June starts the Strip Tease Challenge!

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Do you have Jelly Rolls you've bought but never used?  Baskets of strips cut and waiting?  June 1st is the beginning of the Strip Tease Challenge on Stashbusters Yahoo Group!   Use your old moldy Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, or strips you've cut but have never used.

Stephanie in Australia is sorting through her various boxes, bags, and totes.   So far she's found SIX different strip stashes!  I have a basket just for 2.5" strips and happily pulled it out.  What a disappointment! Over the last few years I've raided it a lot and there wasn't enough strips to make a quilt.  How could that be?  So I sorted my bits and bobs, scrap baskets, leftover backing pieces and cut more strips.  I cut strips for three days.  I have three new starts planned--

Hoytyville, Lorri2Rs has the book its in--

Hoytyville Quilt
It uses black/white prints, black TOT's, and jewel tone brights.  Lorri2Rs cut me lots of black/whites and I had quite a few.  And I bought some.  😊  There is in a project tote with the strips and directions packed in the camper.  It uses 2.5" strips.

Project #2 is Quarter Log Cabin, its a free pattern--

Quarter Log Cabin--Copyright 2015 By Liz Katsuro
There are many different layouts, but I really like this one!  I'm going to use my strip basket and make it scrappy.  2.5" strips. 

My third strip project is Weedwacker--

Weedwacker by Bonnie Hunter
Its by Bonnie Hunter and the pattern is free.  It uses 2" strips and I was planning to resize it for 2.5" strips, but 2" strips are a more efficient use of a WOF.  I cut strips from my stash/scrap box.  The neutral squares are from my scrap box, so the smaller squares work better.  Thank you Bonnie for sharing your pattern. 

I have other projects using strips--Black & White strips to make 4 patches for a Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt because I have lots of precut "bricks" from scraps.  Its my "go-to" pattern for a donation quilt.  Another free Bonnie Hunter pattern--thank you Bonnie!
Its summer and that's when I work on piecing and hand sewing binding.  I have to limit my binding time--carpal tunnel, bursitis in my elbow, and worn out shoulders. I have splints to wear at night and during the day if my arms ache.

They're not too uncomfortable, they custom mold them for you while you wait.  Hard plastic with velcro fasteners--you picked what color you wanted.  The green was not pretty so I got blue ones.  There was hot pink and several blues, browns, purple, orange, black, white and the velcro came in several colors too.  Camo even.  

The Strip Tease Challenge is for June & July--but I'm sure mine will drag out much longer.  Thanks okay, I'm looking forward to these projects.  Please feel free to join us at Stashbusters Yahoo Group.  We're all about finishing projects and using our stash!  

LORI--In Nebraska again!


Moneik said...

Sounds like a fun challenge. I think I'll pull out my 2.5" strips and work on my scrappy trip around the world. I needed some motivation to get going again. I don't have any deadlines, so it's hard to keep motivated.

Tired Teacher said...

As I tidied my sewing room last week, I noticed my 2.5" bin was getting full. Thanks for the link to the quarter log cabin.

Have fun piecing, and take care of your wrist.

Sara said...

That looks like a lot of fun and I especially like that Quarter Log Cabin. I haven't been cutting strips, only squares of various sizes and bricks. These make me think I need to start cutting strips occasionally too.

Take care of the wrist and elbow.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Guess I should dig out those R/W/B strips and start making string blocks. They're not 2.5" strips, but they ARE strips and need to be used up. It would be good mindless sewing while listening to an audio book. Sometimes I need that.

Katie Z. said...

I was just wondering where you were and whether I should email. I'm so glad you're back to volunteering, but sorry about the braces.