I started a new quilt. I know, I know, I am ignoring my various and sundry UFOs. But my excuse for beginning a new project is that “string piecing on a paper foundation” is the subject for discussion at the February Quilting Circle. And I need a sample for show and tell.
Months ago I saw a scrap quilt on Pinterest that I really like. It was made by Lynn Harris; you can see the quilt on her blog, The Little Red Hen – she titled the quilt “Nancy.” Lynn combined half square tirangles of lime green with string pieced half square triangles. Since I have 1 1/2 yds. of lime green and a bag stuffed with strings, I decided it was time to start.
I cut 8″ squares from an old telephone book and proceeded to cover them with scrappy strips of fabric. The widest strip is 2 1/2,” and the narrowest is 1 1/4.” I’m using leftover triangles from mitering borders to cover the two opposite corners.
Tip: It is best to place the first strip diagonally across the center of the paper square. Then work outward from both sides with a sew and flip method.
Warning: This is not a neat project. As you can see, strips and strings are scattered on the floor beside my sewing table and litter the top of the table as well.
I’ve made 20 blocks so far and estimate that my yardage of lime green will yield only 30 squares. Therefore, I’ll need 30 string pieced blocks as well.
Twenty string pieced blocks down, and 10 to go!