Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mid-Week Quilting

Last night I worked on my Rustic Circles quilt, stitching the blocks together.

I always find this one of the more boring parts of putting a quilt together, so I just added one block to each row before I moved on to more interesting things.

Cutting up some of my big stack of recycled shirt fabrics!

My cut strips are on the left-hand side of the cutting mat, in the top photo.  I am using Bonnie K. Hunter's Scrap User's System, to which I have added a 4th strip size--4 1/2".  This seems to be a very usable size to me, playing well with the 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" strips, and making 12" blocks more achievable from scraps.

I am loving this system, as well as the fun of finding and cutting up used men's shirts.  It's an addiction...but a very affordable one, so I'm not being too hard on myself!

I had a little help from my two charming and adorable stepdaughters.

Thanks, girls!

And from that little pile of strings there in front of the flowers, I couldn't resist making a little 6 1/2" string block.

Although I was tempted to stay up and whip out a whole pile of these, I had to head for bed.  That whole business of getting up in the morning and going to work really cramps my quilting style!

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