The String blocks are up next. This is a photo of what two string blocks sliced on the diagonal and then re-sewn back together will look like.
After I had completed about 6 string blocks I was running out of strings on hand and I found myself cutting strips. Yes, I had to cut strips! Uggh!
At first I was trying to be fairly accurate but after a few strips I had to ask myself “self, why are you being so accurate? These are just going into string blocks…just hack away!”.
So I folded the fabric in half so I had 4 layers and just used my scissors to cut apart my really wonky strings. It was a lot faster and I felt better.
Then as I was going to start sewing these to the foundation papers…as described in Step 3 of the Roll Roll Cotton Boll Mystery Quilt project I thought to myself once again, “self, can’t you just sew all these strips together and then cut out the block?” YES!!! So that is what I did…
Oh! Life was getting really great!
I sewed until my strip unit measured a width of 13 inches. That was important because I needed to make sure my 8-1/2″ square would fit on point with enough wiggle room to center a strip in the middle!
Then I cut!
And then used the 8-1/2″ ruler to cut out 3 blocks! There were also side triangles that with just an added center strip sewn together will yield another 3 more blocks! So all told, I can get 6 blocks VERY FAST from this technique.
And of course there are a few side scraps that can go back into a crumb or a string bag for the smaller sections.
32, 33, and 34 blocks complete!