Piece Out

Stressed out? I sure am! Last week was a real doozy so I grabbed some fat quarters, sliced them up, then started piecing. It’s one of the things that relaxes me the most and yet I haven’t done it in a long while.

With no real plan in mind, I just tried to pair a slightly less busy fabric together with a busy one. I love using a quarter inch foot, it really keeps me on track for these long seams.

I ended up with a lot more strips than I anticipated. The first design that occurred to me was a simple coin quilt, like this.

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Then the wheels started turning, and I began to think of more ways to use the strips. Here are a few digital “sketches” to show some of the ideas I’m considering. All of them include plenty of wide open space so I can practice a new-to-me skill, ruler work on a domestic machine!

I don’t know why, but I’m very attracted to “X” quilts.

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I think I like this version, with smaller X’s, even better. I’m not sure about the grey, but the shades of turquoise are definite keepers.

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Here’s a design that uses the strips in a more dense fashion that emulates a woven look.

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With a wealth of ideas, and a wealth of strips, it’s possible that I’ll end up with more than one quilt. Since I love all of the fabrics I used I wouldn’t mind that at all. What’s your favorite design to use when you’ve pieced lots of strips?

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