The challenge begins!
From what I understand, there was originally a knitting Olympics, but I am most definitely not a knitter. This Sewing Olympics hosted by the insatiable need blog though is right up my alley. The rules are simple:
1. Start your sewing project during opening ceremonies (February 12).
2. Finish your sewing project before closing ceremonies conclude (February 28).
3. Pick a sewing project that is difficult for you, but attainable in sixteen days. You are supposed to be challenged, but don’t set yourself up for failure, or let it take over your life! That being said, sixteen days is a long time to work on one project…make it something good!
Everyone gets a gold medal if they finish.
So what am I doing??? I am going to make my first ever string quilt! I really want to make one out of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics, but instead I’m going to use up the bag of flannel scraps from my “For the Boys” rag quilts. I really want a practice run before cutting into my fave fabrics. Here is my cast of characters for this project:
I’ve been in training the last couple days for these Sewing Olympics, which I understand is perfectly acceptable. I have been simply ironing the fabric and crafting my plan of attack.
My goal is simply to have a top done by the end of the Olympics. That will be completed project enough for now.
What, doesn’t everyone have a weight set and toys in their sewing room?
I’m really not worried about piecing a string quilt — I think the sew and flip method will be easy to do. What I want to figure out with this project is a system for doing it. As you can see, I have some very long strips. To make them easier to work with, I’d love to cut them down, BUT I know if I do that then I’m liable to make more short unusable pieces than I would otherwise.
SO, anyone out there reading that has done some string quilts? What was your method to the madness?
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