Natalie from Greenleaf Goods requested an 18″ Woven Strings block for February’s quilt in the Love Circle of do. Good Stitches. Through an organization called Wrap Them in Love, our circle of 10 makes quilts to benefit children who need a little extra love and attention.
As I was making this block, I tried keep my strings, and the overall block, as straight as possible. I discovered that over time, the strings in my stash often changed size – magically. Well, it’s probably less magic and more due to improper pressing (pushing the iron instead of lifting up and down over fabric) and due to the mix of off-cut and purposefully-cut strips in my scrap stash.
This block calls for joining some strips end to end before sewing the long sides together. Sometimes I trimmed before joining end to end. Most times I trimmed the short end so it was aligned with the grain, matched the end-to-end seam on my cutting mat, and then trimmed the length of the strip.
Natalie asked for navy, warm reds and yellows, pink, teal, coral, and some low volume.
The quilt that inspired Natalie’s block choice this month is included in a new book, Scraps Inc, from Lucky Spool Media. Kati from from the blue chair wrote an insightful book review, and you can see more pictures of the quilt there.