SCRAP HAPPINESS- Strings and 4 patches!

I’ve managed to assemble a twin sized quilt using the string blocks I made in August.  There is no “official pattern”, I just worked out the sizes as I went along. I was inspired by several different string quilts I saw on  Becky Petersen’s blog, Quilted Twins.  Becky finished up a string quilt recently and set the string blocks with alternate blocks and surrounded everything with white.  I decided I liked the way the white played with the bright fabrics, so that is how I came to sash these blocks, using scrappy white fabric.

String quilt assembled

The top currently measures at 58″ x 87″.  (Sorry, but the lighting washed out the colors.  Maybe if the rain stops before my ark floats away, I can get a decent daylight photograph after I get the next round of borders on.)

The blocks were stitched on 6×6″ phone book papers, and set with 2″ white sashing and 2″ cornerstones. I tried to use a wide variety of white fabric with print for the cornerstones.  The “strings” came from my scrap user storage system, as did the 2″ cornerstones.  I was able to get many of the 6″ sashing strips from scrap fabric, but needed so much I resorted to cutting a nice 2″ strip off of many pieces of yardage I have set aside for my “next” Bonnie Hunter project.

I’ve done all of the sewing on this project on 2 machines, both my Brother 6000i and my 1949 Featherweight. Last week I had to take a break and let the hubby do a little servicing of the Brother. Seems the “timing was out of whack”, with the needle striking the bobbin case, and he was able to make the necessary adjustments. (Thank goodness for Google and You Tube).

Adjusting the timing

He is pretty handy to have around. He does a lot of “micro work” with electronics for his model railroad hobby and has an excellent mechanical and troubleshooting mind.  The next photo is one of hubby’s little projects.  And I mean little.  He is wiring LED lights into an assembly for an HO locomotive. Note the scale of the project.

LED project

He asked me to take a bunch of photo’s, so of course, I used a piece of scrap white fabric for a background. Those are 1″ squares on my cutting mat showing around the fabric.  Needless to say, he is quite talented.  (I think I hurt his feelings when I would not let him work on my Janome 8900, which is STILL in the shop, awaiting parts.  I’m sure he would have had it running by now if he could have gotten schematics and parts.)

Both the Brother and the Featherweight machines require me to use a leader/ender to start & stop the sewing, so I dug into the 2″ basket and made a significant amount of 2 patches, and then gradually sewed them into four patches.  I now have somewhere near 133 4 patches ready for another project, yet still the 2″ basket is quite full.  I have a nice stack of 2 patches to press today and pin together for the next round of sewing.  I learned all about using leaders & enders on Bonnie Hunter’s blog .  Bonnie has 2 books about how to use your Leaders & Enders, and you can find them on her blog for sale. She also has lots of free patterns on her blog if you are looking for something fun to sew.  (Right now, my 4 patches are going to “ferment” for a while)

133 Four patches from 2" squares

I enjoyed this string quilt project, and think it needs a bit more in the order of a border, so I will be doing some more of those fun string borders that I did on my Scrap Dance Two step.  I figure, why not use up the strings when the phone book paper is plentiful?  I love sewing the strings. The sashing was a bunch of work!

Yay for foundation papers

In the last 2 days I have had 2 more phone books arrive in the driveway and I did a little quilter cheer that I hope would make Bonnie Hunter laugh!

Before you go, do go take a look at Becky Petersens blog post  – Quilted Twins blog

I will be linking this to Oh Scrap!

And linking up at the end of the month to the OMG – One Monthly Goal .

If you haven’t seen those blogs, hop over and take a look.  If you found me from one of those blogs, please let me know!

What’s happening in your sewing room?


12 thoughts on “SCRAP HAPPINESS- Strings and 4 patches!

  1. Hockers has phone books lined up sky high in his lobby. I would be more than happy to pick up more for you if you want them.

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    • Oh the secret stash of the string quilter……you should put a note in the guild newsletter where that stash can be found! I am well stocked. Like I said, 2 new ones came this week; and I probably have 8 or 10 stacked up in my studio. Thanks for thinking of me!


  2. Love your String Quilt! Aren’t we blessed to have such wonderful, talented and amazing Quilter’s Support Staff (husbands)?
    I’ve had trouble in the past getting parts for my Janome. The last time I had my now sold one in the shop, I had to wait 3 or 4 months for the part. They come from Japan, and this was about the time they had that tsunami that wiped out the nuclear power plant.
    My dealer ordered me a quarter-inch foot that doesn’t have the stupid flange on it (a lot of times that flange is in the way), and that was in January. It is still supposedly sitting in a container ship waiting to go through customs. Really? I’ve quit asking about it when I’m in the shop. I think I’ll have my quilters support staff just remove the flange from my other foot. Hope it doesn’t take much longer for you to get yours back. They are great machines, but heaven help you if you need a part.


    • Thanks Carolyn. It would seem to me that you could order that foot anywhere on line. What model? I will look at my local shop. Yes, the QSS is something to have. I am glad he carries stuff up and down the stairs for me too! (Honey – I need the folding table over there for a quilt bee…..) Going to call my repair shop tomorrow, as we have hit the “gotta order parts and it will take 2 weeks” time frame. I have a class in 2 weeks and NEED it back……..But, I did get some work done with the back up system! 🙂

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