RSC18 week 4


I love the Sawtooth Star block because of the variations, especially using a central focus fabric.  The first one I made last year was a  random color choice, not a Rainbow Scrap Challenge selection.

When I was deciding what blocks to use for RSC18, I chose this block.  For my January light blue blocks I made the first one by adding pink to complement the Kaffe Fassett fabric, one of my favorites. Matching the blue would have been impossible, at last with my limited stash.

My second block used this lovely fussy-cut medallion.  I apparently was not quite fussy enough, but was determined to use it.  

This week it occurred to me that I have never made any strip pieced blocks. Then I saw Kat’s call for these blocks for Covered In Love,
I do have miles of strips taking up space and found some ugly fabric to use for the foundation, another way to shrink my  stash.  (This is my year of no fabric purchases.)  
Here are the three strip blocks I made in no time at all, and I cut up several other 10-1/2 inch backing pieces.  

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make these blocks years ago, but better late than never. My stash is already thanking me. 
My Scrap Attack choice for this month is my Geese Migration quilt and I started Quilting it today.  So I will have that finish to show you next week.
I’m linking up with
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at
katandcatquilts.blogspot.comCovered In Love

19 thoughts on “RSC18 week 4

  1. Nice blocks! I do love string blocks and piecing them on a fabric foundation should keep them from being too stretchy. I always make mine on paper that gets torn away so I have to be careful not to distort them. Can't wait to see the finished Geese Migration!


  2. Oh, these are fun to see. I like your use of a focus fabric in your stars. I'm just now getting into the RSC and paying lots of attention to what everyone is doing. I have decided to do strings after dithering quite a bit. I figure it's a way to break into a new habit gently. I like your idea of further reducing the stash with “ugly” fabric foundations.


  3. Sawtooth stars are one of my very favorites – I love yours with the snazzy centers!
    Those string blocks look like fun to make. One of these days I'm going to give it a try, too!


  4. I love Sawtooth Stars too. They are so versatile. Looks like you will have a quilt's worth in no time.

    And I've been on “no buy” too since I retired last March! It's not easy to resist some sales!


  5. Oo, pretty stars! And I love the fun things peeking out of your string blocks: whales, flowers and tiny wrapped gifts. Someone will enjoy finding those little surprises 🙂


  6. You have been very productive. The Sawtooth Stars are great – love your idea of picking out a colour from the centre fabric to use for the star points- really makes the star pop. I am hooked on making string blocks- I made another couple of blocks last week but the QAYG variety. Good luck with quilting your latest finish.


  7. Your star blocks look great! I am all about using my stash but I honestly couldn't imaging not doing any stash enhancement for a whole year. I think I would start having withdrawal symptoms. 😉


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