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Old 03-24-2018, 05:44 AM
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I've got my light strings all sewn and trimmed. I have 95 of them.



Now on to the darks. I know I need about 9 strips per section - so I'm aiming for 1,000 and then I'll start sewing.

These are stacks of 50



I'm laying them out 5 layers and rough cutting them. The shorter pieces are going in the tote and I'll sew them together to make strips long enough to cut.



Once I have the strings done, I'll cut the triangles and then sew them into crosswise strips. At least the only thing that has to match is the triangle when sewing the strips together.

I'm so, so glad to be using up the piles of strings!
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Old 03-24-2018, 06:01 AM
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Interesting construction method Macybaby. I am trying the paper pieced method being more careful on placing my center triangle. I already threw one in the trash.
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Old 03-24-2018, 07:39 AM
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I have a major PP quilt in the works and didn't want to do any other PP right now. I'm about half done, and I work on it until I'm sick of PP, then do something else for a few weeks. Been working on it off and on (more off I think) since the start of the year.

The great thing with this pattern, you can get a little wonky with the strings and it won't matter, as long as the cut angles are correct.
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Macybaby - on your light string sections, I can't quite tell - - - are they straight or at an angle? If straight, I wonder how you're planning on proceeding. Interesting indeed. Could you maybe post a picture of one light strip section sitting on a line on a cutting mat? I need more coffee - - -
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Interesting construction method Macybaby. I am trying the paper pieced method being more careful on placing my center triangle. I already threw one in the trash.
I've certainly been there! I use a dab of glue to keep my triangle on my muslin rectangle.
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You could do qayg with the sashing strips on the back instead of the top- that would make an interesting back and not change the visual appeal of the front. I think that is a great idea- I might try it out- I have a large bag of batting scraps I could use up....bonus all around.
Let us know if this works. I'm interested in how it would be done. Where are you in Northern Mich? I used to vacation as a child at Lake Chicaugon.
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Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
I've got my light strings all sewn and trimmed. I have 95 of them.

Now on to the darks. I know I need about 9 strips per section - so I'm aiming for 1,000 and then I'll start sewing.

These are stacks of 50



I'm laying them out 5 layers and rough cutting them. The shorter pieces are going in the tote and I'll sew them together to make strips long enough to cut.


Once I have the strings done, I'll cut the triangles and then sew them into crosswise strips. At least the only thing that has to match is the triangle when sewing the strips together.

I'm so, so glad to be using up the piles of strings!
To save space, I deleted the photos for this comment.
I've been interested in this string quilt but wasn't happy with the method. Now that you've created this method, think I'll do it.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:16 AM
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I have stopped for now. I am finding that some of my triangle bases are not matching up. Maybe it is my own fault as I wanted to see if the 60 degree ruler would work for my triangle. Perhaps the skinnier triangle would be less noticable if they didn't match? I also had a few edge stitches pull out when I removed the paper even though I use a small stitch length. Here are 8 of my pieces sewn into pairs, the seams pressed open and side by side on the table. The one square with the Lauel Birch fabric is about 1/4 inch out on the black base. Macybaby's method may work better then paper piecing.[ATTACH=CONFIG]591668[/ATTACH]
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:43 AM
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I've got my dark string sewn.



I was considering navy for the triangles, but I only have a small amount in my stash.



So I found some green I've got lots of, and think I like that better anyway. I'll use it for a border and binding also. I'm planning on ending with the green triangles to add more interest to the edges.

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Tartan, I thought with the PP, you'd use the triangle lines to sew the first set of strings to the block. If you do that, you should have a perfect match every time (provided what you drew is accurate.)

After that, you can sew from the top side as the rest of the seams don't need to be anywhere specific.

I'll be finding out soon if the way I'm doing it works well for lining up the triangles. I'm using my Tri Recs ruler quilt a bit for keeping the strips correct. As I sew, I'm going to press to the dark strings and press away from the light strings so I can nest the seams when I sew the strips together. I think I would have done the same if PP, which means I'd have started with one light string as the base, then sewed the triangle so the triangle folds back, then sew the first dark strip. After that, it won't matter.

And based on my experience PP, I'd have also cut my triangles oversized a bit. I hate not having "wiggle room" for PP.

BTW - this is my current PP project that I need to get back to soon.

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