Monday, January 13, 2014

January Strings and Things

There is something about January that motivates me to finish what I've started.  A clean slate, perhaps?

While reorganizing my sewing space to add a nifty "new" item (I'll share later) I unearthed a project that I love but was stuck on.  So I put it back on the design wall and it spoke to me.

My yummy green Hoosier cabinet is where I store the majority of my vintage linens.  It's a happy place to play and I found the perfect fabrics to help me finish the project in the previous photo.  I will be playing a lot more with my vintage treasures this year.  They've been patiently waiting.

There are things I would like to accomplish in the new year without over committing my time.  For those of you who would like to play with strings this will be low key.  You really don't even need me.  I'm not setting a time limit, there are no rules, or sign-ups and I opted not to make a badge or blog button -- I'm just making string blocks/projects as time allows.  I'll share my progress when there is some.  

If you were hoping for something more formal I think there are probably other "challenges" out there for you to seek and find.  This will be just me and you, if you care to join me.  So let's start diving into our scrap bins and get sewing.  If you complete a project and share it on your blog I'd love for you to send me the link so I can stop by.

A couple of  years ago Fave Quilts contacted me and asked to post my string block tutorial.  I got an email recently that my "tutorial" made their list of Top 100 Quilting Projects.  If you've never visited they have a wealth of goodness there.

~Piecefully, Stephanie


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Love your Hosier cabinet! I'm going to paint mine this spring. It will probably be yellow. :)

I need to join you in the string project. I now have two very large scrap bins of vintage and one of new fabrics. They need to be used.
And congrats on having your tutorial make the top 100 list!


Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

How fun! I'll be working on some string things this year so I'll let you know!!

Jeanna said...

Congratulations for your tutorial making it into the top 100.

Strings would be a new one for me and since there aren't any rules I might actually be able to join.


Candace said...

That little vintage Scotty dog looks to be "hiding" in something very fun! Speaking of fun -- strings are, too! Who wouldn't love a no rules challenge and a way to work down those scrap bins!

Cille said...

Just my kind of January goal setting. I have strings, no rush and miss doing scrappy. And I need to ease back into sewing again :) Congratulations on your top100 placement.

Tina Craig said...

I'm with you! My scrap bins are overflowing and it is time to make something with them. It will be fun!

Lynn said...

A few years ago for a gift to myself I had a large shelving unit made and painting that exact same color as your cabinet. I still love it everyday. When you first talked about the string sewing I started making a pile of blocks. I made them 4.5 x 10.5 and now have no clue what to do with them. Once I get back to my sewing room I just keep making blocks until I get inspired. No matter, string blocks are always fun!

Carrie P. said...

don't you love it when a a quilt you have started finally speaks to you!
Have fun with your string quilt.

Maria said...

I have also decided to work with some string projects this year..
Have fun and I will enjoy seeing your quilt as you go.

Sophie said...

Hi from a quilting enthusiast across the pond.
I am really interested in your strings challenge and will be keeping up to date with your progress and hopefully inspired to give it a go myself.
Best wishes

pratima said...

Cute cabinet to hold your vintage treasures :)
I would love to join in the string fun eventually after finishing a couple of projects that needed to be done. Thank you for the motivation!

eva said...´m on my way to find a perfect size for my background now it´s time to try to empty those boxes with will be between other projects and it will be so much fun! :-)

Ulla said...

My string boxes are sitting in a row and waiting ...

KaHolly said...

Don't know how I missed this post, Stephanie, but first off, congratulations on your fine achievement!! Your tutes, patterns, designs, and posts are always on my list of top 10!! Funny we are on the same wave length. I decided to use my shirt fabrics in a string quilt. I've been sewing, but having to force myself. This string project, however, excites me (finally!) and I feel my usual mojo returning!!

dutchcomfort said...

Your cute puppy block makes me think of the song ‘How much is that doggie in the window..?’

Love your green cabinet!