Okay, now I can show you part of what I was up to last night with the strips.
Easter eggs! And this is pretty much all I can show you for now. Oh, not because I'm being super secretive, but just because I haven't worked out much else yet. I just knew I wanted Easter eggs in a project. Will I applique them onto a square? A long runner? Hummm. I haven't a clue. But I do have another stack of future egg strips there in the upper left corner of the photo. Those didn't turn out quite as large, so they'll be smaller eggs--you can kind of see my two freezer paper templates. I'll be making four more smaller eggs that may be added to these four large eggs or may be a smaller project on their own.
Do you want to know what I did to get this far? Please feel free to make Easter eggs of your own!
First I cut those strips you saw last night.
To do that, I assembled some random pastel fabric scraps--a little less than fat quarters--and cut a strip or two off each. To make an egg, I cut one center strip that measured 2" or 2-1/4" by about 5-1/2". After that, I cut three more pairs of strips that varied in width but were all about 5-1/2" long. The narrowest pair measured 1" and the widest pair measured 1-3/4". I then pieced them together. I've also added some ric rac trim down the center of each egg. For now, I've just used applique glue to secure the trim, but when I quilt the piece, I'll sew the ric rac down by machine.
Finally, I cut an egg-shaped template out of freezer paper, ironed it to the back of a strip set, and trimmed the fabric edges so they were about 1/4" away from the paper all around. I turned the edges under to the back and thread basted around the egg, stitching through the paper. When I was done, I pressed the edges front and back, sprayed them with starch on the back, and pressed again until the egg and the paper were dry. Then I removed the stitching, carefully peeled off the paper, and went on to the next egg.
I'm a quilter living in Northern California. I sew and design quilts. During the day, I'm a legal secretary, but at night, I can usually be found in the Sweat Shop, engaged in the sport of X-treme quilting! I'm married and have two adult kids, Soccer Son and the Wild Child. I have a daughter-in-law, the Lovely Wife, and an almost son-in-law (whose blog name is yet to be determined). AND both of my children have blessed me with darling grandchildren recently, a boy and a girl. I try not to take myself too seriously and often write tongue-in-cheek--if you think I might be joking, I probably am!
It's 2013. YIKES! It's 2014! And what's my plan for the year? More of the same? Let's see what I said last year: "Before 2012 ended, several ongoing projects were set aside. Okay, who am I kidding? I'm sure I could say the same thing for every year since 2000! So, in 2013, I'm going to try to get back to many of the 2012 projects and some that were begun even earlier, and get them done. I'll keep track of my progress, in words and photos, here in my side bar." Yep, one year wasn't enough--I think we'll roll it on into 2014!