(Edited to add: see the finished quilts HERE)
Back in January I cut my string scraps that were less than 2.5" down to a uniform width of 1.5". Since then they've been aging in a couple of large ziploc bags. This weekend I decided the time had come to do something with those scraps! As many scrap quilts have made I remain amazed by how many quilts can hide in a scrap bin.
Scraps are irresistible to me. Much more so than yardage. I had an idea in my head for what I wanted to do with these strings and I decided to photograph the process for a tutorial. I started by sorting out the cool colors, which probably constituted half of the strings. (I *might* have a problem with the color blue... the "warms" pile was pitiful by comparison.)
I sewed the strings together at their short ends to make one looooooong string.
Locate both loose ends, put them rights sides together, and start sewing down one long side toward the middle. When you reach the middle it will probably be all twisty. Cut it and complete sewing the two strips together.
Press your string pair, then repeat the process. Find both loose ends and start sewing your pairs into a four. Press and repeat, sewing your 4-string string into an 8-string. This takes a long time if you started with a lot of string like I did. The bright side is that every time you fold it in half and sew, it ends up half as long, so as you go it gets easier.
Keep going until you have a long panel 16 strings wide. I considered stopping at this point and just making a quilt top out of horizontal strings, but I decided to continue with my original plan. I sub cut the panel into squares, each 16.5" square. I put these up on the design wall alternating directions, this would make a cool quilt, too.
Then I did the same process with my neutral colored strings. I took the neutral and cool colored squares and turned them into HSTs.
I marked the line with a sharpie and pinned the blocks so they didn't shift while I sewed on either side of the line.
If you put the squares together with their strips running the same way, then in the HST they will turn. If you put them together with their strips perpendicular then in the HST they will run the same direction.
I chose the first method so the two different colors run at different angles. With my blocks turned into HSTs the options are limitless... Any layout that can be made with HSTs. I haven't sewn these together yet, still auditioning layouts to find my favorite. Which do you like best?
Linking to Oh Scrap!