Tuesday, December 30, 2014

String/strip busting pattern

Sonja's Windows  Time for some string/strip busting around here.  My string bins are overflowing with cut off pieces and leftover strips.  I refuse to move them to larger bins, so it is time to do something about them.   I have them sorted---mostly---by color family.  I pulled out the idea file and found this oldie but goodie.
   This is called Sonja's Windows. And I blatantly stole the photo!    It is from America Loves Scrap Quilts 2009.  The quilt shown is by Candace Hassen.  She was a guest speaker at guild last year, and I really liked this one.   It should be good for using up some strips and strings.
  You begin with a 14" slab of straight strings and strips.  I am playing around with color family slabs......so that hopefully, one diagonal section  will be of a color family.  Then I think I will mix up the colors in  some other slabs for the other half section.   What is nifty about this pattern.....from 2 slabs  you will get 4 blocks!  More about that later when I get to that part.
   I call this mindless sewing....just the hum of the machine, one string after another until it is wide enough.  My mind wanders and relaxes, while I digest the holidays and anything else that creeps in to my brain.  I am not ready to tackle anything complicated or planned.  I want the cobwebs to float away and be refreshed for the new year in a few days.
   So if you want to join me for a little slab sewing, I have the full pattern in a pdf file......I will be naughty and share, if asked.   That is if the quilt police don't catch me.   Happy stitching.  

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18 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see your take on that beautiful pattern! I'm like you......I reach a point where I have to do something with the strings. Have fun!

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  2. My strings are beginning to take over - I think I need to do something similar soon. Love this pattern. ~Jeanne

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  3. Beautiful quilt and I admire your ambition at taking on such a project

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  4. You're exactly where I am, except my brain lit up today and came back to work. I sewed for the first time in weeks, strings and scraps are what I'll be doing until they stop spilling out on the floor.

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  5. I have lots of strips hanging around waiting for a project, This looks like a great project. I would love to try it.

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  6. That is a very pretty quilt. I will be interested to see what colors you select for your version.

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  7. I am committed to a few intensive projects for 2015 but think I could use the therapy of just stitching strips/strings in-between the other projects. Are you using purely straight strips? I am wondering if this would work with strings which re not uniform in width.

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  8. I love string quilts and recently made a king size. Please share the PDF. Thanks so much. It's an interesting concept.

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  9. Yes, please share your PDF. This is exactly the project I need to 'decompress' after the holidays with!

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  10. What wonderful New Years therapy you've come up with. I promise I'm NOT an undercover quilt policewoman trolling blogs to find the first 2015 offender. So yes please send me the PDF! Thanks for this evidence in advance ;)))

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  11. This is a lovely quilt which I would love totry this year so would be grateful for the pattern. A friend made it in pinks and greens many years ago and it turned out great.

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  12. Thank you for sharing. I have many scraps and am always looking for another design to help use some of those prolific scraps.
    Marge

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  13. I will be back in front of my sewing machine for the first time in three weeks tomorrow -- I am so looking forward to it! I have projects to finish and things to start. I have scraps to press and cut and sort and store but what I need most is some mindless sewing. On to the first blocks for RSC 2015 -- I'm so glad I spent weeks organising my scraps (although I'm obviously not done!)

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  14. Looks like fun, please share pattern.
    gr8sew@dmbroadband.com
    Thanks, Mary

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  15. I'd love a copy of the pattern...this is the year of stashbusting.

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  16. I would love to have a copy of this pattern. My email is verna at groger dot net. Thanks for all the great information you share! My daughters and I are new to quilting and are very excited about all we're learning - so much fun!!

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  17. Would love it if you would share the pattern. Very nice!

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  18. What a coincidence! No we are not the same person!

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