NEW FABRIC TO PLAY WITH!
My quilting mentor Rosanne is working through the book Cut the Scraps!, by Joan Ford. The book's premise is simple and smart: take your small scraps of quilting cotton, anything under a fat quarter, and cut them into a set of prescribed sizes: 2" squares, 3.5" squares, and 5" squares. Sort these squares by value rather than by color, so you end up with a pile of lights, a pile of darks, and a pile of everything in the middle. If you make a four-patch with four 2" squares, it makes a 3.5" square; if you make a nine-patch with nine 2" squares, it makes a 5" square. Then the book has instructions for twenty different quilts which can be made from squares of those sizes. I love the idea! Anyway, as Rosanne is cutting and sorting her scraps, she is making even smaller scraps, little strips that I can then use for string piecing. So my string piecing project for my brother is coming along, fed by an influx of fabric from Rosanne's stash.
A QUALITY BASE
As I continue to piece strips on a dryer sheet base, I have discovered that not all dryer sheets are created equal. Where I work, we do many loads of laundry a day, so instead of discarding the used dryer sheets, I take them home. We use Bounce dryer sheets at work, and Kroger (store brand) at home, and I have discovered that Bounce Dryer sheets stand up to pressing better than the Kroger off-brand, which are prone to melting under a too hot iron! (How's that for nearly useless trivia?)
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