I was originally going to call this post "still stripping", but I figured I'd get a lot of unsavory hits from search engines, so I changed it. I'm a chicken like that. Well this week is starting off pretty special. I won a beautiful doily over on Pammy Sue's blog and was given a Liebster award from Shelly. Thank you both for your kindness, it made my day.
The Strip Easy Quilt challenge has really got me motivated. This weekend I sorted through my scrap bin and was able to come up with yet another strip project (although it's not a quilt).
I finished my Thimble Blossom mini Spool quilt, which was a lesson in patience and accuracy for me. It's far from perfect and a little wonky in places but I learned a few things about piecing postage stamp size squares. The biggest thing I came away with was to cut more pieces than you actually need. I had to re-do a few blocks and it was easier to cut a bunch of 1 inch squares from strips at the beginning than to go back to the cutting table, search for a scrap, and re- cut a teensy weensy piece. I also bought a small rotary cutter (can't believe I didn't have one), which helped a lot. Except for the white background fabric, this mini quilt is made entirely from strips pulled from my scrap bin, including the binding.
Over on Crazy Mom Quilts, Amanda has a great tutorial on how to crochet a rag rug from fabric strips. It's really fun to see how the fabric yarn plays out as you crochet. I like this project a lot, and would like to make two, (ha ha, so ambitious, since I barely have 4 inches done on the first one) one for each pedestal sink in my other downstairs bathroom.
Now if any of you are finding yourself with lots of spring Asparagus on hand, I made a really good soup last week. You only need 3 main ingredients, leeks, asparagus and chicken broth.
I finished it off with a splash of real cream, and it was super easy and delicious. Recipe here.
Enjoy your making this week!
Edited to add:
Spools mini quilt by Camille Roskelly for Thimble Blossoms 15"x17"