Thursday, April 12, 2012

Step 2 - Where are the Crumbs?

To be honest, I don't have much in the way of crumbs.  I have alot of strips of various widths and some odds and ends, but little pieces of fabric don't stay in my sewing room.  I donate them to be stuffing for cat beds.  I'm serious.  I'm not making it up!  One of the members of the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild is a volunteer at a no-kill shelter for stray cats.  Each new owner of a cat gets a bed.  My crumbs go to her initially and then ultimately to a new cat owner.

So, as I contemplated what I would do for Step 2, I went to strips.  I started out with a bunch of strips and left over cuts from other projects and made this:

 I cut the new fabric up into 4 strips to add to my center block.
 After I added the borders, I noticed how the red pick-up sticks shifted the focus of the center block to the right.  Which caused me to want to continue that concept in the new border, so I retro-fit a grey pick-up stick into the new border.  I wish I would have known I was going to do this before I sewed on the borders - it would have been so much easier to do at that stage.
 I may add a grey pick-up stick in the top border, but I'm going to study this for awhile.  At least it won't involve another corner retro-fit!

I don't think my strips have resulted in a very liberated step 2 as compared to what others are doing, but I am satisfied with my composition and most importantly, I'm enjoying the process. 

I look forward to seeing all the other step 2 posts.

7 comments:

  1. Love the way the gray stick looks like it's woven under the black border. Personally, I think it'd be cool to do that with the other gray ends and probably the purple one too. If you applique them on top of the pieced border, it wouldn't require as much effort as taking it apart and piecing them in. You've inspired me now. Think I'm going to have to experiment with some woven-ish strips.

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    1. Hi Margaret, Thank you. I am thinking the same thing about at least one of the grey pick-up sticks. Glad you noticed that the gray wove under the border - but maybe you're right about the other grays and the purple. I'll go have a look and see what I can come up with. Somehow these pick-up sticks are going to show up through the top.

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  2. Your work embodies the spirit of it all -- and it is looking great. I love your "woven" sticks.

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

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  3. The way you've put the strips all together and then cut them apart is too much fun. I'm going to have to give it a go as I really like your outcome!

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    1. Thanks so much. I had to use strips because I don't have the right personality to sit and sew little bitty pieces of fabric together! I admire those that do, of course.

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  4. Great choices - resulting in great piece. There is no wrong way to do this - except to not do it! : ) Glad you are doing the LibRR2!

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