1. Done!

    by , 02-06-2012 at 11:18 AM
    Here is the Bucket of Strips Quilt top. I was so excited that I couldn't even wait to iron it out. It looks soooo much more awesome in person. Many thanks to thepolyparrot for her design help. And for convincing me that I need EQ!
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  2. Where That Bucket of Strips Came From

    by , 02-05-2012 at 06:45 AM
    I've gotten some inquires about where one can buy a bucket of strips. Here's the answer.

    OK. Back from Mass and now armed with a cup of coffee!

    About a year ago my husband and I saw an ad in the newspaper for an estate sale that had that magic word "fabric" in it. Usually we look at ads on Friday if we are planning to make the rounds so we get there early, but this time we didn't get there until early afternoon. I thought everything would be gone by then but was ...
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  3. Thanks to ThePolyParrot

    by , 02-04-2012 at 03:31 PM
    That darling, thepolyparrot (whose location is Mars!), gave me some terrific ideas - Here

    I decided on the one in the third row center.

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    Progress report: two rows done. Looked at them and realized I have to rip apart the first one.

    Lesson learned - now I know why quilters plan their quilts BEFORE they start to put them together.

    Another adventure.
  4. Bucket of Strips Sewn Into Squares - Now What?

    by , 02-04-2012 at 08:55 AM
    All my strips are now sewn into HST squares with black.
    Now what?
    I first thought I'd do a sunlight and shadows with blue toned squares offset going into red at the bottom - eight across, then seven, etc.
    But then I have all these other ones left over.
    Put them in the middle?
    Or should I do sets of four squares and just move them around?
    OR ... pinwheels?
    Here they are. The colors are off in my photos - the blues and reds are deep and rich.
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  5. Bucket of Strips Continues

    by , 01-27-2012 at 05:29 AM
    The 9 1/2" squares are all cut out and I decided to pair them with black. I cut out 9 1/2" squares of black fabric and sewed a 1/4" seam all around. Nothing ever goes right.

    I ran out of black fabric and still have 12 squares of the strips.

    What to do? Just use the squares paired with the black?
    Send my son out to get more black since I'm carless today and also sick?

    I really just wanted to use up my stash, but with the extra trimmings ...
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  6. A Bucket of Strips

    by , 01-25-2012 at 01:41 PM
    Quite a few months ago my husband and I saw an ad in the newspaper for an estate sale that said "Fabric". Well, that was an understatement to say the least. I've been to fabric stores with less fabric than we saw here. It was the home of a fabric designer who was quite alive and well.

    I won't go into everything we got there (a LOT) but there were several large storage bins full of strips. She was apparently making baskets from some of them. At $5 a bin -- and that included ...

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