Welcome to "part 2" of the current scrapbusting project. I started this while sick, thinking that the mindless chain-piecing of the scraps would distract my cough. Well, it worked! (It also succeeded in keeping me from packing and getting ready for our trip to the Philadelphia area...) This initial portion reminds me of the fret board on the neck of a guitar.
The initial pieced strip of short, stubby chunks constitutes the central, diagonal portion of the 8.5 inch square. Then I "contained" this strip set with black strips on either side. Now, the fun continues as I just fill out the square on either side.
Each added strip needs to be shorter than the last, and I just roughly center the strip as I sew it on. As I work, I have my 8.5 inch square ruler close so that I can check myself to make sure I am covering enough real estate with each strip.
I really do have a 100% cotton addiction...as I grab strips and chain-piece, I am like a kid in a candy store, trying to decide which piece to try next! Yum-YUM!
I keep checking myself with my ruler as I go merrily along...
Eventually, I end up with these funky blobs of strippy, colorful eye candy. I have been looking forward to playing around with all these scrappy, bright strips and chunks for so long!
I like working with the bold bright scraps...I feel like there are no rules as to how they should go together. It is very liberating to work with no rules, no pattern, no paper, etc. I am usually trying to be so perfect, so precise. I guess my only "rule" is that I insist on pressing well as I go so these wild and crazy beauties will lie absolutely flat and true.
As I work and handle each piece, I remember the project the scrap came from or the person that gave me the scrap...isn't that wacky?? Mary J and Barb F...do you see some of your fabrics??
Initially, I did try this as a paper-piecing project, but I quickly got lazy and realized that I could do this just as well without the paper, as long as I keep rulers close and check myself from time to time to make sure I am completely covering enough area to cleanly cut out my block when I've finished adding all the strips. I only had to remove the paper from one blob to realize that I didn't want to do THAT over and over!
Next, using my Brooklyn Revolver (one of my favorite tools!), I carefully trimmed the fabric blobs down to perfect little 8.5 inch squares. This is a rotary mat with a "lazy Susan" base. It allows me to trim one side, carefully turn 90 degrees and trim, then continue turning and trimming until a square appears.
So far I have 24 blocks ready to lay out and see how things will look.
When chain-piecing the "blobs" and adding the last small corner chunks, I did try and not use too skinny a strip. That way when I start piecing all the squares together, I won't have seam allowances too close to the intersection of four blocks.
I'm going to play with the setting some...I wasn't real careful here, just wanting to see how all the blocks play together.
After our Thanksgiving trip, I can't wait to dive into this box of strips and chunks and make more blocks! They are so quick and fun to make! I was definitely tempted to play hookie from Thanksgiving and stay home and make more blocks. I am looking forward to seeing Steve's parents and sister, and even looking forward to doing all the cooking in a strange kitchen, but this project is so FUN!! It makes my heart sing!
(**added later**) Here are 2 finished quilts using these fabulous blocks...
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope your heart is getting to sing a little bit on this long, holiday weekend! I am so thankful for family and friends, and I am totally grateful to have a hobby that challenges and delights me, and occasionally torments me!