It starts with a bag of muslin, leftovers from various projects over the years. Some dating back to the muslin I made for my sister’s wedding dress in 1993. Odds and ends of various width and lengths.
I can’t hardly throw anything of what I perceive as true value away…so here we are…
I pulled these out because I finally felt like I knew what I could do with all of this…cut it into those 10 inch foundation squares like the ones we used at the QOV string quilt gathering a few weeks back.
So chop, chop, chop, wedding dress muslin and all. You actually can see the front there…
Then because I had purchased a slew of red, white and blue fabrics recently. And, oh yes…let’s not forget all those plaid shirts I picked up for a pittance, I spent a few hours cutting these up into usable blocks and strips, leftovers and strings went into a string bag.
A revelation occurred midway with a 2-1/2″ strip. I asked myself “isn’t it possible to cut enough triangles and squares to make one of those Prairie Point Star blocks out of this strip? hmmmm…let’s try.”
Just add a 2″ square and a 4″ square to those EZ triangle rulers I bought for the Carolina Christmas Mystery Quilt and lo and behold I was making all kinds of star blocks just like this:
And with some of the 1-1/2″ strips I cut…because you just never know when you’ll need a postage stamp…figured I’d try out putting a few of these together…
And you know…since all this cutting and putzing around with design I have lots of leftover strings… which guess what?! Now I have something to put the strings on! Those 10″ muslin squares.
The process has gone full circle.
And I’ve created in a roundabout way a few more projects for myself! The starts of a Star Quilt, a Postage Stamp Quilt and now a QOV string quilt….do you see now how THEY get you hooked?!?!
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Looove it!!! I too can not throw anything that could be used away. I am glad to see what you came up with!!!
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