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Thread: Really Skinny Strips of Fabric

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    Really Skinny Strips of Fabric

    I have been cutting Jelly Rolls and have left on each side skinny stips of from 1/2" to about 1" width of fabric.
    Is there a use for these "really skinny strips". I hate to toss them in the dumpster. I save those of over about
    1.5" for string quilts. The speghetti ones are taking over the place.

    Do crochet groups use such as this? Or others for making rugs etc.

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    Here is an idea for using those small pieces

    I saw this quilt at the Olympia Quilters Quilt show this month. The quilter used really small pieces for her quilt. I wish the photos were better but all I had was my cell phone to take pictures.
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    I have seen some of all sizes sewn together and cut into blocks. I put any small scraps I can not use out for the birds to build their nest.

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    I use the really skinny strips on top and sew them on with raw egdes when I'm doing scrappy's.
    A bed without a Quilt is like a Sky without Stars..Sew On!

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    I use really skinny strips for borders on table runners. They look like the first edge of a photo matting when I am done. Working with skinny strips and trying to be very exacting ... it takes lots of starch. For the 1/2 inch strips I use my needle over function and sew just over an 1/8 inch seam. Lots more used for the 1 inch , some of the most fabulous string quilts are made from these really skinny strips. I know you use the 1.5 inch but do intermingle some really skinny ones. I also love log cabins mde from 1 inch strips.

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    Skinny pieces could be used for crumb blocks, or sewn together to make strata or incorporated into free pieced "made fabric", applique...lots of uses!!
    Pat from Texas

    "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

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    i'm making a Dear Jane with 4.5" blocks. it uses lots of skinny pieces
    Nancy in western NY

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    What about using the Kabnet wax papers as a base and sewing string quilts that way? It might take forever, but otherwise, they might be wasted.

    Also you could use them for stuffing pin cushions if you do that...or throw 'em in an envelope and mail it off as a PIF for postage.

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    If I don't want to sew them I save them to tie up my tomato plants

    I love that quilt that was posted!

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    Absolutely! Spiderweb quilts, string quilts, even look up selvedge edge projects.

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