Sunday, December 29, 2013

Must be something about New Year’s

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. 


  1. That looks like fun! I love string quilts and the stars are so bright and colorful. It's amazing that when you have "tons" of scraps and go to make something, there is always some color lacking. I've been starting to organize scraps, according to Bonnie Hunter, but it is a never ending task.

  2. Oh my goodness...I love it!! Let's see....I have a 60* ruler somewhere too...thinking .....thinking. I just may need to make some of these too. I have added them to my list.

  3. Wow looking good - and sounds like fun :-) I'm sure a little bit of dipping into your stash will be acceptable - especially if it makes you happier :-) Happy New Year!!

  4. Hey, you are inspiring me! I love your stars. Maybe I could do something similar --- someday! I've been "quilty reading" all morning but haven't rounded up enough energy to get started on "doing"; haven't recovered from Christmas yet! Keep on with the encouragement; good work! ---"Love"

  5. Love it! Love it! Love it! My favourite kinds of quilts. Sadly my collection of strings isn't enough for a project - perhaps just a cushion cover? It's perfectly fine to dip into the stash.

  6. Very awesome. I bet we could all contribute some scraps if you really need them - you know, to avoid cutting into not-scraps!

  7. Wow, love the scrappiness! This will be an amazing quilt. No matter where or when the inspiration comes, go with it and have fun.


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