Saturday, August 05, 2017

Playing with Strips

Wow, this week has passed quickly.  I have been doing some extra things for Mom and working on a project that I can't post yet.  That is why I haven't posted since Monday.  I also volunteered to work as an usher for the local community theatre production of Smokey Joe's Cafe for three nights.  The opening night was wonderful. I work again tonight and I am really looking forward to it.

There are a few blocks that I have sewn to go in with the pineapple variations and the other random blocks I am making for my Pineapple Surprise quilt.  Here are four of those.
Many of these strips are hand dyed fabrics.  In the two "brighter" blocks there is also a batik that I love.  It just seemed to go with the other fabrics I had chosen for the blocks.  These are all take-offs on the log cabin/courthouse steps block. Of course, I stayed true to my personal style and let them be wonky.   There are also some strips that were pieced together to be long enough.  I do that as a leader/ender as I am sewing the blocks.  It saves the pieces from the trash pile while making the block more interesting.

I have dyed some more fabric also, but I don't have photos of it yet.  I even tossed in a stained t-shirt to use up some excess dye.  Now I want to dye more of my t-shirts that are "aged" to spruce them up a bit.  I also have a white kitchen towel that has a chocolate stain - I consider that a good reason to dye it in bright colors too.

What are you doing that makes you happy and makes your eyes shine?

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Vicki W said...

I love these blocks!

Barbara said...

I always love log cabin blocks, and all variations thereof, and strip piecing, so these blocks with the addition of scrappy color and wonkiness just make everything even better! A chocolate stained dish towel will lead to something colorful?! Gene, you are very resourceful! I still can't do a lot with my hands, but Tea Bag Art seems to be OK, so my eyes are shining! :)

Lynn said...

Love your blocks!

allthingzsewn said...

Good thing you don't have a white cat. our blocks are looking great. while I don't dye, I love using scraps this way.

Jeanna said...

Those colorful strip blocks are going to be nice additions to the Pineapple Surprise quilt. I look forward to seeing it all come together.