Return to Routine

Our family celebrates the holidays in about the most laid-back, stress-free way possible, but still I am always glad to get back to ordinary life.

All the posts I have read recently have been bubbling around in my mind and today they led me to the first project of the year.

Take Joanna’s string quilt blocks (inspired by Maryline’s string quilt ), and Kerry’s recent thoughts on doing a daily stint of tasks towards a goal — mix it up with Lucie’s Use Up Your Scraps Month and my leftovers from a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt I did two years ago, and here’s what you get:

String blocks, mostly men's shirt fabric.

String blocks, mostly men’s shirt fabric.

I love men’s wear patterns and re-using old shirts, but without reading Joanna’s and Maryline’s instructions, I would never have thought to stitch them on a foundation fabric to help keep them aligned.  It works wonders!  There is such satisfaction in emptying bobbins too, as I stitch the strips to muslin scraps from a local guild’s white elephant sale.

I haven’t decided yet if I will cut these rectangles in half into squares, or maybe the long way, into longer, thinner rectangles.  Once I start, I just want to work through all the possibilities!