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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


  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.

  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.

  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!

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

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

  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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