. LOVE what you did with the 2" string rail fence blocks! Wow.

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  8. You have been so productive! And I love both finished tops. Nice work!
    Ellie

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  9. I have a bunion surgery scheduled for the end of January. What is the pain level?

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  10. Those slashed rail fence blocks made a gorgeous top! I love all your scrappy fun, but that one is my favorite!

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  11. I love what you've done with those rail-fence blocks. Very nice!

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  12. Quite right to be chuffed with the mention on Bonnie's blog. Still loving your string piecing and the simplicity of the 1 1/2" strip blocks.

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  13. Wow! You got a lot done in the last week. Congrats on the mention on Bonnie's blog. I can't pick a favorite from out of this set, they are all full of scrappy fun.

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  14. wow...great projects...and those darn scrap bins never seem to empty...happy new year my friend!

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  15. The last pattern is very striking, I was surprised to see that it was such a simple block.

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  16. Oh, I tried to resist that siren call of the zig-zag, but last night I started sorting out light and dark 2x3.5 rectangles in the 2" scraps container (big fan of Bonnie Hunter's scrap management system!) and sewed my first leader/ender. A scrappy version will be my leader/ender project for the next several months, I can see!

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