Loads of questions coming in after yesterday’s post about why I string piece on a paper foundation.
I am happy to share the hows and whys that I do things, but please don’t take it as gospel or the only way to do things. If you learned from someone else a “different” way ((there is no BETTER, only DIFFERENT!)) then by all means, you don’t have to do it this way.
But you know what? You just might learn something if you try it both ways.
And that might lead you to a hybrid third way of your own leaving you really happy with the results.
There are a million ways to get any job done.
This is just how *I* work. And it works for me.
I spent some time trimming up all of the pages that I covered with neutral strings on my one night getaway. Oh, how I needed that time away from my office computer!
This is a photo of what the sections look like after trimming…
This is what it looked like BEFORE trimming:
Yes, I have dreidels and Christmas holly in the same panel.
I’m kind of all-inclusive that way!
If you look at this panel you will see that some strips curve, some lean and taper – it’s a stringy random no-road-straight adventure.
I use the strings in my string piecing AS IS. That means they are NOT straight, they are not even widths – however they come out of the bag or bin, that is how I use them.
This is yet another reason why I DO use a paper foundation, or this thing would not only NOT lay flat, it wouldn’t keep a rectangular shape very easily either.
Working from the back side!
I over-piece my paper by a good 1/2” in all directions just to give me the opportunity to move the ruler and catch a certain element…and also gives me bonus strips, which we will get to later.
I trim up THREE sides…one long side, and the top and bottom. Notice that the top strip is NOT trimmed even with the paper – it doesn’t have to be even with the paper, it just needs a square corner.
Turn it over to the “pretty side”.
Trim to width!
I was able to get 3 sashing widths and 1 narrow width for something else down the road….waste not want not, and I think they will be fun to play with.
Check out the bonus strips…yes! Definitely fun!
At this point I remove all of the paper, join my strips randomly end to end to end into one long length, and then cut sashing lengths from the long strip. This places different elements in different parts of each sashing strip so no two are alike.
I am also able to trim and adjust WHERE I trim to avoid seams too close to the end of my strips.
Again – this is just what works for me, and is the way that *I* work. You can try it and decide if there is a DIFFERENT ((not better, only different!)) way that works for you.
Time out on yesterday’s drive home!
One of my favorite things to do is to pick up a lunch “to go” and find a park or nearby grassy area that I can enjoy for just a rest break from a long drive.
The weather was perfect for it yesterday! But nearly proved to be a “fail” as I picked up a Burrito Bowl and chips from a nearby Chipotle.
I got to my picnic spot and found that I forgot a fork!
Thank heavens I got that side of chips! I ate my burrito bowl scooping the contents with the chips…but next time I order to-go, I will be sure that forks, and napkins are included!
Beauty on my morning walk this morning!
I love Queen Ann’s Lace! So lovely, so delicate! This was one lone stalk in amongst a patch of Brown Eyed Susans ---and I had to stop and get as close as I could with the camera.
What did I learn from this?
Even if you may find yourself “Different” than anyone else around you --- be the best, the most beautiful, the most glorious DIFFERENT that you can be!
Enjoy your Saturday everyone! It’s good to be home again!