Saturday, April 4, 2020
Return to my sew-off squares
As you may know, I am a fan of what I call "sew-off squares" -- little bits of fabric that you use when machine-sewing sewing large projects to avoid having to cut your threads. If you ever do any machine sewing, you should develop this habit! Read about it here. I often make such little squares deliberately for a certain quilt, sewing dozens or hundreds or thousands of them into airy grids, but I also make lots of them with no particular design in mind as a byproduct of sewing and quilting. Some time ago I gathered several hundred of them and packed them neatly into a box on the shelf, but a week ago I decided I needed to return to them, and dumped everything out on the sewing table. What you see here is less than half of what I started out with, because I have been using them!
Since opening Pandora's box, I have done a lot of sorting. I made some tiny grids as presents for other people:
I chose others that will eventually be mounted for display. These two sets will be on boards that I salvaged from a group project years ago, clamped resist for indigo dyeing. You can still see a few of the circles from the C-clamps.
Mostly I have been using the sew-offs for a big project. I usually make these "postage stamp" quilts with the grid quite closely packed, like this:
But obviously in these times of social distancing they need to stand farther apart! So instead of leaving maybe a quarter-inch between the bits as I sew them into a grid, I'm spacing them about seven inches apart.
What you see here are several columns of bits, each one sewed onto a spine of fishing line. When I get to the next step in the assembly, they will be spaced about seven inches apart horizontally as well.