I love spontanious quilts. Or at least, spontanious quilting. I have a couple projects that I need to do this week and I am procrastinating like the dickens. Yesterday I got inspired to do a Chinese Coins quilt. I have wanted to do one of these for years and attempted one time but only got 3 strips sewn before I decided that wasn't what I was doing then. This time I went about things a little differently.
First I lugged out my scrap box--boy do I need to work on some scrap box blocks, this thing weighs a ton. I dug through it and pulled out anything that fit my criteria which was a strip of fabric no wider thab 3" (if they were I cut them in half..ish). I filled a diaper box with these before I got bored of the hunt. Then I unceremoniously hacked all these strips into approximate 7" lengths with a pair of scissors. This was very theraputic.
Then I randomly picked up 2 strips and sewed them long sides together a billion times. I paid no attention to fabrics matching or going together. Making the most of tricks known as "strip piecing" and "continuous piecing" I managed to get these billion strips sets made in record time. Then I sat on the floor and snipped thread holding them all together, throwing them in a big piled which Hannah danced in. Then she brought them to me--one at a time--to iron.
I am in the process of sewing all these billion strips together until I have a series of strips roughly 45" long by the approximate 7" wide. Then I can cut it down to 6.5" wide and put big white solid strips of fabric between them. I am not done by far but I made really good progress I think!
Jeremiah is so excited, he made his very own BLT sandwhich for dinner tonight. I helped him to spread miracle whip on the bread but he did everything else. He said I should share a pic. How pretty are my dishes??! So cute with the cherries!!
And also, he took a picture of his baby sister Hannah and of me sewing strips.