Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pick-Up Sticks

I was in the mood for some piecing so I pulled out the fabric I had dyed while doing my Easter eggs and I started cutting very thin strips.  I used the blue as my background and in addition to the other brights from my Egg colouring leftover dye, I pulled out other interesting brights, stripes, etc.
The strips were cut 5/8th of an inch wide, allowing for scant 1/4" seams as I pieced.  I started by randomly cutting the blue into two pieces and then inserting one of the narrow strips.  Because of how narrow the strips were, I found it necessary to press each seam before I could proceed.  After inserting the first strip, I randomly made another cut to the piece and added a second strip.  You want to start with a piece that's a bit wider than you hope to end with because each time you add a strip you are loosing almost 1/2 an inch and only gaining a very narrow strip (about 3/8th of an inch)

Here's what the piece looks like so far.  Now I'm going to add some machine quilting and maybe some hand stitch.  I have no idea where I'm going with this piece...just playing for now.


  1. LOL! I am doing something very similar. I am not measuring, but cutting around 1". I have just been playing to use up some of my slash. My next fiber arts group meeting is on water color pencils, which I am doing part of program~wonder if I can work this into that project!

    1. Sounds like fun Ruthanne. I'm sure you could do some great link between the two. Have fun with it.


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