One of my readers, Dorothy, asked me to show how I am sewing the strips together before cutting them into 4 1/2″ blocks.
This is how I am doing them.
First, organize. It is easier and faster to just grab a scrap if the piles are sorted. If they are really wrinkled, I will press them before beginning.
Next I do the “touch the ruler” test. Select a scrap, briefly touch it to the ruler, making sure it is at least 4 1/2″ long.
Width doesn’t matter. Wide, thin, teeny tiny, wedge shaped. I use them all. The wonkier the better.
BUT I make sure the edge is straight before I sew. A quick trim with scissors. I don’t use a foundation to begin. Just sew two scraps together and build on those. I sew enough scraps to make about 6″ height. If I want to cut the block on the diagonal, I use scraps at least 5 1/2″-6″ long. And alternate the widths when possible for an interesting look.
So… you can sew wonky.
Or you can cut wonky.
You can also sew a continuous strip of scraps and then cut out multiple blocks.
It is faster on the cutting side but LONG going on the sewing side. I have tried both and like sewing individual blocks better.
I have been working on these off and on for three days and just about used up all of my green scraps. 42 green blocks finished.
Blue is next. I have quite a collection of blue scraps. And all the scraps from my many Barbie projects. But I think I won’t use them and just save them for something Barbie related.
Update in a couple days….