Friday, October 19, 2012

Using up my strings for Scrappy Roman Stripe blocks

PHEW!!! In only 2 partial days of sewing I have 100 of these blocks made. I am using up my teeny tiny strings from eons ago. I now make sure I am generous to myself when evening up the end of a piece of fabric. That way I get a more usable string. But I do love the effect of inserting the narrower strings in. They rock!!!

The neutral squares at the rear of this photo are actually 6 1/2". No problem, I just add the pieced triangle to the corner and cut between them. It produces a nice sized neutral string in the process!!!
String piecing never seems to reduce the supply!!

I am wondering how many of the Janome users have purchased these pink bobbins. Although they do make it a bit harder to see the amount of thread left while sewing. I feel they are a superior bobbin to the clear plastic ones. They seem a bit heavier in weight and are a lot quieter.

I bought four Quilters' Dream Puff batting to give it a good try. I really prefer all their other products to other batting manufacturers. So, I am sure I will fall in love with this product. If it passes the "Subee" test I may order an entire roll.

Here is the last look of MaggieMae's long fur. She gets a shave this coming Tuesday. I do brush her daily. All the fur goes outside for the squirrels to put in their winter nests. Yet she gets her tongue stuck on her chest hair...too funny and sad at the same time. And she is getting really matted under her legs. She is a much more affectionate kitty after the cut. But she is still the sweetest kitty I have ever owned. Good thing because her fur is a constant battle here.



Kate said...

Lucky Maggie Mae. My long haired kitty loved being shaved, in fact we bought clippers and did it ourselves, not as well as the groomer, but a lot cheaper.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I use to keep my cats armpits shaved all the time, because they would mat within hours of brushing. I too bought clippers, and did it myself. We had a cocker spaniel at the same time, and had to constantly give him a haircut.

Wonky Girl said...

Wow, your string blocks look great (my fav colors).
Maggie may is pretty. She reminds me lots of our Rainy cat (from many years ago). Mimsy hates being shaved, like she is embarrassed to be "nude". But, it does save her from hairballs.

Teresa in Music City said...

Awwww - Miss Maggie Mae looks like a sweetheart! Our Siamese/Himalayan mix always had to have a haircut in the spring because of matting around her haunches. She would never let us brush her, but she was getting too old to get back there and groom herself, so it was always a struggle. We absolutely loved her shaved look!!! She looked so sweet, and she pranced around as if to say, "Look at me! I'm a Princess!!!"

You are going to town on your string blocks! I need to do that just to have the scraps out of the way and string blocks ready for whatever pops up :*)

I've not seen the pink bobbins - I need to check them out!

Teri said...

I haven't seen the pink bobbins, I will look for them. Missed you at Shipshe this year. It was a fun. Your string blocks look great. Can't wait to see what you make with them