Endless cutting and August Progress

A blogger I follow, Quilt Diva Julie recently posted about a string quilt she was doing called Optic Strings, using prints and solids. I loved it and immediately knew what fabrics I would use from my stash! The prints I pulled are all the Tula Pink prints I had and matched them with coordinating solid shot cottons. It was a blast to pull and match!

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The cutting marathon began. The strips are 1 1/2″ wide by 10 1/2″+ long. There are 37 pairs of fabric and I cut two sets of each fabric with 4 print strips  and 5 solid strips for each block. Whew!! It took me days because I cannot cut very much at once. The tennis elbow has improved, but I can’t push it. The blocks are all cut and clipped together – yippee! I do not have permission to post a pic of Julie’s blocks, but you can follow the link above to see them.

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This past month I did manage to complete and prepare the backings for two quilts that are now at the long armers. I quilted and bound a scrappy flannel quilt that will be added to the Hospice quilt pile. I will share pics of these at a later date. And I made 8 Baby Tag Blankets.  Because I am attending quilt retreats in September, October and mine in November, I have been very busy prepping so when I get there I can just sew!

August WIPS

How about you? Have you gotten to sew in August, or did end of summer activities take over? Either way, I hope you had fun!

2 responses »

  1. You are one busy quilting lady!!!! I haven’t forgotten about the blocks for your November retreat. I will have them ready in early October if not before. It will be a super simple pattern. I’ll let you know when they are ready and ask for a mini tour of your new counters when I drop them off. (I’ll bet you are loving the new look and functionality.)

    The couch is at the upholsterers and I should have the living room in pretty good order in several weeks when it is back home. Just a few decorative pillows to make and I will be finished for now. I want to have new blinds put in sometime soon but I just haven’t decided what I want and haven’t shopped for them yet — probably a winter project. Having the floors done has been good as well because I am looking at a lot of things with a more critical eye and cleaning out a lot that I no longer need. I have a few small Christmas gift projects to do as well.

    Enough of my rambling… I’ll call when the blocks are ready.

    Take care of each other.

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  2. Love the fabrics! You are very busy. I wish I could say I have been that productive, but it has been so hot in Texas!

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