As you may have surmised by the amount of fabric, this is a fairly small project. I don't want to give too much away, but if we are organized and quick about it, you might end up with something special on your Thanksgiving table. Except me. House rules clearly state Christmas music, quilts, lights, etc are forbidden until the day after Thanksgiving.
So you've gathered and cut. Time to sew:
1. Place all of your prepared scraps in a bag or bowl near your sewing area. As you can see, Greta's trick or treat cauldron/Pocohontas' cooking pot is serving as my container.
2. Locate your muslin or ugly fabric strips. The uglier and more horrifying they are, the easier they should be to find. Note how mine stand right out in the above photo.
4. Breathe deeply. We're about to get crazy.
5. Continue adding scraps to the strip until the strip is covered in scraps and you no longer are able to be offended by your ugly fabric selection. Vary your fabric sizes and angles as you are sewing them onto the strip. Don't worry that it is the wonkiest, weirdest thing you have ever seen. There is a plan. SPECIAL NOTE: If you don't go all the way to the end of the strip, that is okay. Leaving 4-5 inches at the end uncovered is fine. Just make sure most of it is covered. Vary your angles and sizes of scraps liberally. Press after each addition. Chain piecing of the strips is the quickest way to accomplish this step of the process. The following photos should help you see what I am talking about.
|Chain piecing does make it go faster. Just line up the strips and add one fabric each time through, then cut them apart, press them all, and begin again.|
|They should look something like this when you are done.|
|Slicing the excess. I love this part.|
8. Slice each of the 1 1/2" wide pieced strips into 1 1/2" x 4" strips. You should be able to get nine from each, but you really only need 16 total, so feel free to quit while you are ahead. You now have these pieces together.
9. Time for a hot beverage/wine/a game of Words, whatever. You are done for the week! See you next Wednesday!