This past snowy weekend was incredibly productive for sewing, and I am so pleased with the progress made in my Christmas scraps box. My 40 blocks are all sewn, trimmed, papers removed, and edge-stitched. Whew!
As mentioned in the previous post, I dug out a box of scraps to make string blocks during our weekend snow storm. I had 6 made which were samples from a workshop I taught (back in the day when such things were possible), and most of the foundation papers and strips were cut, so it was all straight sewing.
The papers were removed while watching a movie; I take a large recycling bag and work inside it as I rip so that the mess is contained. Since the blocks had no seam intersections, the papers tore right off.
As soon as the papers were removed, I ran with the blocks to the machine to do the edge-stitching. This step is SO important with string blocks, as the ends of the seams can open while removing the paper, and with handling. Stitching 1/8" from all edges within the seam allowance with a short stitch length holds everything in place.
So, this one will get set aside for a little bit while I do that. In meantime, I am thread-painting a tree, and getting ready for February's Colour Builder block. The threads are already on the way and I can't wait for them to arrive. There was also notice of a shipment of fabric coming from Island Batik, which will be used in a magazine project. Lots to keep me distracted this week. The weatherman is predicting some snowy weather for next weekend, so perhaps the string quilt will get hauled out again...