The Stripper

Now that I got your attention (some peoples minds are always in the gutter)…

It’s actually a quilting class on string piecing!

My good friend, Pam, started a 3-class series on string-piecing. String piecing is basically sewing together STRIPS of fabric on top of a foundation. Our foundation was pages from a phone book. See, there is a use for those things nowadays! It’s a great way to use up your scraps or those fabric patterns you’re not so fond of.

Strips of fabric were cut at various widths and were sewn onto our phone book page that was cut to 8.5″ square. The only thing you really have to think about with this technique is to not put two similar-colored fabrics together. The rest was just plain fun—and freeing!

I used Pam’s little featherweight machine. It was so cute/tiny, yet so powerful. I found a pile of vintage fabric strips in her stash and went for it—and I’m not kidding when I said a pile – look at what’s next to my machine (and the other students’ pile behind it).

When sewn together on top of the foundation, they look like this:


Then we trimmed them down to 8.5″ square – here are 4 of the 5 blocks I sewed:

Isn’t that fun and funky? I love the colors. I know it’s a lot to look at right now but somehow this is going to work…

More on my class next week!