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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stripping the Night Away

I feel like I've been so out of the loop lately.  We went to visit family over the 4th of July holiday weekend, and so I wasn't able to blog as fully as I would like.  I managed to schedule a couple of posts, write a few comments, and send a few emails, but typing on an iPad just gets tedious after awhile.

The biggest thing I missed though, was quilting.  Tonight, I sat down to my sewing machine for the first time in over a week.  And oh yeah- it was awesome.  I had Common Core Standards training today, and it will continue through Thursday, which is about as fun as getting poked in the eye.

Given the circumstances, a few hours at my machine was just what I needed while Mr. MQI and wild thing were off at baseball practice.  So, I took a gazillion 2.5 inch strips and started stripping the night away (no, that's not naughty).  Turning this-

into this-

Strip and string quilts are some of my favorite quilts to look at, and to sew.  They're great when you want to make something fairly quickly too.  I used the same method I used in my giant log cabin tutorial HERE.  Using this method means I kept all of my strips long (width of fabric) and trimmed them as I constructed my blocks- it's so simple!  Instead of one giant log cabin, I made blocks that will finish at 15 inches, to be laid out 4 x 4, for a quilt that will measure 60 x 60 in.

I consider these blocks to be "controlled scrappy."  I definitely wanted the scrappy look, but to keep the colors balanced, I actually had to cut into some of my FQ stash, and even purchased several fabrics.  So, I don't know if it can be considered truly scrappy.

After a couple of hours, I got all of my blocks finished!

They aren't pressed yet, but that's a job for another evening (I'm thinking tomorrow!).  

I have to thank Kim at Windsor and Main for the inspiration for this quilt.  Here's a picture of her Summer Picnic Quilt, and you can check out her post about it HERE.  I am in totally in love with the colors of this quilt paired with the black and white polkadot backing.  It is just so happy!

And if there's anything I need in the midst of a three day training on Common Core Standards, it's sewing something happy!


  1. Your blocks are beautiful! I am loving it.

  2. So pretty and colorful. I fully expected those strips would become a scrappy trip along when I saw the post intro. Whats the finished quilt suze?

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  3. Sorry about the above, I pressed reply instead of comment!

    I wanted to say that it's wonderful how some sewing with happy fabrics can brighten your day!!

  4. Your quilt blocks are beautiful. What are common core standards? Sounds like teaching things. Any day with stress is brightened by a little quilting, and you did a phenomenal job.

  5. Lovely bunch of log cabins! Can't wait to see them finished.
    Is this one going to stay with you?

  6. Great way to use up some scraps! Can't wait to see the finished quilt...that will be tomorrow, right?

  7. Colorful! Love the simple pattern.

  8. Great blocks! Loving the fabrics together!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  9. Love your blocks!! You are a very talented stripper!! lol

  10. Great blocks!! It will truly be a HAPPY quilt!!

  11. Love the happy colors in these fun blocks!

  12. Lol, this was a great post :) Love the colors you've chosen. BTW, what grade do you teach? I do middle school. Standards = bleh!


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