Last year on New Year’s Eve I was inspired to delve into my scrap strips bin to pick out some scrap strips for a Lone Star table runner. In the end I didn’t finish it completely until March, but the end of 2012 is when those scraps called to me.
It isn’t quite New Year’s Eve yet, but look what had to come out to play today:
These are strings instead of strips, but scraps just the same. Honestly, the bin was getting rather full and I was questioning my sanity. Why did I keep all these when I likely wasn’t going to use them?
Enter the 60 degree triangle ruler I received at Christmas. Dig out a 2004 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting. Resize the units to make them smaller. Start sewing strings into strip sets. Throw in a a few strips from the strip bin to add variety in width and color.
Ta da! I have a good start on a new lap quilt.
I’m hoping once I have all the string sets made and the triangles cut I can distribute the colors evenly enough and avoid a muddy look. There are rather a lot of different colors and fabric styles competing here. Looking at this picture I really like the top and the right hand stars, but the other two don’t have the same pop. I think the bright green and yellows might be what’s lacking in the other two. My plan was to only use my scrap bins, but I’m wondering if they contain enough of those bright colors. I might cheat and dip into the bin of bright fabrics and artificially create a few more bright strings.