Project

Navy Blue Scrappy Quilt

What are you most proud of? My goal this year is to reduce my overflowing stash of 1.5", 2.5" wide fabric strips, and less than 1/4 yard hunks of fabric leftover from other projects. When I do craft shows I take along my 1916 Singer Model 128, 3/4 Size, Hand Crank Sewing Machine (people powered, non-electric sewing machine). I demonstrate hand crank sewing--joining 2.5" x 8" fabric strips end to end until I have a length of 20 ft. or so. Then I roll them up and take them back to the studio to cut again, and make fabric panels to build scrappy blocks for future queen size quilts, cell phone carriers, and much loved over-sized potholders. I use every morsel of fabric I buy. The smallest pieces I give to my friend who incorporates colorful fabrics in rag rug balls to loom rugs. Did you know--it takes a 2 lb. ball of rag rug fabric strips to loom a 3x 4ft. rug? What advice would you give someone starting this project? I highly recommend Cyndi Souder's class "Hitting the Mark: Perfect Quilting Every Time". Get ready to be inspired. I sure was.

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Shoestring made Navy Blue Scrappy Quilt with:

Hitting the Mark: Perfect Quilting Every Time

Online Class

Hitting the Mark: Perfect Quilting Every Time

with Cyndi Souder

  • I'm so inspired by Cyndi Souder's Craftsy class
  • "Hitting the Mark: Perfect Quilting Every Time". I learned how to use her freezer paper method to transfer a leaf image to a quilt
  • and stitch around the paper. A genius tool/method for planning free motion designs on quilts

Project Description

What are you most proud of? My goal this year is to reduce my overflowing stash of 1.5", 2.5" wide fabric strips, and less than 1/4 yard hunks of fabric leftover from other projects. When I do craft shows I take along my 1916 Singer Model 128, 3/4 Size, Hand Crank Sewing Machine (people powered, non-electric sewing machine). I demonstrate hand crank sewing--joining 2.5" x 8" fabric strips end to end until I have a length of 20 ft. or so. Then I roll them up and take them back to the studio to cut again, and make fabric panels to build scrappy blocks for future queen size quilts, cell phone carriers, and much loved over-sized potholders. I use every morsel of fabric I buy. The smallest pieces I give to my friend who incorporates colorful fabrics in rag rug balls to loom rugs. Did you know--it takes a 2 lb. ball of rag rug fabric strips to loom a 3x 4ft. rug? What advice would you give someone starting this project? I highly recommend Cyndi Souder's class "Hitting the Mark: Perfect Quilting Every Time". Get ready to be inspired. I sure was.

Q&A with Shoestring

mamagoose1 asked:
Love your quilt! You are an amazing lady. Thank you for sharing!
Shoestring answered:
Hello mamgoose1, your kind words keep me energized and productive in the studio--thank you for taking the time to drop me a line. One more row yo quilt on today on the Navy Blue Scrappy Quilt, yippee! More pics to follow.
sewodd asked:
This is amazing, as usual for your projects! You are so inspiring. Keep up the good work, and thanks for your comment about using every morsel of fabric - I like that approach.
Shoestring answered:
Hi there sewodd, Thanks for your comments--what a welcome. I work alone everyday, so having your feedback is warm and appreciated. I'm starting a new quilt this weekend--new block, new border technique, and introducing some to-die-for red plum fabrics. You'll have to tell me if the color is red plum, or burgundy, or wine. I don't keep up with all the hip fashion color names, but wouldn't mind hearing more about it from you.
K Lee 2Strings asked:
Beautiful! Your quilting is fantastic! Your studio is gorgeous, too - such a bright and happy place to work. :)
Shoestring answered:
Hi my dear friend 2strings. Have you seen any sign of spring yet? Did you get any bad storms the past couple of days? Thank you for stopping by and looking at my work. I declare I was never this busy when I worked at the office full time. These days I do a lot of studying/trying new techniques; and building skills. I recently purchased some Derwent Inktense Pencils and Blocks--experiments painting quilting designs. Have you tried these ink water-color-like pencil? Blending colors is amazing. I hope Craftsy offers a class on this . . .

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