|Starting pile of crumbs and strings|
Didn't think was going to go very far, figuring out that will need at least double the fabric in the blue blocks. Daughter has just finished piecing a quilt top and had used reds, kindly contributed all her leftovers, that sort of doubled the strings.
|starting pile and daughters contribution|
Cut, Mam, cut, she says... ok... and what fun! The majority of my stash is made up of fat quarters, maybe slightly bigger. All washed and obsessively folded the same way - I knew there would eventually be a reason for this! I was able to selected from the red drawers, just unfold once, trim bits of ends along what would be the width and fold and return to drawers. One or two ( really, when or why did I buy that!) ones got total chopped up. Ended up doubling the pile.
|Final pile of strings|
In reading one of the blogs, the blogger mentioned the weight of her blue strings, so I thought that might be a good way of knowing how much more I might need if I use up this pile. So out came the little used kitchen scale, and the pile weighs 774g. Being able to travel sometimes and like to buy fabric at the destination, I know that about 7 metres of fabric weighs about 1kg.
Off to sew! And just in time...
.... the postman delivered the rulers I'd ordered on-line from Fat Quarter Shop nine days ago, arrived intact - 2 sets, one for me and one for daughter. They don't cost too much (7 for US$61.40, but it's worth buying more as the postage from USA to South Africa is steep (US$14). And they had a discount coupon, so got 25% off price, but not postage!